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Latest Susperia News

Below is our complete Susperia 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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Susperia Recruits New Vocalist

After announcing the departure of vocalist Athera at the end of May, Susperia has now issued the following statement about bringing on a new member:

"Finally we are ready to reveal who the new singer of Susperia is! It is no other than the great Bernt Fjellestad from Guardians Of Time!

"We have known Bernt for a long time and he has stepped in as a vocalist for Susperia on several occasions over the last years.

"We know that this talented singer and good friend will fit perfectly in the Susperia family, and we will now let you listen to a few snippets from the pre-production of our new album. Hope you like it!" More...

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Athera Leaving Susperia

Susperia vocalistt Athera has issued the following announcement online via Facebook about departing the group:

"Ladies and gentlemen. I bid you farewell. At least for a good while. Considering my health situation and lack of progress contributing anything to my beloved band the last few years I have decided to pull myself out of the mix and let the guys continue on without me.

"We remain the best of friends and this is not a breakup due to any bad circumstances. It's simply me realizing I cannot deliver what you as fans and the band expects of me anymore. And I do not want to hold this brilliant band back anymore. They deserve better and you guys deserve to hear more new music.

"It is with regret and sadness I now do this, but trust me, it is the best for all parties involved. I am left with a strange feeling. Susperia has been with me for almost half my life and it is my family. So this hurts. But for me staying in the band any further would hurt you guys and the band even more. I don't know what will happen in the future, if they will get a new inspired vocalist or if Memnock will do the vocals (I vote YEAH!!) but something good will come of this in the form of a new album, or maybe even two!

"Maybe I'll pull the Bruce Dickinson/Rob Halford and make a return one day to the band. But for now I am out guys. I thank you so much for all the support through the years. From the bottom of my broken heart. Sorry we've been away for so long. Susperia will be back. One way or another. All my love and gratefulness."

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Susperia Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage is now online, courtesy of YouTube user "farshas333," of Supseria performing the song "Chemistry" live at the Devilstone Open Air festival this past July. Check out the clip in the player below.

Susperia will also be heading off for a Norwegian tour later this month with ICS Vortex. Full details are available over here.

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ICS Vortex Announces Norwegian Tour

ICS Vortex will be embarking on the "Frozenpulsar" Norwegian tour this coming November with Rendevous Point and Susperia.

Dates are available in the tour poster below. ICS Vortex will be touring in support of latest solo album "Storm Seeker" (reviewed here). More...

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Susperia Posts "We Are The Ones" Trailer

Susperia will be releasing the 10 year compilation album "We Are the Ones" on November 11th, 2011. A teaser trailer for the release has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The track listing for "We Are The Ones" is as follows:

1. We Are The Ones (new song)
2. Devil May Care (orchestral version)
3. The Bitter Man (orchestral version)
4. Cut From Stone (orchestral version)
5. Nothing Remains (Eurovision Song Contest contribution)
6. The Hellchild (demo version)
7. Illusions Of Evil (demo version)
8. Of Hate We Breed (demo version)
9. The Coming Of A Darker Time (demo version)
10. Behind Consecrated Walls (demo version) (previously only available as bonus track)

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Susperia To Issue 10 Year Anniversary Compilation

Norwegian black/thrash band Susperia will release a compilation album marking the band's 10 year anniversary entitled "We Are the Ones" on November 11, 2011 through Candlelight Records.

The track listing for "We Are The Ones" is:

1. We Are The Ones (new song)
2. Devil May Care (orchestral version)
3. The Bitter Man (orchestral version)
4. Cut From Stone (orchestral version)
5. Nothing Remains (Eurovision Song Contest contribution)
6. The Hellchild (demo version)
7. Illusions Of Evil (demo version)
8. Of Hate We Breed (demo version)
9. The Coming Of A Darker Time (demo version)
10. Behind Consecrated Walls (demo version) (previously only available as bonus track)

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More Chrome Division Album Details Revealed

Chrome Division, the rock/metal act that includes Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir, recently announced the shooting of two new music videos off the band's upcoming third full-length album. Nuclear Blast Records has now checked in with the following update about the band's as-yet-untitled release:

"Norwegian doomsday rock n rollers Chrome Division featuring notorious Dimmur Borgir singer Shagrath on guitar, just finished the work on the bands new album.

"The yet untitled effort will contain the following tracks, among others: 'Unholy Roller,' 'Fight,' 'Zombies & Monsters,' 'Bulldogs Unleashed,' and 'Join The Ride.'

"Furthermore the album will feature the first recordings of new vocalist Shady Blue (better known as Athera from Susperia) who replaced Eddie Guz in 2009.

"The third Chrome Division release was recorded at Marius Strand Studio, Oslo and is set to be unleashed in the first half of 2011."

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Susperia To Enter Eurovision Song Contest

Norwegian metal outfit Susperia has been confirmed as Norway's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Germany on May 14th next year. They will be joined at the performance by former Dimmu Borgir keyboardist, Mustis.

Says Susperia frontman Athera: "We are not afraid to lose credibility, a competition needs variation. We know how good our music is, with great melodies, energy and hooks in the songs. With this in mind, we want to let the big masses discover our music, and enjoy our hidden treasures.

"It has been a new gift for me and very inspiring to gather with Susperia. Since Elvorn and I established our first band in 1995 as kids, then meeting Memnock and knowing Tjodalv from my early days in Dimmu Borgir, it felt very natural to sit down and start to be creative again together with my old friends. I don't think keyboard is for just any kind of metal band or band in general, but Susperia have the open mind for this and the right elements for sure, and we agree that something really good can come out of this. We made a killer song together that`s going to be performed at the Norwegian Eurovision!! I really can't wait to perform again with a band that in a very dynamic way lift each other’s instruments and Atheras amazing vocals all together."

UPDATE: We've received word that the band first needs to participate in "Melodi Grand-Prix" Norwegian national selection and win this competition to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest. We are awaiting clarification from the band on whether or not that is the case.

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Susperia Debuts Video For "Character Flaw" Online

Norwegian blackened thrash act Susperia is premiering their newest video starting today. The Oslo-based five-piece posted the video for the song “Character Flaw,” which can be viewed below.

The Daniel William Bones directed performance video continues the band’s use of apocalyptic imagery, as featured on their latest album “Attitude,” and celebrates the return to action of vocalist Athera, who was sidelined earlier this year from a near-fatal heart attack that stemmed from a previously undiagnosed heart defect, according to the band’s publicist, EarSplit PR. More...

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Chrome Division Parts Ways With Vocalist

Chrome Division has issued the following update about parting ways with their vocalist Eddie Guz:

"We thought it would be the right time for a little update from Hell, to all the Chromers out there. A lot of things are happening in the Chrome Camp these days, and not everything is ok for some...

"First and foremost, we’ve decided to part ways with Eddie Guz, the voice of Chrome since 2005. He’s out, due to lack of dedication and commitment to the band. Since the band is more active than ever, it would only slow down the tempo of achieving their future goals.

"This decision needed to be done for the benefit of Chrome Division. Eddie Guz will still remain a friend and a drinking buddy, but sometimes friendship and music don’t always blend easily together.

"But we ensure our fans that there is no need to worry. In February Shady Blue (Athera of Susperia) stepped in for Eddie on a gig in Germany, and the result was very pleasing for both the band and fans. So we are happy to announce that Shady Blue has now become a full worthy permanent singer in Chrome Division. More...

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Susperia Announces Norwegian Tour Dates

Norway's Susperia has announced the following Norwegian tour dates in support of their latest album, entitled "Attitude:"

09/02 - Hulen, Bergen, Norway
09/03 - Union Scene, Drammen, Norway
09/04 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway
09/05 - Maskinistenes Hus, Tønsberg, Norway
09/09 - Scene 37, Horten, Norway More...

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Susperia Making Music Video For "Character Flaw"

Norway's Susperia has issued the following announcement about working on a new music video:

"We are currently working on a video for the song 'Character Flaw' with up and coming Director / Producer Daniel Bones. Filming has already taken place in Oslo last month and the footage is now being edited. The video will continue the apocalyptic theme that's featured in the artwork on the 'Attitude' album."

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Sarke, Tom Gabriel Warrior Join Forces At Wacken

Norway's Sarke, featuring Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) and Sarke (Tulus, Khold), will be joined by legendary Tom Gabriel Warrior (Triptykon, ex-Celtic Frost and Hellhammer) for their performance on this year's Wacken Open Air. Together, they will perform the Celtic Frost classic "Dethroned Emperor."

The Sarke band comments: "We are all massive fans of Tom and his music, and we are honored to share the stage with him at Wacken!"

Tom Gabriel Warrior adds: "It's an honor and a privilege to be invited to appear onstage with Sarke, a group whose line-up doesn't only contain personal friends but also musicians I respect deeply. We shall make our appearance at Wacken a truly special event!"

Since the recording of their debut album, "Vorunah," Sarke has grown to become a real band, and the live line-up is now officially part of the band. Sarke's line-up is completed with Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect, Thornbound, ex-Borknagar), Cyrus (Susperia) and Anders Hunstad (El Caco, Autopulver, Morten Abel). The band is already working on new material, and a new album is expected in 2010.

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Susperia Vocalist Set To Return At Steinkjer Fest

Athera (Pål Mathiesen), vocalist for Norwegian thrashers SUSPERIA, is set to return to the stage at the Steinkjer Festival in Norway on Friday, June 26, 2009. The singer, who earlier this year suffered a heart attack that resulted in major open heart surgery, has made a rapid recovery and doctors have now given him the go ahead to make his comeback.

Athera recently gave his first interview since the heart attack to Belgium's Metal Nose. Talking about his new perspective on life he said, "I haven't seen the light or anything but things are certainly different. I would never ever dare to touch any kind of drugs anymore and I don't understand now how people can pull smoke into their lungs and stuff like that, even though I used to love it. I guess you must go through something like this to realize the dangers and insanity of some of the bad things in life." You can read that full interview here.

SUSPERIA's fifth studio album, "Attitude," was released last month via Candlelight Records, entering the official Norwegian Album Charts at position No. 28, whilst in the USA it was the No. 3 most added album on specialist Rock Radio Playlists. "Attitude" is the band's debut for the Candlelight label and features guest appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir). Recording took place at Strand Studio and Studio Cyrus, Norway, with the mix being completed at Studio Fredman in Sweden by Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Opeth).

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Susperia Issues Tour Recap

Susperia has issued the following post-tour update:

"We're back from the UK tour and the madness of being on the road is at an end. Thanks to all you metal heads who helped us kick ass!! A most enjoyable experience to once again see the Susperia hordes showing their support. It was good to see old friends and also to get some new fans on board. Our touring buddies - Breed 77, Illuminatus and Sworn Amongst - were all top class guys and a joy to be on the road with.

"As always none of this is possible without the guys behind the scenes keeping the whole circus on the road. So big thanks to our crew Dave, Solj, Daz and Martin for suffering the whims and stresses that we put you through - we do appreciate what you do. We have to give a special mention to Bernt Fjellestad who made the tour possible. He did an excellent job standing in for Athera on vocals at short notice. Thanks Bernt we really appreciate it. Athera will be back soon, so keep checking in."

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Onslaught And More Added To Hard Rock Hell III

The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales has added some more bands to the current bill. The event will now feature performances from British thrash metal legends Onslaught as well as Evile, Toxic Holocaust and Susperia. The festival will be held between December 4th - 6th in Prestatyn in North Wales.

The lineup is now as follows:


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Stand In Live Susperia Vocalist Announced

Susperia has issued the following announcement about a temporary live replacement for their vocalist Athera as he recovers from open heart surgery:

"Athera has now left hospital and is back home recuperating. He is working on getting himself back into working order and is aiming to be back on stage soon. We'll keep you updated on his progress.

"Only a few days to go until 'Attitude' hits the stores and we hit the UK for some serious metal madness! We've left it a bit late but we can now tell you that Bernt Fjellestad from the Norwegian band Guardians Of Time will stand in for Athera on the UK tour. We've been rehearsing with him and it's all sounding great. Athera has even been down to rehearsals to give him some tips!"

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Susperia Announces New Album Details

Susperia has announced that their new album "Attitude" is currently available for pre-order through Candlelight Records. The band issued the following statement about the album:

"The latest album from Susperia strikes with not only power but shines with their unique sense of melody. Featuring guests appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir)!"

The track listing will be as follows:

1. The Urge
2. Live My Dream
3. Attitude
4. Elegy And Suffering
5. Sick Bastard
6. Another Turn
7. Mr. Stranger
8. Character Flaw
9. The One After All

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Susperia Vocalist Has Successful Heart Surgery

Susperia has issued the following update about their vocalist undergoing open heart surgery:

"Despite further complications SUSPERIA singer Athera (Pal Mathiesen) successfully underwent open heart surgery on Monday 16th March 2009 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. Originally scheduled to have a triple by pass operation, surgeons discovered further problems which resulted in the vocalist also having a main artery - which previously ran to his lungs - connected directly to his heart. Athera will remain in hospital to recuperate and has been advised by doctors that full recovery will take between three and five months.

"Still in some agony from his ordeal and in reflective mood, Athera said: "Wow - Well what happened there!! It looks like this time my name wasn't on the guest list at the pearly gates or the other place down below. I got through the surgery and I'm now back in the regional hospital after five days at the specialist heart clinic. Here in my hospital bed I'm contemplating the enormity of what happened - the what if's and the what might have been. I'm in agony but the strong medication helps. It was a heavy operation having my body parts re-arranged - If a musician ever needed a "TUNE UP" I hope this was it. There are some tough times ahead but I will get there in the end." More...

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Susperia Vocalist To Undergo Open Heart Surgery

SUSPERIA vocalist Athera (Pal Mathieson) remains under close observation at Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway following his heart attack last week. The singer has been diagnosed with a previously undetected genetic disorder that will require the replacement of three narrowed arteries and three heart valves. He will undergo a triple heart by-pass operation through open heart surgery today, on Monday, March 16th 2009. Meanwhile the singer is being kept on heavy doses of medication to keep his blood thin and his heart rate down.

Though in a serious, but stable condition, a highly spirited and medicated Athera speaking from his hospital bed sent the following message:

"Hey everyone out there in the metal universe - friends and strangers. Thanks for all your messages of support. I'm lying here in the hospital reading them all and it's really nice to see that so many of you have taken the time to send them. It's overwhelming. I've had a big shock and it's not something I would want anyone to experience. You know, I always wanted to hit the headlines - but not in this way! Looks like the SUSPERIA curse has hit again, a new album and tour on the way and one of us complicates it all. But damn it, we will never let anything stop us - ever! Even if death itself comes knocking and believe me it did. I am undergoing open heart surgery this Monday to replace some broken valves and veins, and then this metal heart will beat once again. The Doc(tor) says I'll be back stronger than ever. I will have to spend a long time in the hospital, but it's not that bad. You should see the nurses taking care of me. Could be worse. Looking forward to getting back up and on the road again. Sorry for the shows that I'm not going to be able to do. I will make it up to you guys. You all make me stronger, I am truly grateful."

Future plans for SUSPERIA remain mixed. However the band has confirmed the postponement of Norwegian dates, which were set for April 09. Their UK tour in May with Breed 77 will go ahead at the insistence of Athera himself. He has urged the band not to let their UK fans down and to look at finding a replacement vocalist.

The release of SUSPERIA's next studio album is still set for early summer as planned, through the band's new label Candlelight Records. Full details will be announced shortly.

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