Formed in Bergen, Norway in 1992, Ancient was born as a solo project of guitarist Zel (pka Aphazel )
quickly developing into a full band with drummer/ vocalist Grimm. Ancient rapidly made their mark on
the extreme Metal underground with the 1993 release of their now cult demo tape Eerily Howling
Winds, followed by the 7” Det Glemte Riket in 1994.
Ancient quickly established an underground following with their own dark and atmospheric style of
metal, displayed on their Listenable / Osmose debut Svartalvheim, today considered a classic album in
extreme metal. Shortly after having been approached by Metal Blade Records, Zel signed a 5 album
contract, moved to the USA and recruited Lord Kaiaphas as the new vocalist.
1996 saw the release of The Cainian Chronicle, an album filled with big guitars and cold atmospheres,
accompanied with female vocals by Kimberly Goss and Kjetil on drums. Chronicle also went on to be
considered a defining classic in the genre. A video to “Lilith’s Embrace” saw regular rotation on MTV and
the band embarked on a European tour.
In the 2 decades that followed, ANCIENT has continued to evolve and grow as a staple of the Extreme
Metal Underground, releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums on Metal Blade capped off with
2004’s Night Visit. Now with a current lineup including legendary drummer Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of
Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Ancient returns from a 12 year studio hiatus to release BACK TO THE LAND OF THE
DEAD, their long awaited latest opus exclusively in North America from David Ellefson’s (Megadeth)
EMP Underground/EMP LABEL GROUP, and in Europe through Soulseller Records.
The awakening of the spiritually dead is about to begin. The ancient ones are coming…