1349 rose from the ashes of Alvheim in 1997, with Ravn (vocals & drums), Tjalve (guitars) & Seidemann (Bass) as well as Balfori (guitars). They recorded, but never released a demo in early '98. Balfori quit shortly after due to musical differences.
In '99 they recorded the never released promo "Chaos Prefferred" 1349 needed another guitarist, and found Archaon whose speed and technique took their music to a new level of intensity and brutality. Come spring 2000, 1349 wanted to record a new promo showcasing their new material, and Ravn asked Frost of Satyricon to do the drums to get the speed required. Frost was later so impressed by the material written for the next release, that he wanted to become a permanent member of 1349. Holycaust Records offered them a deal and released the new promo as an eponymous MiniCD.
Early 2001 they felt they had enough killer songs for a full-length album:
"Liberation". Recorded and Mixed in Gordon Studios, and Mastered at Strype Audio, "Liberation" mixed seamlessly Old School with modern warp-speed hysteria.
1349 has played a few gigs, supporting Gorgoroth and later Cadaver Inc., as well as the "Hole in the Sky" festival 2001 in Bergen and the Inferno Festival in Oslo 2002. 1349 has parted ways with Holycaust Records and has now signed with Candlelight Records. "Liberation" was out the 7th of April 2003. 2003 was a great year for 1349. Their debut album received high praise all over, and in several magazines even made it The Newcomer of the Year.
They played again at the Inferno Metal Festival. Actually opened the whole festival after their success in 2002. They also got a good spot at the big german festival "With Full Force", and played on the same stage as Zyklon, My Dying Bride and Moonspell. A small Europe tour in November with Aeternus and Red Harvest really did the trick for 1349, both when it came to playing live and give their music the correct face out to the fans.
The new album "Beyond the Apocolypse" released in Europe 19. April 2004 via Candlelight. Recorded in Studio Studio Nyhagen, and again mastered at Strype Audio Norway.