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We pray(ed) for Viking Storm by uncdiversions

Viking Storm – The Pinhook and Duke Coffeehouse – April 3 and 4

Viking Storm promised to be epic. And it most certainly was. Stretched over two nights the mini-festival boasted a wealth of some of Durham’s best talent and some very great out-of-town guests.

Night one was the rowdier show featuring raucous sets by D.C.’s Caverns and Durham metal heroes Tooth. Tooth’s last show before a summer-long hiatus filled the Pinhook with inescapable roar. Clearly not holding back, the band threw all its energy into the set, the highlight of which was cataclysmic performance of “The Stallion” that stampeded with uncontrollable power.

Night two boasted two fantastic performances. The first was possilbly the last performance by Durham “acousticore” royalty the Future Kings of Nowhere. Shayne O’Neil who will soon depart Durham for New York led his band through his broken-hearted anthems with incredible gusto. He played like a man possessed, letting the demons of his dreams and past loves rage through him and the crowd in an effort to get past them.

Hammer No More The Fingers, whose excellent new LP Looking For Bruce, was the reason for the festivities delivered an unforgettable performance. Utilizing a light show and ridiculous viking costumes, the band’s set was exactly what a headliner at its CD release party should deliver. It was loud with break-neck-paced performances of all the band’s best songs. It was larger than life with a viking ship and a video presentation introducing the fantastic performance of “We Pray For Viking Storm,” the event’s theme song. It was certainly something to see.

The bar for Durham CD release parties has been set. And it has been set high.

Click below for more photos.

Night 1

Pink Flag

The Bronzed Chorus

Caverns

Tooth

Night 2

The Dry Heathens

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The Future Kings of Nowhere

Hammer No More The Fingers

– Words and photos by Jordan Lawrence

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