Sweden's AZURE was created in 1995 by Robban Kanto. Released a couple of demos and later was signed for a MCD release by a small label. The release - "A Vicious Age Lasting" - was printed in 500 copies and soon sold out. Shortly after the release Robban decided to be on his own as the other members didn't really seem that interested. Instead he contacted Mattias Holmgren (the excellent drummer on NAGLFAR's first album "Vittra"!) to play the drums on the coming debut album. "Moonlight Legend" was released in 1999 by the German cult Label Solistitium Records (BEHEMOTH, HELHEIM, NATT-VINDENS GRÅT, etc.)-- but unfortunately Solistitium shortly thereafter was put on ice, and so AZURE was without a contract.
In April 2004 Robban gets a phone call from Mattias Holmgren, telling him to start compose and come up to Umeå for a recording. Said and done; in July Robban arrives to Mattias crypt and they work hard to keep the booze in the blood stream and yeah, also to record the four new songs Robban had written.
These four songs were sent out to a few record labels and in short Karmageddon Media offered a deal. Some new songs were written and in September Robban once again visited Umeå to record the album. With some help from the EMBRACING (Mattias' main Swedish Black Metal band) guys they managed to put some 40+ minutes of metal on tape (or hard-drive to be exact), and also a few other people contributed with some awesome work. Like Nils Norberg of NOCTURNAL RITES, and Ulph Johansson (famous guitarist in the north of Sweden). The bass is handled by Peter Uvén of EMBRACING, which did some really outstanding stuff, and even showed off with a solo on the track 'Selene - The Spirit'.
The album cover is done by Pär Johansson (SATARIEL), long time friend of Robban, and the upcoming artist Hampus Samuelsson contributed with some great images for the booklet. The album was originally intended to be released by Karmageddon Media, but after months of delays Robban terminated the contract and searched for another label to release it. AZURE soon signed to not one but two labels; Deathgasm Records and Pulverised Records Singapore for worldwide distribution.
Robban Kanto - Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, and Vocals
Mattias Holmgren - Drums, Keyboards, and additional Vocals
1. Greeting Chaos
2. Dead Men's Shadow Flickering
3. The Lake Of Death (Magnion)
4. Whispers Of Echoes Passed
5. Selene - The Spirit
6. Shadows In Midark
7. The Storm (Hill Of Heimad)
8. King Of Stars - Bearer Of Dark
King Of Stars - Bearer Of Dark CD 2005
Moonlight Legend CD 1999
A Vicious Age Lasting CD 1998