From left to right:
Torstein Jensen Nipe – guitars
Espen André Romkes Aulie – bass & vocals
Nicolay Tangen Svennæs – keys
Ansur was formed in Drammen, Norway in 2003 as a young three-piece band. The following winter the band recorded “Carved In Flesh”, which contained four tracks of more or less traditional black metal with a raw and characteristic sound. It was later released by Nerbilous Productions and Irminsul Recordings on both CD and cassette. The band slowly went through changes musically, and they began to incorporate stronger progressive elements in addition to the black and death metal styles to create something more characteristic and unique.
Ansur’s debut album, “Axiom”, was recorded in their own studio in 2005. This album is cold and eerie, with heavy black metal influences and intricate progressive structures. The band was signed by Samoth (of Emperor) to his label Nocturnal Art Productions. “Axiom” was released by NAP/Candlelight Records 18th of September 2006.
Ansur’s sophomore album is called “Warring Factions”. This unique album draws influences from varied metal generes as well as 70′s progressive rock, in the bands own special way. “Warring Factions” was released 21st of April 2008 on Nocturnal Art/Candlelight, to much applause from the metal press. Now occupied with live playing and writing, the band develops ever closer to their own unmistakable sound.