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Taake (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈtoːkə]) is a Norwegian black metal band, formed in 1993 in Bergen by Hoest (then-known as Ulvhedin) under the name Thule. "Taake" is the old spelling of the Norwegian word "tåke", meaning "fog".
Early demos In 1993, Ørjan Stedjeberg (then known as Ulvhedin), since known as Hoest (archaic spelling of Høst, meaning 'autumn'), formed the first version of the band Taake under the name Thule, together with Svartulv. They were both 15 years old at the time. Thule released two demos, Der vinterstormene raste in 1993 and Omfavnet av svarte vinger(Embraced by Black Wings) in 1994. Somewhere between the release of the latter demo and Manndaudsvinter in 1995, the band transformed from Thule to Taake, which was more representative of the band and the area where Hoest was from (the mountains of Bergen, Norway). Shortly after this release, a 7" EP followed in 1996 called Koldbrann i jesu marg, which would be the last demo recording that Taake would release.
Album trilogy (1999–2005) The band's first full-length album, Nattestid ser porten vid (Night Sees the Wide Gate), was released by Wounded Love Records in 1999. The album was written entirely by Hoest, but he brought in a session musician, Tundra, to perform bass guitar and drums. It was recorded throughout 1997 and 1998 at Grieg Hall. Nattestid is part one of a trilogy. All the writing on the CD and lyrics in the booklet are written in runes. All of the lyics are sung in Norwegian. The album is now considered a classic.
The second installment of the trilogy, Over bjoergvin graater himmerik (Heaven Cries over Bergen), was released in 2002 by Wounded Love Records. Another seven-songconcept album, the theme for Bjoergvin is death ("Bjoergvin" is the former name of Bergen). On this record, Hoest surrounded himself with a band: C. Corax on guitar, Keridwen on bass guitar and Mutt (Gaahlskagg, Trelldom, Sigfader) on drums.
The final installment of the trilogy was released in 2005 by Dark Essence Records. Entitled Hordalands doedskvad (Hordaland's Deathchant), it adhered to the seven-song format (representing the seven mountains surrounding Bergen) of the first two records, but showed a change in style. While the first two records in the trilogy were clearly '80s metal influenced, this album was performed in a more traditional black metal style which was reminiscent of Enslaved, Bathory and early Mayhem. Doedskvad also differs from the other in that it features a number of guest musicians, including Nattefrost (Carpathian Forest, Nattefrost), Taipan (Orcustus) and Nordavind (ex-Carpathian Forest), to name a few.
Brief hiatus and regrouping (2005–present) Following this release, Taake has had some minor releases and has played a few festivals (most notably the Hole in the Sky Festival in Norway, with Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved on guitar), but according to the official website, they were "on ice for a while".
On 8 September 2008, Hoest announced on his homepage that he had recorded the fourth Taake album, simply titled Taake. The album was recorded for Hoest's own label Svartekunst Produksjoner, and was distributed via Dark Essence Records.