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In Vain

Formed: 2003
From: Kristiansand, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest In Vain News

Below is our complete In Vain 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.

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In Vain Joining Niflheim Festival Tour

In Vain will join the Niflheim Festival Tour 2014, March 7th - 15th, together with Borknagar, Månegarm, Ereb Altor, and Shade Empire.

Johnar Håland (In Vain) comments: “After the great reception of our latest release ‘Ænigma’, we are delighted to be back on tour in March. We are joining as special guests on the Niflheim Festival, which will be headlined by the Norwegian legends Borknagar, who are making a long awaited comeback as a touring band. The package is also including Månegarm, Ereb Altor and Shade Empire. See you on the road!”

07.03 - Erfurt, From Hell (DE)
08.03 - Oberhausen, Helvete (DE)
09.03 - Wroclaw, Alibi (PL)
10.03 - Berlin, K17 (DE)
11.03 - Budapest, Dürer Kert (HU)
12.03 - Montecchio Maggiore, E20 Underground (IT)
13.03 - Rome, Traffic (IT)
14.03 - Romagnano Sesia, Rock'n'Roll Arena (IT)
15.03 - Zürich, Dynamo (CH) More...

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Vreid Hitting The Road With Solefald

This coming April, three of Norway’s most innovative and hard-hitting metal bands will team up for a European tour. Co-headlined by Vreid & Solefald with special guests In Vain, brace yourself for a night of haunting Northern Lights.

A new show at Iduna in Drachten, Netherlands has also now been announced -this show replaces the date in Oberhausen on April 5th.

Vreid recently released new opus ”Welcome Farewell” (reviewed here) via Indie Records. Primarily known as a studio project, Solefald will now unleash the band's creative strength across European stages in April as co-headliners. Special guests In Vain also release new album ”Ænigma” this month, which follows “Mantra” from 2010. More...

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In Vain Posts New Album Trailer

In Vain has posted a new teaser for the upcoming album "Ænigma," set to be released March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway, and March 15th in Germany and Austria. Check out the clip below. The track listing for "Ænigma" is as follows:

1. Against The Grain
2. Image Of Time
3. Southern Shores
4. Hymne Til Havet
5. Culmination Of The Enigma
6. Times Of Yore
7. Rise Against
8. To The Core
9. Floating On The Murmuring Tide More...

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In Vain Posts "Ænigma" Studio Report, Pt. 2

Norweigian progressive metal act In Vain posted the second part in a series of in studio diary footage as the band records the new LP "Ænigma," its third. The album is set for release on March 11, 2013 via Indie Recordings. The first report can be seen over at this location.

The track listing for "Ænigma" is as follows:

1. Against The Grain
2. Image Of Time
3. Southern Shores
4. Hymne Til Havet
5. Culmination Of The Enigma
6. Times Of Yore
7. Rise Against
8. To The Core
9. Floating On The Murmuring Tide

Check out the part two here: More...

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In Vain Posts "Ænigma" Studio Video

In Vain release the new album "Ænigma" this coming March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway, and March 15th in Germany and Austria. Check out the first studio report from the recording of the new album below. Indie Recordings also comments on the album:

"With 'Ænigma,' In Vain is back in the game with their strongest album by far. Additionally, on the album the production is taken to another level, with stellar production provided by Mr. Jens Bogren. The album contains 8 songs of In Vain’s unique trademarked sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, and 'Ænigma' sees excellent appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald." More...

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In Vain Reveals "Ænigma" Artwork

In Vain is back and ready to release a 3rd attack of progressive extreme metal, mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Borknagar). "Ænigma" will be released March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway and March 15th in Germany and Austria.

The album contains 8 songs of In Vain’s unique trademarked sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, as “Ænigma” sees appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald.

Johnar Håland comments: “We had a solid impression of the productions coming out of the Fascination Street Studio, and believed Jens was the right guy to give the music the crystal clear and powerful sound that it demands. Jens did not cut any corners and delivered a production par excellente.”

Robert Høyem designed the cover art on the album, which can be viewed below. You can also find a list of the band's upcoming shows after the jump. More...

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In Vain Posts "Dark Prophets, Black Hearts" Video

Norway's In Vain (not to be confused with the Spanish act of the same name) has released a new music video for the song ”Dark Prophets, Black Hearts” from last album ”Mantra." The video is available for viewing after the jump. Indie Recordings also commented on the band:

"In Vain was formed by J. Haaland and A. Frigstad back in 2003, however the band first saw action during the summer of 2004 when recording their first release. The highly critically acclaimed 'Will the Sun Ever Rise' was a three-track EP of unrelenting atmosphere, aggression and complexity. The release was embraced by metal heads and journalists alike. When their debut album 'The Latter Rain' was released in 2007, the metal world didn't know what hit them.

"With their latest album 'Mantra' with brutal passages, progressive guitar riffs, beautiful melodies and a diverse use of vocal styles, the album continues the progression from 'The Latter Rain.' In Vain took a step up amongst the heavyweights of the genre. This album proves that the band is in it for the long haul. It is safe to say that this is the best In Vain-album to date." More...

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In Vain Working On New Album

Norway's In Vain has issued the following update about working on a new album and releasing a music video:

"We are well under way with the songwriting for the new album. So far J. Haaland has 6 songs more or less finished, and there is more to come. This time around we will do a preproduction, which is new to In Vain.

"Haaland has already started recording the guitars and bass, and Nedland will soon join to add vocals. We will try to finish the preproduction during the summer, and aim to enter the studio this autumn.

"In addition, the whole band will rehearse the songs before entering the studio. Such a creative process is also new to In Vain, as pervious circumstances have made that difficult. We will try out the new songs at a rehearsal weekend in the end of this month. During this get together we will also rehearse with Solefald for our upcoming joint-gigs.

"Other news is that we will soon launch a music video which we did for 'Dark Prophets, Black Hearts' from our album Mantra. Stay tuned.

"Besides this update from In Vain, we encourage you all to check out our allies in the hardcore band From Strength to Strength which contains In Vain members Haaland and Wikstøl. They’re releasing their debut album this year, and rumours say it’s smoking hot!"

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In Vain To Record Third Album

In Vain has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming plans for recording new material and releasing a new music video:

"Regarding the band we are still active, but we've been chilling a bit since our last shows in 2010.
However, 2012 will be a year that will see increased activity from In Vain.

"To kick it off we shot a music video for Dark Prophets, Black Heart (from Mantra) a couple of weekends ago. Should be online in not too long.

"Regarding new songs, J. Haaland has come a long way on writing new material and we expect to enter the studio in 2012 to record our third album. We are also in the process of booking gigs. Interested promoters, please contact us at contact@invain.org

"For further updates please refer to our Facebook page. Invite all of your friends!

"Hope to see you on the road soon!"

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"Lux Mundi" Tour Support Acts Announced

After it was recently revealed that Six Reasons To Kill will be joining the upcoming "Lux Mundi" European tour with Samael and Keep of Kalessin, more opening bands have since been announced.

Also appearing as supporting acts on various legs of the "Lux Mundi" tour will be In Vain, Dark End, Minkus, Noctem, and Dead Shape Figure. The promotional poster featuring the dates that each band will support Samael and Keep of Kalessin can be found below.

Finland's Dead Shape Figure also recently appeared on Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album by offering a cover of the Type O Negative track "Dead Again," with full details available here. More...

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In Vain Issues Tour Recap

Norway's In Vain has issued the following recap of the band's recent European tour dates:

"Back home! We've just return from tour, 10 days of headbanging our way through Europe. What a great experience it has been, playing for some really nice crowds and hanging out with the awesome people of My Silent Wake.

"Thanks to Kim and Ben, Sven, Katja and Andrei the Gentle Giant. Also BIG thanks to those who gave us roof over our heads, a hot meal and a much needed shower!! The biggest thanks goes out to those who came out to our shows and made this tour memorable!"

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In Vain Announces European Tour

Norway's In Vain has issued the following update about European tour dates alongside My Silent Wake: "We will do a European Tour in November together with the British Progressive Death/Doom band My Silent Wake. This tour will take us to countries we have never been before so we are looking forward to it! See you guys!" The currently announced dates are as follows:

11/5 Gigant - Apeldoorn (NL, Brainstorm Festival)
11/7 UJT Uelsen - Uelsen (Ger)
11/8 Casta Club - Liberec (Cz)
11/9 Chliv - Ostrava (Cz)
11/10 Smerr Pub - Zilina (Sk)
11/11 Garage Deluxe - Munchen (Ger)
11/12 Rocktown - Temple of Music - Pfaffikon (CH)
11/13 Burgerhaus Heilbronn - Heilbronn (Ger, Blast of Eternity)

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In Vain Confirmed For Nordicfest

Norway's In Vain has issued the following update about performing at this year's edition of the Nordicfest in Oslo:

"We will play at Nordicfest at the 30th of October. We played this festival for the first time in 2007 and we're looking forward to come back. The show is taking place at Sub Scene, which is an all ages place. For more information about the festival check this location. See you there!"

The upcoming In Vain shows are as follows:

10/30 2010 Sub Scene Oslo, NORWAY
11/5 2010 Gigant Apeldoorn, NETHERLANDS

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In Vain Confirmed For Brainstorm Festival

Norway's In Vain will be headlining the upcoming Dutch Brainstorm Festival alongside Demon Hunter on November 5th, 2010. Other bands confirmed to appear at the festival include Innerwish, The Spirit That Guides Us, Officium Triste, My Silent Wake, Dark Sky, Erebus, and more. Additional details on the Brainstorm Festival can be found at this location.

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In Vain To Appear At Southern Discomfort Fest

Norway's In Vain has checked in with the following update about appearing at the Southern Discomfort Festival:

"Finally we are able to make this happen. We are very happy to announce that we will play this year's Southern Discomfort Festival 17-18 Sept. Other acts include Ihsahn, 1349, The Batallion, Manifest, etc. We will play Friday night. We area also working on booking more gigs for the upcoming autumn/winter. More information about that later!"

More information on the 2010 edition of the Southern Discomfort Festival can be found at this location.

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In Vain Announces New Guitarist

Norway's In Vain recently finished a string of tour dates alongside Keep of Kalessin. The band has issued the following update about recruiting their session guitarist as a full time member:

"Back from tour! We had a great time touring Norway with Keep of Kalessin! Great crowds and gigs every night! Respect! Our session guitarist since the release of Mantra, Kjetil D. Pedersen, is now a permanent member of the band. Great guy and we are very happy to have him on board! We posted some new pics in the 'live' and 'tour' albums."

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In Vain To Tour Norway With Keep Of Kalessin

In Vain has issued the following update about performing a series of live shows in Norway with Keep of Kalessin:

"Get ready for the most spectacular metal show in Norway this year! For a long time, Keep Of Kalessin has been talked about as the best live band in the metal scene of Norway and now they are finally ready to take it to the next level. Teaming up with the highly critically acclaimed band, In Vain, this is a show you don't wanna miss! Special Guests: Audrey Horne (Oslo only)."

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/12 Energimølla, Kongsberg
5/13 Garage, Bergen
5/14 Folken, Stavanger
5/15 Rockefeller, Oslo (with Audrey Horne)

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In Vain Reveals New Album, "Mantra," Details

Norwegian metal band In Vain will release their new album “Mantra,” on January 18, 2010. Founder, guitarist and song writer J. Haaland comments on the new album, "Hope you enjoy the new album, an album we put and extreme amount of energy and work into. An album which has given us a lot of frustration, but in the end an album we are extremely proud of." The band has also added two new songs to their myspace profile.

The tracklisting for "Mantra" is as follows:

1. Captivating Solitude
2. Mannefall
3. Ain’t no lovin’
4. On the Banks of the Mississippi
5. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit of the Nez Perce)
7. Circle of Agony
8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter

"Mantra" also includes a bonus disc with "The Making Of..." documentary, one bonus track, screensavers, desktop images.

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In Vain Posts New Performance Photos Online

Norwegian metallers In Vain have posted a series of photographs online from their recent live performances. The photos can be found at this location. In Vain has also announced that they are currently working on the cover for their upcoming album "Mantra."

The track listing for "Mantra" will be as follows:

1. Captivating Solitude
2. Mannefall
3. Ain't no lovin'
4. On the Banks of the Mississippi
5. Circle of Agony
6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit of the Nez Perce)
7. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter

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In Vain Announces Free Show in Kristiansand

Norwegian metal band, In Vain, has issued the following update:

"Together with Evan Seleven, Thelma & Clyde, Salvador and Anne Marie Almedal, In vain will play a short show at Kick in Kristiansand Saturday the 22nd of August. This is the final in a competition for winning a scholarship launched by Rock-City Kristiansand amounting to as much as 400 000 NOK. The whole concert is free!"

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