|Genres||Dark metal, death metal, black metal|
|Labels||Hammerheart Records, Nocturnal Art Prod., DARK ESSENCE RECORDS|
|Associated acts||Immortal, Gorgoroth, Helheim|
Aeternus is a death metal band from Bergen, Norway and was formed in 1993 as an idea of Ronny Hovland, named himself Ares and Erik Heggernes, aka Vrolok. Later in 1996 Nicola Trier, aka Morrigan follows the duo as a bass player and completed the trio that created the first two and important albums of the band that called their own style "Dark Metal". Morrigan also created the band's logo picture of ravens and axes that still exist as one of the trademarks of the band.
They released their debut album, Beyond the Wandering Moon, in 1997 on Hammerheart Records (now Karmageddon Media), and toured that year with Black Metal bands Emperor and Limbonic Art through Europe. Their second album, ...And So the Night Became was released in 1998 and was later re-released in several different formats. This album is one of the masterpieces of the band because it presents a very unique athmosphere and really shows, what the band's intention is...Dark Metal. With some traditional Norwegian elements they created an awesome part of extreme metal music. This release was accompanied by a tour supporting Deicide.
In 1999, they added guitarist Radek, and their sound moved from darkened Black Metal toward Death Metal for 1999's Shadows of Old to a much faster and aggressive kind of music. Morrigan left the group in 2001 for personal reasons and was later replaced by V'gandr, well known head of the Norwegian Viking Metal band Helheim. Later this year they released their 4th full length called Ascension of Terror and did some live shows. They then departed from Hammerheart Records and also split way with guitarist Radek. Their next album A Darker Monument was released on the new Nocturnal Art Productions label in 2003. This one was a much more complex album and brought the band back to their roots of Dark Metal. After the release of their 6th full-length HeXaeon long time member Vrolok left the band and was replaced by S. Winter on drums early in 2006. The group toured Europe later that year to support their new album. In September 2007, S. Winter was no longer in the group,.
In the period between 2008 and 2011 it becomes very quiet around Aeternus and the band was in re-creating process. V'gandr left the band to concentrate his work onto his own band Helheim and continued to be a session-member at Norwegian black metal band Taake. Ares reforms the band with Phobos on drums and new guitarist Specter. Soon the work for a new album begans. In the current line-up they were back on stage in 2013 and just released their 7th full length album in the band's history. It is called ...And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth and is a very mature album. The band shows many aspects of their art and created many new dark sounds, too.
- Ares - vocals, guitar, bass
- Skyggen - bass (session live)
- Specter - guitar,bass (2010)
- Phobos - drums (2009)
- Nicola Trier, aka Morrigan - bass, keyboards (1996–2001)
- Erik Heggernes, aka Vrolok - drums (1993–2006)
- Radomir Michael Nemec, aka Radek - guitar (1999–2004)
- Stian - guitar (2004–2007)
- S. Winter - drums (2006–2007)
- Ørjan Nordvik, aka V'gandr - bass (2001 - 2012)
- Walk My Path (Demo, 1994)
- Dark Sorcery (EP, View Beyond Records, 1995; re-released on Hammerheart Records, 1997)
- Beyond the Wandering Moon (Hammerheart, 1997)
- ...And So the Night Became (Hammerheart, 1998)
- Dark Rage (7" EP, 1998)
- Shadows of Old (Hammerheart, 2000)
- Burning the Shroud (EP, Martyr Records/Hammerheart, 2001)
- Ascension of Terror (Martyr, 2001)
- Demo 2002 (Demo, 2002)
- A Darker Monument (Candlelight Records, 2003)
- HeXaeon (Karisma Records/Dark Essence Records, 2006)
- ...And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth (Dark Essence Records) (2013)
- Biography, Allmusic.com
- Review of Ascension of Terror. Allmusic.com
- Aeternus Parts Ways with Drummer. Blabbermouth.net. Accessed September 27, 2007.
- Aeternus - New Song Online