King of Asgard took form in 2008 by founder Karl Beckman when he teamed up with long time fellow musician Karsten Larsson. Both had previously played together in the well-known viking metal horde Mithotyn. The duo worked on re-discovering their roots and thus establishing the foundation of King of Asgard, both musically as well as in lyrical approach. Returning to the Norse heritage, ancestral myths and the sense af a past long gone by.
In January 2009, the first recordings were done, resulting in the demo “Prince of Märings”, seven songs recorded in Lotang Studio in Vadstena. In November the same year, Jonas Albrektsson joined King of Asgard and the foundation of the three-piece took serious form. Meanwhile, the demo recording was well received and caught the attention of several metal labels, one in particular, and by December of 2009 the band had signed a deal with Metal Blade Records.
Studio time at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden, was booked and in March 2010, the debut album was recorded with engineer Andy LaRocque. King of Asgard tracked thirteen songs of folk-based blackened death metal, reminiscent of times of old. During the summer, a music video was filmed to present the album opener “Einhärjar”, produced by Rickard Monéus and 1897.
King of Asgard‘s debut album “Fi’mbulvintr” was released in August 2010 and made an astonishing impact on the scene. Still, the band was in need of a second guitarist for live events and a stable line-up. Lars Tängmark thus was added to the unit as a second guitarist in August 2010. King of Asgard finally became active as a live performing act and played festivals and club shows throughout 2010 and further on to this date.
In early 2012 King of Asgard finished the songwriting for their second album “…to North” and returned to Sonic Train Studios in April, again with Andy LaRocque at the helm. An epic album showcasing the bands strong foundation. “…to North“, spanning over ten songs including a tribute cover song of Isengard’s classic “Vinterskugge” was released in September 2012. Another video was released as an album teaser in May of 2012, depicting the song “The Nine Worlds Burn”. Yet again with producer Rickard Monéus of 1897.
On the 22nd of July 2014 King of Asgard released their 3rd full-length album “Karg”, recorded back in April. This being the band’s third time recording with Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios accompained by engineer Olof Berggren. With even more careful songwriting, precise and mature, combined with a more immediate and true to heart approach, King of Asgard’s “Karg” is a showcase of vindictive and honarable homage to their forefathers and ancestral heritage. This barren album carrying eight individual songs and a tribute to the master and ever inspiring Quorthon (Thomas Forsberg) of the legendary Bathory: “Total Destruction”. As a pattern of habit King of Asgard again filmed a music video along with Rickard Monéus, at the Royal Castle of Vadstena for the song “The Runes of Hel”.
A while after the release of “Karg” the band unfortunately sees some major line-up changes resulting in parting ways with both Karsten Larsson and Lars Tängmark. Though, very soon the unit stood firm again and both places were filled, First teaming up with drummer Mathias Westman and later on also filling the empty guitar spot with guitarist Ted Sjulmark – the closure of the formless void. In May 2016 a pact was made between King of Asgard and Trollmusic / Prophecy Productions. Thus leaving the great years along with Metal Blade Records behind…
On August 16, 2016, King of Asgard announced that the mastering of their new release, Taudr, had been completed at Kalthallen Studios. Taudr was recorded and mixed by Magnus Andersson at Sweden’s Endarker Studios.
Taudr / 2017
1. The Curse and the Wanderer
2. Death… and a New Sun
4. …for the Fury of the Norse
5. Upon Raging Waves (Mithotyn cover)
Taudr is the fourth album by the swedish band King Of Asgard, released in 2017.
In 2016, King of Asgard announced they had left Metal Blade Records to join Swedish label Trollmusic. According to the label, the band’s fourth release, taudr, was recorded in June, and is expected to see release in October 2016.
On August 16, 2016, King of Asgard announced that the mastering of their new release, taudr, had been completed at Kalthallen Studios. taudr was recorded and mixed by Magnus Andersson at Sweden’s Endarker Studios.
Karg / 2014
1. The Runes Of Hel
2. The Trickster
3. Highland Rebellion
5. Remnant of the Past
6. The Heritage Throne
9. Total Destruction (Bathory cover)
Karg is the third full-lenght album by the swedish band King Of Asgard. It would be King of Asgard’s final release through longtime label, Metal Blade Records.
Karg’s release was preceded on May 19, 2014 by the debut of its first single, “The Runes of Hel,” which featured an accompanying video.
Metal Injection noted a shift in the band’s musical direction from the style of King of Asgard’s previous outings, stating that Karg, “continues to elaborate on their traditional Viking metal, but looming within it is an ominous forecast of the black metal variety.”
The album features a cover of Bathory’s “Total Destruction.”
... to North / 2012
1. Onset of Ragnarok
2. The Nine Worlds Burn
3. The Dispossessed
4. Gap of Ginnungs
5. Bound To Reunite
7. Up On The Mountain
8. Plague-Ridden Rebirth
9. Harvest (The End)
10. … to North
… to North is the second album by the swedish band King Of Asgard. It was released in 2012 by Metal Blade Records. Recorded, mixed and produced at Sonic Train Studios, March 2012.
Fi'mbulvintr / 2010
3. Vämods Tale
4. The Last Journey
5. Never Will You Know of Flesh Again
6. Wrath Of The Gods
7. Snake Tongue
8. Brethren of the North
9. Day Of Sorrow
10. Lingering a Sacred Ground
11. Heroes’ Brigade
12. Strike Of The Hammer
13. Fi’mbulvintr (Outro)
Fi’mbulvintr is the first album by King Of Asgard, released in 2010 by Metal Blade Records.
The band released an official video for the song ‘Einharjar’.
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