February 25, 2008

ENSLAVED, 1349, AVATAR, GOAT THE HEAD and SABATON will perform at "It's Grim Up North", a night of darkness and Scandinavian metal, on Friday, March 14 at Red 7 Patio in Austin, Texas as part of the SXSW (South by Southwest) music and media conference.

From suicide and murder to church burnings and the desecration of graves, Scandinavian metal marked the end of showmanship and the beginning of a scene based on reality and honor back in the earnest Nineties. As the godfathers of black metal stoically stood behind bars starting their jail sentences, the ones that got away, the ones that were never involved and the new grim kids on the block landscaped a scene that is nowadays as diverse as it is business-minded and crime-free. Boring, eh? It's certainly more prone to longevity these days.

From progressive extreme metal care of veterans ENSLAVED; the defenders of the black metal faith 1349; the less poised and reserved primal caveman death metal of GOAT THE HEAD; and the melodic death metal of Gothenburg-based AVATAR; to the whiplash-inducing, down-to-earth war-inspired riffs of SABATON; Norway and Sweden celebrate diversity at its best here.

Doors open at 19:30. First band goes on at 20:30.

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