Mistur - Biography



Mistur is a Norwegian black metal band hailing from the mighty fjords and mountains of Sogndal. The sound is a mixture of melodies, atmosphere and raw black metal. The lyrics are written in Norwegian and the themes are viking related. The band has existed since the summer 2005, when the demo "Skoddefjellet" was released. "Skoddefjellet" received great reviews in magazines and sites like heavymetal.no, Scream and Vampire magazine. Altogether it sold about 800 copies in Norway and abroad.

In September 2006 Mistur also participated on the metal sampler Metalmessage Vol. III with the title track from the demo "Skoddefjellet". The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp and the CD is sold out.

It all started as a metal project by Espen Bakketeig and Andre Raunehaug. Seeing the opportunity to do live shows, the band increased to a full line-up.

Among the members in Mistur, you will find lead guitarist Strom from the legendary black metal band Windir. Other musicians in the line-up include Odne (vocals), Espen Bakketeig (synthesizer, clean vocals), Stian Bakketeig (lead guitar), Andre Raunehaug (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), and Ole Hartvigsen (bass) with Kenneth Mellum on drums.

Mistur did some great live shows in 2007, at a packed Club Maiden in Oslo and in front of 300 fans at the Stoy Festival in Sogndal. Mistur also headlined Fres Festival 07 in Fresvik.

In September 2008 Mistur recorded their full-length debut album in the famous Akkerhaugen Studio just outside Notodden, Norway. The album is produced by Mistur and Thorbjorn Akkerhaugen and it is mastered by Peter in De Betu at Tailor Maid, Sweden. It is a full produced masterpiece containing 7 songs with a raw black metal sound. Thorbjorn Akkerhaugen has produced albums for bands such as Emperor, Zyklon and Windir. The Belgian cover artist Kris Verwimp has created an exclusive oil painting for the album. He has done artwork for bands such as Thyrfing and Old Man's Child. Kris Verwimp's masterpiece is a Viking motive painted in oil. The landscape is taken from the place Kaupanger in Sogndal, on the west side of Norway. The fjord with the Viking ships is the famous fjord called Sognefjorden. This is the place where Mistur originally come from.

"Attende" was released in cooperation with the German label Einheit Produktionen on August 29, 2009, and has sold more than 2000 copies thus far. The album has received great reviews. The first show after the release found place in Sogndal. Mistur will play at Karmøygeddon 2010 and more shows are soon to be confirmed for 2010.

(Source: http://www.mistur.no/thestory.html)