Norwegian band Blot resides on the south of Norway, Kristiansand and is mix between viking and black metal music, the lyrics are influenced by folklore, history, society, nature. The band wants to highlight and carry forward the Norse heritage with mainly black metal sound, which makes their songs atypical for the black metal music and its dark lyrics.
The story begins one night in late 2007 when two friends Ruben Gentekos (Guitar/Vocals) and Jan Åge Lindeland (Vocals) agreed that in order to hear the exact music they wanted and they were influenced by, Dissection and Bathory, they had to make it themselves. Soon Bengt Orstad (Lead Guitar) came onboard as a drummer, but the band recognized his guitar skills, so he became lead guitarist and Blot was born. For live performance they had Stig Reinhardtsen (Drums, In Vain/Solefald) and Osvald Egeland (Bass/Vocals, former lead singer of Blood Red Throne) musicians with long experience on stage at home and away.
In 2009 they released an EP titled Blot, which contained 5 songs:
1. Honour and Might 04:10
2. Hate 04:02
3. God of War 04:35
4. This Is War 04:02
5. Victory 06:09
Although the astonishing and undeniable quality of music and lyrics, they didn’t perform live much, they were pretty silent.
1. Sound of the Horde 06:37
2. Chains Forever Unbound 04:27
3. Ilddyrking 04:53
4. Fimbulwinter 04:51
5. God of War 04:57
6. Blot 03:46
7. Mørkets Kall 04:46
8. Death to All 05:00
9. Victory 06:06
10. Where Dead Angels Lie 06:46
The album was finished it in winter 2014/15.
And as a track to listen to you can hear title song “Ilddyrking”
In favour of Ilddyrking quality is even the fact that it won the title “Release of the year 2015” by Norskmetal.net readers.
The release party was made in Kick Nattklubb & Scene in Kristiansand in April 2016, where Osvald Egeland (bass//vocals) and Stig Reinhardsen (drums) joined the band as session musicians. In the opinion of the band, the party exceeded all their expectations. With bands Faanefjell and Sverdkamp who participated as guests and a bunch of people who showed up, they also had help of sponsors. The party was a huge success!
Short after the release party they posted a live video from the kick and review.
The public reaction to Blot was very satisfying. They played early on Saturday, but managed to gather a large crowd, and got a lot of good feedback, as you can see in the video:
Many people compared them to bands like Einherjer, Månegarm, Bathory, Tyrfing and even with Dissection and Windir, because of their music and lyrics and then again, they have their own unique style and way of performance.
These days Blot are working on their second album, however we do not yet have a release date for that. But as soon as we do, we will keep you posted.
In September 2017 Blot will open the main stage on the second day of the 15th edition of Southern DisComfort metal festival in Kristiansand. So feel invited to come. We will be there for sure!
Text by Dragana