FESTER (Norway)

BIOGRAPHY

FESTER was founded back in ’89 and hails from Askim in Norway. This quartet of teenagers had a wish of playing hard, extreme music which described their dark inner self. It didn’t matter if it was called black, death, doom, thrash metal, or what ever influenced by old school acts of the time like Slayer, Hellhammer, Pestilence, Obituary, Celtic Frost and Kreator. FESTER never liked being labeled, and being open to whatever came into their mind and hands, FESTER made original dark music witch no other band to this date has made anything similar to.. The band themselves describes their music as Heavy, dark, atmospheric, gloomy extreme music with touches of Death, Black and Thrash metal. Or as an old flyer said : “ Death the way it was meant to be”.
The band, especially Tiger, was heavy into the Norwegian scene from ’91. Many claimed the band being part of the “Inner circle”, though the band never got the recognition they deserved due to the music style they played. It was only pure black metal who counted, and lots of great Death / Thrash bands got lost because of this.
Despite of this, FESTER’s two demos –  “The Introduction” (’91) and “Winter of Sin” ( ’92) sold out fast, and the band received over 20 record deals(..). The band ended up releasing their debut album on the infamous “No Fashion Records” in mid ’92. The album sold well, but due to several reasons the band made a new contract with “Lethal Records” in ’93. The band released their follow up late ’93. It was entitled “Silence” and tragically it was FESTER’s last studio album. After the “Silence” release the band was offered touring for several months with among others  “At the Gates”, and the band received great reviews. The band members wanted different things and due to these personal differences the band split up.
FESTER was to reunite in 2000, and re-released “Silence” on No Fashion Records. When bass player died of a drug overdose a few months into the same year, these plans were crushed.
Tiger later played in a band called “Sincera” (from 2002), and we will see a very special release on Abyss Records late September 2011. A remastered version of their unreleased demo- ”Tall and Proud”, and 4 raw and filthy live trax. The album will be entitled ”Cursed and Proud”.
FESTER released a compilation of their two first demos and rare live stuff on Kyrck Production mid 2010, and due to public demand, their two first records has now been re- released . “Winter of Sin”  and ”SIlence” has been sold out for over 15 years, and it’s about time the public can get their hands on these lost gems! Both albums has newly been released on Digi cd ( with brand new artwork, liner notes of the band and rare bonus tracks ) on Abyss Records, and on gatefold vinyl on Ironbonehead Production .
So why all this fuss around a band that supposedly split up 10 years ago …?
This is the year of a FESTERing resurrection… The band will resurrect with the first studio album in 16 years! Thomas Andresen of Algol / SIncera is fetched in as permanent member on Vocals, Audun Kleive ( a world famous jazz musician) will session the drums, and Jon (Kampfar) will do the bass. The album has been recorded in Bonemachine studio by Raymond Pellicer, and will be released through Abyss records late 2011. The album will also include a Mortiis remix.
The album has been recorded without guitar effect boxes, only old amps and racks has been used. Old guitars, that had it’s renaissance 30 years ago, and the drummer’s only using a single bass drum. The album is cold as ice, and dark as hell… Dark, mystic moods, with a nod to the old school FESTER grew up with.. The album will be entitled ”A celebration of death”, and Eliran Kantor will create the cover this celebration deserves…

LINE UP

Bjørn “Tiger” Mathisen: Vocals, Guitars

Thomas Andresen: Vocals

Jon Bakker: Bass

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LINKS

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

Myspace: www.myspace.com/festernorway

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/festernorwaybm

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fester

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INTERVIEWS

Agathokakological Webzine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/fester-norway-interview-by-agathokakological-webzine/

Bleeding 4 Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/fester-norway-interview-by-www-bleeding4metal-de/

Misantropia Extrema

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/fester-norway-interview-by-misantropiaextrema/

Queens of Steel

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/fester-norway-interview-by-www-queensofsteel-com/

Slug Mag

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/fester-norway-interview-by-www-slugmag-com/

The Core of Brutality

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/fester-norway-interview-by-thecoreofbrutality/

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DISCOGRAPHY

“A CELEBRATION OF DEATH”

(2012)

1. Rites of Ceres

2. The Black Tower

3. March of Death

4. I’ll hunt you down !!

5. Metalized

6. Jeg spytter på deg

7. Last Day of the Battle Pt. I

8. Last Day of the Battle Pt. II

9. A Face for a Funeral

10. Rites of Mortis

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REVIEWS

About.com

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-httpheavymetal-about-com/

Aquelarre Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-aquelarrezine/

Aristocrazia Webzine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-aristocraziawebzine-blogspot/

Ave Noctem

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-avenoctum-com/

Battle Helm

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-battlehelm/

Battle Pig

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-battlepig/

Beowolf Productions

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-beowolfproductions-com/

Blackened Death Metal Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-blackened-death-metal-zine/

Bleeding 4 Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-bleeding4metal-de/

Bringer of Death Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-bringerofdeathzine/

Brutalism

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-brutalism/

Crossfire Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-crossfire-metal-de-2/

Executioner Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-executionerzine/

Forbidden Magazine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/abyss-records-feature-part-1-by-forbidden-magazine/

Fugly Maniacs

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-fuglymaniacs-com/

Lords of Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-lordsofmetal-nl/

Hammerworld Magazine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-hammerworld-magazine/

Heavy Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-heavymetal-no/

Heavy Metal Tribune

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-heavymetaltribune/

Heavymetal.about

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-heavymetal-about/

Mario’s Metal Mania

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-mariosmetalmania-com/

Metal Head

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metalhead-it-2/

Metal Forces Magazine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metalforcesmagazine-com-3/

Metal Hammer Norway

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-metal-hammer-norway/

Metal Maniacs

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/abyss-records-feature-2-by-www-metalmaniacs-com/

Metal Observer

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metal-observer-com/

Metal Rules

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metal-rules-com/

Metal Storm

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metalstorm-net-2/

Metal Temple

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metal-temple-com/

Metal Zone

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-metal-zone-be/

Metal.de

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-metal-de/

Misantropia Extrema

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-misantropiaextrema/

Noise Web

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-noise-web-com/

Norsk Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-norskmetal-net/

Pest Webzine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-pestwebzine/

Power Play Magazine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-power-play-magazine/

Queens of Steel

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-queensofsteel-com-2/

The Ringmaster Review

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-ringmaster/

Scream Magazine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-scream-magazine/

Scum Feast Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-scumfeastmetal666/

Slug Mag

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-slugmag-com/

Teeth of the Divine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-teethofthedivine-com/

The Daily Stab

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-thedailystab/

The Doorway To

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-thedoorwayto/

This Noise Is Ours

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-thisnoiseisours/

Time For Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-time-for-metal-eu/

Voices From the Darkside

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-voicesfromthedarkside-de/

Wicked Channel

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-wickedchannel/

Zware Metalen

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/fester-norway-a-celebration-of-death-cd-review-by-www-zwaremetalen-com/

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“SILENCE”

(2011)

1. Dream

2. Silent is the Raven

3. Frustrations

4. The Maze

5. The Conformists

6. The Voices From the Woods

7. Elisabeta in My World of Thoughts

8. Growing Thirst

9. Når Noen Dør (Full Version)

10. Persecution – Live 1991 (Bonus track)

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REVIEWS

A Different Shade of Black Metal Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-httpdarkdoomgrinddeath-blogspot-com/

Funeral Rain

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-www-funeralrain-net/

Foul Feast

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/fester-norway-silence-remastered-digi-cd-review-by-foulfeast/

Mario’s Metal Mania

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-www-mariosmetalmania-com/

Metal Team UK

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/fester-norway-silence-remastered-digi-cd-review-by-metalteamuk/

Metal.de

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-httpmetal-de/

Minacious

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-www-minacious-org/

Norsk Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-and-silence-remastered-digi-cd-reviews-by-norskmetal/

Pest Webzine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-pest-webzine/

Skullfukker Magazine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-skullfukker-magazine/

Southern Darkness

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/fester-norway-silence-digi-cd-review-by-httpsoutherndarkness-net/

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“WINTER OF SIN”

(2010)

1. Winter of Sin

2. Sences Are theTrue You

3. The Ancient Gods Wore Black

4. Entering…

5. Victory!!!

6. Liberation

7. As the Swords Clinch the Air

8. A Dogfight Leaves a Trace

9. The Commitments That Shattered

10. When Darkness Confirms – Live’91 (Bonus Track)

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REVIEWS

Arising Realm

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-arisingrealm-at/

Aristocrazia Webzine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-aristocrazia-webzine/

Canadian Assault

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-remastered-digi-cd-review-by-www-canadianassault-com/

Extremonia Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-extremonia-zine/

Heavy Hardes

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-heavyhardes-de/

Hellride Music

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-hellridemusicforums-com/

Mario’s Metal Mania

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-mariosmetalmania-com/

Maelstrom Zine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-maelstromzine-com/

Metal Army

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-remastered-digi-cd-review-by-metal-army/

Metal Revolution

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-httpmetal-revolution-com/

Metal Team UK

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-metalteamuk-net/

Metal.de

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-httpmetal-de/

Minacious

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-minacious-org/

Musiq

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-musiq-no/

Norsk Metal

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-and-silence-remastered-digi-cd-reviews-by-norskmetal/

Queens of Steel

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-queensofsteel-com/

The Inarguable

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-remastered-digi-cd-review-by-theinarguable/

Vs-Webzine

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-vs-webzine-com/

Winter Torment

https://abyssrecords.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/fester-norway-winter-of-sin-digi-cd-review-by-www-wintertorment-com/

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