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Ansur Sign To Nocturnal Art/Candlelight Records

Norwegian metallers ANSUR have inked a deal with Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.

Ansur was formed in Drammen, Norway in 2003 as a young 3-piece band. The following winter Ansur recorded “Demo 2004”, which contained four tracks of more or less traditional black metal with a raw and characteristic sound. After the demo release, underground label Nerbilous Productions (South Korea) took interest in the band and offered to re-release the demo in a more official way. The demo was renamed “Carved in Flesh” officially re-released in 2005.

The line-up changed in the following year, with Stian Svenne joining on guitars and Glenn Ferguson on drums. Bass player Aslak A. Werme left the band, and vocalist Espen A. R. Aulie took up his duties. The band slowly went through changes musically, and they began to incorporate stronger progressive elements in addition to the black and death metal styles to create something more characteristic and unique. Ansur’s debut album, “Axiom,” was recorded in their own studio from July to December 2005. The material on Axiom varies from brutal tracks like “Earth Erasure” to more progressive ones like “The Axiom Depicted” and “Desert Messiah”. The conceptual lyrics are based on a chronological story and flow very well the epic and grand darkness of the album. The underground press has already had a taste of what’s to come. Norwegian online magazine Enslaved by Metal, quoted the Axiom as “…too impressive to avoid”, while Maelstrom Magazine said: "Axiom is an addictive mixture of mathematical patterns with the brilliantly subtle implementation of acoustic guitars that strongly add to clarity in sound and the sense of threat and disaster.” AllThingsMetal.com concluded with Axiom being “…a perfect mix of brains and artistic enjoyment.”

"Axiom" is due for worldwide release in the fall through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records. More details will follow soon.

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