soundcurve wrote: Laura wrote:
So...I swore I'd never join facebook, but then totally caved after the cruise and joined so I could see everyone's pix and stuff....and fyi, I'm keeping it just for music friends.
So, I noticed recently that one of my fb friends is friends with Kristoffer Rygg - aka "Garm" of Ulver!! So, I thought what the hell, I'll send him a friend request. I've sent requests to a few other musicians and got no response, so didn't expect anything. Well, he accepted my friend request today - woohoo!
I don't know why this thrills me so much - he's got over 3,000 "friends" (guess it's kind of a quiet day for me
), but I am so crazy about this man and his music - so brilliant imo.
I really need to squeeze Ulver into my top 10 bands I can't live without" list somewhere.
...also...still working on my HITS/Bergen write-up - big wall-o-text and pictures it will be!
Hopefully it is the real him. I avoid FB though it is a great resource when I am doing a investigation. Oh how people cry for privacy but put so much out there. "But I made my FB private" . . . okay
If you are putting a lot of work into your HITS write up maybe a web zine / metal site would dig it too. Glad you had fun!
I know what you mean about questioning the "realness" of Garm's fb page - in this case, I do think it is the real him though, mainly because of some of the pictures and postings. Although, of course I could be wrong.
Regarding the write-up, it has actually turned into something more elaborate and complicated than I originally planned on doing and evolved into being about the whole trip, random thoughts, etc. I'm writing that just for me and won't be publishing or posting that anywhere - I'll probably end up culling parts of the HITS sections and put that on the HITS thread... but, lol - it's a work in progress. I will say this though - Bergen and the surrounding areas are...for lack of a better word....pretty damn magical
Considering Bergen is relatively small (population around 262,000), there are some really fantastic museums there as well and I went to several. So, the combination of doing a lot of sightseeing of "beautiful things" (art, buildings, historical artifacts, flowers, scenery) during the day and then seeing four nights of extreme metal bands was really cool; in other words, the juxtaposition was striking! Loved it. Here's a random selection of a few of my pictures (took about 450 in all) that hopefully give an idea what I'm talking about.
View of Bergen from atop Mount Fløyen (love the fact that both a metalhead and family group are in the picture!)
Near the university...(saw so many beautiful flowers in Bergen)
Finnish black metal band Archgoat at the Garage venue (only holds about 250 people) on August 24th (I did not take this pic - took it off someone's public flickr page - my picture is really
) I think Archgoat is perhaps the most intense
concert experience I've ever had - I was right in front of this guy for the whole set (I think this is Ritual Butcherer - one of the guys who apparently is a practicing Satanist
) - VERY over the top...and awesome!
Crucifix in the Bergen Museum (Cultural History Collections) http://bergenmuseum.uib.no/english/dks_e.php
- they had a fantastic Christian art collection - I'm not religious, but I do love a lot of Christian art and architecture!
The rebuilt Fantoft Stave Church (the one that Varg burned down in 1992) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantoft_Stave_Church
- I absolutely love these buildings - spent a lot of time there.
Swedish black metal band Nifelheim at the USF venue (holds about 2,000 I was told) on August 26th - omg - the expressions on these guys faces were priceless!!! Great perfornance! I only have one of their albums - Envoy of Lucifer - like it a lot and plan to buy more of their music.
The harbor area near the hotel where I stayed
Skulls at the Bryggen's Museum http://www.bymuseet.no/?vis=77&spr=ena
Primordial at the USF venue on August 26th - one of my top five favorite performances of the whole festival - Alan is incredible! (yet another of my famously bad indoor gig photos!
Saw so much interesting vernacular architecture - love this street name - Strangebakken
Totally makes me think of the Led Zeppelin song "Misty Mountain Hop" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4jUy2FJW_w So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains where the spirits go now, over the hills where the spirits fly.
Mayhem at the USF venue on August 27th - they totally kicked ass and I am DEFINITELY going to see them in Chicago in November! The huge upside Norwegian flags were so cool - hope they bring those for the US tour!
One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen - Gudvangen (took a 12 hour excursion on my last day, August 29th into the fjords and countryside around Bergen)