KEEP OF KALESSIN/SATYRICON Guitarist Wins Lawsuit Against Attacker

According to a posting at, "KEEP OF KALESSIN and SATYRICON guitarist Obsidian C. [a.k.a. Arnt 'Sid' Grønbech] has finally won a lawsuit against the guy who broke a bottle in his face during the Inferno Festival earlier this year. The person accused was found guilty in first degree assault and has to spend four months in jail as well as pay an amount of 130,000 NOK (approximately $20,000) to Obsidian C.

"During the trial some important details about the assault was brought forward and it seems that the guy had taken a beer bottle by the top and turned it upside down before he smashed it into the head of Sid so hard that it actually broke! The guy then used the broken bottle to drag it down Sid's face, leaving him with two huge and deep scars in the face. Sid will most likely have to go through plastic surgery in the future to try and limit the scarring."

As previously reported, KEEP OF KALESSIN recently parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON) due to the long distance between him and Obsidian. Replacing him in the group's lineup is the band's old drummer Vyl.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order. A new full-length album is tentatively expected in the spring/early summer 2005.


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