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Reptilian
6/8/2010

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6/10/2008

Armada
4/18/2006
 
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Keep Of Kalessin Post New Track Online
May 6, 2010
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep Of Kalessin have uploaded another new track entitled "Judgement" to their MySpace page. The song comes from their forthcoming album 'Reptilian', scheduled for release in North America on June 8th.

'Reptilian'
track listing:
1. Dragon Iconography
2. The Awakening
3. Judgement
4. The Dragontower
5. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
6. Dark As Moonless Night
7. The Divine Land
8. Reptilian Majesty

"The Awakening" and a rough mix/shortened version of "The Dragontower" can also be streamed on the band's MySpace page player.

'Reptilian'
is the follow-up to Keep Of Kalessin's 2008 release, 'Kolossus' and was recorded once again at their own studio in Trondheim, Norway. Final mixing duties were handled by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Behemoth, In Flames).

Keep Of Kalessin
will join label mates Nile on the 21-date "Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II" through the United States beginning October 31st in Raleigh, North Carolina. Also on the bill are Roman-themed arsenal Ex Deo, Tazmanian tech-death masters Psycroptic, and brutal death grinders Pathology. Confirmed dates are listed below:

"Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II" Dates:
10/31/10 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
11/01/10 - Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
11/02/10 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
11/03/10 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
11/04.10 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
11/05/10 - Club Hell - Providence, RI
11/06/10 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
11/07/10 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
11/08/10 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
11/09/10 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
11/12/10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/13/10 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
11/14/10 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
11/15/10 - Ramona Main Stage - Ramona, CA
11/16/10 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
11/17/10 - U.B.'s Bar - Mesa, AZ
11/18/10 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
11/20/10 - Emo's - Austin, TX
11/21/10 - The Warsaw - Houston, TX
11/23/10 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
11/24/10 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Visit Keep Of Kalessin online at www.kalessin.no & www.myspace.com/keepofkalessin.
 
 
 
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Nile Announce 2nd Leg Of 'Those Whom The Gods Detest' Tour
April 28, 2010
The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, Nile, will return to North America with their second tour in support of their new album, 'Those Whom The Gods Detest'. Joining them will be the ancient Roman themed arsenal Ex Deo, Tazmanian tech-death masters Psycroptic, Norwegian extreme metallers Keep Of Kalessin, and brutal death grinders Pathology.

"Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II"
Nile, Ex Deo, Psycroptic, Keep Of Kalessin, Pathology:
10/31 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
11/01 - Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
11/02 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
11/03 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
11/04 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
11/05 - Club Hell - Providence, RI
11/06 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
11/07 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
11/08 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
11/09 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
11/12 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/13 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
11/14 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
11/15 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
11/16 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
11/17 - U.B.'s Bar - Mesa, AZ
11/18 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
11/20 - Emo's - Austin, TX
11/21 - The Warsaw - Houston, TX
11/23 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
11/24 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Reduced service charge tickets will go on sale today through www.Enterthevault.com. On sale at all major ticketing services after May 27, 2010.

Nile's
latest state-of-the-death-metal-art release,is entitled 'Those Whom the Gods Detest'. Produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse, Queensryche), along with a stellar drum recording job by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Go'atwhore), 'Those Whom the Gods Detest' features the bands strongest production and perhaps their best material to date.

For more info visit:
www.nile-catacombs.net & www.myspace.com/nilecatacombs
 
 
 
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Keep Of Kalessin Reveal Artwork For 'Reptilian'
March 25, 2010
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep Of Kalessin will release their new album, 'Reptilian', in North America on May 14th (Europe) and June 8th (N. America) via Nuclear Blast Records [which means U.S. fans can expect a 'leak' on May 14th as well - Ed.]. The cover art can be viewed here.

Guitarist Obsidian C. commented: "The music on 'Reptilian' is more in your face and direct than before so we chose this cover and the title to emphasise that directness as well as focusing even more on the fantasy elemement in the band. This beast of an album is staring at you and it's going straight for your throat!"

'Reptilian'
Track Listing:
1. Dragon Iconography
2. The Awakening
3. Judgement
4. The Dragontower
5. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
6. Dark As Moonless Night
7. The Divine Land
8. Reptilian Majesty

A shortened version and rough mix of the new song "The Dragontower" can be heard on the bands Official Myspace page at www.myspace.com/KeepOfKalessin.

'Reptilian'
is the follow up to Keep Of Kalessin's 2008 release, 'Kolossus' and was recorded once again at their own studio in Trondheim, Norway. Final mixing duties were handled this time around by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah).
The band posted Studio Updates and a blog during the recording process of the album, which you can check out at the links below:
Studio Report #1
Studio Report #2
SickDrummerMagazine.com Pre-Production Blog

For more info visit: www.kalessin.no | www.myspace.com/keepofkalessin | www.nuclearblast.de/keepofkalessin
 
 
 
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Keep Of Kalessin Track Listing Revealed
March 18, 2010
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep Of Kalessin will release their new album, 'Reptilian', in North America on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Dragon Iconography
02. The Awakening
03. Judgement
04. The Dragontower
05. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
06. Dark As Moonless Night
07. The Divine Land
08. Reptilian Majesty

A shortened and rough mix of the new song "The Dragontower" can be heard on the bands Myspace page.

'Reptilian'
is the follow up to Keep Of Kalessin's 2008 release, 'Kolossus' and was recorded once again at their own studio in Trondheim, Norway. Final mixing duties were handled this time around by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah).
For more information visit: www.myspace.com/KeepOfKalessin & www.youtube.com/KalessinTV
 
 
 
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Ex Deo: More Details Released
April 26, 2009
Ex Deo, the new Roman themed band featuring Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm, have just announced a complete list of guest appearances on their debut record entitled 'Romulus'. Nergal of Behemoth will appear on the song “Storm the Gates of Alesia” singing a very famous quote from Julius Caesar. Karl Sanders (Nile) added a ripping solo on the song “The Final War (The Battle of Actium)” which deals with Antony and Cleopatras defiance of Octivian in Egypt. Finally Obsidian C. of Keep Of Kalessin lends a majestic and beautifully melodic solo on the track “Cruor Nostri Abbas”.

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono:
"It’s an honor for me that such talented musicians and friends lended their art for a couple songs on this album. I only asked a few select people that had an involvement with history through their music and related to this bands concept. So I salute them for contributing to Rome’s rise and they shall be aptly rewarded for it! Word coming from the province of Serbia is that the video is almost ready to be presented. I had a glimpse of it already and all I can do is smile."

Ex Deo Recording Line-Up:
Maurizio Iacono (Kataklysm) - Vocals
Stephane Barbe (Kataklysm) - Guitars
J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm) - Guitars
Max Duhamel (Kataklysm) - Drums
Francois Mongrain (Martyr) - Bass
Jonathan Leduc (Blackguard) - Keyboards

Ex Deo's debut album, 'Romulus', will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

For more info and music visit www.myspace.com/exdeo.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1994
HOME TOWN: Trondheim, Norway
MEMBERS:
Obsidian C. - Composer
Guitars
Synth
Backing Vocals
Thebon - Lead Vocals
Wizziac - Bass
Vyl - Drums

Keep of Kalessin spawned back in 1994, under the name Ildskjaer, by hand of Ghash and Obsidian C. , later joined by Vyl and Warach. The band´s violent yet dark and epic Black metal as well as the somewhat mysterious monicker and lyrics, are inspired by the work of fantasy of the American writer U. Le Guin ´The Earthsea Quartet´.With this concept in mind, the guys recorded the first demo ´ Skygger av sorg´ in the Fall of 1996, though several problems in finding a proper rehearsal room made this task rather difficult and as a matter of fact the lack of practice resulted in an untight performance on tape and a consequent limited spreading of it. Only some ten labels and magazines received it and the response was surprisingly positive, gracing the band with a contract from Italy's Avantgarde Music. The debut album ´Through times of war´ was recorded in summer 1997 in Brygga studios, Trondheim and presented the band with a crystal clear yet heavy production on some ear-blasting music which has been often compared to Mayhem's opus ´The mysteriis´. A couple of years later, after some pretty successful gigs played around Norway together with Bloodthorn, the quartet returned with ´Agnen. A journey through the dark´, again recorded in the much appreciated Brygga studio.With this second album the band actually took much distance from the now trendy Norwegian Black metal style, picking up influences from the Thrash and Death metal genres thus establishing a rather Swedish oriented sound. But the guys did not forget their roots and therefore they took part in the much anticipated Mayhem tribute album released by Avantgarde itself. Their superb interpretation of ´Buried by Time and Dust´ put them right up there with the likes of Emperor, Gorgoroth, Dark Funeral, just to name a few of the top class bands also appeared on this ambitious project.

In the year 2000 the line-up split due to personal reasons, but guitarist and songwriter Obsidian C. wouldn't let that stop him. He continued to make Kalessin-style music and developed his own style even more. This ultra-fast, brutal and yet melodic style needed a drummer, but in the small town of Trondheim he was unable to find one that could keep up with his riffing. Almost three years would pass and then he was offered the job in Satyricon after he had auditioned and played the ass off some 30 other guitarists from all over the world who had applied for the job. As soon as he was a part of Satyricon he was also in contact with one of black metal´s fastest and most brutal drummers, Frost!

Frost heard the new Keep Of Kalessin material and immediately said yes when Obsidian C. asked him to do the drumming on his new EP. Touring with Satyricon also made it possible for Obsidian C. to recruit the legendary Attila Csihar who did the vocals on Mayhem´s ´De Mysteriis dom Sathanas´. The three piece line-up recorded the "Reclaim" EP, released in 2004 and put the band into the Elite black metal scene of Norway, but due to the distance between Frost, Attila and Obsidian C. this line-up couldn't last. Obsidian C. is determined to bring Keep Of Kalessin to the masses and has seen that live performances is a must for doing that. He has teamed up with early Kalessin drummer Vyl and found a perfect replacement for Attila as well as a new bassplayer.

Together with lyricwriter from the Reclaim EP, Torstein Parelius, Obsidian C. has for the past two years been working on the new album entitled "Armada".

This album is anticipated to bring Keep Of Kalessin even further into the Elite ranks Norwegian metal along with bands like Emperor, Satyricon, Immortal, Mayhem and Dimmu Borgir.

The album will be a huge epic masterpiece which will be a massive blow to the worldwide metal scene. It is melodic, but it's still fast and grim and every song on the album is said to bring goosebumps from top to toe!

A new video will be released in early 2006 and the album will hit the stores worldwide on March 27th.