"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1997
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active


1349, named for the year the plague hit Norway in the 14th Century, found immediate cult status with the recording and release of their self-titled mini-album in 2001. Word of mouth spread like the plague about the band's musical offering, and Frost, who initially joined the group as a session musician, would later ask to become a permanent member. Vocalist Ravn, guitarists Tjalve and Archaon, and bassist Seidemann agreed and 1349 was complete. The band signed to Candlelight Records in late 2002.

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Below is our complete 1349 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Contraband Candy Posts "Inferno Festival Special"

Part 1 of the Contraband Candy 3-part Inferno Festival Special is online, featuring three great interviews with Frost and Ravn of 1349, Obsidian C of Keep of Kalessin and King, talking about Sahg. And that's just for starters. Included in the festival craziness are unique live clips and video plus original live gig photography by Maud of Darkvision Photography.

You can watch Part 1 of the "Inferno Festival Special" here (or below).

Part 2 will be released in exactly a week's time on May 14 and Part 3 will follow on May 21. More...

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Book On Norwegian Black Metal Due In May

American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.

Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.

"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

The book is comprised of:

* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more

* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)

* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."

For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.

Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.

Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...

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Unleashed, Gorefest & Gorgoroth To Play Inferno

Unleashed, Gorefest and Gorgoroth have been added to the Inferno Metal Festival set to take place in Oslo, Norway on March 19-22.

Gaahl of Gorgoroth will be speaking at the Inferno Music Conference. This is a tandem event with Inferno Festival during the daytime hours.

Other bands confirmed for the festival include Behemoth, Tristania, Cult of Luna, Satyricon, 1349, Overkill and Destruction.

For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net

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1349 Continue Work On New Material

Norwegian black metallers 1349 have issued the following update:

“As many of you might already know, Frost recently had an accident where he fell and broke his leg. He is currently in hospital. In the meantime, the rest of the band will continue to work on the things that don’t require Frost to be present, and wish him a quick recovery.”

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Overkill Confirmed For Inferno Festival

US thrash legends OVERKILL are confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Inferno Festival is being held in Oslo, Norway from March 19th-22nd at the following venues: Rockefeller, John Dee, Sentrum Scene, Garage, Maiden and Rock In. The confirmed lineup is now as follows: SATYRICON (headliners), DESTRUCTION, SHINING, SKITLIV, 1349 and TULUS. The full schedule will be announced at their kick-off in January. The tickets for the 2008 edition of the festival are now available.

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1349 Frontman Speaks On Next Album

MTUK metal 'zine recently conducted an interview with 1349 vocalist Ravn and bassist Seidemann. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

MTUK: Have you been in song writing mode or anything like that?

Ravn: We are in, like, limbo state. We have this tour going on and we have a lot of new material which is in the process of being made and a lot of shit is happening and has been for the last six months actually and will be also for some time. Everything is like…we're juggling a lot of balls in the air and we have to get them down one at a time to make the bits fall together the way we want it. So in many ways you can say the feeling in the band is tense, but in a good way, because a lot of shit is happening, everybody's on the spot to get the best out of it, to grab the moment, so to speak. To get the band to the next level, which will, of course, result in a new album being released.

MTUK: When is that due to be released? Is there a date yet?

Ravn: No… next year… We've scheduled the studio for December.

MTUK: What kind of direction is the new material going to take?

Ravn: Well, it's hard to say…

Seidemann: It's going to be 1349, there's no doubt about that; it will probably still be black metal…

MTUK: Is it going to be a bit darker like "Hellfire" was?

Ravn: In many ways it will be wilder and darker, deeper. We've done so far for each album, things that have been stretched in all directions. The clarity of the music and the songs have kind of stretched in all directions…slower parts and faster parts…it's had to be more extreme in all directions. General feeling so far is that this is still going on, on the next album. So now we have a more settled sound and way of making our music that will of course be the main path of the album. We are not interested in repeating ourselves on any album, so it will be something different…of course not revolutionary new, but we are not out to make a revolution. We just want to make the music that we want to make. That is the main focus; we need to make an album that we are happy with, that really does it for us, something that makes the whole process easier to go out and defend it in interviews and say we're really happy with this album. We won't release an album unless we get that feeling, so we have to work until we've completed all of that. I'm confident that we'll come a long way in December.

MTUK: Since Tjalve's departure, has anyone in particular taken more charge of the songwriting or is it a group effort mostly?

Ravn: Archaon is writing most of the music but in general everyone is pitching in. We have riffs, maybe some ways of arranging the songs which is done in the rehearsal room to put the song together, but Archaon has grown a lot writing songs and the structure. He has his very own way of making songs and thinking them out…obviously he got a lot better, it's two years since "Hellfire" came out. He's grown a lot as a musician. Tjalve's departure…his riffs and playing style was very different to Archaon's and people who liked that will probably miss that. I think a lot of the types of riffs and music that Tjalve made is still very present though and Archaon has of course played this over the years. They both inspired each other with what they did…it's kind of a merging so that he leaves and Archaon draws influence from the older material but making new material and new paths. We look backwards and forwards at the same time, trying to combine the two into one. That's what we've always done, creating black metal in general…looking backwards and forwards for inspirations and visions to come together.

MTUK: How is the relationship with Candlelight going?

Ravn: Well it's a record label like any other…they do their thing and we do ours…

MTUK: Any conflicts?

Ravn: There are always conflicts with any label. We are happy with them on some issues and not on others. It's all about making it work…it's a normal relationship, with good and bad terms like any other band has. I don't think there's any band that's 100% happy with their label and…

Seidemann: I don't think every label is happy with their bands.

Ravn: But of course if the band makes a lot of money for the label, they are willing to stretch more…in the process of building a band so to speak. It's a difficult thing for a label to do from their side. There are so many bands…who do you put your money on? It's an ongoing process.

MTUK: Hahaha! Do you have any particular favourite bands at the moment…what do you think of present day black metal scene?

Ravn: Hmmm…I have no opinion about this…

Seidemann: Nooo…I mean, current-day black metal…I don't pay attention anymore. Of course this could be the time for shameless self-promotion like a lot of other bands, but I'm going to stay clear of that. So no I don't have any idea…I fell off the black metal scene as it was, around the time we started doing gigs and touring. When you play black metal every day, the first thing you want to hear when you come home is not black metal.

MTUK: What do you typically listen to then?

Seidemann: Folk music, classical music, progressive stuff, jazz, anything that's got a heart and soul, any music that you can feel has been done properly. I mean there's no use turning on the radio because all you hear is mass-produced shit. Any music that speaks with a proper voice and with emotion…that's what I listen to.

Ravn: But we did have the release of the new MAYHEM album.

Seidemann: Yeah, that was great! That was really good!

Ravn: And of course DARKTHRONE have released a new album.

Seidemann: Yes that was good too.

MTUK: Yep, they're still alive!

Ravn: Yes, very much so. The last two, since signing with Peaceville again, it's revitalized the band, so to speak, because on Moonfog they kind of fell into this…

MTUK: Hole?

Ravn: Yeah basically. Good albums but they sounded much the same and there wasn't anything particular about them. Now the sound has changed and the attitude in the band I think is turning back to their roots. But DARKTHRONE has never been like that. Going from strict death metal into the black metal path; they have not been in that punk era which they are entering now. Maybe in the end they'll find the strict way of black metal…which is the path we have come on so to speak, even though if you listen hard enough you can hear a lot of punk attitudes and music that generated from a lot of older thrash metal. There's a lot of thrash influence in 1349. That also makes the biggest difference from most other black metal bands. They try to move their music into a more rock-based thing. To draw from the thrash scene is different, it's more aggressive…

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1349 Confirmed For Inferno Festival

Norwegian black metallers have 1349 have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Inferno metal festival, set to take place March 19-22, 2008 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Noway. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:


The full lineup will be announced at the Inferno kick-off party at John Dee on January 26, but a few more bands will be revealed before Christmas.

The organizers of the Inferno festival recently announced plans to expand the event to four days in in 2008, with the total number of scheduled performers going up from 30 to 40.

In other news, Inferno organizers are launching the third edition of Inferno Music Conference (IMC) in 2008. Promoters, journalists, designers, artists, managements, labels, venues, booking agencies, photographers are welcome. Registration will start September 1. It will be four days (to be announced soon) of metal industry featuring keynote speakers, panels, speed meeting sessions, listening sessions, meet-and-greet parties every evening, black metal bus sightseeing, Inferno Metal Expo and more.

For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net.

1349 released its third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. in October 2005 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a North American tour with Swiss avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST.

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1349 Announce Line Up For U.K. Tour

Norwegian black metallers 1349 have announced the band lineup that will embark on the upcoming UK tour. It will be as follows:

Ravn - vocals
Archaon - guitar
Seidemann - bass
Mads Gullbekkhei - drums
Blasphemer - guitar

The band will do signing sessions after all shows.

1349 UK tour dates:

Oct. 16 - Cathouse - Glasgow, Scotland
Oct. 17 - Junktion 7 - Nottingham, England
Oct. 18 - Underworld - London, England
Oct. 19 - Corporation - Sheffield, England
Oct. 20 - Damnation Festival - Leeds, UK

1349 released its third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. in October 2005 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a North American tour with Swiss avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST.

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Dam To Tour the UK with 1349

London-based extreme death-thrashers DAM will be touring the UK with 1349 in October. Here are the tour dates:

October 16 - (UK) Cathouse - Glasgow
October 17 - (UK) Junktion 7 - Nottingham
October 18 - (UK) Underworld - London
October 19 - (UK) Corporation - Sheffield

DAM recently released their second album, "The Difference Engine," on Candlelight Records.

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Averse Sefira To Open For Emperor In New York

Texan black metal outfit AVERSE SEFIRA are confirmed to perform in support of EMPEROR on Friday, June 1st, at BB King's in New York. The trio recently completed a North American tour with label-mates 1349, and they are slated to enter the studio in September to record their debut release for Candlelight.

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1349 To Headline Under The Black Sun Festival

The 2007 edition of Germany's Under The Black Sun open-air festival is scheduled for July 6th - 7th at Bernau, Helenenau (Germany). Norway's 1349 have been named as the festival headliners.

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Sahg Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, who feature in their ranks members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE, have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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1349 Cancel Sudbury Show

1349's show in Sudbury, Ontario on April 5th (at the Jubilee Centre) has been canceled, as the promoter went out of business. As previously reported, 1349's upcoming headline tour of North America with GOATWHORE, NACHTYMYSTIUM and AVERSE SEFIRA, kicked off yesterday in Tampa, FL (March 23rd). Confirmed dates include:

24 - Thee Imperial - Jacksonville, FL
25 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
26 - The Haven - Winter Park, FL
27 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
28 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
29 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
30 - The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY
31 - Mark's Showplace - Bedford, NH

1 - BB King's Blues Club - New York, NY
2 - L'Anti - Quebec City, QC
3 - Foufounes - Montreal, QC
4 - Petit Theater Du Vieux Noranda Royun - Noranda, QC
6 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
7 - Jigsaw - Parma, OH
8 - Colosseum - Mokena, IL
9 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
10 - Static Bar - Topeka, KS
11 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
13 - Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
14 - Showcase Theatre - Corona, CA
15 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
16 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM

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1349 Announce Touring Lineup and NYC After-Party

1349 have confirmed their lineup for the upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off late March. It is as follows:

Ravn - Vocals
Seidemann - Bass
Archaon - Guitar
Teloch - Guitar
Tony Laureano - Drums

There is a after party/meet n greet to be hosted @ DUFFs in Brooklyn, NY on April 1st. Here's a chance to come down and have a few drinks with the band at one of the best metal bars in the country. Visit myspace.com/duffsbrooklyn for more info.

The complete list of US tour dates are:

Mar. 23 - Crowbar, Tampa, FL
Mar. 24 - Thee Imperial, Jacksonville, FL
Mar. 25 - Culture Room, Ft. Lauerdale, FL
Mar. 26 - The Haven, Winter Park, FL
Mar. 27 - Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Mar. 28 - The Muse, Nashville, TN
Mar. 29 - Jaxx, Springfield, VA
Mar. 30 - The Loft, Poughkeepsie, NY
Mar. 31 - Mark's Showplace, Bedford, NH
Apr. 01 - BB King Blues Club, New York, NY
Apr. 02 - L'Anti, Quebec City, Quebec
Apr. 03 - Foufounes, Montreal, QC
Apr. 04 - Petit Theater du Vieux Noranda, Royun Noranda, QC
Apr. 05 - Jubilee Centre, Sudbury, ON
Apr. 06 - Opera House, Toronto, ON
Apr. 07 - Jigsaw, Parma, OH
Apr. 08 - Colosseum, Mokena, IL
Apr. 09 - Station 4, St. Paul, MN
Apr. 10 - Static Bar, Topeka, KS
Apr. 11 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Apr. 13 - Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA
Apr. 14 - Showcase Theatre, Corona, CA
Apr. 15 - Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
Apr. 16 - Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM

1349 released its third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. in October 2005 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a North American tour with Swiss avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST.

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.


More details as they become available.

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Swallow The Sun Added To Wacken Open Air Bill

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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1349, Goatwhore, Nachtmystium, etc. Tour Dates

Norwegian black metallers 1349 will return to the U.S. beginning on March 28th for their first headline tour of America. The tour will also feature Goatwhore, Nachtmystium and Averse Sefira. Here are the dates confirmed thus far:

3/28 Nashville TN @ The Muse
3/29 West Springfield VA @ Jaxx
3/30 Poughkeepsie NY @ The Loft
3/31 Bedford NH @ Mark's Place
4/1 New York NY @ BB King Blues Club
4/2 Quebec City QC @ L'Anti
4/3 Montreal QC @ FouFounes
4/4 Royun Noranda QC @ Petit Theater du Vieux Noranda
4/6 Toronto ON @ Opera House
4/9 St. Paul MN @ Station 4
4/13 Hollywood CA @ Knitting Factory
4/14 Corona CA @ Showcase Theater

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Napalm Death Confirmed For France's Hellfeset

British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Hellfest summer open-air 2007 festival, set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.

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Celtic Frost To Appear On HBB This Weekend

Swiss metal band CELTIC FROST will be appearing on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, September 30. The segment was taped when FROST played in New York City earlier this month. The show will also mark the "Headbanger's Ball" premier of the video for "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh", taken from their 2006 release "Monotheist".

"The tour and the audience's reactions have far exceeded all of our expectations," said bassist Martin Eric Ain, checking in from Calgary. "We have worked very hard to bring the FROST back, and the support of the people we have met so far during these shows has made it more than worthwhile. We are one-third into this tour, and we'd like to think there is much more to come and that we have much more to give."

Currently 14 shows into their 47-date North American tour, the band will perform Victoria, Canada Saturday night. On October 3, the band will be joined by SUNN O))) and GOATWHORE, replacing current supporting artists 1349 and SAHG.

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