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Chton

Formed: 2000
From: Trondheim, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Chton News

Below is our complete Chton 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.

Chton Pushes Back Album Release

The new Chton album "The Devil Builds" has been delayed from its original release date. The album was set to be released on September 15th via GodEater Records, but due to unforeseen delays at the pressing plant the digipack CD has suffered a delay. The digital version of the album was released on time however, and can be found now at all major digital stores like iTunes, Spotify, WiMP etc.

A video teaser featuring excerpts of several songs from the new album "The Devil builds" has been posted online and can be viewed below. The video footage featured in the teaser was filmed at the band's concert at the 2012 Inferno Festival. This concert was the only time the vocals was handled by bassplayer Ola, before new vocalist Craig stepped in on main vocals in August 2012. More...

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Chton Recruits New Vocalist

Chton has announced the addition of new vocalist Craig (also in Demontera) to the band's ranks. After previous vocalist Terje left the band just after recording Chton's upcoming sophomore album "The Devil Builds," the band had a brief period as a 4-piece with bass-player Ola handling main vocals.

Now the band has found a dedicated vocalist in Craig, and Ola is back to handling bass and backing-vocals. Commented Torstein: "Now we have found a vocalist in Craig that has the guts and dedication to front Chton, giving 666% as he shreds his throat and spits blasphemies from the stage!"

Chton is set to host a release party for the upcoming album "The Devil builds" on September 15th at Fru Lundgrens in their hometown Trondheim. The new album's track listing is:

1. Faustian Resolve
2. Scavenger of a Dead World
3. Gods of The Flesh
4. Rise Black God
5. Death Awaits
6. Contagion (The Disease)
7. Lord and Master
8. Nithon Undertow
9. Ratbag (Abscess cover)
10. Babalon and The Beast conjoined

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Chton Reveals "The Devil Builds" Details

Norwegian death metal band Chton will release sophomore album "The Devil Builds" this coming September 15th via Godeater Records. The vinyl edition of the album is planned for early winter 2013. Digital distribution of the album will be also handled by Morningstar Music. The artwork is available below and the track listing is as follows:

1. Faustian Resolve
2. Scavenger of a Dead World
3. Gods of The Flesh
4. Rise Black God
5. Death Awaits
6. Contagion (The Disease)
7. Lord and Master
8. Nithon Undertow
9. Ratbag (Abscess cover)
10. Babalon and The Beast conjoined More...

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Chton Signs With Godeater Records

Norwegian death metal band Chton is proud to announce that the group's upcoming sophomore album "The Devil Builds" will be released on CD and vinyl in collaboration with German label Godeater Records. The CD will be released in autumn 2012 and a vinyl edition is planned for release in early winter 2013. The digital release of the album will be handled by Morningstar Music.

"The Devil Builds" will feature 10 songs, with confirmed titles announced as "Faustian Resolve," "Gods of the Flesh," and "Babalon and The Beast Conjoined."

"The Devil Builds" was recorded and produced at Morningstar Studio with Arnt Obsidian Grønbech (Keep of Kalessin, Satyricon) at the helm. The album was mixed by Stamos Koliousis (Djerv, Mencea) at 210 Studio in Berlin, known for earlier work with Nattefrost, Gehenna and Vreid, among others.

Chton has previously shared stages with bands like Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Zyklon and many others, and plans are being made for a European tour to promote the release of "The Devil Builds."

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Chton Releasing Split With Cleaver

Dark and brutal deathmetallers Chton and dirty deaththrashers Cleaver are releasing a digital split-single titled "Screaming for Death" via Morningstar Music. Both bands hail from Trondheim, Norway, and both tracks on the digital split-single gives a taste of whats to come in the near future. The track listing is as follows:

1. Death Awaits (edit) - Chton
2. The Screams will break your throats - Cleaver

The split-single will be available from all the major digital stores including Itunes, Spotify, Amazon, and 7digital.

Chton is ready with sophomore album "The Devil builds," and is about to sign with a label for the release of the album. More info on this will be announced as the formalities are done. The album will be made available on both CD and vinyl in the autumn of 2012.

Cleaver is still looking for a label to release debut album "When there's no more room in Hell...". The album recording has been finished and features ten tracks of dirty old-school death/thrash. More...

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Chton Announces New Album "The Devil Builds"

Chton has returned from the living dead with the band's sophomore album "The Devil Builds" and is now looking for a label to help release it. The album features 10 tracks of dark and brutal death metal drenched in occult horror.

"The Devil Builds" was recorded and produced at Morningstar Studio with Arnt Obsidian Grønbech (Keep of Kalessin, Satyricon) at the helm, and mixed by Stamos Koliousis (Djerv, Mencea) at 2010 Studio in Berlin, known for earlier work with Vreid, Stonegard and Funeral. The band commented on its history and upcoming activity:

"Chton was founded in 1999 in Trondheim, Norway, and got the name around in the the Death Metal underground with the release of their debut album 'Chtonian Lifecode' (Retribute Records 2004). Chton has shered the stage with bands like Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Behemoth and many others, and got a lot of press attention and mentions by the likes of late BBC Radio1 legend John Peel and Fenriz of Darkthrone. Chton is set to play the 2012 Inferno Festival at the 4th of April at the club Blå along with Headspin and Manifest." More...

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Hemnur Begin Recording New Album

HEMNUR, the black metal project led by GRIMFIST vocalist Frediablo (GORELORD, ex-NECROPHAGIA) entered GodFed Studios on June 6 to begin recording their sophomore album, entitled "Kalde Faen". The follow-up to 2005's "Satanic Hellride" (Infernus Rex) is being described in a press release as "another primitive and vulgar black metal attack."

"Kalde Faen" will feature a guest appearance by CHTON frontman Terje on the track "Hell Is Dead". Another surprise guest appearance will be announced on the newly designed official HEMNUR web site within the next couple of days. A fall release via Infernus Rex is expected.

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Norwegian Metal Label Morningstar Records Is Born

MORNINGSTAR RECORDS is a new Norwegian label started by members of SATYRICON live, NECROPHAGIA, KEEP OF KALESSIN, CHTON, MANES and MAX MIDSUN. The first release on this new label will be BLOODTHORN's "Genocide," which will see a European release in February 2006.

The goal of Morningstar Records is to establish a solid independent label within quality metal and rock as a label run by musicians for musicians. Our intention is not to climb the ladder up through the underground, but to start no-holds-barred from the first release being "Genocide" by the Norwegian death metal-band Bloodthorn, their 4th studio album marking their 10th year from their first release in 1996.

After years of wanting to start a label focusing on the music itself and not on hype and hunt for profit, Morningstar Records was established by Keep of Kalessin mainman Arnt O. Grönbech. Arnt comments: "I was totally blown away when I heard the new Bloodthorn album 'Genocide' during their mixing-session in Godt Selskap studio, and I simply chose to buy the European rights for this crushing album. This is the album that will give the label a flying start, and prove the labels right to life!" Morningstar Records will focus on quality not quantity, and with the Head of Business and two producers from Godt Selskap Studio (known for recordings by bands like Necrophagia, Keep of Kalessin, Griffin, Chton, Manifest etc.) on board, this close co-operation with Godt Selskap gives Morningstar Records an advantage by the possibility to secure a professional recording of their artist. Plastichead is Morningstar Records' world distributor, and will make sure the music can be found in most retail stores, as well as specialist stores, across the globe.

You can view a photo of the MORNINGSTAR Staff here. From left to right, they are:

Kim Tungvåg (Max Midsun, head of business Godt Selskap studio)
Torstein Parelius (Manes, Chton)
Arnt O. Grönbech (Keep of Kalessin, Satyricon live)
Knut V. Prytz (Necrophagia, producer Godt Selskap Studio)
Rune Stavnesli (Max Midsun, producer Godt Selskap studio)

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Manes' EP, New Album Update

The tracks set to appear on the upcoming EP will be two new Manes bangers, covers of 16 Horsepower and Duran Duran, two remixes done by the US noise-guru Cordell Klier and another remix done by DJ Don Tomasso. The next full Manes album, given the working title "Invention - or how the world came to an end and why we did it", is now in pre-production, and the recording is set to start late summer 2005.

In related news, The Manes "1993-1994" LP is now released via Kyrck Productions. It consists of the two first Manes demos ("Maanens Natt" '93 and "Ned i Stillheten" '94) remastered together on heavy quality vinyl. It is limited to 600 copies w/12-page booklet in silver print, and the first 100 copies will also include an embroidered Manes patch. You can find more info here.

The song "Turn (simulation edit)", previously only released on the compilation-cd enclosed with the German magazine Mørkeskye #10, has now been uploaded at www.manes.info. The basic elements on this song was recorded at the same time as the pre-prod done for the album "Vilosophe" back in 2002, but some additional recording and mixing was done in late 2004.

Manes was started around the end of 92/early 93 and features, among others, members from bands like 3rd and the Mortal, Atrox and Chton. Manes has played live with bands like Isis, Katatonia, Red Harvest, Madder Mortem and Theater of Tragedy, and has played festivals like Quart, Inferno, Hole In The Sky and Southern Discomfort.

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Chton Announce New Drummer

CHTON, the Norwegian death metal band featuring Kenneth of KEEP OF KALESSIN and Torstein of MANES, have announced the addition of drummer Vegar "Vyl" Larsen (KEEP OF KALESSIN) to the group's ranks. "He is now our permanent drummer, and has already contributed to the songwriting process," the band write on their web site.

"For those of you who saw us in Bergen, Oslo, Kristiansand or Trondheim in 2004, [you] may be familiar with his skills, since he filled in for Vidar all through last autumn...

"We have two songs done already plus lots of loose riffs and parts, and we feel it'll be our strongest material ever! Dark, brutal and totally Chtonian death fucking metal!!!

"On a different note; we signed to Retribute Records for only one album, and we've chosen not to resign with them for our next album. Our plan is to have material for a full new album ready by late autumn 2005 and we're currently on the look-out for a label daring enough to release it..."

CHTON's debut album, "Chtonian Lifecode", was recorded, mixed and mastered at Godt Selskap Studio between April and June 2004 and was released last August through Retribute Records. The album includes guest vocals by Attila Csihar (MAYHEM, ex-TORMENTOR) and Frediablo (NECROPHAGIA, GRIMFIST). A full-length MP3 of the album track "Unholy Communion" can be downloaded at this location.

CHTON's next live appearance will take place on Saturday, July 23 at the Fosen Rock festival in Bjugn, Norway. Also scheduled to perform are GRIFFIN and TRIOSPHERE, among others.

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Manes Plan New EP, Full-Length Album

MANES, the Norwegian band featuring members of THIRD AND THE MORTAL, ATROX and CHTON, are planning a busy 2005, with the recording of an EP and a new full-length album (working title: "Invention - Or How The World Came To An End And Why We Did It"). The EP, titled "[view]", will include two new tracks, a couple of covers and four remixes.

MANES have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Quart festival, set to be held July 5-9 in Kristiansand, Norway. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include FOO FIGHTERS, GREEN DAY and MADDER MORTEM. Plans also exist for both Norwegian and foreign gigs in early 2005, as well as to shoot a music video.

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Chton Win Video Award

Chton, the Norwegian death metal band featuring Kenneth of Keep Of Kalessin and Torstein of Manes, won a "Silver Frame" award at the Euro-Filmforum Scandinavia festival in Oslo for their video "Book of Black Earth" (Windows Media). Also, photographer Lars Wara won a prize for one of the pictures he took of the band during the video shoot. Wara is featured in a two-page spread in this month's issue of the Norwegian photo magazine Fotografi.

Chton's debut album, "Chtonian Lifecode", was recorded, mixed and mastered at Godt Selskap Studio between April and June 2004 and was released in August through Retribute Records. The album includes guest vocals by Attila Csihar (ex-Mayhem, Tormentor) and Frediablo (Necrophagia, Grimfist). A full-length MP3 of the album track "Unholy Communion" can be downloaded at this location.

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Chton Post MP3 From Upcoming Debut Album

CHTON, the Norwegian death metal band featuring Kenneth of KEEP OF KALESSIN and Torstein of MANES, have posted a track from their upcoming debut album, "Chtonian Lifecode", at their official web site. The song, entitled "Unholy Communion", can be downloaded at www.chton.com.

"Chtonian Lifecode" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Godt Selskap Studio between April and June 2004 and is scheduled for release in early August through Retribute Records. The album includes guest vocals by Attila Csihar (ex-MAYHEM, TORMENTOR) and Frediablo (NECROPHAGIA, GRIMFIST).

"Chtonian Lifecode" track listing and upcoming gigs follow: More...

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