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Fornost Arnor

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Founding member Greg Chivers established Fornost Arnor in November 2005. In January 2006, the recording of the first EP In Darkness We Rise commenced with the help of newly recruited members, York Street and Jeremy J. Elvin. The bands style, in the early days, was more akin to a traditional symphonic black metal sound. One show was performed with this line-up at the Colchester Arts Centre, with the addition of Jay Price performing drum duties and the EP was never officially released. Due to Greg’s relocation in 2006, the band temporally disbanded.

No further activity was to occur until June 2008, when Greg made contact with an old college friend and drummer, Ant Deane. The two of them set about writing material for a new full-length album, the band’s first under the Fornost Arnor name. The debut album had a more progressive, sound compared to earlier recordings, yet also retained some of the more extreme elements of the original incarnation of the band. After the core of the ‘as yet to be titled’ debut album had been written, Greg and Ant called upon the services of Will Hall (lead guitar), and Sam Austen (bass guitar, vocals), completing the new-look line-up, and allowing the recording of the debut album to commence. Their input would be influential in the unique sound of the album, due to their different backgrounds within the metal scene.

December 2008 saw the recording process of the debut album (entitled Escaping The Abyss) begin, with the help of Same Wale, who undertook the mixing, mastering and programming duties. Recording took approximately nine months to complete, with Elle Torry and Jon Phipps, in addition to Sam Wale, performing guest vocals on the album.

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