INFERNO Metal Festival, Oslo (NO) Photos * Text by Kris T. Therrian / 17 seconds photography
29th March – 1st April 2018
I went to Inferno and all I got was this…
…dreadful feeling of an impending doom. Not. Actually, it was more of a (line-up) déjà vu, if anything, but there’s no Easter like Dark Easter in Norway’s sinister capital. Inferno Metal Festival, a musical celebration of all things extreme and a meeting point for numerous industry professionals, just turned just 18 and promised to be better than ever. From what I had a chance to observe, a lot of things were no more or were quite downgraded which made for a sort of poor-man’s Inferno, not more than a shadow of its former glory. Organizational hiccups, clueless and indifferent volunteers, oversubscribed event (probably some H&S hazards waiting to happen in there too), nothing-but-grilled-meat catering, were just some of the things that didn’t make the ‘experience’ as fantastic as it used to be. I had nothing but superlatives for this festival in the past, but to be honest, I really don’t know what has happened this time around. In order to avoid sounding like Debbie Downer, I’ll skip writing and present you with some of the images captured during bands’ performances. In the end, the bands that I did see, were absolutely brilliant and put on incredible shows (Emperor you guys!).