• Arta Gailuma

Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 02.-04.05.2019 Kopervik, Norway

Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2019 was held on 2-4 May in Kopervik, at the island of Karmøy on west coast of Norway. Three days, two stages, over 30 bands, an indoor and outdoor space to have a drink, food and chill, heavy metal market... This year's edition was dogged by a string of bad luck- starting with accommodation problems on the hotel boat M/S Sandnes where many festival goers had their room booked, followed by SAS strike, however all issues were sorted by the hard working management team and only one band chose to cancel... no wonder Karmøygeddon has grown over the years into a highly reputable event.


While strong winds were blowing outside, Karmøygeddon's day one had only the small Scandic stage in use located at the deep end of a pub/bar overlooking the marina. The evening ended with Norwegian heavy metallers Chrome Division taking the stage. The band was formed by Shagrath, the front man of Dimmu Borgir as a side project and did release in 2018 their fifth and final album One Last Ride. With Eddie Guz from The Carburetors on vocals this group has quite a different musical style. On a fast and raw rock' n roll note the evening had a great finish.

Friday's headliners Finnish heavy metallers Wintersun, celebrating with this summer's shows 15 year anniversary since the release of their self titled debut album and were playing it tonight from start to finish. Band has announced, they would be taking a break after this tour and focus on writing new material which means the handful of shows this summer might be the last chance to hear some of the old tracks live. The stage for the most part of the set was sinking in deep blue dim with some bright white light beams wondering around to suit the overall Wintersun theme; the band members were bedazzling the audience with their musicianship and the fans were absolutely loving it.

There was no space left in the tent to drop a needle, so rammed it was, when the time was for Norwegian symphonic black metal powerhouse Dimmu Borgir to take the stage on Saturday night. The further standing ones were trying to find a good spot to see even a glimpse of the show and in the VIP area people were standing on the tables. Us, photographers, were not allowed into the pit due to fire and CO2 display and we ended up amongst others trying to find a better vantage point. Dimmu's setlist consisted of pieces from their whole discography, but, of course, with emphasis to bands latest album Eonian, their first after eight years. The members of the band came on stage dressed in monk like hoods shrouded in darkness and smoke and then things kicked off with "The Unveiling", the leading track from Eonian. It was impossible not to enjoy the powerful Dimmu Borgir's music and the majestic grandeur of their stage presence and especially for someone, who hasn't seen them live before, the show was quite an experience. That was an absolutely perfect ending of Karmøygeddon 2019!

Day 1 Scandic Stage

Shakma

Mors Subita

Hate

Iron Saviour

Shade Empire

Enforcer

Afterparty

Chrome Division

Day2 Gassco Stage

Holter

Tribulation

Vader

Kampfar

Frog Leap

Cradle Of Filth

Wintersun

Day 2 Scandic Stage

Sundrowned

Galar

Communic

Slagmaur

Attic

Afterparty

Painkiller

Day3 Gassco Stage

Audrey Horne

Orden Organ

Tyr

Wolf

Decapitated

Conception

Dimmu Borgir

Day 3 Scandic Stage

Assimilate

Manticora

Backstreet Girls

Persefone

Saor

Afterparty

Iron Made'em