- Ravn– lead vocals
- Tor Risdal "Seidemann" Stavenes – bass, backing vocals
- Idar "Archaon" Burheim – guitars, backing vocals
- Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad – drums
1349 is a Norwegian black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1997. The band’s name comes from the year the Black Death reached Norway.
1349 formed in 1997 and comprises several former members of the band Alvheim. Drummer Frost is also a member of Satyricon.
In recognition of 1349’s influences, the band performed a cover of Mayhem‘s “Buried by Time and Dust” on their debut album, Liberation. At 1349’s live shows, the band has also covered Celtic Frost, whom vocalist Ravn cites as his principal influence.
1349 tours on a regular basis. The band’s live shows often begin with Frost and guitarist Archaon breathing fire. In 2006, 1349 toured the US with Celtic Frost. Ravn also appeared on the Celtic Frost album Monotheist (2006), performing guest vocals on the CD digipack bonus track, “Temple of Depression“. In 2007, during the French Hellfest festival, 1349 was slated to play during the day, but asked to reschedule their appearance to play in the dark instead. During 1349’s appearance at the Oslo Inferno Metal Festival in March 2008, the band was joined on stage by Celtic Frost frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer for a rendition of the Celtic Frost song “The Usurper“. In September 2008, 1349 toured with Carcass, Suffocation, Aborted and Rotten Sound on the Exhume to Consume Tour.
A music video for “Sculptor of Flesh” was released following the release of Hellfire (2005). The video, directed by Judd Tilyard, alternates between footage of the band performing the song in Norway and clips of surgery filmed in Australia.
During late 2008, 1349 recorded its fourth album, Revelations of the Black Flame. The album was co-mixed by Tom Gabriel Fischer, and was released in Europe on 25 May 2009. Revelations of the Black Flame marked a change in direction for the band, as songs on the album were slower than previous releases, and there were also some dark ambient and industrial-tinged tracks.
At the beginning of 2010, the band signed a contract with Indie Recordings for the release of its fifth album in Europe, with Prosthetic Records distributing the album in North America. 1349 released their fifth album, Demonoir, on 26 April 2010. The album shows a return to 1349’s earlier sound, before Revelations of the Black Flame, while continuing the low-fi production and ambient sensibilities of Revelations.
1349 toured with Cannibal Corpse, Skeletonwitch, and Lecherous Nocturne on the Evisceration Plague Tour, in April–May 2010. The band also performed at the Wacken Open Air and Summer Breeze Open Air festivals in August 2010.
1349 toured Canada and the United States with Tom Gabriel Fischer’s project Triptykon in October 2010. A deluxe box set of Demonoir was released in October 2011. The band’s first live DVD, titled Hellvetia Fire – The Official 1349 Bootleg, was released on 24 October 2011 by Candlelight Records. It was filmed at Bikini Test La Chaux De Fonds in Switzerland in 2005.
In October 2013, the band began recording their sixth studio album, called Massive Cauldron of Chaos. On 10 December, the band announced that the record was finished, and it was released on 29 September 2014, via Indie Recordings. The album scored excellent reviews and was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen). Festival shows and extensive touring followed the album’s release, and brought 1349 all the way to Australia and New Zealand for the first time.
In February 2017, it was announced that 1349 signed to Season of Mist.
In 2018, the Munch Museum and Innovation Norway chose 1349 as one of four bands to create a song based on the paintings of Edvard Munch. As a result, the single ‘Dødskamp‘ was released earlier that year.
After performing a fiery show at Norway’s Inferno festival this year, 1349 started recording in Amper Tone studios and Studio Nyhagen with engineer Jarrett Pritchard. Thus, ‘The Infernal Pathway’ was born, a sonic parallel to summoning and unleashing the beast of the abyss in all its fearsome, ferocious and powerful splendor. Season of Mist unleashed the album on October 18, 2019.
Gearing up for a full U.S. tour in the fall, and a European tour with ABBATH and VLTIMAS in 2020, more events will unfold, making this a banner year for 1349.
The Infernal Pathway / 2019
1. Abyssos Antithesis
2. Through Eyes of Stone
3. Tunnel of Set VIII
4. Enter Cold Void Dreaming
5. Towers Upon Towers
6. Tunnel of Set IX
7. Deeper Still
8. Striding the Chasm
9. Dødskamp – Album Edit
10. Tunnel of Set X
11. Stand Tall in Fire
The Infernal Pathway is the seventh studio album by Norwegian black metal band 1349. It was released on October 18, 2019 through Season of Mist.
Massive Cauldron of Chaos / 2014
Massive Cauldron of Chaos is the sixth studio album by Norwegian black metal band 1349. It was released on September 29, 2014 through Season of Mist. The album marks a break in the usual trend for the band to release album artwork in a jet black colour, instead using white.
Demonoir / 2010
1. Tunnels of Set I
2. Atomic Chapel
3. Tunnel II
4. When I Was Flesh
5. Tunnel III
6. Psalm 7:77
7. Tunnel IV
8. Pandemonium War Bells
9. Tunnel V
10. The Devil of the Deserts
11. Tunnel VI
13. Tunnel VII
Demonoir is the fifth full-length album by Norwegian black metal band 1349. The new album shows “a return to the band’s more traditional, raw-yet-technical black metal sound.” It was released on 26 April 2010 in Europe and the day after in North America.
Revelations of the Black Flame / 2009
2. Serpentine Sibilance
4. Maggot Fetus… Teeth like Thorns
7. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (Pink Floyd cover)
9. At the Gate…
Revelations of the Black Flame is the fourth studio album by Norwegian black metal band 1349.
The studio sessions took place during December 2008 in a woodland studio in Bøverbru (a village in the Toten region of Norway). 1349 mixed the album in January 2009.The album was co-mixed by Tom Gabriel Fischer. This marked the first and as yet, only experimental album by the band, as they almost completely abandoned their earlier old school black metal style, instead making use of irregular song structures and more progressive ideas. The album also contains a variety of dark ambient compositions spread throughout. After this release, the band would return to their previous, more straight-forward style.
Hellfire / 2005
1. I Am Abomination
3. Sculptor of Flesh
4. Celestial Deconstruction
5. To Rottendom
6. From the Deeps
7. Slaves to Slaughter
Hellfire is the third studio album by Norwegian black metal band 1349. It was released on May 24, 2005 through Candlelight Records.
A music video was produced for the track “Sculptor of Flesh”. The video, directed by Judd Tilyard, alternates between footage of the band performing the song in Norway and clips of surgery filmed in Australia. The closing track on the album ‘Hellfire’ was intentionally recorded at 13:49 in length to spell out the band name.
Beyond the Apocalypse / 2004
1. Chasing Dragons
2. Beyond the Apocalypse
5. Perished in Pain
6. Singer of Strange Songs
7. Blood Is the Mortar
8. Internal Winter
9. The Blade
Beyond the Apocalypse is the second studio album by Norwegian black metal band 1349. It was released in 2004 through Candlelight Records.
Liberation / 2003
2. I Breathe Spears
3. Riders of the Apocalypse
5. Pitch Black
6. Satanic Propaganda
8. Evil Oath
10. Buried by Time & Dust (Mayhem cover)
Liberation is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band 1349. It was released on 15 February 2003 through Candlelight Records.
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