Ansur is a progressive extreme metal playing quartet from Drammen, Norway with elements from both black and death metal, and 70s progressive rock as well as other genres.
The band came originally came together as a black metal-based trio, comprising singer Espen A. R. Aulie, guitarist Torstein J. Nipe and bass player Aslak A. Werme. They came up with a self-titled demo, cut at Lyst & Glede Studios, a year later. Originally only 50 copies were pressed but South Korean label Nerbilous Productions re-issued the demo commercially, re-branding it as Carved In Flesh during 2005. Carved In Flesh received some underground press, at the hand of Nerbilous and Irminsul.That same year Werme exited, leaving Aulie to assume bass duties, as Ansur welcomed in new members second guitarist Stian A. Svenne and drummer Glenn G. A. Ferguson. Recording commenced on a debut album, entitled Axiom, in July 2005.The band signed to Nocturnal Art Productions and Candlelight Records in March 2006, issu