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Balfor

Formed: 1998
From: Ukraine
Last Known Status: Active

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Balfor Gearing Up To Record Album

Balfor has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record an upcoming album:

"We are glad to announce this week Balfor finally will enter the studio to start recording of a new album. We’ll try to inform you about all the process.

"All further details about the album will be announced soon. Stay tuned! You can find a few pre-production tracks below." More...

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Balfor Streaming Pre-Production Tracks

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor are streaming pre-production versions of two tracks as a demo of what is to come on the band’s sophomore full-length album.

“Heralds of the Fall” and “Wolfbreed” were recorded in November 2012 at the Blacklight Studio, Ukraine, with long-time Balfor producer Dmitry “Yrt Glormkhaoth” Shulgin recording the bass guitars, while the band’s former guitarist Alexander “Agnarr” Takhmazov recorded lead guitars. Keyboards are by Ivan Popov.

Balfor is expected to enter the studio to record the full album later this fall. Having recently announced a lineup change that saw all the former members aside from founder and frontman Thorgeir leave the band, Balfor is set to play its first show with its new lineup on June 23rd at the Kilkim Zaibu Festival in Lithuania. More...

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Balfor Reveals New Lineup

Ukrainian black metal act Balfor previously announced a line up change that sees virtually the whole band departing, with only front man and guitarist Thorgeir remaining. Commenting on the reason for such a drastic change, Thorgeir said:

"We parted ways for a variety of reasons and we hadn't actually worked together for a very long time. This decision was not an easy one, but it was a necessary one that took into account the needs and interests of all the band members, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the guys for all this time we worked together, it was a great experience! But sometimes a change is necessary if you want to move forward."

With work having begun on the sophomore full-length album, Balfor's new line up, which consists of Thorgeir on vocals and guitars, Warider on guitars and backing vocals, Athamas on bass and vocals and Khaoth on drums, marks a new stage in the band's development, one that Thorgeir is very positive about.

"We have been rehearsing together since the beginning of the year, and I am now very sure that the new line up works just as well, if not better, than the previous incarnation of Balfor, because new blood has brought a fresh perspective to the band's music and a lot of enthusiasm. Warider, the new guitarist, is quite young, but hugely promising, whilst Khaoth has honed his considerable drumming skills with Dark Metallers Khors. Athamas brings with him not only the experience he has gained with bands like Deferum Sacrum and Raventale, but he is also a great vocalist, which is able to give an additional perspective to the Balfor sound." More...

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Balfor Splits With All Band Members

Vocalist Anton Thorgeir Primak, founder and frontman of Ukrainian black metal band Balfor, has announced he has ceased cooperation with fellow band members Erland, Dooms, and Dragon-T. Thorgeir comments:

"Our ways parted as a result of different circumstances, we haven't worked together for a very long time. This decision was not easy, but it was necessary and considers the interests of all band members. Sometimes changes are necessary if you want to bring a new horizon. I want to thank the guys for all this time we worked together, it was great!

"Also I'd like to say for all our fans that Balfor's principles remain the same, I'm true to you and continue to work for you on a new album. See you soon and stay fucking metal!"

You can also check out Balfor's music over at the band's MySpace page here.

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Balfor To Emark On European Tour

Come December 2011, Ukrainian black metallers Balfor will embark on a trek across European territories alongside Belgian blackened death metallers Emptiness on the "Under The Colours Of Death" European tour 2011.

Special appearances during the "Under The Colours Of Death" European tour include Poland's Christ Agony (3rd December - 5th December 2011) and Swiss act Stortregn (18th December - 24th December 2011).

The confirmed tour dates will be announced soon. For inquiry on booking more available dates, please contact: antonprimak@gmail.com

In other BALFOR-related news, the band has also been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details and information, visit this location.

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Balfor Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details, head over to the festival's website at this location. The currently announced billing is as follows:

Morbid Angel
Sepultura
Exodus
Heaven Shall Burn
Kataklysm
Destruction
Triptykon
Asphyx
Marduk
God Dethroned
Tankard
Nifelheim
Heathen
Heidevolk
Desaster
Disabuse
The Rotted
Adept
Milking The Goatmachine
Mar De Grises
Valkyrja
Balfor
Cripper
Semargl
Stormrider
Saturnian
Azarath
Dawn Of Disease

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Balfor To Play Metal Heads Mission Festival

After announcing an upcoming appearance at the Dong Open Air festival, Ukranian band Balfor is now also confirmed to play at this year's edition of the Metal Heads Mission Festival.

The fest takes place from August 5th - 7th, 2011 in Crimea, Ukraine and Kataklysm has been announced as the festival headliner. Additional details on the full-lineup will be announced as they are made available, or you can check out further info on the festival at this location.

A teaser trailer for Balfor's "Barbaric Blood" album is also available online for viewing by heading over here.

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Band Lineup Announced For Dong Open Air

Ukranian metal act Balfor is the latest band to be confirmed for the upcoming Dong Open Air festival, which will take place from July 14th - 16th, 2011. Additional details on the festival are available here. The currently announced band lineup and running order can be found below.

Thursday:
18:00 - 18:45 Crosshead (DE, Thrash)
19:05 - 19:50 Shraphead (NOR, Heavy Rock)
20:10 - 20:55 Bloodwork (DE, Melodic Death)
21:15 - 22:00 Motorjesus (DE, Heavy Rock)
22:20 - 23:20 Evile (UK, Thrash)

Friday:
12:00 - 12:45 Harasai (DE, Melodic Death)
13:05 - 13:50 Past M.D. (DE, Hard Rock)
14:10 - 14:55 Ichor (DE, Death)
15:15 - 16:00 Contradiction (DE, Thrash)
16:20 - 17:05 Vogelfrey (DE, Folk Metal)
17:25 - 18:10 Virgin Snatch (PL, Thrash)
18:30 - 19:15 Balfor (UKR, Black Metal)
19:35 - 20:20 Artas (AUT, Thrash)
20:40 - 21:40 Hackneyed (DE, Death)
22:00 - OE Iced Earth (USA, Power Metal)
OE - ??:?? Ranz Böllner (DE, Heavy Metal)

Saturday:
12:00 - 12:45 Shellycoat (DE, Punkrock)
13:05 - 13:50 Symbolic (DE, Melodic Death)
14:10 - 14:55 Red Circuit (DE, Power Metal)
15:15 - 16:00 Canopy (SWE, Melodic Death)
16:20 - 17:00 Vulture Industries (NOR, Avant-Garde Black)
17:25 - 18:10 The Rotted (UK, Death / Grind)
18:30 - 19:15 Orden Ogan (DE, Power Metal)
19:35 - 20:20 Dew Scented (DE, Thrash)
20:40 - 21:40 Hatesphere (DK, Death/Thrash)
22:00 - OE Overkill (USA, Thrash)
OE - ??:?? After-Show

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Balfor Posts "Barbaric Blood" Teaser

Ukranian black metal act Balfor has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Barbaric Blood," which can be viewed below. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Blacklight Studio, with the album artwork and layout handled by Martin Saavedra at Uruguay's Spina Studio.

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Balfor To Play Global East Rock Festival

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Moonspell
Obituary
Dark Tranquillity
Hammerfall
Mayhem
Rotting Christ
The Gathering
Mnemic
Sabaton
Balfor
Fleshgore
Bonfire
Oomph!
Maniac Depression More...

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Balfor Reveals Album And Track Listing

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have released the finalized cover artwork for their upcoming album "Barbaric Blood," which can be viewed here. The cover artwork and layout for "Barbaric Blood" was designed by Martin Saavedra at Uruguay's Spina Studio (Aborted, Daath, Divinity, etc). The track listing for "Barbaric Blood" is as follows:

1. From The Ashes (…The Beginning)
2. Behold My Hate!
3. Shadow Of My Raven Wings
4. In A Thunder Of Ancient Glory
5. Pure Barbaric
6. Light's Demise
7. Kingdom's Blood
8. Voices Of Wilderness
9. The Perfect Fire More...

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Balfor Parts Ways With Guitarist Agnarr

Ukrainian black metallers BALFOR, who recently signed to Pulverised Records, have issued a statement announcing guitarist Agnarr’s unexpected departure. Agnarr was forced to quit the band following a recent injury that’s said to be serious enough to stop the guitarist from performing in the studio or live. No further info on the injury was given.

BALFOR founding frontman Thorgeir comments, “We are very sorry that this has happened to Agnarr. It’s a terrible thing when a musician is no longer able to play, and he is one of those musicians with a natural talent and a lot of experience. We hope that he’ll be able to overcome the effects of the injury and eventually return to playing. BALFOR is certainly going to miss both his musicianship and his companionship.”

Dragon-T, former guitarist of thrash metal band Hell:On, will replace Agnarr. “Once again we’ve been lucky in our search for a guitarist,” Thorgeir notes. “Dragon-T is as skilled as Agnarr, both live and when it comes to recording, and the fact that he was available just when we needed him was a stroke of good fortune for us.”

Dragon-T’s first live appearance with BALFOR was at the Metal Heads Mission Festival in Kiev this weekend where BALFOR headlined. Upcoming live dates for BALFOR include:

5/22/2010 - Hot Jam Club - Lugansk, UA
5/23/2010 - Vorovskogo Club - Dimitroy, UA
7/6/2010 - Rockmaraton Festival - Pecs, HU

BALFOR will release their debut full-length, Barbaric Blood, later this year.

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Balfor Confirmed For RockMaraton Festival

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor will be making their appearance as one of the headliners in this year’s edition of RockMaraton Festival 2010. The RockMaraton Festival is a seven-day metal festival which begins on the 5th of July 2010 and will end on the 11th of July 2010. The list of headliners confirmed so far is as follows:

Mayhem
Primordial
Pro-Pain
Xandira
Ensiferum
Blaze Bayley
Balfor
Rotting Christ
Heretic Soul
Konflikt
Kryptos

More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Balfor Signs To Pulverised Records

Ukranian black metallers BALFOR has announced their signing to Pulverised Records. Self-described as as "barbaric black metal" that explores themes from their country's warrior past, the band's recently completed debut full-length, “Barbaric Blood,” is expected for release in early 2010.

Pulverised A&R manager Calvin Chiang comments, “BALFOR are one of those bands that has pretty much the whole package: Top-class musicianship and excellent songwriting prowess that perfectly describes their brand of darkened black metal. It is our pleasure to be working with BALFOR on their debut album. Expect nothing less than killer headbanging riffs blending together with the atmospheric feel that is ever so essential in black metal.” More...

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Balfor Adds On A Second Guitarist

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have added a second guitarist to their original three-man line up. Former Unerase guitarist Agnarr has started rehearsing with the band and according to vocalist/guitarist Thorgeir is already up to speed with Balfor’s material. “Agnarr is a highly trained and skilled guitarist, with a real instinct for music, so he got the feel of what we wanted straight away”, said the front man. “When we were recording material for our new album, we realized that the fuller sound we had developed was going to need an additional guitarist in order for us to be able to reproduce it live. It also takes some of the pressure off me on stage. Singing and playing at the same time is one thing, but when you want to give the audience a less static show, and communicate with them at the same time, it doesn’t always work too well, so a second guitarist is the perfect solution for us."

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Balfor Posts Satyricon Cover Online

Ukrainian Black Metallers BALFOR have made available for streaming their cover version of SATYRICON’s "K.I.N.G." The track, which the band recorded at the Blacklight Studio in Kiev, will appear on the “Dominions of Satyricon” tribute CD that is due for release shortly on the Empire Records 606 label. Front man and guitarist Thorgeir commented “I have a lot of respect for SATYRICON’S work, and 'K.I.N.G' is probably one of my favourite tracks of theirs, so I was really keen to get involved in the project. We didn’t want to record a straight copy, and I think the style we chose to use for the guitar break probably makes it a little more “metal” than the original, and I’m sure there will be the usual armchair critics ready to criticise us for our version, but what the hell, we all had a great time making it!”

Returning to BALFOR in time for the recording of 'K.I.N.G' was the band's original drummer Erland, who had previously left to concentrate on other projects. “It’s good to have Erland back in the ranks” Thorgeir went on to say. “We were very lucky that he became available again at the right time to take over from the departing Vortigern. Vortigern is a great drummer and a good friend to the band, and his work on the new album is very much appreciated, but he wanted to move away from the style of music BALFOR plays, and into something completely different, and we wish him every success for the future”.

The band is in the process of adding the finishing touches to their first full-length album “Barbaric Blood,” and will shortly be looking for a conventional label for its release, having previously released their 2006 “Pure Barbaric” EP via the internet. "K.I.N.G," together with two preview tracks from the new album, are available for streaming on BALFOR’s MySpace page.

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Balfor Posts New Song Online

Ukranian black metal horde Balfor are streaming online the song "Behold My Hate" from their upcoming album "Barbaric Blood". The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

Balfor issued the following statement about their upcoming album:

Balfor, whose style crosses the divides between Black, Death and Battle Metal, and who define their music as "Barbaric" Black Metal, continue to explore the theme of their country's dark barbaric past in the new album, which, according to vocalist and guitarist Thorgeir, represents a considerable step forward for the band. "As we started recording the new album, we realised that the material actually required a fuller sound than the three members alone could produce, so we drafted in Alex Brilliant (who really lives up to his name) to do some of the guitars here and there, and we have added keyboards. The preview track gives a good idea of what we are aiming for, and we are very happy with the way things are progressing with the album, and so far fans who have heard the preview track, seem to like the direction we are taking".

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Balfor Enter Studio To Record "Barbaric Blood"

Ukrainian black metallers BALFOR will enter the Blacklight Studio in Kiev on February 19 to begin recording their next full-length album, entitled "Barbaric Blood". The CD will be mixed and mastered by Borge Finstad at Norway's Toproom Studio (MAYHEM, BORNAGAR, ARCTURUS, VINTERSORG, EXTOL, ULVER, TRISTANIA).

"Barbaric Blood" will be the follow-up to the 2006 "Pure Barbaric" mini-CD, which the band released for free download on a net label. Tracks from the mini-CD can be heard on the group's MySpace page.

This time the band will be looking for a label to release the album in the conventional way. BALFOR's founder, guitarist and vocalist Thorgeir commented: "Our previous releases had been conventional, but releasing the mini-CD on a net label served its purpose very well. We needed to get more exposure and get more people to listen to our music, and for that it was perfect. But we wouldn't want to go along that route for a full-length album. We still believe the traditional way is the best." More...

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Balfor Announce New Drummer

Vortigern (SLAUGHTER BRUTE, ex-NOCTICULA) has joined the lineup of Ukrainian black metallers BALFOR as the replacement for Erland.

Commented BALFOR frontman Thorgeir: "Unfortunately, Erland had to move and the considerable distance meant that it was very difficult for him to come to rehearsals, and indeed, we had to cancel a couple of gigs because of it. We had been playing together for a long time, and he will be much missed, both as a drummer and as a friend. However, we are delighted to have been able to recruit Vortigern. We have admired his drumming for some time; he is very expressive in his playing and is adding a new dimension to the band's music. His drumming can shake the earth! He has fitted in perfectly with the band on a personal level, which is very important, and we have already played live with him in the lineup, and the response from the fans has been fantastic." More...

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Balfor Releases Promo and Video For Free Download

BALFOR, the Ukrainian band that defines its music as “Barbaric Black Metal” has joined the ever-increasing number of bands who are releasing their work for free download on the Internet. Rather than host the 4 track promo exclusively on their own website, the band have chosen to release their “Pure Barbaric” Promo through a net label, Nailed Skull.

Commented Thorgeir, BALFOR’s founder and front man: “It’s not something we would choose to do for the release of a full-length, but rather than self-releasing as some bands do, we decided to go the route of releasing our promo for free download. We were impressed with what Nailed Skull were doing. They aren’t just putting up the music and saying “Here it is, take it”, but they are presenting everything in a professional manner, with cover artwork as well, something that fans often miss out on when downloading for free, and they promote the bands they are working with. It seemed like the perfect way to bring the band to the attention of a wider audience, whilst at the same time enabling us to produce “hard copies” of the promo to send out for review and to labels. We’re very happy with the results, at the moment we’re averaging around 100 downloads a day, so we’re obviously reaching many more people than we would, had we self-released.”

Thorgeir (vocals/guitar) formed BALFOR in 1997 and the current line-up, which includes Berowar on bass and Erland on drums, continues to play fast, melodious Black Metal in which the influences of both Death Metal, and their country’s warrior past can be heard. “The reaction from fans to the new material has been amazing” says Thorgeir. “We’re getting reviews in the 8-9/10 region. We seem to be drawing interest not just from the Black Metal fans, but also Death Metal, and after we supported SuidAkrA, from amongst the pagan/Viking elements, which is very satisfying to us because we look on our music as a tribute to the Ukraine’s ancient past”.

The band is currently working on new material, and looking for a label to release the first full-length album. “Pure Barbaric” together with a live video filmed during the band’s recent tour with SuidAkrA can be downloaded for free from Nailed Skull and The Balfor website.

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