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Rivers of Lust is an Extreme Metal from Bergen, Norway, formed by lead vocalist Ragna Blom, the band has released 8 studio albums, 4 EP & 3 DVDs. The band has also gone throught several line up changes, Blom has been the only constant member, this have changed over the years due the reason of some members have stayed in the band.

Biography

Early Years (1996)

Rivers of Lust was initially formed in Bergen in October 1996 by vocalist Ragna Blom, she later recruited bassist Pestilence (real name Dag Amdahl), Lead Guitarist Angul (real name Borg Thoresen), Drummer Zagam (real name Freki Kopperud) & Keyboardist Pyro (real name Herr Nordström). The band released their first demo the same year entitled Blodtørst, this caught the attention (of now defunct) record label Enke Records, finally they released their first album entitled En Uheling Gud.

Sodomi og Død (1997)

In 1997 the band entered in studio to record their second studio album Sodomi of Død, during this year the band also released their first EP entitled Velkommen 'til den mørke siden, after this the band gave some minor shows in Norway.

Destructor & New Line Up (1998 - 1999)

The band became widely known mainly in Latin America & Europe by the album Sodomi og Død, but due inestability in the band, the rest of the members departure from the band, this lead Blom to search for a new line up, she then recruited Session Guitarist Baal & Session Drummer Naburus, with this the new line up started to record the third studio album Destructor. The album was released in early 1999.

Heavenly Lies & Hiatus (2000 - 2003)

After Destructor's release, the band started a Tour to promote their new album Heavenly Lies, finishing the tour in 2002 the band entered in studio again to record the studio album, the album was critically aclaimed and after this (for unknown reasons) the band entered a hiatus in early 2003.

Return, First World Tour, Line Up Change & The Widow's Soul (2005 - 2007)

After their hiatus in 2003, it was announced that Baal & Naburus were leaving the band due to family problems, this lead Blom to search a new line up for the World Tour, finally Drummer Qanel, Keyboardist Ravana & Lead Guitarist Uphir joined the band, the tour take place between later 2005 and early 2006, later the band entered again in studio to record their new album entitled The Widow's Soul, this album was followed by an unfamous EP entitled Ghost, both albums were released in mid 2007.

Apostasy, Uphir depature & Angul's return (2008 - 2010)

Band's current guitarist leave the band in early 2008, this lead the band to delay the new album entitled Aposatasy but later in 2008 band's original guitarist Angul joined the band again, in early 2009 the band entered again in studio to record the Apostasy Album. Angul decided to stay in the band, until he again depatured in early 2011.

The Song of An Old & Lonely Ghost, Angul's second depature & second Tour (2011 - 2012)

In early 2011, Angul again depatured from the band and the new guitarist Valafar joined, because of Apostasy's release the band started their second tour and their third EP entitled Rivers of Lust, the band then started to record their new album The Song of An Old & Lonely Ghost, the album was well recieved, with this the band became widely known around the world. During 2011, the band's current Guitarist Lilith joined alongside Bassist Moloch.

Embrace av tid og Liv, Death Diary EP, Third Tour & Present (2013)

Finally with an stable line up, the band started to record a new studio album entitled Embrace av tid og Liv followed by their fourth EP entitled Death Diary, both works were released in early 2013, the band again started a new tour, playing in many countries and even in some music festivals around the world, the band is currently working in new demos for the upcoming album and their are also expecting to release a B-Side & rarity album.


Lyrical Themes

As with most of the Extreme Metal bands, lyrics are mainly inspired by horror stories, legends, death, love, gore & other dark themes, Rivers of Lust is known for at least, talk about some of this lyrical themes all over their career, the best examples of this are 1996 En Uheling Gud 1997 release of Sodomi og Død, 2002 Heavenly Lies & 2013 Embrace av tid of Liv.

Genre

Many fans have discuss about the band's genre, their are known for play most extreme metal genres like: Thrash, Death, Doom, Sludge, Stoner, Grove, Black, Goth, Symphonic, Melodic, Speed, Avant - Garde, Folk, Progressive & Industrial/Electronic, the band is also known for play a Deathcore/Hardcore style in some albums & their are often classified as a Crust Punk band.

Discography

Studio Albums

EP

  • Velkommen til den mørke siden' (1997)
  • Ghost (2007)
  • Rivers of Lust (2011)
  • Death Diary (2013)

DVD

  • Rivers of Lust - Live (2005 - 2006)
  • The Lonely Ghost Tour (2011 - 2012)
  • Symphony from The Dark Side (2013)

Demos

  • Blodtørst (1996)
  • En ond Doktrine (2013)
  • Demo 3 (2013)

Members

Current Line Up

  • Ragna Blom - Vocals (1996 - Present)
  • Qanel - Drumms (2005 - Present)
  • Ravana - Keyboards (2005 - Present)
  • Lilith - Lead Guitars (2011 - Present)
  • Moloch - Bass (2012 - Present)

Former Members

  • Prestilence - Bass (1996 - 1998)
  • Angul - Lead Guitars (1996 - 1998, 2008 - 2011)
  • Zagaman - Drumms (1996 - 1998)
  • Pyro - Keyboards (1996 - 1998)
  • Baal - Lead Guitars (1998 - 2003)
  • Naburus - Drumms (1998 - 2003)
  • Uphir - Lead Guitars (2006 - 2008)
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