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Ragnarok

Formed: 1994
From: Sarpsborg, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Ragnarok News

Below is our complete Ragnarok 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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Ragnarok Parts Ways With Vocalist

Norwegian black metal outfit Ragnarok has announced an amicable parting of the ways with frontman Hans Fyrste.

Fyrste, who has been with the band since 2005 and performed vocals on two of the group's seven full-length albums - 2010's "Collectors of the King" and the latest release "Malediction" - is cutting back on his musical activities due to other personal and job-related commitments, which had already affected his ability to tour with Ragnarok at the end of last year. His last live appearance with the band was at this year’s Blastfest festival in February.

In a statement the frontman explained his decision: "The decision to leave Ragnarok, has been an extremely hard one to make. Jontho and Brigge brought me in to the horde in 2005, and this still stands as my biggest achievement as a musician. Personal circumstances have made it so that I will not be able to dedicate myself to Ragnarok, as much as it requires. It is with a heavy heart that we have come to an agreement, and I am pulling out of the band.

"All words fall short compared to how grateful I am for have taken part in this journey.Over the years we have experienced so many great achievements, and I would never have been without any of them. Being able to tour around the world, from Siberia to Rio de Janeiro, with supporting, passionate and faithful friends and fans in every city, has been a humbling experience. Every step of the way has also brought with it impressions, educating me to be a stronger person. Also learning so many new things, evolving to be the vocalist and human being I am today.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has made this journey possible. Without all my great friends and fans out there, nothing of this could have ever happened. Thank you! And finally, of course, thank you Jontho, DezeptiCunt and Bolverk. Thank you for all the great times on and off the stage. Thank you for everything we have gone through together. Thank you for the brotherhood and support! I leave RAGNAROK as a humble man, and wish my brothers all the best in the future."

Founder and drummer Jontho had this to say about Fyrste’s departure: More...

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Forgotten Tomb Kicking Off Tour Dates

Italy's blackened doom metal band Forgotten Tomb and Norwegian cult black metallers Ragnarok will emerge on a European tour this November, together with U.S. death metal legends Incantation.

The 16-date tour will include stops in Denmark (Aalborg Metal Festival), Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Holland, France and Italy. Both bands will be touring with their latest albums released on Agonia Records: Forgotten Tomb with "And Don't Deliver Us From Evil" and Ragnarok with seventh-full length "Malediction."

08.11 - Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark
09.11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10.11 - Steinbruch Theatre, Darmstadt , Germany
11.11 - Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
12.11 - Klub Mir, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
13.11 - to be announced
14.11 – Gladhouse, Cottbus, Germany
15.11 – Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany
16.11 - U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
17.11 - K17, Berlin, Germany
18.11 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
19.11 - to be announced
20.11 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
21.11 - Secret Place, Montpellier, France
22.11 – Cycle, Calenzano/Florence, Italy
23.11 – Colony, Brescia, Italy More...

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Ragnarok To Tour With Incantation

Norwegian black metallers Ragnarok will hit the road in Europe next month, embarking on a European tour supporting U.S. death metal legends Incantation.

Both bands are veterans of the metal scene and will be touring with their latest albums – Ragnarok with seventh-full length “Maledictionm” released on Agonia Records, and Incantation with ninth full-length “Vanquish in Vengeance,” which came out on Listenable Records. The tour routing is as follows:

08.11 - Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark
09.11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10.11 - Steinbruch Theatre, Darmstadt , Germany
11.11 - Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
12.11 - Klub Mir, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
13.11 - to be announced
14.11 – Gladhouse, Cottbus, Germany
15.11 – Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany
16.11 - U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
17.11 - K17, Berlin, Germany
18.11 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
19.11 - to be announced
20.11 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
21.11 - Secret Place, Montpellier, France
22.11 – Cycle, Calenzano/Florence, Italy
23.11 – Colony, Brescia, Italy More...

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New Metal Compilation Available Online

Metalhit has teamed up with DOA Magazine to offer a new compilation for streaming and download. You can hear the tracks through the player below, or download the compilation at this location. The track listing includes:

Ragnarok - Blood of Saints
Weapon - Embers and Revelations
Denouncement Pyre - An Extension of the Void
Execution - Sarcophagus
Entrapment - Anxiety
Fetid Zombie - The Cold Grip of Death
Corpus Mortale - Enthralled
Maveth - Terminus II - Hinnom Everlasting
Rage Nucleaire - Unrelenting Fucking Hatred More...

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Ragnarok Streams "Sword Of Damocles"

"Sword of Damocles," the 10th track from Ragnarok's upcoming full-length album entitled "Malediction," is now available for streaming through the player below.

"Malediction" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Devo of Marduk fame at Endarker Studios. It will be released on the 30th of October in Europe and on the 6th of November in North America. The album will be available as a jewelcase CD, digital download, and limited vinyl with exclusive bonus track (first 100 copies on a hand-numbered brown vinyl).

Pre-orders are available at this location. You can also see Ragnarok live on the following dates:

27.10.2012: Metal Legacy Festival (Stromstad, Szwecja)
24.11.2012: Messe des Morts Festival (Montreal, Kanada)
23.03.2013: Sadistic Festival (Kraków, Poland)
20.04.2013: Kings Of Black Metal (Alsfeld, Niemcy) More...

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Ragnarok Streaming New Song "Blood Of Saints"

"Blood Of Saints" is the premiere track from Ragnarok's new album "Malediction," due out on October 30th in Europe and November the 6th in North America via Agonia Records. Listen to the song in the player available below.

The band's 7th studio album features 10 new tracks and 44 minutes of music. "Malediction" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Devo of Marduk's fame at Endarker Studios. The album can be pre-ordered at this location. Ragnarok's upcoming live shows are:

27/10/2012 - Metal Legacy Festival, Stormstad, SWEDEN
22-23-24/11/2012 - Messe des Morts Festival, Montreal, CANADA
20/04/2013 - Kings Of Black Metal, Alsfeld, GERMANY More...

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Ragnarok Announces New Album Info

"Malediction," the new album from Norwegian black metallers Ragnarok will be released on the 30th of October in Europe and on the 6th of November in North America. Agonia Records commented:

"When it comes to Norwegian black metal, Ragnarok is one of the outstanding examples of what integrity and perseverance can bring to the genre. Since their inception at the beginning of 1994, the band has outlasted a multitude of variations and trends within the metal community that sought to influence the black metal genre. Eschewing avant-garde, nu-metal and even hardcore influences, the band remained true to themselves and to the traditions of Black Metal, whilst at the same time growing as writers and performers and refusing to become stale. Today, after 18 years in the business, Ragnarok still play black metal in the classical style, and continue to significantly increase their fan base, having become internationally recognised exponents of the genre with six albums and high profile festivals and tours under their belts. With their seventh full-length album the group deliver the best there is in terms of dark and aggressive music. Ragnarok does not need to re-invent the wheel – they just improve it.

"Malediction was recorded, mixed and mastered by Devo of Marduk's fame at Endarker Studios.
The new album will be available as jewelcase CD, digital download and limited vinyl with exclusive bonus track. First 100 copies will be available on a handnumbered brown vinyl. It can be pre-ordered at this location. More...

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Ragnarok Posts In-Studio Footage

Norwegian act Ragnarok has posted footage online of the band's recent recording session in Sweden's Endarker Studio. Ragnarok is currently in the studio recording an upcoming seventh full-length album, to be released through Agonia Records.

Check out the studio footage below. You can also watch Ragnarok's new music video for "Collectors of the King" over at this location.

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Ragnarok Releases New Music Video

Norwegian black metallers Ragnarok, who signed with Agonia Records earlier this year, have released a new video for the title track from their last album "Collectors of the King." The video is produced by William Brovold, directed by Stefan E Pedersen and the cinematography is by Lasse Roed. Check out the clip below.

Drummer and Ragnarok founder Jontho had this to say about the video: "It’s the first official video we’ve done for the band, and for a band that’s been around as long as we have, you could say it’s been a long time in coming. It’s a very dark piece in every sense of the word and perfectly conveys the atmosphere and subject matter of the track itself. We’re very pleased with the result, and now we’ve got a taste for it, it certainly won’t be the last video we make and you can rest assured that the new album will provide plenty of material for the next one."

The band recently entered Endarker Studios in Sweden to record what will be Ragnarok's seventh full-length album. At the production helm is studio owner and Marduk bassist Devo. So far all the drum and guitar tracks have been recorded for the as-yet-untitled album, which is due for release later this year.

The band’s next live appearance will be in August at this year’s Party.San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany. More...

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Ragnarok Signs With Agonia Records

Ragnarok, which split with Regain Records last year, has now signed on with Agonia Records. The label commented:

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Norwegian Black Metallers Ragnarok to Agonia’s roster. The band is set to enter the Endarker Studios on the 24th June to record what will be their seventh full-length album. At the production helm will be studio owner and Marduk bassist Devo. The as yet untitled album is due for release later this year."

"Everyone in Ragnarok is delighted to be signing with Agonia Records," comments the band's founder and drummer Jontho. "It’s been a long haul to find the right label, with a lot of offers to sift through, but what impressed us about Agonia was the immediate reply to any of our questions together with a willingness to work with the band as a team, and, most importantly, they recognize the wisdom of allowing Ragnarok the freedom to be themselves."

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Hammerslag Vinterblot 2012 Line-up Announced

Hammerslag Vinterblot 2012, which once again takes place in Tonsberg, Norway, has been announced for February 17-18, 2012. Nocturnal Breed recently dropped off the bill and will be replaced by Iskald. Here's the latest line-up:

February 17, 2012

Nidingr
Harm
Framferd (extended set)
Gospel of Grief

February 18, 2012

Ragnarok
Iskald
Darkthrone Tribute
Dauden
Exterior

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Ragnarok Splits With Regain Records

After both Marduk and Dark Funeral announced they were leaving Regain Records, Ragnarok has now also issued the following statement about splitting with the label:

“We confirm that Ragnarok is ending its collaboration with Regain Records and no further albums will be released on the label. We are currently in the process of looking at various offers from labels, but no decision has yet been taken, and if any labels are interested in working with the band they are more than welcome to contact us via our management at patriciathomas@btinternet.com."

Ragnarok is currently coming to the end of a 14 date tour of Brazil and Mexico, and will soon continue working on what will be the band's seventh full-length album. You can check out a video clip below for the title track from the “Blackdoor Miracle” album, which features Taake’s Hoest on vocals.

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Valkyrja To Tour Europe With Marduk

Sweden's Valkyrja has been added to Marduk's "The Great Northern War" 2010 tour, which also features Ragnarok. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

01.09.2010 (POL) Poznan / Blue Note (extended show without Ragnarok)
02.09.2010 (POL) Wroclaw / Madness (extended show without Ragnarok)
03.09.2010 (GER) Crispendorf / Wolfszeit Festival (extended show without Ragnarok)
04.09.2010 (GER) Adelsheim / Metal Fest Festival (extended show without Ragnarok)
05.09.2010 (BEL) Brugge / Het Entrepot
06.09.2010 (HOL) Tilburg / o13
07.09.2010 (DEN) Aarhus / Voxhall
08.09.2010 (DEN) Copenhagen / The Rock
09.09.2010 (NOR) Oslo / Betong
10.09.2010 (SWE) Goteborg / Parken
11.09.2010 (SWE) Stockholm / Klubben
12.09.2010 (SWE) Ostersund / Tingshuset
14.09.2010 (FIN) Oulu / Nuclear
16.09.2010 (FIN) Helsinki / Dante's Highlight

The promotional poster for the tour can be viewed at this location.

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Noctem Announces European Tour Dates

Noctem has announced European tour dates with Ragnarok (Norway) and De Profundis (UK). This will be the third European tour for Noctem and their second in this year.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

02 May - Escape Metalcorner Vienna (Austria)
03 May - Skullcrusher Dresden (Germany)
04 May - Ucho Gdynia (Poland)
05 May - Alte Zuckerfabrick Rostock (Germany)
08 May - JOC Ieper (Belgium)
09 May - Vera Club Groningen (Netherlands)
12 May - Steinbruch Theater Darmstadt (Germany)

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Ragnarok Announces More European Tour Dates

Norwegian black metal band Ragnarok has announced the following European tour dates:

23.04 - Leeds "Rios"
24.04 - London "Underworld" Infernal Damnation IV
25.04 - Exeter "Cavern"
26.04 - Glasgow "Ivory Blacks"
27.04 - Livepool ’’The Masque’’
28.04 - Wolver Hampton ’’The Varsity’’
29.04 - Ragnarök Festival ’’Ostbayernhalle’’
02.05 - Vienna (Austria) "Escape Metalcorner"
03.05 - Dresden (Germany) "Skullcrusher"
04.05 - Gdynia (Poland) "Ucho"
05.05 - Rostock (Germany) "Alte Zuckerfabrick"
08.05 - Ieper (Belgium) "JOC"
09.05 - Groningen (The Netherlands) "Vera Club"
12.05 - Darmstadt (Germany) "Steinbruch Theater"

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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Ragnarok Announces April UK Shows

Ragnarok has announced the following April UK shows:

23.04 - Leeds "Rios"
24.04 - London "Underworld" Infernal Damnation IV
25.04 - Exeter "Cavern"
26.04 - Glasgow "Ivory Blacks"
27.04 - TBA (UK) "TBA"

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De Profundis To Perform At Infernal Damnation VII

London metallers De Profundis are the latest band to be confirmed for the Infernal Damnation VII festival, which takes place at London's Camden Underworld on Saturday, April 24th, 2010. Other confirmed bands for the festival include: Ragnarok, Negura Bunget, Necro Ritual, Fen, Episode 13,The Way Of Purity, and Iceni. The promotional poster for the Infernal Damnation VII festival can be viewed here.

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Ragnarok Announces February Russian Tour Dates

RAGNAROK has announced the following Russian tour dates, entitled "Collectors of The King RUSSIAN TOUR 2010:"

13.02 - Moscow "Plan B"
14.02 - Rostov-on-Don "Podzemka"
16.02 - Voronezh "Tarantul"
18.02 - Nizhny-Novgorod "Rocco"
19.02 - Tjumen "Berloga"
20.02 - Ekaterinburg "Nirvanna"
22.02 - Cheljabinsk "Iskra

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Ragnarok Reveals Cover Art For New Album

RAGNAROK has revealed the new album cover artwork for their newest album "Collectors Of The King." The cover artwork can be viewed below. The album is set to be released in late February or early March of 2010. The track listing for "Collectors Of The King" is a follows:

01. Resurrection
02. Stabbed By The Horns
03. Burning The Earth
04. In Honour Of Satan
05. Collectors Of The King
06. Eternal Damnation
07. The Ancient Crown Of Glory
08. May Madness Hunt You Down
09. Wisdom Of Perfection More...

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