It marked a significant point in their sound's formation, the album featured less of the grim guitars, and had much more keyboards work than before. The album featured Nagash, Blackheart, Astennu (on the Guitars, who later joined Dimmu Borgir), Sverd (of Arcturus on the keyboards) and Hellhammer (of Mayhem, Arcturus and Dimmu Borgir) and Sarah Jezebel Deva on backing vocals (Cradle of Filth). The album has met good success in Norway and the band was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award, winning the Best Hard Rock Band category as the first band in history to win a Grammy Award for Black Metal. In 1999 the band changed name to The Kovenant, recorded and released "Animatronic", it showed them going from symphonic black metal to industrial metal. With the change of the band name, the members decided to change their names as well to suit their new direction: Nagash became "Lex Icon", Blackheart became "Psy Coma", and Hellhammer became "Von Blomberg".
They won another Norwegian Grammy Award and gained a new member while they toured the USA named Angel. The band found themselves back in the studio in 2002 recording "S.E.T.I.", their fourth album. Deciding to do more touring Von Blomberg left the band to handle other projects. Two new members were recruited, Küth (of Ram-Zet) on drums and Brat (of Apoptygma Berzerk) on keyboards. Now we wait for their latest creation, Aria Galactica, to take shape. Official sites: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-kovenant/101527333219534 http://www.myspace.com/thekovenant Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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