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Ram-Zet - Biography




The extreme, progressive metal band Ram-Zet started as a one man project in 1998. Mastermind Zet started the project in order to bring his own musical visions to life after having played in numerous assorted bands. He needed to get the ideas and chaos in his mind structured and so this beast of a band started.
The first core line-up, with Solem (Bass) and Küth (Drums), banded together prior to the recording session of Ram-Zet¢s debut album, PURE THERAPY (released in September 2000 on Spikefarm records). Combining various elements ranging from the chaotic rage of Black Metal, a great sense for melody to some rather progressive structuring and mechanized rhythms of Industrial music, the band created a flawless hybrid with an ability to maintain stylistic integrity heightened by genre-bending ingenuity.

After knowing Zet for many years, Magnus then joined the band as a steady key player.

Session member SfinX (vocals on Pure Therapy) then joined the band early 2001. They still didn¢t have a violin player, but Sfinx happened to know a great player and gave her a call. Sareeta then said yes to join the band and all of a sudden the lineup was completed.

The first gig ever in Tromsø was a hit and the band started to get a name in the underground metal world. Pure Therapy came as a fresh breath of air in the Norwegian metal scene and it was nominated for the Norwegian grammy award in 2001.

Ram-Zet¢s second album, ESCAPE (Released in 2002 by Spikefarm records), was once again recorded at their personal Space Valley Studio in Norway and later once again mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios in Finland (Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Moonspell, etc.) for boosted sound quality. Escape continued Ram-Zet¢s musically challenging soundscape traditions and turns. This became a very chaotic, hard hitting, beautiful and brilliant work of art mainly due to the fact that a complete line-up was involved in Escape¢s process.

Sadly, after some hard thinking, Solem decided to leave the band due to some personal issues. Jon then joined the band and added yet another element to Ram-Zet..s music.

After Grammy nomination for the debut album, heavy touring with acts like Theatre Of Tragedy, Entwine, Borknagar, Finntroll, the ambitions were now high for the Norse psychotic metal schizophrenics. INTRA (released by Tuba Records 2005) was recorded in Space Valley Studios and co-produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad etc.) Intra pulled the listener down into it's schizophrenic soundscape and challenged him with raging and complex guitar riffs, innovative songs where the contrast between the dark beauty of the melody and the vast controlled aggression played the main part. Intra still maintained a stylistic integrity characterized by genre-bending ingenuity.

Once again Ram-Zet suffered a great loss when both Jon and Magnus decided to leave the band due to personal issues as well. Magnus still continued for some time as a session member, but he did no longer wish to be a steady part of the band. The band knew of one hell of a bass player and asked if he wanted to try out for the band. He nailed the bass and Lanius was from early 2006 a steady member.

One day Zet stumbled over this young red head that came to his studio to record some of her own stuff. He right away saw that she was highly talented and she played the keys brilliantly and he thought she could also do some very good backing vocals for Ram-Zet. After a while he decided to ask if she wanted to try out for the band. She didn't only complete the band musically but finally the band was at its peek on every level. Three girls and three blokes in such a hard metal band are rarely seen and yet another aspect of Ram-Zet was in place. Ka became a steady member in early 2008.

AND NOW, Ram-Zet's fourth studio album is out and hitting harder than ever! NEUTRALIZED (released by Ascendance records 2009) was released on the 12th October and it is Ram-Zet's definitely strongest album so far. It is mixed and mastered by the great Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower studio. People and reviewers have described it as a masterpiece. This is an album well worth buying for the people with excellent taste in metal featuring fine artistry, brilliance in musicality and instrumentation. This album is melodic, hard, soft, different, brilliant, beautiful and utterly mad all at once!..