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Saturday, June 1 • 18:40 - 19:10

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South is a metal band from Oslo, Norway, influenced by groove and industrial metal. After having played in numerous bands in Oslo for over a decade, in 2014 Tor Ivar Johnsen-Rikstad and Cristo M. Sanchez decided to return to their first love: heavy, hard-hitting music. Wasting no time they began creating and sculpting what South would soon become. They wanted it to be within the realm of metal music, but at the same time include elements that made it feel unique and different. Taking inspiration from horror movies and experimental litterature, as well as other genres of music, the sound slowly became what they had envisioned.
With the concept and music ready, South began the recording process in Tor’s home studio for what would become the 2016 album Go Circus a While (out on Spotify, iTunes ect…). Once the album was distributed, through Plastic Head Distribution in late 2016, they gathered other talent from various Oslo-based bands and completed the line-up they needed in order to bring the music to the stage.
Finding it difficult to book shows, but undetered, they continued to create music and hit the studio again in mid-2017 with a clear idea of how they wanted South to evolve. After working on the album for close to two years, their sophomore album, LOST VEGAS, was released in March of this year. Lost Vegas was the natural evolution for a unique metal band that refuses to be pigeonholed; a band that, given the chance, could show the world that there is more to the Norwegian metal scene than what first meets the eye.
In March of 2019 South started a music podcast (Radio13) in an effort to spread their own music, as well as music from other Norwegian bands that aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

Saturday June 1, 2019 18:40 - 19:10 CEST
Metalscenen - Aye Aye club