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Background information
Also known asSeven Sins (1998–2000)
OriginBærum, Norway
GenresThrash metal, black metal, groove metal
Years active1998–present
LabelsNuclear Blast, Tabu, Chrome Division, Candlelight
Associated actsOld Man's Child, Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon
MembersBernt Fjellestad

Susperia is a Norwegian black/thrash metal band formed in October 1998 by Tjodalv and Cyrus.[1]

The band was originally named Seven Sins,[1] but since there was another band with that name they changed it to the title of the horror film Suspiria, changing the spelling to avoid a clash with Suspiria, a gothic rock band that also took its name from the film.


Susperia was started by Tjodalv (Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child) and Cyrus (Satyricon, Old Man's Child) in October 1998. After Tjodalv left Dimmu Borgir in the middle of March 1999 he started to concentrate fully on Susperia together with old-time friend Cyrus. At Wacken Open Air Festival in 1999,[1] Tjodalv met with singer Athera (Vanaheim), who joined the band subsequently, followed by bass player Memnock (Old Man's Child, Vanaheim) and guitarist Elvorn. They recorded a demo, Illusions of Evil, in December 1999 at Pitfire Studio outside Oslo, which was mixed and mastered by L. Argedick. Synthesizer and piano parts were played by Mustis (Dimmu Borgir). He was briefly an official member of the band before he left to fully concentrate on Dimmu Borgir. Mustis returned to the band in 2010, after being fired from Dimmu Borgir.

Susperia in Vigo (Spain)

The demo was sent out to different record companies and gained some positive feedback. They received a few offers from mainly major record labels, and signed in early 2000 with Nuclear Blast for four records. Susperia played their first live gig at John Dee in Oslo, following Ragnarok and Alsvartr; just a few months later they played at the Scream Magazine 10 year anniversary party.

Susperia is not a Satanic band, though their lyrics tend to criticize and question the views and morals of Christianity.[2][3]

On March 9, 2009, it was reported that vocalist Athera (real name Pål Mathisen) had suffered a heart attack.[4] It was later confirmed that he had been rushed into hospital in Lørenskog, Norway, suffering from acute stomach pain and heavy bleeding. He was expected to remain hospitalised for some time.[5] It was later announced that he would undergo a triple bypass operation on March 16, 2009.[6]

Cyrus is currently the touring bassist for Dimmu Borgir. Susperia joined Melodi Grand Prix in 2011, but lost before the semi final. They are currently recording an EP with Mustis (Ex-Dimmu Borgir) joining them on keyboards. The EP will feature 2 new songs (most likely including the song "Nothing Remains") and 3 re-recordings with orchestral arrangements.

Also, in 2015, founding vocalist Athera left the band.

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members



Studio albums[edit]


  • Devil May Care (2005)
  • Nothing Remains single (2011)
  • We Are the Ones (2011)


  • Illusions of Evil (2000)


  1. ^ a b c Allmusic Biography
  2. ^ "Susperia Interview". 2007-09-29. Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  3. ^ " - Interviews: Susperia". 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  4. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SUSPERIA Vocalist Suffers Heart Attack". 2009-03-10. Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  5. ^ "Susperia Frontman Suffers Heart Attack". idiomag. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  6. ^ "News : SUSPERIA: Athera Will Undergo A Triple Bypass Operation". idiomag. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2009-03-17.

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