Bergen underground scene

Bergen as the never ending well of the underground treasures

Bergen is, for many reasons, one of the most important spots on the map of extreme metal. The city has given birth to a number of bands which shaped the scene of mainly Norwegian black metal. It also had its impact on various aspects, both social and musical, of the scene which we know today. It is incredible to see how vibrant Bergen is and how many musicians it accommodates. I thought it would be great to educate people that Bergen is home not only to the great creations like Gorgoroth, Taake or Hades. Some time ago I dived deep into the Bergen scene and discovered a lot of treasures – bands or projects which certainly deserve much more recognition. Enjoy the little compilation of twelve carefully selected gemstones of the Bergen underground scene.

1. Dead to this World – Night of the Necromancer

Dead to this World is a group featuring some of the finest Bergen musicians and focusing on the black/thrash metal. Having a chance to see the band in action at Blastfest last year, I must admit I was truly amazed with the energy. I think that the only full-length album, the 2007 First Strike for Spiritual Renewance is a great piece of work with Night of the Necromancer being an undoubted trademark of the band.

LINKS

DTTW ON METAL-ARCHIVES
DTTW ON FACEBOOK


2. Dominanz – Infinity

A bit different side of Bergen. With inspiration coming from different corners of the metal world (from industrial to black metal), Dominanz is a little more experimental group with two great albums in the output. Featuring a lot of smooth passages with subtle keyboards it does not lack proper energy at all. Infinity is an incredibly catchy song with chorus that can really get stuck in your head.

LINKS

DOMINANZ ON METAL-ARCHIVES
DOMINANZ ON FACEBOOK


3. Gaahlskagg – I am Sin

I am sure that Gaahlskagg is known to all the fans of Gaahl’s creative work. Being a completely different concept than, for example Trelldom, it represents the dark perversity and all the hidden desires. Gaahlskagg remains very mysterious and cryptic but underneath that halo of magical intros and outros you can find the basic principles of black metal. I am Sin is, for me, a legendary song of the Bergen scene which certainly affects your imagination on many levels.


GAAHLSKAGG ON FACEBOOK

LINKS

GAAHLSKAGG ON METAL-ARCHIVES


4. Gandreid – Om En Kvervet Storhetstid

I remember that when I first encountered Gandreid and this song in particular, I liked the beginning so much I set it as my ringtone. The folk/viking atmosphere is beyond this mind – the natural harmony at its best. The viking aura is accompanied by the ruthless blasts that don’t seem to be futile at any point. The whole Nordens Skalder album is definitely a good spot on the map of Bergen underground metal.

LINKS

GANDREID ON METAL-ARCHIVES
GANDREID ON FACEBOOK


Bergen is, for many reasons, one of the most important spots on the map of extreme metal. The city has given birth to a number of bands which shaped the scene of mainly Norwegian black metal. It also had its impact on various aspects, both social and musical, of the scene which we know today. It is incredible to see how vibrant Bergen is and how many musicians it accommodates. I thought it would be great to educate people that Bergen is home not only to the great creations like Gorgoroth, Taake or Hades. Some time ago I dived deep into the Bergen scene and discovered a lot of treasures – bands or projects which certainly deserve much more recognition. Enjoy the little compilation of twelve carefully selected gemstones of the Bergen underground scene.