SOMBER

Somber

BIO

Andreas Henriksson, Björn Rehnqvist, Pontus Dahlström, John Bresäter and Kristoffer Melin first met up at Junior High. With a shared passion for music and bands like Metallica, these five young men soon formed their own band. At this time none of them could play any instruments so the first years were mostly spent rehearsing covers in a garage. It was at this early they took the named Somber, from a Dissection-song

By 2002 the band had developed enough to start writing their own songs. Spawned from this broaden knowledge of music their first demo “Oblivion” arose. After a moddest premier show Somber now started to spend more time on their music as well as playing more and more shows around youth centers around Gothenburg. A healthy period for the band as they got more and more experience both writing songs and performing live.

In 2003 the band was performing at a “Battle of the Bands”-show when future guitarist caught a glimts of the performance. Impressed by the bands speed and energy he got in contact with them the next. This was at the same time as Kristoffer Melin and Somber went their separate ways due to different views on musical development. So within a week Somber found themselves with a new guitarist and the line-up that would step out into the world was completed. After recording yet another demo(2003’s “Gods Design”) Somber started to seek oppertuneties outside the realm of Gothenburg. Playing hundreds of shows in all four corners of the country Somber saw great response from the Swedish underground scene. During this campaign Somber recorded their, at the time biggest success, “Name your poison as well as opening for acts like Finntroll, Transport League and Soulreaper.

But in 2005, just after recording their first EP “define:rend” and making a triumphant apperence at Liserbergs big stage, Somber was seeking new ground. A decision to leave Sweden and Europe behind was made and the band packed their instrument and boarded a plane to California, USA, eventually ending up in the town of Ventura. Here the band quickly gained a whole new fan base and released “define:rend” on the independent label Seedless Records. In early 2006 the band started what would become a 16 month tour around the american west coast. Playing everything from small clubs in the suburbs to legendary venues like Whiskey A Go Go in L.A and the Cooler Lounge in Las Vegas. This constant touring gave them the opportunity to work with touring motocross extravagance Metal Mulisha and country/metal-legend Hank III

But everything changed later that winter when Somber had to leave the states, due to visa issues. Safe and sound back home in Sweden Somber wasted no time. During their intensive touring in the states they had nearly finished the material for their first full-length album. And after opening for Vader and playing together with Slayer at the summer festival Metaltown Somber entered the studio Grand Recording in Gothenburg to record the album “The Black Machine”. The record that initially was ment to be self-released landed at the desk of Suicide Records who instatly took intresst to it. They signed with Somber later that year.

With the upcoming of their first album Somber rages on with their own vision of swedish metal.

LINE-UP

John Bresäter – drums
Björn “Bear” Rehnqvist – bass
Carl Fritzell – guitar
Andreas Henriksson – guitar
Pontus Dahlström – vocals

INTERVIEWS

RELEASES

Somber - The Black Machine

2008 • CAT# SR003