HistoryOslo-based Khold was formed in 2000 and was initially named Tulus - that band featured Gard, Eikind and Sarke. The band also featured a behind the scenes lyricist named Hildr whose talent includes writing in old Norwegian and being married to Gard. The band signed to the Moonfog label and issued its debut in 2001. Satyricon’s Frost owns Moonfog and the band consequently opened for Satyricon in Europe. A European tour with Hypocrisy and Exodus was shelved in 2005. The band also signed to Tabu Recordings in that year. In 2006 the band went on hiatus with Gard and Sarke busying themselves with Tulus again. Rinn began work on Sense Anima material.
A reformed Khold would release its fifth album, Hundre År Gammal, on June 9th 2008 through Tabu Records. The band had paused all activity two years prior. Candlelight issued the album in North America. The band Sarke, featuring Sarke and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone would release its debut album, Vorunah, on April 6th, 2009 through Indie Recordings.
KHOLD - MØRKE GRAVERS KAMMER - CANDLELIGHT
If there were one band whose name truly matched its sound that band would be the Norwegian act Khold. The band's sound is raw, unadulterated, heavy and above all cold, or Khold as the band would likely say. The sound is devoid of frills and instead concentrates on bashing its metal into the cranium. Were one to take the solos out of Dissection and married the rest of the music to Darkthrone the result would be something like this black metal bludgeon. The band emphasizes the heavy riffing style over the speedy one and devises each and every riff in terms of maximum effectiveness. The words are in Norwegian with the song titles seemingly lifted off other Scandinavian bands' names. Three such songs are DØD (Dødheimsgard?), Niflheimr (Nifelheim?) and Even Mørke Gravers Kammer (Mørk Gryning)! Humour aside, Khold is heavy, potent and completely serious. - Ali "The Metallian"
KHOLD - KREK - CANDLELIGHT
Listening to Khold is an odd experience. Krek is an album that is very much like the many faster, non-technical black metal albums like a Satyricon, for example, but it often lacks the speed associated with that style. Mid-paced, sludgy, dragging and sometimes almost Black Sabbath-esque are appropriate descriptions for this 10-song, 34-minute album. Complete with Norwegian lyrics Krek, Khold’s fourth album, is consistent, simplistic and doomy especially on Midtvinterblot, Varde. One clear bonus is the absence of any of the extras or non-metal elements like keyboards, and that is something that makes Khold stand out from many of their compatriots. - Anna Tergel
KHOLD - HUNDRE AR GAMMAL - CANDLELIGHT
Khold is back not because it is autumn time in the northern hemisphere, but because the more brutal project of the Tulus members has reappeared after a two-year break.
Tulus being a project act with little profile and the nerve to sing in its native Norwegian (the album’s title means Hundred Years Old) the label is unlikely to make the album a priority or expect much from it, especially absent Canadian touring, but perhaps it should.
Khold, clearly, has gravitated towards and displays a strong penchant for sounding like and coming across as a fan of Satyricon, and that is reflected in the mark we at Metallian will accord the album, but Hundre Ar Gammal is nonetheless an effective album. Groovy throughout with alternately fast, slow and mid-paced songs Khold knows how to be brutal and heavy with mega doses of distortion while at the same time maintain a groove. That last quality is usually a negative except the Norwegians know how to incorporate it into a heavy context. Hateful groove, tortured riffing, songs like Der Kulden Rar, Kor and especially the faster Villfaren that sound like Satyricon with a nod to Tom Warrior vocally constitute Khold while sounding strong. - Ali “The Metallian”