Tvangeste (1997-2005, 2014-present): a Black Metal band from Kaliningrad, Russia.
vangeste had been a proposal for sometime but finally came together in 1997 when all the members: Michael "Miron" Chirva (guitars/vocals), (Klaus (guitars - would leave in less than a year), Edgar (bass/vocals), Julia (keyboards), Nikolay "Kok" Kazmin (guitar) and Asmodeus (drums) gathered in one place and started rehearsals resulting in their 1997 single Blood Dreams. The line-up, however, had been reduced to Miron (guitar/vocals/bass/drums/programming), ictoria Koulbachnaya (keyboards) and Nikolay (guitar/bass) for their 1998 demo Thinking.
By their proper debut album, Damnation Of Regiomontum (2000; released in 2001 on the Norwegian 'Valgalder' label), the line-up was augmented with Chirva, Kazmin and Koulbachnaya returning, with Vanoe Mayoroff (bass/guitars) along with guests Anna (cello) and Olaa (female vocals). Tvangeste was chosen as "the best black metal act in ex-USSR countries of 2000". Over 5000 CDs of the album were sold in C.I.S. countries and in March of 2001, Naturelle (Miron's wife) joined the band as keyboardist.
In the beginning of 2001 Miron and Naturelle began the process of new album creation. They decided to create not just a sequel to the past work but something more professional and more powerful, interesting, fresh and new. The Baltic Symphony Orchestra was hired for this recording, as was the Prussian Chamber Choir. The album would also feature yet another modified line-up of the Chirva couple on vocals/solo guitar and keyboards/orchestra arrangements respectively, along with the returning Kazmin (guitar), Koulbachnaja (keyboards/flute) and Mayoroff (guitar), along with Max Naumoff (bass), Olaa (female vocals), and guests Cezar Mielko (drums), Katya (violin), Baltic Symphony Orchestra and the Prussian Chamber Choir. The resulting FireStorm album emerged on the 'World Chaos' roster in 2003 and the release of FireStorm.
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Although still listed as active they have been silent since the Chirva's moved to Canada in 2005 causing a closing of the entire membership. They would restart in Canada under the same name and the membership of the Chivra's and Jørn Øyhus (drums) joining in 2014.
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