From the Vastland is not anonymous. In Norway this band holds high ranks.
Started as a one man band made by Sina in late 2010, Vastland was made from earlier Iranian black metal band "Sorg Innkallelse"which had recorded 10 albums in 6 years of its existence.
The first From the Vastland album Darkness vs. Light, the Perpetual Battle was influenced by Persian history and mythology and was old school black metal with some oriental influences and was recorded in 2011.
Then in the 2013 From the Vastland have signed contract with Norwegian label Indie Recordings in Iran who released the second full length album Kamarikan. Same year in March the band performed at the Inferno Festival in Oslo. On that occasion Sina had well known Norwegian musicians by his side. Vyl (Keep of Kalessin/Gorgoroth live), Tjalve ( 1349/Pantheon I/Den Saakaldte), Destruchtor ( Morbid Angel/ Myrkskog )
Thanks to Kamarikan Vastland was nominated for “Global Metal Award” as a part of Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Award 2014.
The third album Temple of Daevas was recorded in Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim-Norway. Date of recording is January 2014 and it was released by Non Serviam Records in the autumn 2014. Vyl and Tjalve continued with the drums and bass and Sina was composing, doing vocals and guitar tracks, while Terje Olsen joined as a guest on back vocals of the album.
Next one is the Blackhearts EP, yes the same name as the Norwegian Black metal Documentary and it was not surprise, since Sina had one of the main role in the Blackhearts documentary. The Ep was made in corporation of other musicians involved in documentary. Sina wrote the music based on early 90’ Norwegian black metal which is also From the Vastland style from the begining. Vyl on drums (Keep of Kalessin/Gorgoroth), Nul Blackthorn on bass (Luciferian) and other characters from documentary joined them at the Skarp studio in Trondheim- Norway. The recording took one week and after that it was ready to appear in the documentary Blackhearts. The Ep artwork was made by Norwegian artist Kim Holm, specially made for the documentary. The EP was released after its promotion at Midgardsblot Festival in Bore august 2015 and it got a lot of great reviews in Metal Hammer Norway and Eternal Terror, after Trondheim Metal Fest in November same year. The concert brought a huge success to the band
If you have not seen Blackhearts I strongly recommend it to you!
According to Sina note about Chamros album:
Well, back in Iran, when I was working on "Kamarikan" album in 2012-2013 i didn’t know any drummer who can play the drums for the album, so I used drum machine for the records and it made the mix and mastering process easier, because the drum sound is always a challenge when you want to record and mix a real drums, but with drum machine, the sound is already good enough and just needed some EQ and stuff.
I mixed and mastered this album and I was really satisfied with the result. Compare to my first album it was a big step forward. But anyway I could release it via Indie Recordings here in Norway and it got an extremely positive feedback. Not only for the fans, but also magazines, websites and reviewers.
It was great inspiration for me working on the next albums "Temple of Daevas" and later "Blackhearts" When i came to Norway, But on these two albums things became a bit different when it comes to sound and production, because it was recorded in studio here, in Norway and Vyl played the drums and the man from the studio took care of everything, like the sound and basically the whole production. The feedback was really great for both albums and I was 100% satisfied with the production, but the sound was just so different than "Kamarikan" in a good way, but just different.
So for making of "Chamrosh", in my mind I wanted to have another album that sounds like "Kamarikan", I mean sound and atmosphere of the album, but this time with the real drums, that was the challenge then, because I wanted it so bright, so wide and wild! I thought that this time I want to try and produce this new album "Chamrosh" by myself and do mixing and mastering, everything from A to Z and that was not easy, but in the end I was very happy about it, 100% satisfied with the result.
Both Spektre and Tjalve did an unbelievably great job by playing drums and bass and then it was my job to make album ready. That was the reason why it took almost a year to make this album ready.
For months, he wrote material for the new album, but it took more than year till he was satisfied with arrangement of the songs.
And finally in February 2016 Sina, Tjalve and Spektre started with the recording of Chamrosh album.
After more than four weeks continuously working on it, the album was ready.
Soon after From the Vastland signed a contract with Immortal Frost Productions, for the release of their new "Chamrosh" album on CD, date october 6 th 2016.
The promotion of this album was followed by a couple of concerts in Norway, such as the concert at Rockheim Museum in Trondheim at a very special event that included the screening of the "Blackhearts" documentary and Q&A of the film producer with Nattefrost.
Concerts in Oslo and Kongsberg also were special.
On both events, people could see the screening of the documentary and in Kongsberg there was also included an interview with ex-Gorgoroth members.
Releasing this album and the concerts have brought a big attention to the band from several magazines and websites like Metal Hammer Norway, Eternal Terror, No Clean Singing and Norway Rock Magazine and of course huge attention of Unholy Black Metal.