"Hole In The Sky takes you underground again. Well, sort of. Last year we had a fantastic selection of legendary thrash and death metal acts, fired up newbie's and some mind-blowing party fuelled mosh bands. In the wake of the festival, we realized one thing missing though: the corpse paint! Over the past few years there's been less and less black metal and in fact Norwegian bands in general, so this being our 10 year anniversary we thought it was time to take things a bit back to basics.
Hole In The Sky X is a celebration of the darker and more gloomy aspects of the metal scene. The Underground is the new loud and there is a broad selection of aspiring talent in this instalment of the festival. We hope you will enjoy getting to know these bands as much as we have in the process of putting the line-up together.
We're also going to revisit extreme metal history with the very talented group Enslaved as hosts. Joined by a spectacular selection of metal royalty such as Darkthrone, Mayhem and Emperor, performing songs not heard in a long, long time – or in some cases, dare we say ever?
To tie in with this homage to our roots and Norwegian extreme metal, another classic pairing is set to take place for the first time in Bergen since 1996. Infernus has teamed up with vocalist Pest from the classic mid nineties Gorgoroth line-up. Together with Obituary bass player Frank Watkins, the duo will, without a doubt, write a new and exciting chapter in the notorious Gorgoroth saga. A live concert from this bunch is a sight to behold, and without revealing too much, this exclusive show will be no exception. The band has even promised to reintroduce some tracks from the legendary Pentagram album, which hasn't been played for nearly 15 years.
There's a bunch of firsts this time around too. Who would have thought that legendary Bobby Liebling would take his legendary Pentagram to Scandinavia for the first time ever? Underground favourites Faustcoven is making their live debut on Hole in the Sky, and then there's Necros Christos, Portrait, Behexen, Archgoat and Absu all doing their first shows in Norway.
Being our 10-year anniversary, we've included the Tuesday in the line-up too, named Hole in the Sky: Incoming, which has some sort of a showcase vibe to it. Both Sahg, Kvelertak, Deride and Krakow have new albums coming out shortly. This is the perfect opportunity to check out where these talented artists are heading.
As a massive thank you to our loyal visitors that buy tickets and sell out the Garage venue even before you know who's playing, we've decided to give you a little treat to show our appreciation. At time of going to print, all club passes were gone, but keep checking back for reservations not collected.
It will be a great celebration for almost a week to end, so make sure you check out our webpages for updates on happenings, DJ program, listening parties and all the good stuff that comes with an event of this nature."