Norway's Fester was formed in 1989 and released two demos before signing to No Fashion and releasing Winter Of Sin. This album was also an earlier demo. This band specialized in doomy death metal.
The band then signed to Austria's Lethal and released Silence. With Lethal's vanishing act, Fester seemed to go into slumber until 2000 brought news of the band's return. Simultaneously in 2000 No Fashion re-released Silence with bonus tracks. Elsewhere Bassist Jørgen Skjolden passed away in 2000 due to an overdose.
Following 2010’s reissue of Winter Of Sin, Abyss Records was reissuing more music from Fester in 2011. In mid-April of 2011 Abyss would reincarnate theband’s 1994 release Silence on digi-CD. The reissue would come completely remixed, remastered and repackaged and would feature all nine original tracks and a live version of the song Persecution recorded in 1991. The reactivated band had Thomas Andresen on vocals. In 2011 Fester completed the recording of its first studio album in 17 years! Entitled A Celebration of Death, the album was targeted for an early 2012 release through Abyss Records. Original member Bjørn "Tiger" Mathisen had recruited Thomas Andresen (Algol) on vocals, Jon Bakker (Kampfar) on bass and Grammy nominated jazz drummer Audun Kleive for session drums.