Krieg was formed in 1995 under the usual circumstances before the budding U.S. black metal scene took hold internationally. After recording three demos and appearing on several compilations Krieg recorded a full-length Rise of the Imperial Horde for Blood Fire Death Records in 1997. Krieg continually recorded for several splits and demos until 2001 when they signed to Red Stream records for the release of Destruction Ritual and 2003’s critically acclaimed The Black House. In 2004 Krieg announced its hiatus with a final record Blue Miasma. In between 2000 and 2007 the project released several splits, vinyls and cassettes on almost every important underground label including Painiac Records, Sombre Records and Spikekult. Krieg’s released output exceeds more than 40 items, not counting numerous bootlegs and unreleased material.
Krieg also became a prominent live band doing several DIY style tours in America and Europe, including being the first American black metal band to play in Romania and Serbia. Shows have ranged from violent, nearly punk styled 20 minute bursts of noise to over an hour of well honed material culled from close to 15 years of activity.
In 2008 Krieg announced its full return with several live performances in the U.S. and the recording of a split 7 inch with Caina. 2009 saw Krieg headline several fests and undertake a reclamation of their reputation for emotional and violent performances. The Black House was also named in Terrorizer Magazine’s black metal special as one of the ten most important American black metal records.
Krieg’s sole member, Imperial (Neill Jameson) is also involved with ambient/shoegaze black metal duo N.i.l, Twilight (featuring members of Nachtmystium, Leviathan and Isis) as well as collaborations and session work with Judas Iscariot, Nachtmystium, members of Profanatica, Nyktalgia, Kult ov Azazel and Averse Sefira.
2010 will bring the new record The Isolationist which will be Krieg’s most challenging and bizarre release to date, continually pushing boundaries as the goal has always been.