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Latest Byfrost News

Below is our complete Byfrost news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Blastfest Expands To Four Days

Blastfest will be held from the 18th - 21st of February 2015 in Bergen, Norway. The organizers of the festival have now checked in with the following announcement about expanding with new band confirmations:

"It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.

"And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veterans Gehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.

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Blastfest Adds Six More Bands

It was already a lineup bursting at the seams with cream of the crop metal, but with some stage time still available Norway’s Blastfest has just gone and upped the ante once again with the announcement of six new bands.

The melodeath heroes from Dark Tranquility have joined the ranks alongside Gothenburg brothers At The Gates. Additional announcements include Paradise Lost, Satan, Dead To This World, The Sickening, and Byfrost.

Acts already announced for the 2015 Bergen festival include Decapitated, Primordial, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx amongst others, and with more yet to be announced. More...

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Byfrost Announces New Drummer

Orkan drummer Rune Nesse has joined the ranks of Norwegian blackened metallers Byfrost as a permanent replacement for the recently departed Alkolust. Originally intending not to find a full-time replacement, but rather to use session drummers both for live performances and in the studio, the band quickly changed its mind after rehearsing with Nesse.

Commented front man HeavyHarms: “The Bergen music community is very tightly knit, and we had known of Rune’s work for a long time. When our old drummer left we immediately started rehearsing with Rune and it was obvious that he not only understood BYFROST’s music, but that he also shared our vision for the band. So we did the logical thing and asked him to join as a full time member.”

The following press release was also issued about Byfrost:

"A band known for its trademark menacing heavy riffs and headbang-inducing live performances, Byfrost’s sophomore album 'Of Death,' which, like their debut album 'Black Earth' was produced by Enslaved’s Herbrand Larsen, was released on Germany’s AFM Records in 2011, and led to several festival appearances and a European Tour. Work has already begun on the third album, and, according to the vocalist, 'Rune’s arrival has been like a shot of adrenaline. Byfrost is sounding tighter and heavier than ever before. The new album is already sounding fantastic, and we can assure our fans that it’s going to more than meet their expectations.' More information about Byfrostcan be found on the band’s Facebook page here. Below you can see fan-filmed footage of Byfrost performing 'Horns to the Sky' live at Bloodstock in 2011." More...

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Byfrost Splits With Drummer

In a statement issued by the band today, Norwegian blackened metallers Byfrost have announced that they have parted ways with “Alkolust,” their drummer since 2008. Frontman Heavy Harms commented: “We have had a great time playing with Alkolust over the years and we wish him the best with his other projects. And to all our fans out there, this is not the end, but very much a new beginning. Horns to the Sky!”

Formed in 2007 in Bergen, the heartland of Norwegian extreme metal, by Heavy Harms and Ripmeister, Byfrost released the band's debut album “Black Earth” on Painkiller records in early 2010, and, on the strength of this release, was quickly picked up by Germany’s AFM records. The band’s second full-length album “Of Death,” which was once again produced by Enslaved’s Herbrand Larsen (who also guested on the album) was released in June 2011.

Below you can see fan-filmed footage of Byfrost performing “Horns to the Sky” live at Bloodstock in 2011. More...

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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Taake Announces European Tour Dates

Bergen, Norway based black metal outfit Taake has announced that the band will be embarking on a short headlining tour of Europe this October in support of the forthcoming new album, "Noregs Vaapen," which will be released in September. Joining Taake on the trek will be fellow Bergen natives Byfrost, which will also be promoting a new album, "Of Death," which was released this past June, as well as Donn The Philosophy.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Primordial And Xerath Added To Bloodstock 2011

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:

W.A.S.P. (Headliners)
Devin Townsend Project
Lawnmower Deth
October File

Immortal (Headliners)
Rhapsody Of Fire
Grave Digger
Angel Witch
The Rotted
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One

Motorhead (Headliners)
Morbid Angel
Napalm Death
Power Quest
Survivors Zero

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Byfrost Streaming Two New Songs

Blackened metallers Byfrost have debuted two tracks from their second full-length album "Of Death." The two tracks "Of Death" and "Buried Alive" can be heard on the band's MySpace page at this location.

The 8 track album, which is due for release on AFM Records in June in both CD and LP formats, was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in the band's home town of Bergen, Norway, and was produced by Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen together with Byfrost, and co-produced by Enslaved guitarist Ice Dale. Mastering was carried out by Knut Fug Prytz at the Magica Mastering Studio. Artwork for the album, which can be viewed after the jump, was once again in the hands of Christian Sloan Hall, known for his work with bands like Dimmu Borgir and Slayer.

The track listing for "Of Death" is as follows:

1. May the Dead Rise
2. Eye for an Eye
3. Buried Alive
4. Of Death
5. Full Force Rage
6. Shadow of Fear
7. Sorgh
8. All Gods are Gone More...

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Byfrost Signs To AFM Records

Norwegian thrash/black metal band Byfrost has inked a deal with AFM Records and will release a new record this year titled "Of Death."

"Of Death" was recorded in the Conclave and Earshot studios in Bergen, Norway with producers Herbrand Larsen and Bjornar Nilsen. The mastering for the new album will be done by Knut Fug Prytz. You can also check out Byfrost songs available for streaming through the band's MySpace page.

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