Keep Of Kalessin was formed in 1995 and has throughout the years only released 6 studio albums and 1 EP due to personal disputes and a very bumpy road for founder and songwriter Obsidian C.
But with the release of “Armada” in 2006 the band took the much deserved step into the ranks of the top metal bands from Norway.
With top reviews in all metal media worldwide, nominations in Spellemannsprisen and Alarm awards, 4 european tours and many festivals only in the last two years, the band has built a good reputation for their unique epic extreme metal in the metal community around the globe.
The album “Kolossus” was released in May 2008 and the band was touring extensively for a couple of years including support for Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth on their US tour in 2008.
In 2010 the band again broke new ground when they participated in Melodi Grand Prix, the national edition of the Euro vision song contest. The band shocked everyone when they won the first regional final and reached as far as 3rd place in the national final. With this participation the band reached far outside of the metal community being A-listed on Norwegian radio and being talked about constantly in the mainstream press.
In May 2010 their latest offering “Reptilian” was released to standing ovasions from all metal media. The album went straight into number 2 on the norwegian charts and was also doing well in both Europe and US. This also resulted in extensive touring reaching around 200 shows in support of the album in both North America and Europe. The band also did their first South American show in front of 800 crazy fans.
Currently the band has decided to calm down on the touring, but are already working on a new album which will be released in October 2012.
Known for breaking new ground, Keep Of Kalessin does it again!
Norway’s Keep Of Kalessin has more than once been under fire for “breaking the rules of metal”, but with a strong vision of “no boundaries” the powerful trio pushes on unaffected by storms and challenges and has over the years gained a merit list few other metal bands has managed. This includes includes #2 on the Norwegian charts, #3 in Norwegian Euro vision and 2 Norwegian Grammy award nominations as well as countless top reviews and hundreds of shows all across the world. Few other bands in the metal scene has such a unique style and technical skills as Keep Of Kalessin, which has gained the band great respect amongst the magazines and reviewers around the globe. It has been 5 years since the last full-length, but Keep is now finally ready with a new album. And what an album it is! This monster of Epic Extreme Metal takes the band to the next level! It is a diverse album that takes everything we love from 80’s heavy metal, thrash, death and black metal into one pot and mixes it perfectly to
create an album that is epic and extreme, brutal and beautiful and an album that anyone into metal will find entertaining and empowering! As a new trio, guitarist and now also lead singer and front man Obsidian C. does a remarkable job at handling technical guitar riffs as well as doing all different vocal styles with a more powerful expression than his predecessor. There is no doubt that Keep Of Kalessin 2015 is going to be better than ever! Be prepared to bow for “the world’s most powerful power trio” on February 16th 2015!