SPECTRAL WOUND + HELLRIPPER live in Oslo review
Review by Karina Noctum
The expectations were high on the 28th of October at Blå venue in Oslo, before the Hellripper and Spectral Wound concert, since I had heard several recommendations and advice on not to miss it.
Hellripper opened with a show that consisted of a blend of songs from their two albums Coagulating Darkness and The Affair of the Poisons and even a pretty good Scottish tune was to be heard among the many Black, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal inspired songs. This is a band who are on the rise having started as a one-man band, then getting to sign on Peaceville Records that counts with pretty well established Norwegian acts like Darkthrone, Mork and Dødheimsgard and then now on tour as a young live band giving shows that bring back hard rock and heavy metal vibes in a convincing manner and effusing lots of passion and energy. The band gave a pretty good and energetic performance that resonated with the crowd.
The venue filled up for Spectral Wound. Both band and audience seem to have entered a state of musical symbiosis judging by the great response. The music is well composed. It has lots of enjoyable, well executed and familiar Black Metal patterns with a beautiful melodious and melancholic Cascadian-like touch. All performed with a Canadian attention to detail and technicality. The audience kept then the high energy levels that Hellripper had succeeded in bringing on in the beginning throughout the concert. It was a pretty good experience on that Friday.