Arcturus

Short biography of Arcturus : Arcturus was formed in Norway in 1987 by Sverd (keyboards, guitar) and Hellhammer (drums) of Mayhem. They were later joined by Marius Vold (vocals). They were formed in 1986 originally as a Death Metal band called Mortem and they released "Slow Death" as a self-produced demo and as a 7" EP (on the Putrefaction label) in 1987. In 1990 they changed name to Arcturus and later they also changed style to Black Metal. They also released another 7" EP, which was their real official debut, named "My Angel", and released in 1991. Marius Vold left after the release.

They later recruited Garm (vocals) of Ulver and Samoth (guitar) of Emperor. Together they recorded the MCD "Constellation" on Nocturnal Art Productions, which was released in 1994. After the release Samoth had to leave the band because he got arrested (Church burnings). Two new members were brought into the band, Skoll (bass) of Ved Buens Ende and Carl August Tidemann (guitar) of Tritonus and Winds. In 1995 they recorded their debut album "Aspera Hiems Symfonia".

Carl August Tidemann 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.

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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Arcturus (2) - Disguised Masters Disguised Masters 13
mp3, CD
1999-07-05 Jester Records
2 Arcturus (2) - The Sham Mirrors The Sham Mirrors 7
mp3, CD
2002
3 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 9
mp3, CD
1997-10-27
4 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia Aspera Hiems Symfonia 8
mp3, CD
1997 Ancient Lore Creations
5 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My Angel Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My Angel 20
mp3, CD
2002 Candlelight Records
6 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia Aspera Hiems Symfonia 8
mp3, CD
1996 Century Black
7 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia Aspera Hiems Symfonia 10
mp3, CD
1996 Ancient Lore Creations
8 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia, Constellation And My Angel Aspera Hiems Symfonia, Constellation And My Angel 20
mp3, CD
2002
9 Arcturus (2) - Reconstellation Reconstellation 8
mp3, CD
Not On Label
10 Arcturus (2) - The Sham Mirrors The Sham Mirrors 7
mp3, CD
2002-04-22 The End Records
11 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My Angel Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My Angel 16
mp3, CD
2002 Candlelight Records USA
12 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 10
mp3, CD
1997 Music For Nations
13 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 8
mp3, CD
1997 Music For Nations
14 Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies Sideshow Symphonies 9
mp3, CD
2005-09-19 Season Of Mist
15 Arcturus (2) - My Angel My Angel 2
mp3, CD
1991 Putrefaction Records
16 Arcturus (2) - The Sham Mirrors The Sham Mirrors 7
mp3, CD
2002-04-22 Ad Astra Enterprises
17 Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies Sideshow Symphonies 9
mp3, CD
2005 Back On Black
18 Arcturus (2) - Constellation Constellation 4
mp3, CD
1994 Nocturnal Art Productions
19 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 8
mp3, CD
2003 Candlelight Records
20 Arcturus (2) - My Angel My Angel 2
mp3, CD
1997 Black Hearts Records
21 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 8
mp3, CD
2005 Candlelight Records USA
22 Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies Sideshow Symphonies 9
mp3, CD
2005 Back On Black
23 Arcturus (2) - My Angel My Angel 2
mp3, CD
2009 Templo De Artes Negros
24 Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies Sideshow Symphonies 9
mp3, CD
2006 CD-Maximum
25 Arcturus (2) - The Sham Mirrors The Sham Mirrors 7
mp3, CD
2002 Prophecy Productions
26 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 9
mp3, CD
1997
27 Arcturus (2) - Constellation Constellation 8
mp3, CD
1997 Nocturnal Art Productions
28 Arcturus (2) - Reconstellation Reconstellation 8
mp3, CD
1998 Not On Label (Arcturus)
29 Arcturus (2) - Live In Kristiansand Live In Kristiansand 10
mp3, CD
2004 Astral Records (2)
30 Arcturus (2) - The Sham Mirrors The Sham Mirrors 9
mp3, CD
2002 Mystic Production
31 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Reconstellation Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Reconstellation 18
mp3, CD
Agat Company Ltd.
32 Arcturus (2) - Sideshow Symphonies Sideshow Symphonies 9
mp3, CD
2005 Season Of Mist
33 Arcturus (2) - La Masquerade Infernale La Masquerade Infernale 8
mp3, CD
1997 Mystic Production
34 Arcturus (2) - Shipwrecked In Oslo Shipwrecked In Oslo 25
mp3, CD
2006 Season Of Mist
35 Arcturus (2) - Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My Angel Aspera Hiems Symfonia / Constellation / My Angel 20
mp3, CD
2005 Candlelight Records USA

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