WATAIN, SUFFOCATION, IHSAHN and ROTTING CHRIST are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of the Hole In The Sky festival (a.k.a. Bergen Metal Fest XI),set to take place August 25-28 in Bergen, Norway.
Commented the festival organizers: "Welcome to Hell, or should we say, welcome to Hole In The Sky 2010.
"This particular introduction is of course chosen carefully as we all know what happened back in 1981, when three lads by the name of VENOM decided to put out their debut album with that heartfelt title. Metal music has never been the same afterwards. VENOM has influenced everything from METALLICA and SLAYER to the vast majority of all black metal bands we know today, even coining the genre name with their second album, 'Black Metal'.
"But Hole In The Sky isn't all about the legends; it's about drawing the lines from the roots to the present. Lately there's been a great resurrection of underground talent and a growing interest in the underground in general, something that we find healthy and inspiring. Lately a lot of smaller specialized festivals has surfaced around in Scandinavia and on the continent and these gatherings plays a major role in keeping the music scene alive and exciting.
"This year all four days has been put together with a loose theme for each day that all together is intended to be the ultimate celebration of death, doom and black metal, from the pioneers VENOM, OBITUARY and CATHEDRAL, via underground heroes such as GRAVE MIASMA, ENFORCER, and DEAD CONGREGATION, to rising stars SECRETS OF THE MOON, THE DEVIL'S BLOOD and WATAIN. In-between, you'll find legends in new outfits such as IHSAHN and Tom G. Warrior's TRIPTYKON and a whole bunch of other fantastic bands that makes the world a better place.
In addition to usual four days of metal mayhem, there is also a few other occasion ideal for some serious hellraising. On the Sunday before the festival kicks off Bergen Live in cooperation with Hole In The Sky is presenting the absolutely brilliant French metal act, GOJIRA, which did their first gig in Norway during the Hole in the Sky festival in 2006. In addition we have the 'Incoming' day on Tuesday, featuring some mighty fine acts from Oslo and Bergen."
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
ROTTING CHRIST (GR)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (NL)
ANGEL WITCH (UK)
SECRETS OF THE MOON (D)
DEAD CONGREGATION (GR)
GRAVE MIASMA (UK)
For more information, visit www.holeinthesky.no.