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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 Announce New Album Title, Track Listing

VREID, the new Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We have been working in our dungeon (studio 1184) with our second album since September. The recordings were finished by late November, and we have now been mixing the album for a couple of weeks. The mixing of the album was done at Subsonic Society studio together with Lars Klokkerhaug. Working with Lars was a pleasure as always. We feel that we have really found the formula and the right sound for this album; raw, powerful and grooving as hell. The last step of the process is the mastering of the album. On the 20th of January we will go to Tailor Maid studio in Stockholm and put the last make up on this beast. Release is set [for] March 27, 2006 through Tabu Records and worldwide distribution by Candlelight Records."

Entitled "Pitch Black Brigade", the album will contain the following eight songs:

01. Då Draumen Rakna
02. Pitch Black
03. Left To Hate
04. The Red Smell
05. Hengebjørki
06. Our Battle
07. Hang 'Em All
08. Eit Kapitell For Seg Sjølv

Commented Hváll: "I am very satisfied with the album. I sincerely think this is the best album I have ever been working on. It is a continuance of 'Kraft', but yet rawer, far more rocking and more epic than ever before. Lyrically, the album is inspired by a lot of the brutal and grim historical events from the last centuary. Science-fiction seems bleak compared to the ugly history of our ancestors.

"We will also be making a video for the song 'Pitch Black'. The recording for this video will take place in January, and the video should be available at the same time as the release of the album.

"We hope to play as much live as possible after the release of 'Pitch Black Brigade', and we have already started the process of booking concerts. If you want to watch VREID live this year, make sure that you tell your local concert/festival management so. Spread the word and we'll be coming to a scene near you soon. All booking related questions can be send to vreid@vreid.no."

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Vreid To Begin Recording Sophomore Album

VREID, the new Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), will enter Hváll's Studio 1184 during the summer to begin recording their second album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Tabu Recordings. VREID will also be recording a couple of cover songs within the next few weeks for possible use on as-yet-undisclosed tribute albums. More information will be made available soon.

In other news, VREID have been confirmed for the Motstøy festival, set to take place September 3 in Notodden, Norway. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are THULSA DOOM, MYRKSKOG, GRIFFIN, PAIN OF SALVATION and THE CUMSHOTS, among others.

VREID's debut CD, "Kraft", was recorded Studio 1184 and was mixed at Subsonic Society Studio (SUSPERIA, WINDIR, RED HARVEST, DARKTHRONE) 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." 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.

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Inferno Festival Update

According to organisers, MANTAS and NECROPHAGIST have cancelled their shows at the Inferno Festival "due to health issues within the band and close family." Their replacements are NATTEFROST and HATESPHERE. The Inferno Festival is held March 24th-26th in the two room venue known as John Dee's and Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. The bands alternate stages, between the balconied upstairs room (capable of holding a couple thousand people), to the smaller, downstairs John Dee, limited to a few hundred.

This year's lineup is as follows: More...

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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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