Norway Comes To Montana With Hostferd Tour
Band Photo: Hennes Siste Host (?)
Up and coming black metallers Hennes Siste Host stopped in Great Falls for the first official day of the Hostferd tour to inject a little of Norway into Montana. Accompanying them were a diverse range of bands from around the state that ran the gamut from hardcore to death metal. Playing the Heritage Hall at the local college of technology, each band put on a great show and added their own unique take on metal. Despite a disappointingly low crowd turn out, the energy the bands brought and the amazing acoustics of the venue made the show a very satisfying experience for all involved.
Lost Lady Saloon took the stage first to give a no holds barred death metal assault. The low turn out actually worked in the favor of those who did show up because everyone was standing within a few feet of the band and got to be part of the action. The vocalist’s crazy stage antics had everyone alternating between laughter and head banging. They finished their short and sweet set list with a death metal cover of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, which was a real crowd pleaser.
Up next was The Trenches, who would be hard to label as a single identifiable genre of metal. While they are clearly influenced by death and black metal, the range of vocal styles used by their front man, occasionally thrash oriented guitar riffs, and overall punk vibe all kept the audience on their toes with no idea what to expect next. Their war and conflict focused lyrics were surprisingly well written and delivered for a metal band, covering topics like the FBI raid at Waco and I.E.D.s in Iraq without coming across as cliché or immature. All of the band members showed serious skill with their instruments, and were able to handle technical difficulties very well. The singer suffered several microphone mishaps but fixed the problems while still screaming and never even missed a beat. During the middle of a song he also swung his mike around a speaker to create a melody with the feedback, which was a nice touch. Like the previous band, The Trenches also finished with a metal cover of a song, this time “Living After Midnight” by Judas Priest.
The lights in the venue went out and creepy atmospheric music punctuated with indiscernible whispers poured out of the speakers as Hennes Siste Host prepared their equipment. Norwegian flags were dropped from the ceiling on either side of the band’s logo, but they were turned sideways to give the appearance of two upside down crosses. Channeling pure Norwegian style black metal with a healthy dose of rock and roll influence, Host positively destroyed the crowd. Having a drummer actually native to Norway who has rubbed elbows with the pioneers of the genre and a vocalist who has taught himself the country’s language definitely helped with their kvlt image.
Local favorites At Home In Hell finished the concert off with their trademark black light outfits, white face masks, and flashing light show. It’s clear they have worked hard to perfect the best experience for their crowd, with glowing drums and constant crowd interaction. Almost every song had members of the band moving through the fans or shouting at them to jump around and make more noise. Although they were a very different style than the other bands playing, At Home In Hell put on an awesome show and finished the whole thing on a high note.
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