Hangface Røcks Dragon*Con

Daggi Helling, Hogne Rundberg, Espen Høgmo, and Bjørnar Flaa are Hangface, a Norwegian hard rock band, newly returned to the U.S. They have teamed with legendary rock producer Eddie Kramer (who has worked with such greats as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, and David Bowie) to take the American music scene by storm. They dropped by to rock Dragon*Con, straight from their flight from Norway, last night with in an absolutely amazing concert.

If you didn’t make it to the concert last night, you poor, poor souls, I regret to inform you that they won’t be back on tour until after the completion of their first full-length album, sometime around March ’05. However, you haven’t completely missed your opportunity to see the band or experience the blend of grinding metal with rich, flowing melodies that is Hangface. The group will be featured on a float in the Dragon*Con parade on Saturday, and they are selling copies of their brand new (and first available here) EP, “The Arrival,” at their booth.

But that’s not all! Hangface and ESP, a maker of custom guitars for such bands as Metallica, the Def Tones, and Hangface, will give to a lucky Dragon*Con attendee (chosen at random by their badge) one of ESP’s new Ltd line of guitars signed by the band and producer Eddie Kramer. The guitar, which is a work of beauty, even to these untrained eyes, will be on display in the Hangface booth. There is no need to sign up. You were entered when you registered for the convention. The drawing will be on Monday, and you do not need to be present to win.

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