Khold - Biography




Khold was based in Oslo, Norway and was formed by Sarke (drums), Gard (vocals/guitar). These two musicians came from the band/project Tulus, and Khold was formed because of a desire to be a "real band", with a steady, complete lineup, and opportunities to play live shows. They recruited two musicians to fit the empty slots: Rinn (also from Sensa Anima, guitar), and Eikind (bass). A demo was recorded, and late 2000 Khold was signed by Moonfog.

The first Khold album, 'Masterpiss of pain' was released spring 2001 and critics referred to the album as 'a fresh breath upon the black metal scene'. Fall 2001 Khold went touring in Europe to support their first album.

Khold's second album 'Phantom' were released spring 2002 on the Moonfog label. Since Khold at that time did not have any bass player, after Eikind left fall 2001, former Tulus bassist Sir Graanug was hired during the 'Phantom' recordings. Brandr was then helping out for a couple of gigs until Grimd joined fall of 2002.

Fall 2002 Khold joined forces with Satyricon on a Nordic tour. Spring 2003 they once again joined Satyricon for another six weeks, this time on a European tour.

Late summer 2003 Khold recorded their third album 'Mørke Gravers Kammer' and also made a video for the song 'Død'. The album was released spring 2004 by Candlelight records. Spring 2005 Khold went on yet another Norwegian tour.

Both 'Phantom' and 'Mørke Gravers Kammer' were nominated for the Alarm-award the year of their release.

Spring 2005 Khold recorded their fourth album, 'Krek', which was released October 10th by TABU records.

On Easter 2006, Khold was put on ice for an undetermined length of time. The reason given was that the members needed time to think. Gard and Sarke will continue Tulus (as a project), and Rinn is currently building a studio to record/produce bands, as well as continuing with Sensa Anima.

Rumors as of August 2007 indicate that Khold will be back with a new album some time in 2008, but these rumors have not yet been officially confirmed.

Khold played their unique music in a raw, primitive and dark manner using only guitars, bass and drums. Still they have a very up-to-date, cutting edge in their sound. The lyrics are all written in ancient Norwegian in order to, in a truly poetic fashion, enhance the songs' concepts. In terms of actual sound, the heaviness and clarity is way beyond in quality what you find in most other black metal bands; usually black metal sound production is barely beyond four or eight-track demo quality.