Norway’s Shot At Dawn have been shredding up and down the OurStage metal charts for a handful of years now. From the release of their 2008 EP Pre Bellum to 2010′s Seize The Night EP and now White Trash Metal Brigade, Shot At Dawn have stayed true to the things that helped them become a band in the first place: high fives and good times. Don’t believe them? Well, the band’s “about” section on Facebook simply reads “Stage dives and high fives! We rule!” That enough evidence for you?
Residents of Norway, purveyors of the high five, all around awesome dudes; readers meet Shot at Dawn. In addition to winning the OurStage Metal Channel last January with their song “In Hoc Signo Vinces,” the group has been destroying venues around Norway. We wanted some feedback on the Oslo/Norway metal scene— where it was, and where it’s headed— from a band who is in the thick of it. Here’s what they had to say:
Bundle up music fans, this week OurStage Model U.N. is heading north to Norway, the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” While it might be best known as the home of the Vikings, Norway also produces some interesting music that is making waves around the world. Currently, the country’s most well-known musical export is Norwegian black metal. Black metal tends to focus more on occult imagery and themes than other metal subgenres and is often much more lo-fi. Bands like Dimmu Borgir and Immortal have proven successful ambassadors for the genre, winning over metalheads worldwide.
Aside from metal, Norway has made some stellar contributions to electronic music with Röyksopp and Apoptygma Berzerk, punk with Turbonegro and pop with Annie, Sondre Lerche and 80s favorite (and early MTV staple) a-ha. Here’s a sampling of the best Norway has to offer on OurStage:
“Now Playing” features playlists as well as information about the person responsible for the mix. Up next: Munson’s staff picks!
About Me: I go by the name Munson. Yes, like from Kingpin. It’s actually my name. I love metal. A lot. I like other stuff too, but mostly metal. I’m a man of many talents and interests, but no specialties. Jack of all trades, master of none. I love to write, both for the OurStage blog and my personal blog, as well as for my school’s music magazine.
Favorite Artists: Hard to say, they change so often. Currently I would say: August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless, 3 Inches of Blood, Protest the Hero and Arsis.
Favorite OurStage Artists: Derelict, Shot At Dawn, Sicarus, Shatter This World, The Syncope Threshold, Machiavellian, Eroica and Rapture Cabaret
If I Were a Rock Star for a Day I’d Be: Rob Halford or Lemmy. Definitely not Lars Ulrich.
Because… Two of the most badass dudes in the history of metal. Rob Halford has one of the coolest voices in the history of music, let alone metal. He also was the pioneer of the studded leather look. Lemmy is Lemmy, bassist and vocalist for Motörhead. He’s been rocking harder than most anyone for close to two decades now, and has not lost any awesome. All he has lost is the enunciation in his speech, so no one can ever understand what he’s talking about through his amazingly thick accent. This I consider is a plus, because you could say anything to anyone, and no one would ever have the slightest clue what you said. About Lars… he’s a big, untalented [bleep]. That’s pretty much it.
A good breakdown hits you like a punch to the chest (one you’ll ideally enjoy), and switches the pace and mood of a song for a small amount of time. At a show, these breakdowns are the moments when the crowd erupts, where awe and enthusiasm literally explodes before the stage. Over the last couple of years metal breakdowns have been hitting the scene in a big way. The technique is still under fire by the community at large (many metalheads are still clutching to the old ways). Sometimes breakdowns can ruin a perfectly good death metal song. At other times, a breakdown can make the song. For example, the breakdowns in Job For A Cowboy’s “Entombment of a Machine” are by far the best parts of the song. And bands like All Shall Perish execute deathcore flawlessly, incorporating excess amounts of shredding with their breakdowns.
This playlist features songs involving breakdowns in all capacities. Some songs are comprised almost entirely of breakdowns. Others only have one breakdown. If you’re looking to bust some heads in a mosh pit or not, all these songs rip. Give them a listen.