Benea Reach

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Benea Reach
Benea Reach at "Xhileration", Thomso '09 Cultural Festival of IIT Roorkee
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
Years active 2003–2014
Labels Tabu, Candlelight
Associated acts Selfmindead, Extol, Mantric, Serena-Maneesh
Members Ilkka Volume
Mikael Wildén
Martin Sivertsen
Andreas Berglihn
Marco Storm
Thomas Wang
Past members Christer Espevoll
Håkon Nakken
Tor Magne Glidje
Anders Lidal
Tor Erik Drangsland
Morten Holmquist
Håkon Sagen
Alwin Nedrum

Benea Reach was an extreme band from Oslo, Norway. The band was nominated for a Spellemannsprisen Award in the metal category,[4] and at one time included noted guitarist Christer Espevoll of progressive metal band Extol.[1]


Benea Reach was formed on 22 March 2003 by drummer Marco Storm and vocalist Ilkka Volume of Selfmindead fame.[5] They were joined by Morten (bass guitar), Tor (guitar), Erik (guitar), and Anders (Digital Audio). This original incarnation of the band only lasted for a year and disbanded. During this time a live demo EP had been recorded. In 2004 the pair gathered four new members, most notably Christer Espevoll, formerly of Extol. The band recorded a demo of the song "Pandemonium", which was distributed among different record labels. After receiving good responses the band signed a deal with Tabu Recordings and released their first full length Monument Bineothan which got the band nominated in the 35th Annual Spellemannsprisen for the metal category against Enslaved, Gorgoroth, and Keep of Kalessin.[4] In August 2007 the band announced on their website that they would soon be recording their follow-up to "Monument" with acclaimed Danish producer Tue Madsen.[6]

On 26 December 2007 via the band's official Myspace, Benea Reach announced their forthcoming album Alleviat, which was released in Scandinavia February 2008.[7]

On 14 May 2009 the band confirmed via their official Myspace the departure of guitarist Håkon Sagen, earlier that year.[citation needed] On October 2009 the band toured India, with concerts at The Great Indian Rock Festival in Pune, Delhi and Bangalore from 23–26 October and at Thomso '09 Cultural Festival of IIT Roorkee on 31 October.[8]

On 11 January 2014, Benea Reach announced that they would be disbanding after their last scheduled shows in March.[citation needed]


Marco Storm, primary spokesperson for the band, has mentioned in multiple interviews bands such as Meshuggah, Neurosis, and Botch as primary influences for their sound. More specifically the Meshuggah ep None.[9] Other influences include The Dillinger Escape Plan,[1] My Bloody Valentine, Cult of Luna, Tool,[1] and Mastodon.[1]


Final line-up

  • Ilkka Volume - vocals (2003-2014) (Selfmindead)
  • Marco Storm - drums (2003-2014) (Selfmindead, ex-Serena-Maneesh)
  • Martin "Heddal" Sivertsen - guitars (2003-2014) (Mantric [Live])
  • Andreas Berglihn - guitars (2010-2014)
  • Mikael Wildén - bass guitar (2010-2014)
  • Thomas Wang - guitars, keyboards (2011-2014)


  • Håkon Sagen - guitar (2003-2009) (Shining, ex-Marty Friedman [Live])
  • Christer Espevoll - guitar (2003-2011) (ex-Extol, ex-Absurd²)
  • Håkon Nakken - bass guitar (2003-2010) (Selfmindead)
  • Morten Holmquist - bass guitar (2003) (ex-Selfmindead)
  • Tor Erik Drangsland - guitars (2003) (ex-Selfmindead)
  • Alwin Nedrum - programming, guitars (2008-2011)
  • Tor Magne Glidje - guitars (2003) (Lengsel, ex-Extol, Mantric, ex-Ganglion)
  • Anders Lidal - programming, keyboards (2003) (Mantric)

Live musicians

  • Tommy Hjelm - guitars (2009)



Studio albums
  • Pandemonium (2004)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Henderson, Alex. "Monument Bineothan". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Jonsson, Johannes (2004)."Bobfest - 2004". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-01-04.  HM Magazine. Retrieved on 4 January 2011
  3. ^ a b Bower, Chad. "Benea Reach - Monument Bineothan". Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Award nomination". Retrieved 16 November 2007. 
  5. ^ Storm, Marco (2007). "Interview mit Benea Reach". Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Producer Tue Madsen". 
  7. ^ "Alleviat announcement". Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-27.  Indie Vision Music. December 26, 2007. Retrieved on 26 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Influence". Retrieved 16 November 2007. 

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