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The next project

First, I’d like to thank all of you that supported our music, wrote about us, and genuinely took an interest in us. The stats seem to show that Ansur’s popularity isn’t fading, and hit counts and listening stats have been more or less stable the last two years. This is positive, taking into consideration that we’ve had no output in since “Warring Factions” in 2008. Both our albums are now up on Spotify, and I hope this will give many new listeners the chance to hear our music, as well as making it easier for you guys to continually listen to us. One of our big goals with “Warring Factions”, as well as “Axiom”, was to make music that lasts, music that can after a year, still give the listener an experience as enjoyable as the first time he/she listened to it. I now believe we should have done a lot of things different with our albums in terms of production, execution and arrangements, but I hope that this is one thing we succeeded in doing.

As I’ve written in some of the comments here, we’ve decided to leave the Ansur-name behind, and we’re reforming into a new band. There are a lot of musical changes, but the most significant will be the change from sceaming vocals to clean vocals, and the change from a extreme-based metal style to a more progressive rock-ish expression (though you guys still may have a some difficulties describing it genre-wise).

This is a decision which we have long thought about, and we think it will be for the best.

There are hours of material for the next album, but the selection process is extremely difficult, and more has yet to be written. It’s an exciting to be in this idea-phase, to have the chance to conceptualize and do everything from scratch again. No name for this project yet, so give us a shout if you have any suggestions. Though some may be disappointed that we’ve decided not to take the Ansur-name further, I can assure you that our next project will emphasize quality and originality, and hopefully you’ll end up listening to it anyway.

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  1. Damian

    Hey guys,
    that´s a little bit shocking.
    Is there any new project site and/or name for the band?

    When we can expect a new record from you guys?

    best wishes,

    Jun 13, 2011 @ 11:26

  2. torstein

    A name hasn’t been decided yet. But as soon as it does, there will be a new website etc.

    The record will probably be out some time in 2012.

    Jun 14, 2011 @ 00:07

  3. Sveinung

    So, with this, will Ansur be dead, or simply cryogenically frozen until you guys get the itch, or feel like releasing something that’s too heavy for the new project?

    Jun 14, 2011 @ 07:35

  4. torstein

    Difficult to say, but as of now, we won’t be doing anything more under the Ansur-name.

    Jun 16, 2011 @ 02:50

  5. sungwon

    Looking forward to hearing the clean vocals. I think of “Warring Factions” more as an prog album than a metal album, anyway, so I’m excited to hear new music coming from you guys no matter if it’s metal or bluegrass.

    Jun 20, 2011 @ 11:00

  6. wyrm

    Great to hear things are moving again!

    The name doesn’t concern me at all and I’m sure the new music will be great!

    Jun 25, 2011 @ 08:46

  7. Jotun

    Great news ! “Warring Factions” was a progessive metal album with a lot of prog rock influences, so I don’t mind the change of name or orientation… but I have a question though : you say it will be more prog rock-ish… alright, but will it be still a metal band with a strong prog rock influence or a 100% prog rock band ? In other words : is it just a kind of “mutation” or rebirth of the organism known as Ansur, or totaly new project with a totaly new approach ?

    Jul 05, 2011 @ 11:13

  8. torstein

    It will be more like progressive rock with metal influences, though it doesn’t sound much like classic progressive rock.

    It’s a completely new approach, but still the same guys behind the music, so I don’t think it will sound all that unfamiliar to Ansur-listeners.

    Jul 06, 2011 @ 17:31

  9. Pete

    Hey guys

    I read this while I was listening to Warring Factions.

    Warring Factions is definently a masterpiece and a huge influence on my own writing style. However, this bit of news did irk me a little. Are you guys going in the same direction that Warring Factions was going in or will we be hearing a clone of Opeth? Not that it matters. Either way, I’d still like the music. But I like the overall atmosphere that Warring Factions had and if the next record is going to sound like that or similar, I’d be a happy man.

    What I’m asking is are you guys going to be changing yourselves entirely? re-inventing yourself entirely so to speak or will we be hearing Warring Factions style music from the same guys but under a different name?



    Jul 31, 2011 @ 18:54

  10. Pete

    Oh yeah and in terms of a name:





    Jul 31, 2011 @ 20:37

  11. torstein

    Hi Pete, and thanks for your suggestions.
    The sound will probably be reckognizable to Ansur-listeners. Some ideas/styles from production, arrangements etc. are still there and will be even played up a bit, like the largeness and scale in the production. Other things will be not there at all. And it will certainly not be a Opeth-clone. :-)

    I would think it’s more of a re-invention than continuing the same music under a different name, though.

    Aug 03, 2011 @ 23:21

  12. Glenn

    Looking forward to hearing the new project!
    I love Ansur, and I’m sure I will love the new project even more.

    Aug 04, 2011 @ 07:40

  13. torstein

    Thanks a lot, mr. Glenn!

    Aug 13, 2011 @ 18:16

  14. taavi

    Wow, BIG news, not bad though, I kind of like the thought of a rock-ish band with metal infulences. I am listening to the Warring album too! haha. Love the music you already put out, probably will love the new project too!
    I have an idea for the name. I.D.M.A.
    It Doesn’t Mean Anything, haha, I love when people ask what it means and I say “It doesn’t mean anything” and they’re like “but it hast to mean something!” :)
    Good luck with the new project, I can’t wait to hear it!!

    Sep 29, 2011 @ 17:31

  15. Mathias

    I can’t wait to hear what you guys are working on.
    The name doesn’t really matter to me. I listen to a lot of extreme metal, but I listen to even more “less heavy” prog metal and prog rock.

    Oct 23, 2011 @ 10:53

  16. Aenaon

    You do a good thing changing your name if you feel like it.
    If artists were actually paid for their true value you would be very very rich. Keep it that way with your new project too.

    Wish you the best for your new album.

    Nov 21, 2011 @ 04:14

  17. Roland

    I keep checking back for news, this story is now 6 months old, come on! I can’t wait for new material, Warring Factions is joyous and I’m gagging to hear the next phase. I only hope there’s just as much going on in the new stuff. Please don’t get bogged down worrying about clean hits and perfect production, the multi-layers and implusive ideas flying all over the place on WF is what makes you guys great.

    Jan 04, 2012 @ 14:01

  18. wyrm

    I’m also dropping in now and then…Very curious what the next chapter will bring….

    Feb 01, 2012 @ 19:21

  19. Kro

    Hi !
    Guys you’re amazing, axiom is a masterpiece prog/black/groovy/../../.. metal.
    Thanks thanks thanks !

    Warring faction is a very interessant album too, and i’m sure that all the next stuff will be magic.

    Sorry for my bad english, i’m french :)


    Mar 08, 2012 @ 14:56

  20. bahon

    I look forward to the new CD.

    And what about the “RUSNA” name?

    May 10, 2012 @ 20:25

  21. Henning

    How is the record going? Still looking for a 2012 release? What about the band name?

    I would also very much like to hear some of your new material. It doesn’t have to be a full song, just so that I could hear what approach you will take.

    Jun 04, 2012 @ 08:05

  22. Thiago Senna

    I’m a big fan, can’t wait for a new album. Good luck from Brazil!

    Jun 13, 2012 @ 20:10

  23. torstein

    Thanks for your support, all! I don’t have much to report, but we’re still looking for a keyboard player and a band name. Small steps at the moment, but we’re getting there. Can’t wait to post some news when things are ready.

    Jun 14, 2012 @ 12:38

  24. Juank

    Warring Factions is simply one of the best albums I’ve heard, from time to time I check the page to see if there is any news of your new project, very eager to listen, a guitarist from Venezuela, keep rocking!

    Jul 07, 2012 @ 22:18

  25. James

    Only recently heard of you chaps. Flipping love the Warring Factions album. It’s awesome! Hurry up and get some new music out. The world needs to hear it.

    Aug 21, 2012 @ 14:13

  26. bldspwn

    Hi guys, what is the best way of buying Ansur CD? Best way = you get as much profit as possible ;-) Thank, Jan.

    Oct 08, 2012 @ 09:27

  27. bldspwn

    proud owner of Warring Factions B-)

    Nov 19, 2012 @ 08:49

  28. wyrm

    Is there anyone out there? Because i am pretty sure a tree fell in here without making a noise.

    Feb 08, 2013 @ 17:49

  29. roland

    For the love of god will you guys PLEASE hurry up and get back together and give us that 3rd Ansur album? I’ve just stuck Warring Factions on again for the first time in ages and I have constant tears streaming down my face! Please, reform and record the album with the songs you wrote for the album before splitting up. PLEASE!!!!

    Apr 03, 2013 @ 12:26

  30. Phobos

    You guys should make music, please.

    Jul 13, 2013 @ 11:51

  31. Lucifer-Za-Ankoku

    No news for a while, the new project is still moving ahead right? I have recently gotten a few more people into the brilliance that is Warring Factions and the change to clean vocals is an exciting prospect I can’t wait to hear

    Sep 22, 2013 @ 00:44

  32. wyrm

    I was playing Warring Factions today and was again surprised by the sheer brilliance of it. Please return with another masterpiece like it!

    Oct 08, 2013 @ 19:54

  33. Thiago Senna

    Nothing new??? A great band like you cannot disappear!

    Jan 06, 2014 @ 15:31

  34. Torstein

    We got a full line-up together for the new band. Great things will ensue, but this has taken a lot of time. This years new years resolution is to produce an EP, and there will be updates here in the coming months.

    Apr 03, 2014 @ 01:43

  35. wyrm

    Woohoo!!! Great news! Welcome back!

    Apr 23, 2014 @ 18:46

  36. DDiego´s Klein´s

    Hi guys, I have to say that your music has given me many good times and memories, you are a fucking great musicians, I’m a frequent visitor to your site waiting for new news, and I’m glad to know that you are determined to continue, no matter the wait I’m used to it, I also like Tool and The Chronicles of Israfel haha … some updates per month would be well, studio videos would be great… count with me to buy you new material…. Greetings from Mexico \m/

    May 16, 2014 @ 05:31

  37. sungwon

    I’m still looking forward to any new music. Do you guys need any help? Maybe a crowdfunding campaign to get music released?

    Jun 23, 2014 @ 10:11

  38. Michael

    What is the name of the new project? Please still exist.

    Jul 05, 2014 @ 16:33

  39. torstein

    Hey guys,

    LEIXIS is the new name, http://www.leixis.com will be up and running soon. More to follow.


    Dec 02, 2014 @ 21:36