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Metal Monday

Demon Head @ 2019 Metal Magic Festival

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Happy birthday, Ihsahn!

Emperor

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I didn’t follow the music scene very closely in the 1990s. I went to few shows and didn’t like much of the new music I was hearing on the radio. Also, I was busy with a new career and family. However, I do remember that one night, while searching for something different in the 90s music world, I stumbled upon an internet radio station out of the UK that was playing Emperor. That may have been the first time I heard true, black metal. “I Am the Black Wizards” became one of the few black metal songs that I listened to regularly before becoming much more devoted to the genre in the past 10-15 years.

Finally seeing Emperor live this past summer at Brutal Assault was very special. There was one moment, a few hours before they hit the stage, where I was sitting on a leather couch, in the fortress where Brutal Assault is held, and the members of Destruction were conducting an interview 10 feet in front of me, Ihsahn was signing autographs 20 feet in the other direction, and Au-Dessus was playing the Octagon stage just 100 feet away. Also, the creator of the Emperor logo, Christophe Szpajdel, was giving tours of his art nearby. I thought I was dreaming.

Happy birthday, Al Jourgensen!

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Al Jourgensen of Ministry @ 2017 Copenhell

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Metal Monday

Morten Stützer of Artillery @ 2016 Copenhell

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Morten Stützer of Artillery @ 2016 Copenhell

Morten died last week at the age of 57. By Inheritance was one of my favorite albums of 1990. Khomaniac is an amazing track.

Back in 2008 I had no idea Artillery were from Copenhagen when I was in Copenhagen and saw fliers for their shows at The Rock. Unfortunately, they played before I got there (and again after I left before The Rock closed their doors in 2011). I so wanted to see them. They almost played in Southern Oregon at Club 66 in 2014, but I finally did get to see them at Copenhell.

Brutal Assault band announcement for 2020

Liz Buckingham of Electric Wizard @ 2019 Brutal Assault

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The 2020 festival acts are beginning to take shape. Download Festival, for instance, has announced Kiss, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down as headliners. I hope Iron Maiden is a headliner at some festival I’m at in 2020 as it’s been too long since I’ve seen them (2012). I have no interest in seeing Kiss (again). Typically, 50-75% of the headliners at Download Festival end up as headliners at Copenhell. I doubt Copenhell will have System of a Down again so soon and without a new album.

Gefle Metal Festival has made several announcements, but I won’t be going in 2020 as it’s the same weekend as Metal Magic. I’m really looking forward to Denial of God at Metal Magic 2020.

Brutal Assault is making a big announcement on October 1. I’m guessing it could be as many as 30 bands.

I’m thinking about doing one or two new festivals in 2020. The short list of possibilities include Bang Your Head (Tankard, Heathen, Riot V, Unleashed, etc.) or Dynamo MetalFest and MetalDays.

Metal Monday

Carcass @ Brutal Assault

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