A number of well-respected Norwegian black metal musicians will gather to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. So far, the following musicians have been confirmed to take part in this special performance (in alphabetical order):
Apollyon (AURA NOIR)
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE)
Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR)
The Hole in the Sky organizers have "the utmost respect for all the musicians lending their valuable time to make this a memorable event in the memory of Quorthon and his work of brilliance," according to an official press release. A portion of the profits from the festival — which is scheduled to be held August 25-28, 2004 at three different venues in Bergen, Norway — will be donated to Black Mark Records, the label owned by Quorthon's father, Börje Forsberg.
Commented Samoth: "Needless to say, Quorthon and his mighty BATHORY had a huge impact on me as a musician and definitely sparked my fascination for black metal in the early days. It was sad to hear of his early death. Quorthon was already a legend for years, and left behind an epic testimony blood, fire and death! May he rule among the gods of Valhalla!"
As first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET (Story#1, Story#2), Quorthon was found dead at his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, June 7. The 39-year-old musician, who was known the world over as one of black metal's founding fathers, is believed to have died of heart failure. MARILYN MANSON and METALLICA are among the diverse array of groups who claim to have been influenced by the legendary Swedes.