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Black metal band Ancient began in 1992 as the solo project of guitarist/composer Aphazel, soon expanding to a duo with the addition of vocalist/drummer Grimm; after selling out the entire pressing of their initial demo Eerily Howling Winds, in 1994 the two issued their full-length debut Svartalvheim, followed a year later by the EP Trolltaar. After Grimm's exit, Aphazel relocated from his native Norway to the U.S., forming a new Ancient line-up with vocalists Lord Kaiaphas and Kimberly Grimm as well as drummer Kjetil. Signing to Metal Blade, the band issued 1996's The Cainian Chronicle; of the new roster additions, only Kjetil remained for the 1997 follow-up Mad Grandiose Bloodfiends, recorded with new vocalist Erichte and guitarist/ keyboardist Jesus Christ. Aphazel then moved to Italy, resulting in the exits of Erichte and Kjetil; new vocalist Deadly Kristin and drummer Krigse were installed for Ancient's fourth LP, 1999's The Halls of Eternity.