Dead Skeletons

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Dead Skeletons
OriginReykjavík, Iceland
GenresPsychedelic rock, dream pop, space rock
Years active2008-present
LabelsA Records, Too Pure, Sound of Cobra, Fuzz Club Records, Dead Monk Records
MembersJón Sæmundur Auðarson (Nonni Dead)
Henrik Björnsson
Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt

Dead Skeletons are a psychedelic rock trio from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in 2008 by Jón Sæmundur Auðarson (aka Nonni Dead), Henrik Björnsson and Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt.


Dead Skeletons formed in 2008 when frontman Auðarson held a show at the Reykjavik Art Museum. He needed music to accompany the installation, so Auðarson, Björnsson (also of Singapore Sling) and Van Kriedt (ex-Sunsplit, also of Asteroid #4) recorded the song "Dead Mantra", which became an underground hit and landed them a record deal with A Records,[1] who released it as a single on 26 November 2010.

Their debut album, Dead Magick, was released on 11 November 2011, followed by three 2012 releases: the "Om Mani Peme Hung" single in January (by Too Pure), the (Orð) EP on 23 September (by Sound of Cobra) and a two-track single titled Buddha-Christ on 12 December (by Fuzz Club Records).[2] Another two-track single, "Dead Comet", was released in November 2013 by Dead Monk Records.

Dead Skeletons were invited to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Iceland festival in June 2013 at Ásbrú, Naval Air Station Keflavik,[3]

Auðarson's longtime HIV-positive status and resulting fear of death are a major influence on the band's ethos.[4] The Guardian commented, "Dead Skeletons' philosophy is based around a psychedelic battle cry and series of mantras to inspire people to accept life and death in equal measure".[5]


Discussing the video for "Dead Mantra", The Guardian said, "Dead Mantra is pure rock'n'roll magic at play...a visual tour-de-force including imagery of Tibet, skulls and vintage record players".[6]

In a 2011 review of Dead Magick, Julian Marszalek of The Quietus called Dead Skeletons "masters of creating pace and drama", noting the band's penchant for confronting death, saying, "Dead Skeletons' main man Jón Sæmundur Audarson has been living with HIV for almost 20 years and his determination to seize life by the lapels rather than cowering in the shadow of death informs this album throughout".[7]

Andrew Flanagan of NPR praised "Dead Mantra" in 2012, saying, "The sounds and the sentiment line up perpendicularly to each other, carving a space of cognitive dissonance that's at once confusing, comforting and hair-raising".[8]


Studio albums
  • Dead Magick (2011, A Records)
Singles & EPs
  • "Dead Mantra" 10" single (2010, A Records)
  • "Om Mani Peme Hung" 7" single (2012, Too Pure)
  • (Orð) 12" EP (2012, Sound of Cobra/Dead Monk Records)
  • Buddha-Christ 12" single (2012, Fuzz Club Records)
  • "Dead Comet" 12" single (2012, Dead Monk Records)
Live albums
  • "Live in Berlin" (2016, Fuzz Club Records)


  1. ^ "Dead Skeletons biography". Dead Skeletons. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Dead Skeletons at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Dead Skeletons".
  4. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Escape Velocity | Spiritual Battle Songs: Dead Skeletons Interviewed".
  5. ^ "Dig it! Anton Newcombe finds his spiritual home at last | Alan McGee". 28 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Dig it! Anton Newcombe finds his spiritual home at last | Alan McGee". 28 October 2009.
  7. ^ "The Quietus | Reviews | Dead Skeletons".
  8. ^ "Dead Skeletons: A Spiritual Battle Song".

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