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Formed: 1998
From: Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Winds News

Below is our complete Winds 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.

Blackguard Recaps Ensiferum Tour

Paul Ablaze of Montreal's Blackguard has checked in with the following recap of the From Afar tour, headlined by Ensiferum this past fall:

"Another tour in the Bag , Another notch on the belt , and Another round of good times were had by all.

"For a tour that seemed destined to fall apart on itself just before it's start, I believe it exceeded all expectation by a long shot. With Ex Deo pulling out for the majority of the tour and Hypocrisy having to bail all together, the future looked very bleak. But at the end of the day it was Ensiferums call to bite the bullet and pull ahead with the tour, and for that we cannot thank them enough.

"As disappointed as we were not being able to tour with those two amazing bands, their absences proved to be a blessing in disguise. Being bumped up to direct support might have been one of the best things to happen to us, and with the addition of Lazarus A.D we got to become friends with some of the most badass people we've ever met.

"Although the crowds might have been smaller overall, we got to play to more people every night and our new position on the tour certainly motivated us to step up our game.

"This tour being quite the contrast to our last tour (Summer slaughter) in pace and scale, it was a little more relaxed and offered us some more down time to breath. That being said here are some of my more memorable moments from 'from afar' More...

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Andy Winter and Starofash Collaborating

Andy Winter (Winds, Age of Silence, Sculptured) and Starofash (aka Heidi Solberg Tveitan) recently completed a collaboration project creating website music for Cage XXI Enterprises, a Florida-based video production company specializing in music videos, narratives and experimental film production.

Cage XXI has filmed projects for the American Cancer Society, Lennar Homes, the Sarasota Film Society, and most recently a music video and DVD for the Chicago-based metal band Novembers Doom.

The Cage XXI website is designed by Salt Lake City-based design firm Gesture Studio, and can be found at this location, where the soundscape created by Winter and Tveitan can also be heard: www.cagexxi.com

Andy Winter is a long time THE END RECORDS artist having released numerous albums with Winds, Age of Silence and Sculptured throughout his career. Aside from working periodically on new material and recordings with his main bands, he is also currently writing and recording a solo album.

Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Mnemosyne Productions have recently released 300 hand-numbered special edition CDs with the soundtrack by Starofash for the Irish film Ulterior. THE END RECORDS will distribute the album for North America, and it is now available for sale through the web store.

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Mayhem Drummer To Guest On New Nidingr EP

Norwegan black/thrash metal act NIDINGR is currently working on a new EP, titled "Wolf-Father", which will feature drummer Hellhammer (real name: Jan Axel von Blomberg; MAYHEM, WINDS, ARCTURUS, DIMMU BORGIR, THE KOVENANT). More information will be made available soon.

NIDINGR guitarist Teloch recently completed a European tour as a session member of the Norwegian black metal outfit GORGOROTH.

NIDINGR's limited-edition vinyl release "Sodomize the Priest" (2006) featured a rehearsal recording from 1996 on side A, and various tracks from 1998 on side B.

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Winds Post New Song Online

The track “Convictions And Contradictions” from Norway’s classical/progressive metal supergroup WINDS‘ upcoming album ‘Prominence And Demise‘ (out September 4th, 2007 on The End Records), has been posted at the official The End Records‘ MySpace page.

In an update about the mp3 and the band, keyboardist Andy Winter says, “We are now only 3 weeks away from the release date of our new album ‘Prominence And Demise‘ and with that in mind, we think it is a suitable time to post one of the new songs on the web for everyone to hear. The new track is called ‘Convictions and Contradictions.’ All the tracks on the new record are distinctly different from one another and this track definitely contains some unique contributions from everyone in the band. It’s also what we in the band refer to as the ‘duet’ song, as it features synchronized vocals from Agnete (M. Kirkevaag; Madder Mortem) and Lars. In other news, we will be re-launching our official website on September 4th to coincide with the release date of the new album. I will be heading to The End’s offices in New York in a couple of weeks to do some promotion for the new record. Finally the moment is almost here for the new record to be unleashed!” More...

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Winds Complete Work On 'Prominence And Demise'

WINDS, the Norwegian band consisting of Lars E. Si (Eikind), Carl August Tidemann, Jan Axel von Blomberg (Hellhammer) and Andy Winter, has completed the mixing of its fourth recording, said to be an epic masterpiece entitled "Prominence and Demise". The album was recorded over the past three years and was mixed at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. Helming the sessions was engineer Shaun Thingvold, who has previously worked with such bands as FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST, LAMB OF GOD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND.

The follow-up to 2004's "The Imaginary Direction of Time", "Prominence and Demise" features guest appearances by Dan Swanö, Agnete M. Kirkevaag, Lars A. Nedland and Oystein Moe, along with a classical string ensemble from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Graphic designer Travis Smith has completed the cover layout for the CD. A tentative fall release via The End Records is expected.

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Winds Keyboardist Offers Recording Update

WINDS keyboardist Andy Winter offers another update on the recording process of the fourth Winds effort:

“It has been a nice relaxing summer for all of us in Winds, but we are now ready to pick up and finally complete this thing we have been working on for so long. The status at this point is that all the tracking is done, minus bass and piano, which will be finished in the next few months. Carl completed his guitar solos just before the summer, and everything else has been ready for a while, so it will not be long now before we are ready to do the mixing.

I am meeting with potential engineers and studios later this month, and even though the location and crew to be used for the mix is not 100 percent decided as of yet, we still have a pretty good idea about who we are looking to go with. We plan to make a final decision fairly soon. It is also confirmed that the artwork for the upcoming album will once again be created by the ever talented Travis Smith, and the upcoming album is also at this point looking to have the longest playing time of any of the individually released albums we have done so far. I am looking forward to completing this, as I know the other guys are as well. In the mean time, thanks for being patient, and we will make sure that it is worth the wait.”

WINDS – rounded out by singer Lars Eric Si (KHOLD), guitarist Carl August Tidemann (ARCTURUS) and Jan Axel Von Blomberg (Arcturus, MAYHEM) -- have confirmed guest appearances from Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE), Agnete M. Kirkevaag (MADDER MORTEM, FRANTIC BLEEP), Lars A. Nedland (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD), and Oystein Moe (ULVER, TRITONUS) for their upcoming album, the follow-up to 2004’s creative "The Imaginary Direction Of Time" (on The End Records).

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Dan Swano Will Guest on New Winds Album

WINDS guitarist Carl August Tidemann recently posted a message on the the band's forum stating that he has now completed the solo-guitar recordings for the upcoming album. The rhythm guitars were already completed last year and the recent completion of the solos now concludes all the guitar recordings for the fourth WINDS album.

WINDS — comprised of singer Lars Eric Si (KHOLD), guitarist Carl August Tidemann (ARCTURUS), keyboardist Andy Winter (AGE OF SILENCE) and Jan Axel Von Blomberg (ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) — have also confirmed recent suspicions of a guest performance by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE).

As explained by Andy Winter: "Dan recorded his parts at his own studio in Sweden. We sent him the tracks we wanted him to sing on, along with a few words of what we were looking for. He then came back with some, according to him 'suggestions,' but they were great performances that we intend to keep, and they will surely add to this record in a very positive way." More...

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Winds Announce Guest Musicians On New CD

WINDS have announced the names of several musicians that will make guest appearances on their upcoming album. Those appearing are:

Agnete M. Kirkevaag (Madder Mortem, Frantic Bleep)
Lars A. Nedland (Borknagar, Solefald)
Øystein Moe (Ulver, Tritonus)

Andy Winter, piano player and main songwriter, comments: “These guys were selected by the four of us based on our deep admiration for their talents, and we are both honored and grateful that they chose (and found in time in their busy schedules) to participate in enhancing our new record with their presence.” WINDS is currently working on completing the remaining recording sessions for their fourth record, the follow-up to the well-received 2004 offering The Imaginary Direction Of Time. The upcoming album will be mixed and completed during late summer or early fall of 2006. The album will be released on THE END RECORDS sometime before the end of the year.

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Age of Silence Prepare To Record New Album

Avant-garde/prog/metal act AGE OF SILENCE, the Norwegian band featuring Lazare (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD), Hellhammer (WINDS, ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) and Eikind (KHOLD, TULUS), among others, have issued the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for their upcoming album:

"If things have been quiet in the AGE OF SILENCE camp for a while, that is because we have been busy with other musical projects lately!

"We are soon getting closer to preparing for the recording of a new album. All the material has been ready for quite some time, and in order to progress even further we are taking a step backwards with this new release.

"Musically speaking, we are not going to reveal much, but it will be darker, heavier, yet still containing the usual AGE OF SILENCE brilliance! In other words, expect a masterpiece that will undoubtedly set a new standard in ‘extreme-fusion’ for years to come."

In other news, AGE OF SILENCE have launched a new official forum at this location.

AGE OF SILENCE released a three-song EP entitled "Complications – Trilogy of Intricacy" on The End Records last fall.

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Winds Complete Vocals On New CD

WINDS vocalist Lars Eric Si has issued a short update on the progress of the band's forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled CD, which will surface in 2006 via The End Records, is the follow-up to 2004's "The Imaginary Direction Of Time".

"We're now done with most of the vocals and, in my opinion, they sound great. (Of course — I'm the singer...)," he writes. "There are some small 'details' left, but I can promise, here and now, hand on my heart, that the new album will be mind-blowingly different from the previous WINDS albums in its complexity both in vocal lines and vocal styles."

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Winds Update on New Album

Winds keyboardist/founder, Andy Winter, has posted the following about the bands new album direction:

"Considering that we have not really spoken much about details concerning the progress and direction of the new Winds record so far, I think now is the right time to talk a little about how things are going and the direction we are taking.

As the new album is in the process of being created, I have known for a while that it will be the most different album we have ever done. The reason for this is because our methods of working together have been different, and we have also undergone some changes in the way we come up with the material.

Although the other members of Winds aside from my self have contributed with material and creativity in the development of all our records, never before have basic ideas for compositions started with someone other than myself. This is an interesting prospect, because it has challenged me to think differently about how I approach our music and the compositional process in Winds. Another new element that was introduced this time was the fact that I have also written and arranged several parts and entire compositions on guitar, which is something I have not done before. This has always been Carl's duty entirely. More...

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Winds, Age of Silence Keyboardist Updates on Bands

Age of Silence/Winds keyboardist Andy Winter has commented on his band's plans:

"Greetings everyone! As we are getting closer to the half way mark of the year, I guess this is as good a time as any to write an update about what's been going on lately, and more importantly what's to come. On May 3rd I released a mini CD containing a solo performance with classical piano music. This release is my first solo release and it is called Shades of Light Through Black and White. It is available exclusively through The End Records, and the cover art is graced with some unique black and white photographs. The disc is a 1000 copy limited edition release.

As reported some time ago Winds has already completed the basic material for the fourth album, and the drums were recorded last year. At this time we are making the preparations to continue the recordings, meaning that Carl August Tidemann will find himself in and out of the studio for several months starting after his summer vacation. I have also completed the lyrical concept, and earlier this week I talked to the guys about the musical direction of the next record. There is still a lot to be determined about the sound and the details, and we are still in the midst of discussing all of this, but already the entire band agrees that what we are on the right track for something new, and that what we are about to embark on will pretty much blow everything we have done so far out of the water. Maybe that is an overused cliche that every band nowadays uses when they put out a new record, but I believe we have the merits to back up our claim, and in this case there is no doubt that this will be the most different record we have ever done. I can also say that this record won't see the light! of day until some time in 2006, so that we will have spent over 2 years making it from the recordings started until they finish should be an indication of how much effort we are putting into it. I know I previously stated that we would not take two years to make the next album, but what can I say, I will have to admit I was wrong and correct myself in this matter. I may also have to correct my previous statement about not involving any guests on the new record, but that part still remains to be seen, and I guess only time will tell. More...

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Winds Update On Upcoming Album

From The End Records website:

Over the summer we entered Panser Studio in Oslo, Norway to record drums for the next and upcoming Winds album. We had written nine compositions and felt the time was ready to begin manifesting the basic tracks for this effort. These compositions are in no way finished at this point, but Jan Axel laid down some of his most challenging and creative drumwork to date, which will serve as the foundation of what the record will be built upon.
The entire studio process went really well, and we have to extend our gratitude to BT Pro Audio, SE Electronics, and not the least Audio Media Professional AS who were majorly involved in providing us with the mics and other gear we needed for these drum recordings. We will not speculate on when the next album will be ready, but we hope it will see a release towards the end of 2005, at which point you can expect to hear another fabulous yet also very different Winds album.

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Winds Complete Work On New Album

WINDS, the Norwegian Avantgarde metal band featuring Carl August Tideman (ARCTURUS, TRITONUS), Jan Axel Blomberg (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), Lars Eric Si and Andy Winter, have completed work on their new album, "The Imaginary Direction of Time", due in late April through The End Records. This is the follow- up of the 2002 "Reflections Of The I".

Recorded at Toproom and Fagerborg studios in Norway and mixed at The Factory in Vancouver, "The Imaginary Direction of Time" is being described by the band as "the most complete and diverse album they have ever worked on," while Carl also adds that it features the most challenging guitar work that he has ever put on a record so far. Artwork for this highly anticipated release is provided by Travis Smith.

"The Imaginary Direction of Time" track listing: More...

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