If words were food, this email I got from Metal Hammer in 2017 would be a medium-well steak drizzled with peppercorn sauce, served with fries and salad;
“How do you feel about a trip to Norway?”
Ooh, an adventure. Norway is on my ‘must-visit’ list. I replied a ‘hell yeah’, and repeatedly refreshed my inbox waiting more info.
The booking, Satyricon’s album launch in their hometown of Oslo, with 300 die-hard fans… and get this….
It’s taking place ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SKYSCRAPER
Killer! I can’t think of a cooler location for an album launch. Can you?
One minor hiccup.
The journalist and I had tickets booked to arrive at different airports. He would arrive at Oslo Gardermoen, and me, at Oslo Torp – a 3 hour coach ride south of my mag buddy.
Brief visions of walking the streets of a foreign land aided by Google maps were soon calmed with a phone call and simple directions from the journalist who knows Norway better than I know my way around IKEA (very, very well).
Leaving London, I bought a book for the coach ride after the flight. It stayed in my suitcase as I set my eyes on Norway’s beauty from the coach window seat – every earthy tone I’ve ever seen, with more intense colour. The sky, however, was grey just like London. Rain was coming.
A friendly face at the final coach stop, all was good. A quick bite (sadly not the steak) and straight to the venue where they were handing out free ponchos for every guest on the door. The dull outlook turned to downpour. Slight issue with water in the stage lighting on the rooftop. Fixed, and good to go!
Heavy riffs caused late workers in the surrounding office blocks to watch through windows silhouetted by a tungsten glow. 300 fans punching the air, I wasn’t sure what direction the rain was falling.
The whole experience, quite unique. Thanks Hammer!
Ps. Really liked this tree