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Hibernus Mortis was a band started in December 1995 by Cesar Placeres and Ralf Varela. The band took its name from the ancient Latin translation for "Dead Winter". Starting out, the South Florida band's primary goal was to create some of the most crushing and extreme music ever recorded. Taking influence from a variety of sources, musically the band took inspiration from the old-school death metal bands like Incantation, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Death, Dismember, Immolation, Entombed, Obituary, Vader and Suffocation just to name a few.
The band's sound is mainly categorised as death metal, with definite black metal and doom metal influence. Hibernus Mortis has been a staple of the legendary Florida death metal scene for over a decade and have fans all around the world from as far away as Germany, Norway and Iceland, Cuba, to South Africa, Singapore, and Australia. The band has always retained an underground low-key status, but definitely sporting a modest cult following. The band is currently based out of Hialeah, Florida.
Over the years the band has gone through several line-up changes, with the only core member being Cesar Placeres.
(2004–2005) Ralf Varela - Vocals and Guitar Alex Campbell - Guitar David Miller - Bass and Vocals Cesar Placeres - Drums
(2000–2003) Ralf Varela - Vocals and Guitar Doug Humlack - Guitar David Miller - Bass and Vocals Cesar Placeres - Drums
(1999–2000) Ralf Varela - Vocals and Guitar Doug Humlack - Guitar Cesar Placeres - Drums
(1998–1999) Ralf Varela - Vocals and Guitar Doug Humlack - Guitar Yasser Morales - Bass Cesar Placeres - Drums
(1996–1998) Adam Fleury - Vocals Ralf Varela - Guitar Doug Humlack - Guitar Yasser Morales - Bass Cesar Placeres - Drums
The band's lyrics as well as overall presentation and imagery have always been set in a bleak and morose atmosphere. The band's songs deal with a wide variety of topics including the apocalypse, death, suffering, revenge, solitude, and hatred.
Since the beginning, one of the band's most distinguishing qualities was their ridiculously de-tuned and ferocious guitar sound. Hibernus Mortis was one of the pioneers of the still-rare practice of tuning to "G". Aside from the ultra low tuning, the band achieves their trademark guitar sound through the use of thick strings and unconventional equipment.
Even though this sound has been praised by many, there are still certain detractors who dismiss it as muddy noise.
- Into The Thresholds Of Dead Winter (1998)
- Live Manslaughter (2000)
- The Existing Realms Of Perpetual Sorrow (2002)
Even though the band rarely performs, Hibernus Mortis has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the genre.
The members of Hibernus Mortis have played in several previous bands, as well as current side projects. Here is a list of some of the bands Hibernus Mortis members have been linked to.
- Los Bastardos Magnificos
- Thrash or Die
- Mehkago N.T.
- Enemy Against Enemy
- The Sonny Chiba Death Cult
- Capra Hircus
- Tyranny Of Shaw
- Black Spit Prophecy
- Goat Resurrection
- Graud y Los Marcianos