According to a posting on TAAKE's official web site, the group's frontman, Hoest, is once again a free man after serving a prison sentence for undisclosed offenses.
Commented Hoest: "There's been a lot of rumors and misunderstandings lately, so to make things a bit more clear: This was my third incarceration for violence."
He added: "All material for the next TAAKE album has been complete for a while and will be recorded as soon as possible. Furthermore, we will perform at Garage (Bergen) on the 8th of November."
Hoest (photo#1, photo#2, photo#3) found himself at the center of controversy in March after he appeared on stage in Essen, Germany with a swastika symbol drawn on his chest. According to an article published in the March 26 edition of the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende, TAAKE's record label, Dark Essence Records, has indicated that it may terminate its relationship with the band as a result of TAAKE's behavior at the Essen concert.
TAAKE's third album, "Doedskvad", was released in 2005 via Dark Essence Records. The band had previously released two albums on the Wounded Love label: "Nattestid..." (1999) and "Bjoergvin" (2002). "Doedskvad" is the last installment in this trilogy.
Watch fan-filmed video footage of TAAKE performing at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium in March 2007: