1349 is a black metal band named after the year that The Plague arrived in Norway. 1349 rose from the ashes of Alvheim in 1997 in Oslo, Norway with Ravn on vocals & drums, Tjalve on guitars, Seidemann on bass and Balfori on guitars. They recorded but never released a demo in early 1998, and Balfori quit shortly after due to musical differences. In early 1999 they re-recorded the never released promo Chaos Preferred. Then, the band realized they needed another guitarist, and found Archaon whose speed and technique took their music to a new level of intensity and brutality.