|The Gates of Hell- Neseblod Record Store|
|Heavy Metal Everywhere|
If you are reading this, you probably already know what black metal is and how it became an musical phenomena based out of Norway in the early 90s. Although black metal did not originate in Norway, its creed, sound and direction were largely codified there, with much credit due to a man named Euronymous and his band Mayhem. The movement garnered worldwide attention when members of Mayhem and their followers began the nefarious practice of burning down churches throughout Norway. Partially to create a headquarters for the proliferation of this cult, Euronymous opened a record store on Schweigaards Gate in east Oslo. He named this store “Helvete”, the Norwegian word for “Hell”.
Alas, this original iteration of Mayhem self destructed quickly. The vocalist, named Dead, killed himself. (Euronymous may or may not have eaten his brains). Helvete, which was attracting increased police scrutiny, was closed. Then, most significantly, band bassist Varg Vikernes killed Euronymous (which may or may not have been in self defense). If you are not familiar with the many tales of Mayhem, read their Wikipedia entry. It might be the most interesting story you read on the internet this year.
At various times members of Mayhem lived in the store or the cellar beneath. Black metal fans and bands hung out, traded music, arranged gigs and plotted various acts of debauchery from within its walls. It soon became recognized as the undisputed headquarters for the worldwide movement. It became a pilgrimage for “blackpackers”, as black metal tourists were called.
|CDs, cassettes, and so much more|
|Rebecca of Neseblod rings up some metalhead purchases|
Within a short time most of the criminal element of the Norwegian black metal scene was imprisoned and the gates to Helvete seemed to be permanently closed. After spending many unglorious years as part of a coffee shop, it was finally restored to its rightful purpose as a record store in 2013, now under the name of "Neseblod", which is Norwegian for "Nosebleed". The entrance of Neseblod has moved one door down from the original Helvete entrance, however most of the main floor and the entire basement area of Neseblod remains the same as Helvete. The shop has been restored to contain a massive collection of heavy metal music, complete with décor and original artifacts from the Mayhem days. A visit to “Hell” is once again a required component of any trip to Oslo.
|Get your black T-shirts here !|
|A basement full of metal|
|Entering the dungeon|
|The Mayhem cellar|
|Throwing horns in Helvete's inner sanctum|
|Metal vinyl galore|
|A record store that is also a museum|
|Collectors items you will find nowhere else|
|Racks of T-shirts line the stairwell|
|More metal glory|
|The basement, where other genre's live|
|56 Schweigaards Gate. Neseblod Records is in the middle. The original entrance to Helvete is on the left, which is now a restaurant called Vart Daglige Brod, which ironically translates to "Our Daily Bread"|
|Outside Euronymous' apartment|