Acheron (band)

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Acheron
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Death metal, black metal
Years active 1988–2010, 2010–present
Labels Turbo, Lethal, Moribund, Full Moon, Black Lotus, Displeased, Listenable Records
Members Vincent Crowley
Art Taylor
Shaun Cothron
Brandon Howe

Acheron (/ˈækərən, -ɒn/) is an American death/black metal band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was formed by Vincent Crowley in 1988.[1][2] The band is named after the mythological river Acheron (Ancient Greek: Ἀχέρων – Akhérōn) located in the underground kingdom of Hades in ancient Greek mythology.

History[edit]

Founded in 1988 by vocalist/bassist/songwriter Vincent Crowley (formerly of Nocturnus, and leader of the satanic youth group "Order of the Evil Eye"),[3] Acheron's musical output is almost exclusively Satanic and anti-Christian in content. Early albums featured interludes by Peter H. Gilmore.[3] Crowley was appointed a priest in the Church of Satan by its founder, Anton Szandor LaVey, and began spending a lot of his time debating local televangelists, limiting Acheron's output for a time.[3] He later disassociated himself from the church to act independently.[4]

In 2003, the band released an album of cover versions, Tribute to the Devil's Music, including songs originally recorded by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Kreator, and Celtic Frost.[4]

On April 26, 2010, Vincent Crowley announced that the band was calling it quits.[5] On December 27, 2010, it was announced that Acheron have reunited.[6]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Vincent Crowley Guitars (1988–1991, 1996–1998, 2008), Vocals (1991–present), Bass (1992–present)
  • Art Taylor Guitars (2009–2010, 2012–present)
  • Shaun Cothron Guitars (2011–2012, 2014–present)
  • Brandon Howe Drums (2014–present)

Past[edit]

  • David Smith Bass (1988–1991)
  • James Strauss Drums (1988–1992)
  • Peter H. Gilmore Keyboards (1988–1989)
  • Michael Smith Vocals (1988–1990)
  • Ron Hogue Drums (1989)
  • Belial Koblak Guitars (1989–1991)
  • Robert Orr Drums (1991)
  • Pete Slate Guitars (1991–1992)
  • Michael Browning Drums (1992–1994)
  • Tony Blakk Guitars (1992–1994)
  • Trebor Ladres Guitars (1994–1995)
  • Joe Oliver Drums (1995)
  • Troy Heffern Bass (1996)
  • Richard Christy Drums (1996)
  • Michael Estes Guitars (1996–1999, 2001–2004)
  • John Scott Keyboards (1996–1999)
  • Jonathan Lee Drums (1998–1999)
  • Tony Laureano Drums (1998)
  • Bryan Hipp Guitars (1998) (R.I.P. 2006)
  • Ben Meyer Guitars (1998)
  • Adina Blase Keyboards (1998–1999)
  • Bill Taylor Guitars (1999)
  • Daniel Zink Drums (2001)
  • Aaron Werner Keyboards (2001–2005)
  • Kyle Severn Drums (2002–2014)
  • Rhiannon Wisniewski Vocals (2002)
  • Max Otworth Guitars (2006–2012)
  • Ash Thomas Guitars (2008–2009)
  • Scott Pletcher Drums (2010)
  • Eric Stewart Guitars (2010)

Discography[edit]

  • Messe Noir (Demo, 1989)
  • Rites of the Black Mass (1991, re-released in 2006)
  • Alla Xul (7", Demo, 1992)
  • Rites of the Black Mass (Turbo, 1992)
  • Hail Victory (CD, Metal Merchant, 1993)
  • Satanic Victory (CD, Turbo, 1994)
  • Lex Talionis (CD, Turbo, 1994; reissued as Lex Talionis: Satanic Victory, Blackened, 1997)
  • Anti-God, Anti-Christ (CD, Moribund, 1996)
  • Those Who Have Risen (CD, Full Moon Productions, 1998)
  • Compendium Diablerie: The Demo Days (CD, Full Moon Productions, 2001)
  • Xomaly (2002)
  • Rebirth: Metamorphosing Into Godhood (CD, Black Lotus, 2003)
  • Tribute to the Devil's Music (CD, Black Lotus, 2003)
  • The Final Conflict: Last Days of God (CD, Displeased Records, 2009)
  • Kult Des Hasses (CD, Listenable Records. 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kristiansen, Jon "Metalion" (1991). "Acheron". Slayer (8): 7. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Acheron". Allmusic. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo "Acheron Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ a b Apicella, Vinnie "Acheron – Tribute To The Devil's Music" (review), Ink19
  5. ^ "Maximum Metal". Maximum Metal. Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net – Acheron Is Back!". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. [permanent dead link]

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