Orbit Culture: Shaman-2021.

Orbit Culture is a metal band from EksjöSweden, formed in 2013. The band includes vocalist/guitarist Niklas Karlsson, guitarist Richard Hansson, bassist Fredrik Lennartsson, and drummer Christopher Wallerstedt. Former band members are lead guitarist Maximilian Zinsmeister, bassist Christoffer Olsson and drummer Markus Bladh. The band has released two EPs and three studio albums.

Formation (2013)

Orbit Culture was formed with the idea of the vocalist and rhythm guitarist Niklas and ex-guitarist Maximilian Zinsmeister. They met each other through mutual friends at the age of 17 and decided to create a small group. They hired a small rehearsal place in an old power plant station. At that time, Maximilian was currently playing with another local band called Abstract Noise and he recruited Orbit Culture’s fellow drummer Markus Bladh and later, Christoffer Olsson joined to play bass guitar.[1] [2]

Odyssey (2013)

Shortly after the band’s formation, Niklas started to write songs for their debut EP and the band spent most of the summer of 2013 indoors to record, mix and produce the first songs that are known as Odyssey. The production ended on August 17th, 2013, and Orbit Culture’s very first studio album was released shortly after. In December that year, the band released the remastered version of their EP with new artwork and the instrumental versions of the songs. The band and their EP Odyssey gained local interest and they performed their first shows in their hometown.

In Medias Res (2014)

After positive feedback towards Odyssey, the band started production on their first full-length album and released In Media Res on the 23rd of July 2014. They released a music video for the song Obscurity On October 31st, 2014.

Maximilian’s departure and Rasen (2016)

After promoting In Media Res through multiple live shows, Maximilian decided to leave the band shortly after to follow academic study. The band had teased on social media images and videos of them working on a second full-length album, and on the 11th March 2016, their second full-length album Rasen was released. On August 25th, 2016, the band released their second music video Sun Of All which has reached almost 600,000 plays on YouTube. Niklas commented that things started to heat up in the underground metal community for them after this video.[3]

Christoffer’s departure and the replacements (2016)

Christoffer decided to leave the band in the late summer of 2016, on account of his studies at the university. Concurrently, two new members joined the band; Fredrik Lennartsson on the bass guitar and Richard Hansson (Bash Brothers, Straight A’s) on the lead guitar.

Redfog (2018)

On March 8th, 2018, Orbit culture teased and released a new single entitled Saw. Niklas revealed plans for a new EP titled Redfog scheduled for release on April 6th, 2018. Two more singles were released from the EP before release, See Through Me and Redfog. All three songs were a commercial success as they all have over a million streams on multiple platforms. [4] In 2019, Niklas revealed they were writing a new studio album under Seek & Strike records.

Markus’s departure and his replacement (2019)

On March 11th, 2019, Orbit Culture announced that Markus Bladh felt that the time and effort that the band needed was too much for him back then and he decided to leave. Shortly after, they introduced Christopher Wallerstedt as their new drummer who was friends with Richard.

First Tour (2019)

In 2019, the band’s first booking agency Avocado Booking set them up on their first tour with Rivers of NihilBlack Crown Initiate and MOL[5] On the 20th of September, the band played their first ever show outside Sweden at Cassiopeia, Berlin on the Rivers Of Nihil Tour. [6]

Nija (2020)

The band released the first single Nensha through Seek & Strike on the same day of their first live show. On February 26th, 2020, they released another single and music video called Rebirth. On the 27th of March, they released the track The Shadowing to finalize the trilogy.[7] The band released their full album Nija on August 7th, 2020 [8] and received multiple positive reviews for the record. [9] [10] Niklas commented on Nija as “You can expect a fist on your skull that forces you to the ground and exhausts you to ask for more.”[11] The deluxe edition[12] [13] of this album released on January 15, 2021 including two bonus tracks. [14] [15] [16] They performed a live stream show for this album at Knotfest: Pulse Of The Maggots Live Streaming Festival on November 13th, 2020.[17] Niklas has stated his own interests in bands like MetallicaGojira (band) and Behemoth (band) helped inspire him. [18] He also mentioned: “this album has been the hardest and most difficult set of songs I’ve ever worked with.” [19]


Orbit CultureDemo2013 
In Medias ResFull-length2014
Sun of AllSingle2016 
The Umbilical CordSingle2016 
The ShadowingSingle2020 
Open EyeSingle2020 
Niklas Karlsson
Vocals, Guitars (2013-present)
Fredrik Lennartsson
Bass (2017-present)
Richard Hansson
Guitars (lead) (2017-present)
Christopher Wallerstedt
Drums (2019-present)

Past Members:

Christoffer OlssonBass (2013-2017)
Markus BladhDrums (2013-2018)
Maximilian ZinsmeisterGuitars (lead) (2013-2017)
1.Mast of the World05:27  Show lyrics
2.Flight of the Fireflies04:50  Show lyrics
3.Carvings04:30  Show lyrics
4.Strangler03:27  Show lyrics
5.A Sailor’s Tale07:11  Show lyrics

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