Insignium is a black metal band formed in 1996 located in Hagen, Germany. The founding members are Shoggoth and Apollyon. Their style can be described as melodic black metal with certain death metal elements, somewhat akin to Swedish band Naglfar. The music is usually played in mid-tempo. The lyrics primarily deal with "typical" black metal topics such as death and evil - however, the band does not explicitly promote an Anti-Christian message. The lyrics also seem to be influenced by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. For example, the founding members' stage name Shoggoth is a reference to the fictional creature described by Lovecraft. The band is currently signed with Black Attakk Records.INSIGNIUM GENRES
* Shoggoth - guitar, vocals (1996 - present)
* Apollyon - guitar, vocals (1996 - present)
* Svartis (also in Nordafrost) - bass (2003-present)
* Nemesis - drums (2000 - present)
* Fister - bass (1999 - 2003)
* Nightshade Wolf - bass (1998 -1999)
* Countess Youna - keyboards (1997 - 2002)
* Emperor Decius - drums (1997 - 1999)
The most important steps in the history of Insignium...
Insignium is founded by Apollyon on guitar and Shoggoth on drums.
First attempts to add keyboard to the music.
Shoggoth and Apollyon both change to guitar/vocals. A new drummer and a keyboard player join the band
A bass player completes the line-up for the first time.
Insignium records the demo-CD "Insignia Risen..." at the K-Sound-Studio in Hagen, Germany with Mathias Klinkmann as the producer/engineer (known for his work with The Kovenant, Borknagar and others at the famous Woodhouse Studios).
"Insignia risen..." is being released.
Major line up changes. The drummer and bass-player have to leave the band.
Insignium is featured on the "Unerhoert-Sampler" of the famous German metal magazine "Rock Hard" as one of Germany's best newcomers without a record-deal.
With a new drummer, Insignium is "on stage" for the first time at the Berlet Halle in Hagen, Germany.
The band decides to continue without keyboards from now on.
Svartis (Nordafrost) joins Insignium as the new bassist..
After almost five years the band finally returns to the K-Sound-Studio in Hagen (Germany) to record eight new songs with total running time of 53 minutes.
Insignium signs a deal with Black Attakk who are finally going to release the new album "In die AbgrÃ¼nde" on January 31st, 2005.
INSIGNIUM LYRICAL THEMES
Death, Revenge, Horror
Germany (Hagen), formed in 1996
INSIGNIUM CURRENT RECORD LABEL
INSIGNIUM CURRENT LINE-UP
Apollyon - Guitar, vocals
Shoggoth - Guitar, vocals (Nordafrost)
Svartis - Bass (Nordafrost, ex-Destination: Nowhere)
Ralle - Drums (Darth)
INSIGNIUM PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Nightshade Wolf - Bass
Emperor Decius - Drums
Countess Youna - Keyboards
Fister - Bass
Nemesis - Drums (ex-Sore)