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Arcturus

    Arcturus are an avant-garde metal band from Norway featuring many prominent members of the Norwegian black metal scene from bands such as Ulver, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Borknagar, The Kovenant, Emperor, and Winds. Arcturus have experimented throughout their career, extracting influences and incorporating elements from all over the musical spectrum including black metal and classical music, but the core of their sound has always been metal.

    Arcturus was formed in 1987 as death metal act Mortem. They released an EP and a demo under this name. In 1990, they changed their name to Arct ...read more

    Arcturus are an avant-garde metal band from Norway featuring many prominent members of the Norwegian black metal scene from bands such as Ulver, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Borknagar, The Kovenant, Emperor, and Winds. Arcturus have experimented throughout their career, extracting influences and incorporating elements from all over the musical spectrum including black metal and classical music, but the core of their sound has always been metal.

    Arcturus was formed in 1987 as death metal act Mortem. They released an EP and a demo under this name. In 1990, they changed their name to Arcturus, which is the name of a star and means “Guardian of Bears”.

    In 1995, Arcturus released “Aspera Hiems Symfonia” (latin form of Harsh Winter Symphony), acclaimed to be one of the most innovative black metal album ever. That line-up consisted of. Garm (Kristoffer Rygg) - Vocal. Hellhammer (Jan Axel von Blomberg) - Drum. Sverd (Steinar Sverd Johnsen) - Synth. August (Carl August Tidemann) - Guita. Skoll (Hugh Stephen James Mingay) - Bass (not assigned on album credits.

    Aspera Hiems Symfonia is a mix of early 90s norwegian black metal, classical melodies, waltz and refined touch of nordic coldness. The lyrics concentrate on the themes of winter and the darkness of night.

    “All music & words on Aspera Hiems Symfonia emanated from our souls profoundly”. This phrase represents it perfectly.

    In 1997 Arcturus released the much acclaimed “La Masquerade Infernale” album. The theatrical, almost carnivalesque, style built around Sverd’s keyboard was introduced by the large vocals range of Garm (and guest Simen Hestnæs) and this became their trademark.

    After a remix album “Disguised Masters”, Arcturus offered their third major effort with “The Sham Mirrors”, whose keyboards’ dynamic melodies also received good reviews.

    In 2004, their original vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (a.k.a. Garm of Ulver) was replaced by Simen Hestnæs (aka ICS Vortex) of Dimmu Borgir.

    With “Sideshow Symphonies” (2005), Arcturus moved towards more progressive tones and a strong lunar sound, leant on a space trip concept narrated by Simen’s ethereal voice. A DVD, “Shipwrecked In Oslo” was released in June 2006.

    The band split up after the successful tour of Australia in March 2007.

    In early September of 2009, after being ejected from Dimmu Borgir, Simen released a statement on his blog with the following quote. “There is another meeting also planned with Arcturus members to discuss about the future of the band and a possible reunite.”.

    2011 ICS Vortex confirmed an Arcturus reunion show at ProgPower USA 2011 Festival. In addition, Vortex also said “Beloved freaks! ProgPower USA 2011 will host the first Arcturus concert in 5 years. This is our first performance in the United States, and since we`re all retarded, probably the last.”. The show was later cancelled due to “hibernation sickness” and “outdated parts”.

    Arcturus was supposed to play its first reunion show at Avant-Garde Night vol. 2 in Poland, but it was cancelled and they rescheduled show to January. They played a show September 9th, 2011 at the KICK Nattklubb & Scene in Kristiansand, Norway. When asked about it by a fan on his facebook, Vortex said “yes I can confirm once again that Arcturus is on” In an interview published by Lords of Metal webzine, ICS Vortex says Arcturus are working on a new album. « hide

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    LPs
    Sideshow Symphonies
    2005

    3.3
    175 Votes
    The Sham Mirrors
    2002

    4.2
    417 Votes
    La Masquerade Infernale
    1997

    4
    296 Votes
    Aspera Hiems Symfonia
    1996

    3.9
    163 Votes
    EPs
    Constellation
    1994

    3.3
    16 Votes
    My Angel
    1991

    2.8
    12 Votes
    Live Albums
    Shipwrecked in Oslo
    2014

    4
    1 Votes
    Compilations
    Aspera Hiems Symfonia/Constellation/My Angel
    2002

    4.2
    17 Votes
    Disguised Masters
    1999

    2.9
    25 Votes

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