Nag performing at Party.San 2013
|Years active||1993–2006, 2010-Present|
|Labels||Season of Mist|
|Associated acts||Isvind, Krypt, Tyrann|
Originally from Oslo, the Norwegian black metal band Tsjuder was formed in 1993 by bassist and vocalist Nag and guitarist Berserk, with second guitarist Drauglin joining in 1994. After a year of rehearsals and writing, the band record their first demo tape, entitled Ved Ferdens Ende—shortly after, Berserk left the band. Tsjuder replaced him with drummer Torvus for their second demo tape, 1996's Possessed. The following year, Tsjuder underwent another change in its formation, with Torvus being fired, and his replacement Desecrator, along with American guitarist Diabolus Mort, recorded the Throne of the Goat EP, released through Solistitium Records in 1997. Later in 1998, both Diabous Mort and Desecrator left the band due to "lack of interest". The full-length debut album was then planned with Blod from Gehenna on drums, and Arak Draconiiz from Isvind; who joined the band as guitarist. They then, recorded the promo Atum Nocturnem actually meant for Blod to rehearse, but indie labels had begun to pay attention to Tsjuder's "totally uncompromising brand of brutal, speed-addicted black metal" and it was eventually released by At War Records in 1999. Later that year, Tsjuder signed a deal for two albums with Drakkar Productions, and the debut album Kill for Satan was recorded. Because of time limits and that Blod was unable to join the band on the first planned tour in 2000, Anti-Christian joined instead on the drums.
After the release of Kill for Satan, Arak Draconiiz moved away from Oslo, and was replaced by Pål. In October 2001, Anti-Christian had to leave the band, because he got tendinitis in both arms. Guitarist Pål also left the band due to his working hours. Anti-Christian was replaced by Jontho of Ragnarok, and this line-up recorded from December 2001 to January 2002, which became the band's second studio album Demonic Possession, which was released through Drakkar Productions in 2002. Norwegian label Mester Productions also re-released the Throne of the Goat EP on picture disc in a limited edition of 666 copies that same year. In 2003, the recovered Anti-Christian returned to Tsjuder, replacing the drummer Jontho. The band signed to the French label Season of Mist in April 2004, and, after striking this new deal, their third full-length Desert Northern Hell was released in November 2004.
As of 2006 the band had split-up however, on the 18th of December 2010, they were assumed to have reformed and were confirmed to play at Wacken Open Air festival in August 2011. Since the band's reunion, they have been touring again on a regular basis mostly around Europe, including their first Ever UK show in London in 2015. They have released two more studio albums since reuniting, their Fourth Full-Length studio album 'Legion Helvete' in October 2011, and their fifth full-length album 'Antiliv' on 18 September 2015.
Musical style and lyrical themes
The music in Tsjuder is mainly written by their founder members, Nag and Draugluin; citing as main musical inspirations, the black metal bands from the early 1980s and early 1990s such as Bathory, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Marduk, Mayhem, and "old" thrash metal bands Destruction, Kreator, Possessed, Sepultura, Slayer, and Sodom.
Tsjuder's lyrics are written prior to the music, and are based on topics such as darkness, death, evil, hatred, demons, antireligious themes, Satanism, horror films, and the fictional book Necronomicon, that appears in the stories of horror novelist H. P. Lovecraft, considered as a "great source of inspiration" by frontman Nag.
- Nag (Jan-Erik Romøren) – vocals, bass guitar (1993–2006, 2010–present)
- Draugluin (Halvor Storrøsten) – guitar, vocals (1994–2006, 2010–present)
- Anti-Christian (Christian Svendsen) – drums (1999–2001, 2003–2006, 2010-present)
- Berserk – guitar (1993–1995)
- Torvus – drums (1995–1996)
- Desecrator – drums (1997–1998)
- Diabolus Mort – guitar (1997–1998)
- Blod – drums (1998–1999)
- Arak Draconiiz – guitar (1999–2000)
- Pål – guitar (2000–2001)
- Jontho – drums (2001–2003)
- Kill for Satan (2000)
- Demonic Possession (2002)
- Desert Northern Hell (2004)
- Legion Helvete (2011)
- Antiliv (2015)
- Norwegian Apocalypse (2016)
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