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Formed: 2004
From: Sogndal, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Vreid News

Below is our complete Vreid 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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Vreid Issue Tour Report, New Live Photos Online

Norwegian band VREID, formed by ex- members of WINDIR, are currently touring Europe with Enslaved and have issued their first tour report:

After a horrible start with the ultimate shitty tour-bus, things got better when we got a new luxurious night-liner after the show in Rosenheim. Our new bus driver Tony Adams provided us with the best facilities since we left Norway.

Unfortunately all of Vreid got serious ill sleeping in the infested bus the so called Vikings Enslaved provided. But as soon as the stereo farting of Seg-Cato and Fet-Grutle from Poland had reached its climax the conditions were so horrific that a new bus had to be required.

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Enslaved Wins Norwegian Grammy Award

ENSLAVED has been honoured with a Grammy Award for their latest album, ISA. The Norwegian Grammy ceremony was held in Oslo, Norway at the Spectrum for the 33rd time on Saturday the 26th of February, and was broadcasted live on national TV. This is was the band´s third Grammy nomination. The other nominees in the metal genre ware MAYHEM and BLACK DEBBATH. Enslaved was not able to attend the actual ceremony as they are currently touring Europe, but guitarist Ivar Bjørnson had the following comment:

"This Grammy Award means very much to the band and reflects the recognition of our efforts not only for this record alone, but for years of hard work. After two nominations, it felt extremely good to get the recognition from the mainstream music circus and to finally finish first for a change."

Ivar Bjørnson's father took the stage, and received the Award on the band's behalf with the following statement: "there is more to the picture than meets the eye... Rock'n'Roll will never die!"

Enslaved has also received the independent Alarm Award for best metal album in 2004 for ISA. The other nominees were SUSPERIA, KHOLD, RED HARVEST and MAYHEM.

Enslaved is the first Norwegian band to be confirmed for this years Roskilde Festival (June 30th - July 3rd) in Denmark. Enslaved will also play the Fury Fest in France (June 24th - 26th in Le Mans) and Graspop in Belgium (June 24th - 26th in Dessel) this summer. Upcoming Enslaved dates with openers VREID are as follows: More...

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Windir DVD Postponed

Due to some technical problems with the printing of the "Sognametal" DVD, the release will be postponed to April/May. Since Vreid are currnently on a 6 week European tour with Enslaved, the problem can not be fixed before they return to Norway in the middle of March. An exact release date will be given ASAP.

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Enslaved Confirm European Tour Dates

Norway's ENSLAVED have confirmed the first dates for their upcoming ISA Europe Tour 2005, which will include support from VREID.

Also, Enslaved's latest album "ISA" ( due out through Candlelight Records in North America on February 8th) has been nominated for the "Bergen Album Of The Year 2004" prize by Norway's biggest regional newspaper Bergens Tidende. Head here to vote.

Back to the tour, here are the official dates:

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Vreid Set Debut Album Release Date

Candlelight Records has set a January 25, 2005 U.S. release date for "Kraft," the debut album from Norway's Vreid (Norwegian for "wrath"). Formed earlier this year, the band features the surviving members of Windir (Hváll on bass, Steingrim on drums and Sture on vocals/guitar), disbanded due to the unexpected death of singer/founder Valfar.

"Kraft" was recorded during the summer at Hváll's Studio 1184 and was mixed at Subsonic Society Studio (Susperia, Windir, Red Harvest, Darkhrone) in Oslo.

Vreid's music is being described as a continuation of the sound and style Hváll had created with Windir and Ulcus, but with "its own personal sound — a mixture of the ambience of Windir, the rawness of Norwegian black metal and the rocking groove of Motörhead." The lyrics are written both in Norwegian and English. Rounding out Vreid's lineup is a guitarist named Ese — a close friend of the Vreid members for years, and co-engineer on Windir's "Likferd" album.

Windir, founded by Valfar in 1994, leave behind four recordings, all recorded for Head Not Found Records. The band graced stages at Inferno, Quart and Hole in the Sky European Festivals plus an appearance (and now only U.S. show) at the Milwaukee Metal Fest. The band were set to record their fifth album and first to receive worldwide release via Candlelight/Tabu Records before Valfar's death.

"Kraft" track listing: More...

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Former Windir Members Resurface In Vreid

Following the tragic death of WINDIR frontman Terje ”Valfar” Bakken who died of hypothermia on January 17th, 2004 in Reppastølen, Norway, the rest of the band decided to move onto other projects.

The memorial concert for both Valfar and Windir occurred at the Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway on September 3rd. Vried (Norwegian word for wrath) is one of the new projects that has been formed which features three ex-Windir members - bassist Hváll, drummer Steingrim, vocalist/guitarist Sture Dingsøyr (vocals/guitar) - and new guitarist Ese. Ese has been a close friend of the Vreid members for years, and he was co-engineer on Windir's Likferd album from 2003.

More information will surface soon regarding a release date and label for Vreid's debut.

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