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1349 is a Norwegian black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1997. Their name comes from the year the Black Death reached Norway.

History

1349 formed in 1997 and comprises several former members of the band Alvheim. Their drummer, Frost, is also a member of Satyricon.

1349 tour on a regular basis; their live shows often begin with drummer Frost and guitarist Archaon fire-breathing. In recognition of their influences, the band performed a cover of Mayhem's "Buried by Time and Dust" on their debut album, Liberation. At their live shows they have also covered Celtic Frost, the band that vocalist Ravn cites as his principal influence.

In 2006, they toured the USA with Celtic Frost. Ravn also appeared on Celtic Frost's 2006 album, Monotheist, performing guest vocals on the CD digipack bonus track, "Temple of Depression". In 2007, during the French Hellfest festival, they were slated to play during the day, but asked to reschedule their appearance to play in the dark instead. During their appearance at the Oslo Inferno Metal Festival on March 2008, the band was joined on stage by Celtic Frost frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer for a rendition of the Celtic Frost song "The Usurper".

In September 2008 they toured with Carcass, Suffocation, Aborted and Rotten Sound titled as the Exhume to Consume Tour.

A music video of 1349's song 'Sculptor of Flesh' was released following the band's 2005 album, Hellfire. The video, directed by Judd Tilyard, alternates between footage of the band performing the song in Norway and clips of surgery filmed in Australia.

During the winter of 2008 the band recorded their long awaited fourth album Revelations of the Black Flame. The album is co-mixed by Tom Gabriel Fischer, and was released in Europe on 25 May 2009. Revelations of the Black Flame marked a change in direction for the band as songs on the album were slower than previous releases and there were also some dark ambient and industrial tinged tracks.

At the beginning of 2010 the band signed a contract with Indie Recordings for the release of their fifth album in Europe, with Prosthetic Records distributing the album in North America.

1349 toured with Cannibal Corpse, Skeletonwitch and Lecherous Nocturne on the Evisceration Plague Tour, in April-May 2010. The band also performed at the Wacken Open Air and Summer Breeze Open Air festivals in August 2010.

1349 released their fifth full length album Demonoir on 26 April 2010. The album shows a return to their earlier hyperspeed sound before Revelations of the Black Flame, while continuing its low-fi production and ambient sensibilities.

They are scheduled to tour Canada and the United States with Tom Gabriel Fischer's project Triptykon in October 2010.

A deluxe box set of Demonoir is due to be released in October 2011. The band's first live DVD will be released 24 October 2011 on Candlelight Records. It will be titled Hellvetia Fire - The Official 1349 Bootleg, and was filmed at Bikini Test La chaux De Fonds in Switzerland in 2005.

Band members

Current members

Ravn (Olav Bergene) - vocals (since 1997), drums (1997-2000),

Archaon (Idar Burheim) - guitar (since 1999),

Seidemann (Tor Stavenes) - bass (since 1997),

Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) - drums (since 2000),

Touring members

Tony Laureano - drums (since 2006),

Mads Guldbekkhei - drums (since 2007),

Thor Anders Myhren - guitar (since 2008),

Tony Ingibergsson - guitar (since 2009),

Former members

Balfori (Lars Larsen) - guitar (1997-1998),

Tjalve (André Kvebek) - guitar (1997-2006)