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Album Review

Ancient's brand of Viking black metal is more accessible than most, and the group has steadily progressed with each new album. Halls of Eternity is up to the same high standard of its predecessor, Mad Grandiose Bloodfiends, blending orchestrations and female vocals with busy percussion and bleak, spooky metal guitar riffs. However, this time around, the level of aggression has been picked up substantially, which gives Halls of Eternity an overall flavor distinct from the band's other American releases.


Formed: 1992 in Bergen, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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, the two issued their full-length debut, Svartalvheim, in 1994 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 lineup with vocalists Lord Kaiaphas and Kimberly Goss as well...
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