Infobox musical artist
Name = Assailant
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Power metal
Years_active = 2004-present
Peder Sundqvist Oskar Norberg Patrik Larsson Joakim Jonsson Peder Sandström Marcus Sundbom Super Johan
According to lead guitarist Oskar Norberg Assailant's style is "A blend of modern, melodic thrash and old school heavy metal with lots of interesting harmonies." [ [http://www.pbsfm.org.au/Documents.asp?ID=4216&Title=Assailant+Q%26A PBS106.7FM] , 2007-11-27] and Metalfrontiers, an online web magazine describes it as "Power metal+thrash riffs+a very good singer with a unique voice+keyboards=Assailant. I know that many of you hate maths but this is the best way to describe Assailant�s music." [ [http://www.metalfrontiers.com/interviews.php?item=8 Metalfrontiers] , 2007-11-27] .Furthermore Morrigan's Pit says "It's hard to describe the band's music as they blend so many different styles together....it's aggressive yet melodic, contains a little bit of everything..." [ [http://www.morrigans-pit.org/mp/live_demons020405.php Morrigan's Pit] , 2007-11-27] in a live review of
Demons of the Opera.
Oskar Norberg and Joakim Jonsson started playing together around
1996- 1998. In 1999their band took the name Sacra Via, and played musicgreatly influenced by Dream Theater. The original line-up of Sacra Via is unknown, the drummer's name was Lars, and the keyboardist's name was Fredrik. In 2000Fredrik quit the band and Peder Sandström took his place behind the Keyboard. They did not have a vocalist, but soon produced an instrumental demo (unknown title). In 2001Lars was replaced by new drummer, Patrik Larsson, an old friend of Peder Sandström, and the band decided changed its name to Ecliptica. They produced some songs, recorded demos and soon were able to find vocalist Marcus Granberg. With a full line-up they could now do more live performances. After some time they felt they needed a more full sound on stage and, in 2003, recruited Kristofer Eriksson, childhood friend of Patrik and Peder, on guitars.
2004Marcus Granberg left the band for a job in Spainand around that time Kristofer moved to stockholmto study music. At this time the band seemed to disappear for a while, but apparently just to come back stronger then ever. During the summer of 2004they recruited vocalist Peder Sundqvist ( Dead street journal, former Lesra) and later on Marcus Sundbom (Dead street journal, Diaspora), and also changed their sound totally. The new sound was more raw and aggressive, reminiscent of Evergreyand the " Gothenburgsound" ( In flames)), and they felt it was time for a change of name again. The band Assailant had erupted from the remains of Ecliptica but with very little similarities in sound.
2005Assailant produced a demo record named Mental State, consisting of 8 songs. This record was however only for promotion, record companiesand reviews - not for sale or free to download. In April/May they played at Demons of the Opera in Umeå, not with the philharmonicorchestra though, but on the "Black Box" stage [ [http://www.morrigans-pit.org/mp/live_demons020405.php Morrigan's Pit] , 2007-11-27] . The German label Dockyard 1quickly took the bait, and signed with the band around August/September 2005. Emil Norberg( Persuader), the brother of Oskar, might have been the one hooking them up with Dockyard since Persuader already had a contract with that company. Another brother of Oskar is Nils Norberg, guitarist in Nocturnal Rites. The band had a lot of gigs between this time and May 2006when their debut album Nemesis Within was released. Both Nils and Emil made small guest performances on Nemesis Within, a solo part featuring all three brothers.
Assailant's second album,
Wicked Dream, will be released March 21, 2008[ [http://www.myspace.com/assailantsweden Assailant's Myspace page] ] . A music video is also on the way; "Between Christmas and New Years we are going to record a video at Village road film with Ove Lingvall at the helm." [ [http://www.assailant.se Official Website] , 2007-11-27]
Peder Sundqvist, Vocals
Oskar Norberg, Guitars
Patrik Larsson, Drums
Joakim Jonsson, Bass
Peder Sandström, Keyboards
Marcus Sundbom, Guitars
Assailant has no former members, but Ecliptica, the band Assailant evolved from did have other members.
Kristofer Eriksson, Guitars
Marcus Granberg, Vocals
* "Wicked Dream" (2008)
Nemesis Within" (2006)
Mental State" (2004, Demo)
External links and References
* [http://www.assailant.se/ Official Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/assailantsweden/ Assailant at Myspace]
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