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Keep Of Kalessin

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Keep of Kalessin: Entering the Throne

It was a matter of time before new kings would enter the throne of Black Metal in Norway. No one really knows who the recent kings were either, so I think the scene needed some new troops to develop Black Metal in the right direction.

I was really excited about this gig with one of my favorite bands on the metal scene these days, Keep of Kalessin. I have seen them live a few times before, but then at bigger venues than this one. With their latest release "Armada" still playing in the back of my head, I was excited to see them in this small and intimate stage in the central park in Bergen, Norway. The venue is called Hulen and it is a cave combined with tunnels under the park, complete with traces from the Germans and the second world war. The place has been used as bomb shelter as well as a command center. More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Post Live Video Online

A video clip of Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN performing the song "Come Damnation" on September 26, 2006 in Paris, France has been posted online at this location (Windows Media).

KEEP OF KALESSIN features in its ranks Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech). The band performed a one-time, unique show with the duo MONOLITHIC on September 1 at the Trondheim Jazzfestival. The performance was previously described as "a concert where extreme metal meets jazz at an insanely high tempo."

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Satyricon Gear Up For Tour Diabolical

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will team up with KEEP OF KALESSIN and INSOMNIUM for their first European tour in three years. Dubbed "Tour Diabolical", the trek will take SATYRICON to countries they have never been before, like the Chech Republic, Hungary and Croatia. Many cities are destined for a first-time visit, like Newcastle, Bilbao, Warsaw, Nottingham, Antwerp and a few more. The dates are as follows:

Sep. 11 - GER - Hamburg - Knust
Sep. 12 - GER - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
Sep. 13 - GER - Bochum - Zeche
Sep. 15 - UK - Birmingham - Academy
Sep. 16 - UK - London - Islington
Sep. 17 - UK - Manchester - Academy
Sep. 18 - UK - Newcastle - Academy
Sep. 19 - UK - Glasgow - Cathouse
Sep. 20 - UK - Nottingham - Rock city
Sep. 21 - NL - Utrecht - De Helling
Sep. 22 - NL - Rotterdam - Baroeg
Sep. 23 - NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg
Sep. 24 - BEL - Antwerp - Hof ter Loo
Sep. 26 - FR - Paris - Locomotive
Sep. 27 - SP - Barcelona - KGB
Sep. 28 - SP - Madrid - Caracol
Sep. 29 - SP - Bilbao - Bilborock
Sep. 30 - FR - Lyon - CCO
Oct. 01 - CH - Fribourg - Frison
Oct. 03 - IT - Milan - Alcatraz
Oct. 04 - SLO - Ljubljana - VKP Mediapark
Oct. 05 - CRO - Zagreb - Boogaloo
Oct. 06 - HUN - Budapest - A38
Oct. 07 - AT - Wien - Planet Music
Oct. 08 - CZ - Prague - Abarton
Oct. 10 - PL - Wroclaw - WZ Club
Oct. 11 - PL - Warsaw - Proxima Club
Oct. 12 - GER - Berlin - Kato
Oct. 13 - GER - Saarbrucken - Garage
Oct. 14 - GER - Munchen - Kleiner Elserhalle
Oct. 15 - GER - Stuttgart – Röhre

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Keep Of Kalessin New Song Online

Norwegian Black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have uploaded "The Black Uncharted"- a song from their upcoming album Armada, due out in US on May 16. The band have also revealed the complete tracklisting: More...

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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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Keep of Kalessin Set Release Date For New Album

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech, also a touring guitarist for SATYRICON) on guitars/bass/synth, have set a March 27, 2006 release date for their new album, entitled "Armada". "KEEP OF KALESSIN has currently picked up working on the album and will finish it by 1st December," the band write on their web site. "A huge promo campaign is planned and the album is already anticipated as one of the best metal releases of 2006! Combining the atmosphere of EMPEROR's 'In the Nightside Eclipse' with a great dynamic production and the takeoffs in 'Come Damnation', you will experience chills down your spine on every song!!"

KEEP OF KALESSIN's "Armada" will be released via the Norwegian label Tabu Recordings, a division of Tuba Records. Vyl is playing drums on the album and a new bass player, Wizziac, is being introduced. MAYHEM singer Attila Chisar is doing some additional vocals, but he will not be the frontman anymore. The band will try out different vocalists in the studio to find the one who matches the music best. The group's complete lineup will be revealed when the recording sessions are completed.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released in December 2003 through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order.

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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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Keep of Kalessin Added To Immortal Trbute

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grrnbech, also a touring guitarist for SATYRICON) on guitars/bass/synth, have reportedly been confirmed for the upcoming IMMORTAL tribute album, "Epimythion - Tribute to Immortal", tentatively due this fall via Greece's Townsend Avalanche Music. KEEP OF KALESSIN have yet to announce which IMMORTAL track they will be covering for the collection, which will be mastered at Strype Audio in Oslo, Norway by Tom Kvalsvoll.

"Epimythion - Tribute to Immortal" will feature the following track listing:

KEEP OF KALESSIN - TBA
SUNN O))) - "Cursed Realms Of The Winterdemons"
BEYOND DAWN - "Storming Through Red Clouds And Holocaust Winds"
VREID - "As The Eternity Opens"
OCD+BRAINCONTROLLER - "Pure Holocaust"
ENDWARFMENT - "Unsilent Storms In The North Abyss"
TRAGEDY BEGINS - "The Sun No Longer Rises"
ZWEIZZ - "Blacker Than Darkness"
ENTHRONED - "Eternal Years on the Path to the Cemetary Gates"
AURA NOIR - t.b.c.
SETH - "Battles in the North"
FUNERAL PROCESSION - "A Perfect Vision of the Rising Northland"

KEEP OF KALESSIN recently entered the studio to begin recording their new album, "Armada", tentatively due in September via the Norwegian label Tabu Recordings, a division of Tuba Records. Vyl will be playing the drums on the album and a new bass player, Wizziac, will be introduced. MAYHEM singer Attila Chisar will be doing some additional vocals, but he will not be the frontman anymore. The band will try out different vocalists in the studio to find the one who matches the music best. The group's complete lineup will be revealed when the recording sessions are completed.

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Keep Of Kalessin Comments On Mayhem Singer

KEEP OF KALESSIN/SATYRICON guitarist Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt "Sid" Grønbech) has commented on the recent announcement that KEEP OF KALESSIN's vocalist, Attila Chisar, has rejoined Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM as the full-time replacement for previous singer Maniac. Writing to the band's official web site, Obsidian said that he doesn't what effect this will have on KEEP OF KALESSIN yet, but that he understands that MAYHEM will be Attila's top priority.

"I have known this would happen for some time now and we're ready for whatever effect it will have on KEEP OF KALESSIN," Obsidian said.

"KEEP OF KALESSIN has 6-7 songs ready for the next album and alot of material that just needs rehearsing and arranging," he continued. "Since I will do a new U.S. tour with SATYRICON in December, we're aiming for a studio session with KALESSIN in March with release in early summer, depending on how busy I will be with SATYRICON in January and February. The entire line-up for the next album will be revealed at a later time."

KEEP OF KALESSIN recently parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON) due to the long distance between him and Obsidian. Replacing him in the group's lineup is the band's old drummer Vyl.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press.

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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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Keep Of Kalessin Video Available For Download

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech) on guitars/bass/synth and Attila Chisar (ex-MAYHEM, ABORYM) on vocals, have made their video for the song "Come Damnation" available for download at this location. "The video is DRM protected, but you can play it for free!" the band write on their web site. "The reason for this is that KEEP OF KALESSIN is getting ready for the future by beta-testing a new distribution system for digital media. For more info please visit www.legiomedia.com. This is the #1 solution for small bands and labels to fully customize your online distribution of music, video and live streaming!"

KEEP OF KALESSIN recently parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON) due to the long distance between him and Obsidian. Replacing him in the group's lineup is the band's old drummer Vyl.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order. A new full-length album is tentatively expected in the spring/early summer 2005.

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