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A.k.a. Mortem

An avantgarde/progressive metal band from Oslo, Norway. Arcturus was formed in 1990/1991 as an offshoot of the band Mortem. Founding members were Sverd (keyboards, guitar) and Hellhammer (drums), who were then joined by Marius Vold (vocals). Vold left the group after the release of "My Angel" EP in 1991. They later recruited Garm (vocals) and Samoth (guitar) and recorded the "Constellation" mini album, that was released on Nocturnal Art Productions in 1994. Samoth was forced to leave the band in 1995 due to being arrested for church burnings. Two new members, Skoll (bass) and August (guitar), were then brought into the band and they recorded their debut album "Aspera Hiems Symfonia". August left the band and was replaced by Knut M. Valle. With a new member they recorded their second full-length, "La Masquerade Infernale", and released it in 1997. A compilation cd followed in 1999, "Disguised Masters". Skoll left the band and was replaced by Dag F. Gravem. In 2002 they released "The Sham Mirrors". The album also featured Ihsahn of Emperor and Mathias Eick as additional musicians. In 2003 Garm left the band to focus on his record label and other projects. He was replaced by Øyvind Hægeland (Manitou, Lunaris, Spiral Architect). In 2005 they released their last studio album "Sideshow Symphonies" and in 2006 the live DVD "Shipwrecked in Oslo". On April 16, 2007, it was announced that the band would be breaking up, and more details were revealed in an official statement released on the band's website on April 17th, where the band confirmed the split. In September of 2011, Artisan (a blog and project run by Jens F. Ryland and Asgeir Mickelson) announced the official return of the band. In 2015 they released "Arcturian", band's first studio album in ten years.

PortraitKristoffer Rygg
perc, voc *1976 NO
PortraitKnut Magne Valle
g *1974
PortraitCarl August Tidemann
g *1971 NO
PortraitSimen Hestnæs
voc *1974 NO
PortraitHugh Stephen James Mingay
b, eb *1974
PortraitØyvind Hægeland
voc, key
PortraitTore Moren
g NO
Dag F. Gravem
b, eb
PortraitSteinar Sverd Johnsen
key, syn *1972 NO
Marius Vold
PortraitJan Axel Von Blomberg
dr *1969 NO
PortraitTomas Haugen
g *1974
Popular Tracks   
Crashland on Arcturian by Arcturus
Kinetic on The Sham Mirrors by Arcturus
The Arcturian Sign on Arcturian by Arcturus
The Chaos Path on La Masquerade Infernale by Arcturus
Hibernation Sickness Complete on Sideshow Symphonies by Arcturus
Star-Crossed on The Sham Mirrors by Arcturus
Nightmare Heaven on The Sham Mirrors by Arcturus
Wintry Grey on Aspera Hiems Symfonia by Arcturus
To Thou Who Dwellest in the Night on Aspera Hiems Symfonia by Arcturus
Warp on Arcturian by Arcturus

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
True Kings Of NorwayEmperor, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Ancient, Arcturus2018Compil.
Shipwrecked In OsloArcturus2014Album
Sideshow SymphoniesArcturus2005Album
Live In KristiansandArcturus2004Album
Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My AngelArcturus2002Compil.
The Sham MirrorsArcturus2002Album
La Masquerade Infernale / Disguised Masters: Vol 1Arcturus1999Compil.
Aspera Hiems Symfonia / ReconstellationArcturus1999Compil.
Disguised MastersArcturus And The Deception Circus1999Compil.
La Masquerade InfernaleArcturus1997Album
Aspera Hiems SymfoniaArcturus1996Album
My AngelArcturus1991Single
I Troldskog Faren Vild / The Bodkin & The QuietusUlver / ArcturusSingle
The Sham Mirrors / Disguised Masters: Vol.2ArcturusCompil.
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