Tour de Force




While Anthrax, Testament, Heaven and Hell and motherfucking Motorhead are among the most anticipated bands that metal pilgrims are converging on western Germany to see, it would appear that my favored people, those crafty Norwegians, also have a few things planned for the mayhem. While Enslaved will be appearing (and hopefully represented on a good stage, because you know they fucking deserve it) some others are teaming up with foreigners in combinations that are hard to ignore.

First off it would appear that the most unlikely combination ever unexpected has come to pass: members of Dimmu Borgir and Napalm Death have come together to collaborate. Insidious Disease, as they are called, have only released one song to the world, “Boundless,” but it’s a really heavy blackened death throwdown, and a good taste of things to come when they deliver a whole set load. The complete line-up includes Dimmu Borgir grand wizard Silenoz, Napalm Death’s bass beast Shane Embury, will-play-with-anyone drummer Tony Laureano, Jardar (Old Man’s Child) and vocalist Marc Grewe (ex-Morgoth). Napalm will also be in town for the festival.

Sarke is another recent and interesting band from the cold north. The eponymous founding member is the drummer for many underground Norwegian acts notably Khold and Tulus, but what makes most people care is that he’s rustled up Nocturno Culto (or “Ted,” if you know him well) from the depths of Darkthrone as a vocalist. If that wasn’t enough for you check out this press release posted from Tom G. Warrior’s blog:

Norway’s Sarke, featuring Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) and Sarke (Tulus, Khold), will be joined by legendary Tom Gabriel Warrior (Triptykon, ex-Celtic Frost and Hellhammer) for their performance on this year’s Wacken Open Air. Together, they will perform the Celtic Frost classic “Dethroned Emperor.”

I’m coo-coo for Celtic Frost, and the idea of Darkthrone/CFrost together at last (even if only to play one song) is enough to get me randy. It’s particularly fitting that Sarke sounds like a clash of these two bands anyway, and that is to say that it sounds totally badass.

As if I needed another reason to regret not going to go to WOA. Norway will be waging absolute war in Germany at the end of this month. About time, no?


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