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Gravdal

Formed: 2005
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Gravdal News

Below is our complete Gravdal 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.

Gravdal's Phobos To Tour With Gorgoroth

Gravdal has issued the following update about member Phobos joining Gorgoroth for the band's upcoming European tour dates:

"Gravdal guitarist Phobos (Aeternus, Malsain), who has just returned from the Dark Essence Records tour where he played live session drums for Sulphur, hits the road again today to reprise his live session role to play drums for Gorgoroth on their European tour. He is filling in for Gorgoroth drummer Vyl, who is currently on tour in the USA with Keep of Kalessin.

"Also fresh from the same tour, Helheim's V'Gandr (Aeternus, Taake), will fill in on bass for Frank Watkins on the Gorgoroth tour. So fans of Gravdal, Helehim, Aeternus, Taake, Malsain, who are going to see Gorgoroth, keep a look out for the guys."

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Gravdal Members Join Galar's Live Lineup

Norwegian folk black metallers Galar, whose second full-length album "Til Alle Heimsens Endar" was released on Dark Essence Records in March of this year, have announced the band’s live line up. Joining founder members M. Kristiansen (screams and rhythm guitar) and A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals and bassoon) are Specter (Gravdal, Aeternus) on lead guitar and Phobos (Gravdal, Aeternus, Malsain) on drums.

An announcement regarding a bass player and upcoming live dates is expected soon. Phobos and Specter will also still remain with Gravdal in their current positions. You can also check out Galar's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Video Interview Available With Gravdal

Contraband Candy has posted a video interview online with Gravdal guitarists Phobos and Specter, which was filmed during the Hole in the Sky Festival. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Gravdal Issues Update and Begins Work On New Album

GRAVDAL has issued the following update:

"We’re now moving towards the close of the year, and it’s been a very eventful year for GRAVDAL, so we thought it was time for an update on what has been happening with the band, and a look ahead to the future."

"The biggest event for GRAVDAL in 2010 was of course the release of our second full-length album 'Torturmantra,' which was produced by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen, and recorded by Larsen, Bjørnar E. Nilsen and Arve Isdal. We saw 'Torturmantra' as a big step forward from our first album 'Sadist,' and an expansion of our ideas and sound for the band. The track that probably surprised most of you was of course the slower ballad-like 'Mishandlet,' a song that was new territory for us, and for which we were able to feature SHINING’s NIKLAS KVARFORTH on vocals. We have been very happy with the response to the album both from the fans and the press, and the feedback we have been getting has greatly encouraged us." More...

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Gravdal To Reveal New Bassist At Festival

Classically trained musician Christina Sandsengen is set to make her debut appearance on bass for Norwegian black metallers Gravdal when the band plays at this year’s Hole in the Sky festival on August 28th. The band commented on recruiting Christina:

"With a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Conservatorio 'Manuell Castillo' Superior de Musica in Seville, Christina is no stranger to the world of metal, having previously played with Immune and Lucid, and she is a current member of bands such as Bleed the Freak. It is anticipated that for the time being at least, Oslo-based Christina will take on the role of live session bass player.

"Due to the very strictly enforced age limits in clubs and venues, HITS for KIDZ is one of the rare opportunities for the younger Norwegian metal fans to attend a live concert. With no age limit, HITS for KIDZ, which is being held at the Garage venue, has become an extremely popular part of Hole in the Sky, attracting audiences of all ages. Aside from Gravdal, this year’s event will also feature sets from Norway’s Hellish Outcast and Germany’s Secrets of the Moon."

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Gravdal Guitarist Joins Aeternus

Norwegian metal act Gravdal has issued the following announcement about guitarist Specter joining Aeternus:

"Gravdal guitarist Specter has joined dark metallers Aeternus, replacing outgoing guitarist Dreggen. His work with Gravda will not be affected in any way. Specter, who is now rehearsing with the band and immersing himself in their music, is the second member of Gravdal in Aeternus' ranks - fellow guitarist Phobos is, of course, Aeternus' drummer."

You can also check out Aeternus through the band's MySpace page.

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Gravdal To Play Hole In The Sky Festival

Norwegian black metal act Gravdal is set to perform at the 2010 edition of the Hole in the Sky festival on August 28th in Bergen. Other confirmed acts for the festival, which takes place from the 24th - 28th, include Ihsahn, Suffocation, Rotting Christ, VON, Evile, The Devil's Blood, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Gravdal has also posted a new widget online containing sample tracks and press clippings about the band, which can be viewed below. More...

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Gravdal Posts Live Performange Footage

Norwegian black metal act Gravdal has posted footage online of their performance in Paris of the track "Sadist," which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:

"A new video of Gravdal performing 'Sadist' live at the Trabendo in Paris during the recent European Tour with Gorgoroth has been uploaded onto YouTube. We would like to thank YouTube user nfbeer for allowing us to upload and use his video."

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Gorgoroth Prepares To Hit The Road

Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has issued the following update about the band's upcoming European tour:

"The upcoming Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt European tour is now less than two weeks away, and it is therefore high time to issue a reminder: The tour starts on 9. April in Vosselaar, Belgium, and continues through dates in Holland, France, Germany and Italy before ending in Glauchau on 17. April. Support bands for the tour will be fellow Norwegians Keep of Kalessin and Gravdal. The tour is presented by Rock Hard and Metal.de, with support from Norsk kulturråd.

"In addition to exclusive Gorgoroth tour shirts, the merchandise stalls on the tour will also be selling the limited edition picture disc vinyl of the latest Gorgoroth album 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt,' as well as the limited edition 7" picture disc of 'Bergen 1996'."

Gorgoroth's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Shining Vocalist Appears On New Gravdal Track

Sweden's Shining issued the following statement about vocalist Kvarforth appearing on a new Gravdal track that is available for streaming online:

"Kvarforth recently recorded some guest vocals for the track 'Mishandlet' on the upcoming 'Torturmantra' album from Norwegian Black Metallers Gravdal. He gives a particularly intense and disturbing performance on the track, and if you'd like to hear it, it has now been added to the GRAVDAL MySpace page at this location."

Gravdal also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Gravdal Reveals New Album Details

Norwegian black metallers GRAVDAL have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming album “Torturmantra,” which is due for release on Unexploded Records in the spring. The nine-track “Torturmantra” is a follow up to 2008’s “Sadist,” and will be the band’s second full-length album. Artwork on “Torturmantra” is by the Norwegian artist Robert Høyem who has worked with bands like SLAGMAUR and GALAR. The tracklisting as follows:

1. Hydrestund I Helvete
2. Slave
3. Eg E Ditt Helvete
4. Mishandlet
5.
6. Torturmantra
7. Pulsen Vakler
8. Klastrert På Ambolt
9. Slutt More...

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Gorgoroth Reveals Opening Bands For European Tour

GORGOROTH (nor) has announced that GRAVDAL (nor) will support them on their upcoming European tour with KEEP OF KALESSIN. The tour dates are as follows:

09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei

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Shining Vocalist Guests On New Gravdal Album

Vocalist Niklas "Kvarforth" of Swedish black metallers Shining has recorded guest vocals for a track on the forthcoming "Torturmantra" album from Norwegian act Gravdal. The track, "Mishandlet," was recorded in Sweden at the Erebus Odora studios and produced by Peter Bjärgö. "Torturmantra" is due for release on Unexploded Records in early 2010, and will be the second full-length album from Gravdal.

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