Copenhell - 2018

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

For once, we got early to the festival, and thus had the chance of starting the day off with something unknown to us - the Icelandic black metal band Auðn.

On the surface, we didn’t really know what to make of it. They were labelled as black metal, but showed up in bright sunshine, wearing sharp suits. Alright, better keep an open mind, and see where this was going then…

Where it was going, was in a melodic, aggressive, introverted, and slightly show-off’y direction, if that makes any sense at all. Hjalti Sveinsson only spoke in Icelandic between songs, so I had no idea what he was talking about, but it sounded really cool. The songs went from laid back melodic and atmospheric, to in your face wicked kicking and screaming, and lots of delightful steps in between.
The feeling I got from the band was... intense. They weren’t really doing much on a physical level, except for some headbanging, but their presence was all the more commanding. Well, with the exception of Sveinsson, who was more or less constantly on the move - not in a hurried tempo, just moving.

This commanding feeling went across the audience, well, those who had shown up at this point anyway. There weren’t all that many gathered in front of the Hades stage by now, but those who were there created a good enough vibe. Like in the band, there wasn’t much action going on, but people were intently listening, and towards the end, Sveinsson managed to get everyone’s, and I mean every single one’s, arms in the air. There was even a small moshpit about four or five songs in, but it never amounted to much - it just wasn’t that type of gig.

For what it was, I enjoyed my time with Auðn. It was musically competent, and the right kind of relaxed for the time they played. A good way to start the day, and a pleasant new company to make. Sadly, the music wasn’t very well introduced to us newcomers, so the only title I caught was Skuggar, from the Farvegir Fyrndar album.

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