Karl Beckman: Guitar, Vocals
Jonas Albrektsson: Bass
Lars G Tängmark: Guitar
Karsten Larsson: Drums
KING OF ASGARD took form in 2008 by founder Karl Beckman. Teaming up with long time fellow worker, Karsten Larsson, once together in the well known viking horde Mithotyn. Now re-entering their roots, the foundation of KING OF ASGARD was a fact. Both musically as well as in the Norse heritage used as lyrical approach.
In January 2009 the first recording was done. Resulting in the demo “Prince of Märings”, a seven track disc recorded in Lotang studio. In November the same year, Jonas Albrektsson (ex-Thy Primordial) joined KING OF ASGARD. The three piece now took serious form, meanwhile the demo recording was well received and caught the interest of Metal Blade Records. In December of 2009 KING OF ASGARD inked a deal with METAL BLADE RECORDS!
Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden were booked and in March 2010 the debut album was recorded together with engineer Andy LaRocque. KING OF ASGARD nailed down thirteen songs of folk based blackened death metal reminding of times of old. During the summer a video was shot for the album opener “Einhärjar”, produced by Rickard Moneus from the production company 1897 (www.1897.se).
KING OF ASGARD‘s debut album “Fi’mbulvintr” was released in August of 2010 and made an astonishing impact on the scene. Still, the band was in need of a second guitarist for future live events and after all Lars Tängmark was hired for the job in August of 2010. KING OF ASGARD finally started being active as a live performing act and played a bunch of successful festivals and club shows during 2010 and 2011.
In early 2012 KING OF ASGARD finished the songwriting for their second album and returned to Sonic Train Studios in April, again with Andy LaRocque at the helm, to record “…To North”. Another video will be shot in May, yet again with producer Rickard Moneus.
Comments bassist Jonas Albrektsson on the recording process and what to expect from …to North: “The “…To North” master just arrived and it sounds astonishing! Andy LaRocque made a great job on the production and the mastering along with Olof Berggren. It’s upright and powerful. We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy follow-up to the firstborn “Fi’mbulvintr”. Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and a great variety. “…To North” takes off pretty much where “Fi’mbulvintr” left off so to say, with a natural development, more varied songs and structures. It’s a development of our sound which will be recognized by old fans as well as bring some new ones to the horde. This time around I’ve been more involved in the writing process along with Karl, which kind of shines through, giving the songs a wider perspective. Expect some very strong songs on “…To North”, where epic meets with brutality!
The lyrical theme this time is basically in the same vein but has different twists. Not as obvious as before. “…To North” will make The Nine Worlds Burn… and Varberg was just left behind.”
The album will feature two guest musicians. Comments the band: “First out is female vocalist Heléne Blad whom did a guest appearance on “Fi’mbulvintr” as well. This time around she’s present on the album opener, “The Nine Worlds Burn”, doing an epic folk inspired vocal part. She’s been a longtime friend of the band and is a professionally schooled folk singer et cetera. She was also once, for a short while, the keyboardist of the KING OF ASGARD predecessor Mithotyn. The second appearance on “…To North” presents the extremely talented guitarist Jimmy Hedlund. Yet another friend known from bands such as Falconer and Supreme Majesty. He shreds two guitar solos on the song “Gap of Ginnungs”. To say the least, amazing stuff and truly breathtaking!”