Taake is the solo vehicle of one U. Høst. Having convened the band during 1993, originally billed as Thule, Høst proceeded to issue a brace of demos in 1993's 'Der Vinterstormene Rast' and 1994's 'Omfarnet Av Svarte Vinger' prior to adopting the new title of Taake. Billed as Taake, Høst, together with Svartulv and Dim, the group cut the 1995 cassette 'Manndaudsvinter'. A three track 7" EP, issued by Høst's own Mosegrodd Productions, arrived the same year with Høst handling vocals, bass and guitar and Svartulv retained as drummer. Taake's next move was to release the debut album 'Nattestid Ser Porten Vid' through the Wounded Love label. For these recordings session drummer Tundra (a.k.a. Hans Helander) of Frostmoon and Tundra was employed. TAAKE GENRES
A second album, 'Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik', witnessed the induction of a brand new band unit comprising of Gigantomachy guitarist C. Corax, Vendigeit bassist / keyboard player Keridwen and drummer Mutt of Gaahlskagg, Trelldom and Sigfader. However, studio time would be interrupted when Corax was imprisoned. The band finalised the recordings upon Corax's release from jail in late December of 2000.
Corax would leave the fold in August of 2001 and Mutt followed suit in January of the following year. Nevertheless, Høst regrouped for a tour of Germany, Taake now including Høst on vocals and bass, Keridwen on guitar, Drakkhian of French acts Griffar and Black Dementia on second guitar and drummer T.H. Gjengedal.
In 2004, Taake signed a deal with Dark Essence Records and recorded their third album 'Hordalands Doedskvad' in Grieghallen studios. 'Doedskvad' was released in 2005.
In 2006, Høst was imprisoned for a period for assault (Høst's exact words were "I was reported to the police by an individual whose face I so elegantly rearranged due to his unacceptable behaviour") putting Taake's progress on hold. C. Corax has also been imprisoned, but for a longer period.
With Høst now out of prison, Taake has embarked upon a European tour with Koldbrann and Urgehal. Work has also commenced on a new studio album, due for release in late 2007.
TAAKE LYRICAL THEMES
Death, Norway, the Devil in man
Norway (Bergen), formed in 1995
TAAKE CURRENT RECORD LABEL
Dark Essence Records
TAAKE CURRENT LINE-UP
Ulvhedin Hoest (Ørjan Stedjeberg) - Vocals, (Guitars) (1995-) (Ofryskje, Ragnarok (Nor), Vendigeit, Thule (Nor), Ravengod, Gigantomachy, Deathcult (Nor))
Skagg - Guitars (Gaahlskagg, Sigfader, Infernal Manes, Livsfarlig, Deathcult (Nor))
Dommedag - Guitar
V`gandr - Bass (Aeternus (Nor), Chaos Predicted, ex-Cult of Catharsis, Helheim (Nor), Ravengod, Deathcon)
Thurzur - Drums (Sigfader, Infernal Manes, Gaahlskagg, Deathcult (Nor))
TAAKE PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Lava (Radomir Michael Nemec) - Bass (2002-2007) (Aeternus (Nor), Amok (Nor), Malice in Wonderland, Dead to this World)
Dragon - Guitar (2007) (Aeternus (Nor), Cult of Catharsis, Grimfist, Black Hole Generator, Deathcon)
Mutt - Drums (2002) (Gaahlskagg, Sigfader, Trelldom)
Tundra (Frostein Arctander) - Drums, Bass, Clean Vocals (Frostmoon)
Ivar Bjørnson - live session guitar (Enslaved (Nor), Desekrator, ex-Borknagar, Phobia (Nor), ex-Gorgoroth)
Bjarte - Drums
Stieg - Guitar
Svartulv - Drums, Vocals (Thule (Nor), Gigantomachy)
Sindre - Live Bass
Dim - Vocals
Keridwen - Bass, Live Guitar (2002-03) (Black Dementia, Vendigeit)
C. Corax - Guitar (2002-04) (Gigantomachy)
Mord (Tormod Haraldson) - Drums (2002-2006) (Amok (Nor), Cult of Catharsis, Helheim (Nor), The Batallion, Deathcon)