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Ascension of Terror is Aeternus' 2001 release as a trio, after the departure of their former bassist, Morrigan. However, fans of the Norwegian dark metal group will welcome back Ares, with his characteristic deep, growling vocals; Erik, with his meteoric drumming; and the intense guitar of Radek. Aeternus delivers more original compositions with their signature raw, brutal sound, from "The Essence of the Elder" to "Wrath of the Warlord" to "Lair of Anubis." Fans of dark metal, especially those who have Aeternus' other albums — Shadows of Old and Beyond the Wandering Moon — will want to add this to their collections.


Formed: 1996 in Bergen, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Aeternus, who claim to be "true dark metal," hail from the cold and rainy town of Bergen, Norway. Combining the raw sound of black metal with the deep vocals of death metal, Aeternus manage to maintain some originality in the crowded metal scene of the new millennium. Founding member Ares (bass/vocals), a former live and session member of the infamous Immortal, joined up with drummer Vrolok and keyboard/bass player Morrigan in 1996 to form the first incarnation of Aeternus. They signed to Hammerheart...
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