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
Label Avantgarde Music
Producer Self-released
Keep of Kalessin chronology
Skygger Av Sorg
Through Times of War
Agnen: A Journey Through the Dark

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.


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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Track listing

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
7."Nectarous Red - Itch"14:19
Total length:47:36


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