Genre: Black Metal (early), Death Metal (later)
Aeternus was formed by Ares in 1993. The band is located in Bergen/ Norway. Aeternus stands as the creators of an extreme music-style that is defined best as Dark Metal. Fast, aggressive, intense and brutal, yet calm and beautiful at times. The lyrics within the realm of Aeternus are to be dark as the music. Thoughts and emotions are usually the main key element behind their darkened lyrics. Bringing up atmospheres of warriors and battles and the mystic and mighty powers of nature.
In 1994, Aeternus released their one and only demo: "Walk my Path", which sold around 400 copies in the underground scene. In 1995 Aeternus signed a small contract with the Czech label View Beyond Records, who later the same year released the legendary "Dark Sorcery" MCD. This MCD led to the interest from various labels. In 1996, Aeternus decided to sign with the Dutch label Hammerheart Records.
During the years with Hammerheart Records, Aeternus released several strong album titles and become a strong name in the Metal scene worldwide. Aeternus has always been an active live band and have become a well-established live act. They have toured with bands such as Deicide, Mayhem, Red Harvest, Cannibal Corpse, Emperor, Aura Noir, Marduk, Behemoth, Limbonic Art, etc.
After the 2001 album "Ascension of Terror", Aeternus departed with Hammerheart Records. Shortly after Aeternus' crushing performance on the Inferno Festival 2002, the band inked a 3-album deal with Nocturnal Art Productions.
The band is currently in pre-production for their next and 6th full-length album, the second album on NAP and they will enter Grieghallen Studios in June 2004 with the legendary Pytten as producer.
The new album will hopefully be released before next year, Ares has promissed allot of original aspects as well as good old Aeternus atmospheres. The band has now taken other and new steps and they are trying to let go of the Death Metal elements which have been used allot on their latest albums. Though they still go for Dark Metal and brutal emotions, make no mistakes there...
- Beyond the Wandering Moon (1997)
- ...and So the Night Became (1998)
- Shadows of Old (1999)
- Ascension of Terror (2001)
- A Darker Monument (2003)
- HeXaeon (2006)
- ...and the Seventh His Soul Detesteth (2013)
- Walk My Path (1994)
- Demo 2002 (2002)
- Dark Sorcery (1995)
- Dark Rage (1998)
- Burning the Shroud (2000)
Ares - Guitars, Vocals (1993-present), Bass (2012-present)
Phobos - Drums (2007-present)
Specter - Guitars, Bass (2010-present)
Frode Kilvik - Bass (session) (2013-present)
Cathrine Bauck - Percussion
Ørjan - Bass (1993-?)
Vassago Rex - Drums (1993)
Vrolok - Drums (1993-2006)
Morrigan - Bass (1996-2001), Keyboards, Piano (1996-?)
Lava - Guitars (1999-2004)
V'gandr - Bass (2001-2012)
Stanley - Guitars (2004-2005)
Dreggen - Guitars (2005-2010)
S. Winter - Drums (2006-2007)