Through Times of War

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Through Times of War
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Studio album by Keep of Kalessin
Released April 27, 1997
Recorded 1997
Brygga Studios, Trondheim
Genre Black metal
Length47:36
Label Avantgarde Music
Producer Self-released
Keep of Kalessin chronology
Skygger Av Sorg
(1995)
Through Times of War
(1997)
Agnen: A Journey Through the Dark
(1999)

Through Times of War is the first studio album by Norwegian black metal band Keep of Kalessin. The album shows a combination of fast, dark and epic black metal. The band went on to embrace more elements from the thrash metal genre, receiving even more widespread appeal.

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Keep of Kalessin Norwegian metal band

Keep of Kalessin is an extreme metal band from Trondheim, Norway formed in 1993. The group's early lineup consisted of Ghash on vocals, Obsidian C. on guitars and keyboards, Warach on bass, and Vyl on drums. They released two albums under this lineup: Through Times of War in 1997, and Agnen: A Journey Through the Dark in 1999, before splitting up. Obsidian C. then toured with Satyricon, but revived the Keep of Kalessin name for a 2003 EP, Reclaim. In 2006 he reconstituted the group with a new lineup and released a third full-length, Armada. They toured with Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir early in 2008. Their fourth album Kolossus was released on June 6, 2008. They take their name from Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series of books, where Kalessin is the name of the arch-dragon who is the bearer of the Earthsea world. Keep of Kalessin was nominated for a Spellemannprisen in the metal category in 2008.

Contents

It was originally released through Avantgarde Music, but was re-released through several others. It was re-released through World War III in 2002, by Avantgarde Music a second time in 2006 and by Snapper that same year. Peaceville Records is known to re-release this album as a digipak in 2007.

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Snapper Music British independent record label

Snapper Music is an independent record label founded in 1996 by former head of Castle Communications Jon Beecher, Dougie Dudgeon and funded by Mark Levinson from Palan Music Publishing. In 1999 Snapper broke away from its Palan parent company in an MBO in association with ACT and CAI venture capitalists. In 2004 Snapper Music was bought out by music publisher and former agent & manager Bryan Morrison (deceased) and in 2005 Jon Beecher (MD) and Dougie Dudgeon (A&R) left the company and were replaced by Frederick Jude, a former employee of Palan Music Publishing and a Snapper director.

Peaceville Records is a British independent heavy metal record label. The label was founded by Paul "Hammy" Halmshaw in Dewsbury, England in 1987, who was also a one-time drummer of Sore Throat. Originally a tape label releasing anarcho punk, the releases moved towards metal through crust punk and similar forms of metal-influenced English hardcore punk. Halmshaw started running the label full-time in 1988, although the original tape label incarnation was founded in 1981 as a vehicle for releasing Instigators demo cassettes.

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Through Times of War"4:31
2."Den Siste Krig"4:43
3."As a Shadow Cast"6:09
4."I Choose to Suffer"6:50
5."Skygger av Sorg"5:22
6."Obliterator"5:42
7."Nectarous Red - Itch"14:19
Total length:47:36

Personnel

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