In the Woods… is a Norwegian avant-garde metal band from Kristiansand, formed in 1992. The band released a total of four studio albums, three singles, one compilation album and one live album throughout its initial existence. The band disbanded in 2000 and reformed in 2014.
The band started out as a death metal band called Green Carnation. With some members leaving, including Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort), the remaining members formed In the Woods… The band released a demo in 1993 called The Isle of Men, as well as a full-length album named Heart of the Ages in 1995. This album was unique at the time since the band expanded the limits of their black metal style into the soothing sound of keyboards and female vocals combined with eerie distorted vocals and clean singing as well. The following, Omnio, is often regarded as their best album, featuring even more experimental music, 11 minute songs with more female vocals and reflective lyrics, together with magical instrumental overtures. The third album, Strange in Stereo, brought an enigmatic change in style, since the music got far more depressive and changing.
In 2000, In the Woods… released the album Three Times Seven on a Pilgrimage, a compilation of three of their previous 7″featuring covers from Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane and King Crimson, together with some newly released and rebuilt songs, like the new version of Child of Universal Tongue.
After releasing Three Times Seven on a Pilgrimage, the band held a farewell performance in their home town of Kristiansand which featured all musicians, including the former members. The performance was recorded and released as Live at the Caledonien Hall in 2003. It was confirmed that this was the band’s last official release. Some of the members went on to play in the similarly-styled band Green Carnation, others took up personal projects and founded the independent label Karmakosmetix Records, created to support new experimental bands such as In the Woods…
Anders Kobro announced the reformation of the band’s core lineup (Kobro, X. Botteri and C:M. Botteri) in 2014. 2015 was the year the newest lineup was announced, featuring Kobro, X. Botteri and C:M Botteri, James Fogarty and a younger guitar player named Corey (Kåre Andre Sletteberg). Together, they released their newest album Pure in September 2016 under their new label, Debemur Morti Productions. Keyboard player Job Phenex Bos is joining them during live sessions.
At the end of 2016, the Botteri brothers left the band leading onto Alex Weisbeek and Bernt Sørensen joining In the Woods… for bass and guitar sessions.
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Cease The Day / 2018
Pure / 2016
2. Blue Oceans Rise (Like a War)
3. Devil’s at the Door
4. The Recalcitrant Protagonist
5. The Cave of Dreams
6. Cult of Shining Stars
7. Towards the Black Surreal
8. Transmission KRS
9. This Dark Dream
10. Mystery of the Constellations
Pure is the fourth full-length album by Norwegian progressive metal band In The Woods…, released in 2016 on Debemur Morti Productions.
Strange in Stereo / 1999
1. Closing In
3. Vanish in the Absence of Virtue
4. Basement Corridors
6. Generally More Worried than Married
7. Path of the Righteous
8. Dead Man’s Creek
9. Titan Transcendence
11. By the Banks of Pandemonium
Strange in Stereo is the third full-length studio album by the Norwegian progressive/avant-garde metal band In the Woods… released in 1999 on Misanthropy Records.
Omnio / 1997
1. 299 796 km/s
2. I Am Your Flesh
4. Weeping Willow
5. Omnio? – Pre
6. Omnio? – Bardo
7. Omnio? – Post
Omnio is the second full-length album by Norwegian avant-garde metal band In the Woods… It was released on October 14, 1997, through Misanthropy Records.
In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek calls Omnio a “devastatingly beautiful marriage of prog metal, gothic texture, epic scope, and amazingly intricate, deeply moving songwriting for a tour de force that stands as one of European metal’s classic recordings.” He claims the album has “remained deeply influential since its initial release in 1997.”
Heart of the Ages / 1995
1. Yearning the Seeds of a New Dimension
2. Heart of the Ages
3. …in the Woods (Prologue / Moments of… / Epilogue)
4. Mourning the Death of Aase
5. Wotan’s Return
7. The Divinity of Wisdom
Heart of the Ages is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band In the Woods… The album was recorded at Star Studios in Norway with production of Trond Breen.
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