In order to fully understand the importance of this year’s Asgardsrei festival, one must understand the impact that the Blazebirth Hall scene, and in particular, its most prolific artist, Kaldrad, had on both NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal) and the overall sound of Eastern European black metal.
If I wanted to provide an example of the Faustian spirit at work, I would probably point to the Asgardsrei festival. Just think about what would be the most extreme and difficult event to organize. A NSBM festival would be high on the list. After you organize it, authorities in your country attack it, and you become an unwanted and unwelcome person in your own fatherland. What do you do? You move to a different country and proceed with your work. (more…)
The Dark Rebirth:
Report on the Asgardsrei 2017 Festival & Pact of Steel Conference (Kiev, Ukraine, 16–17.12.2017)
Asgardsrei Fest is currently one of the best known and most uncompromising events in the European black metal scene. The spirit of the festival is a voice of dissent against two trends of degeneration in black metal today.