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Dark Ritual

Album: ''Dark Ritual'' (1990 Demo)
1. Intro (Dark Ritual)
2. Eternal Blasphemy
3. Fallen Angel
4. From Beyond the Grave
5. Not Anymore
6. Outro (Tribute to Insanity)

Promo 1992

Album: ''Promo 1992'' (1992 Demo)
1. From Beyond the Grave
2. Evil Prevails

Evil Prevails

Album: ''Evil Prevails'' (1992 EP)
1. Götterdammerung (Intro)
2. Longing for the Ancient Kingdom
3. Obscurity Reigns - Fields of Flanders
4. Evil Prevails
5. Black Plague

Uncanny / Ancient Rites

Album: ''Uncanny / Ancient Rites'' (1992 Split)
1. Ceased from Reality
2. Determination to Win
3. Profligacy of Power
4. Soul Incest
5. Why My Intestines?
6. Brain Access
7. Götterdämmerung (Intro)
8. Longing for the Ancient Kingdom
9. Obscurity Reigns (Fields of Flanders)
10. Evil Prevails
11. Black Plague

The Diabolic Serenades

Album: ''The Diabolic Serenades'' (1994)
1. (Intro) Infant Sacrifices to Baalberith
2. Crucifixion Justified (Roman Supremacy)
3. Satanic Rejoice
4. Obscurity Reigns (Fields of Flanders)
5. Death Messiah
6. Land of Frost and Despair
7. Assyrian Empire
8. Longing for the Ancient Kingdom
9. Morbid Glory (Gilles de Rais 1404-1440)
10. Ritual Slayings (Goat Worship Pure)
11. Evil Prevails
12. Last Rites / Echoes of Melancholy (Outro)
13. From Beyond the Grave, Part 2 (bonus track)

Blasfemia Eternal

Album: ''Blasfemia Eternal'' (1996)
1. Blasfemia Eternal
2. Total Misanthropia
3. Garden of Delights (EVA)
4. Quest for Blood (Le Vampire)
5. Blood of Christ (Mohammed Wept)
6. Epebos Aionia
7. (Het Verdronken Land Van) Saeftinge
8. Shades of Eternal Battlefields (Our Empire Fell)
9. Vae Victis
10. Fallen Angel


Album: ''Fatherland'' (1998)
1. Avondland
2. Mother Europe
3. Aris
4. Fatherland
5. Season's Change (Solstice)
6. 13th of October 1307
7. Dying in a Moment of Splendour
8. Rise and Fall (Anno Satana)
9. The Seducer
10. Cain

The First Decade 1989-1999

Album: ''The First Decade 1989-1999'' (1999 Best of/Compilation)
1. From Beyond the Grave
2. Infant Sacrifices to Baalberith
3. Death Messiah
4. Longing for the Ancient Kingdom
5. Land of Frost and Despair
6. Evil Prevails
7. Last Rites / Echoes of Melancholy
8. Total Misanthropia
9. Blood of Christ (Mohammed Wept)
10. Fallen Angel (Outro)
11. (Het Verdronken Land Van) Saftinge
12. Quest for Blood (Le Vampire)
13. Avondland
14. Mother Europe
15. Aris
16. Season's Change
17. Fatherland
18. Cain

Dim Carcosa

Album: ''Dim Carcosa'' (2001)
1. The Return
2. Exile (Les litanies de Satan)
3. Victory or Valhalla (Last Man Standing)
4. ...and the Horns Called for War
5. North Sea
6. Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)
7. (Ode to Ancient) Europa
8. Remembrance
9. Lindisfarne (Anno 793)
10. On Golden Fields (De Leeuwen Dansen)
11. Dim Carcosa

And the Hordes Stood as One

Album: ''And the Hordes Stood as One'' (2003 Live album)
1. The Return
2. Exile (Les Litanies de Satan)
3. Victory or Valhalla (Last Man Standing)
4. Total Misanthropia
5. Aris
6. ...and the Horns Called for War
7. North Sea
8. Blood of Christ (Mohammed Wept)
9. Longing for the Ancient Kingdom
10. Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)
11. (Ode to Ancient) Europa
12. (Het Verdronken Land van) Saeftinge
13. On Golden Fields (De Leeuwen Dansen)
14. Mother Europe
15. Evil Prevails
16. Fatherland


Album: ''Rvbicon'' (2006)
1. Crusade
2. Templar
3. Mithras
4. Thermopylae
5. Rubicon
6. Invictus
7. Ypres
8. Galilean
9. Cheruscan
10. Brabantia

ancient rites


Ancient Rites is a Belgian black metal band formed in early 1989. Initially, the line- up consisted of guitar players Johan and Phillip, drummer Stefan, and Gunther Theys on bass and vocals. In 1990 the Dark Ritual demo was released in the underground scene, getting worldwide attention just as black metal was gaining importance in the metal scene. Soon after the release of this demo Phillip died in a car crash and not long after, Stefan committed suicide. However painful this episode was to the band, they decided to continue and Stefan's position was taken by his drum roadie Walter Van Cortenberg.

As Johan then decided to leave the music scene, the band found replacements for both him and Phillip in guitar players Pascal and Bart. This line- up would go on to release the Evil Prevails EP and several others through various record labels. Pascal was eventually fired for lack of dedication due to his obligations to the Belgian Navy, which reduced the band to a trio. In 1994 their first full length album was released entitled The Diabolic Senerades. This line- up would also record the band's sophomore album Blasfemia Eternal before in May 1996, just after its release, Bart left the band. Belgian and non-belgian musicians stepped in to help out the band on several tours in support of the album, which eventually led the once strongly Flemish rooted band to become an international act with the addition of Dutch guitar player Erik Sprooten (ex- Inquisitor) later that same year and Finnish guitar player Jan Yrlund (ex- Lacrimosa) in mid- 1997. Shortly after the release of their third album Fatherland a keyboard player was found in Domingo Smets (ex- Agathocles). This line- up would record Dim Carcosa,before Smets left the band in 2002 and a replacement was found in Davy Wouters (ex- Oblivion, Danse Macabre). This line- up can be seen on the live album/DVD And The Hordes Stood As One. While on tour in support of the live album in May of 2003, the band fired guitar player Jan Yrlund and brought back Bart in his stead. In December 2004, the line- up was further extended with the return of former members Domingo Smets, who took over as bass player since Gunther wanted to focus on singing, and Raf Jansen - who had filled Bart's position for several months in 1996- 1997 - as third guitar player. Most of 2005 was spent writing songs for the new album Rubicon, which will be released on May 15th, 2006.

Over the years, Ancient Rites have played with bands like: Deicide, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth, Metallica, Dissection, Morbid Angel, Stormtroopers of Death, Mercyful Fate, Impaled Nazarene, Manowar, Sepultura, Malevolent Creation, Rotting Christ and Slayer. During their existence the band has been subjected to boycotts, bomb threats and various other misfortunes, but this did little to stop them and only strengthened their resolve to push on.

Current Line-Up
* Erik Sprooten - Guitars
* Bart Vandereycken - Guitars
* Raf Jansen - Guitars & Backing Vocals
* Domingo Smets - Bass & Backing Vocals
* Walter Van Cortenberg - Drums
* Davy Wouters - Keyboards
* Gunther Theys - Vocals

Folk/Viking Metal, Black Metal

Paganism, Satanism, European History and Heritage

Belgium (Diest), formed in 1988

Season of Mist


Günther Theys - Vocals (formerly also Bass) (Danse Macabre (Bel), Iron Clad, Lion's Pride)
Erik Sprooten - Guitars (Inquisitor (Hol))
Bart Vandereycken - Guitars
Davy Wouters - Keyboard (Danse Macabre (Bel), Oblivion)
Walter Van Cortenberg - Drums
Domingo Smets - Guitars, Bass, Keyboard (Agathocles, Red Nucleus, Gracefallen)

Philip - Guitars (R.I.P. 31.08.1990, died in a car accident)
Wattie - Bass (later a gig promoter)
Stefan - Drums (R.I.P., committed suicide)
Johan - Guitars
Pascal - Guitars
Jan ``Örkki`` Yrlund - Guitars (Angel (Hol), Danse Macabre (Bel), Prestige, Imperia, Two Witches, Lacrimosa, Delain, Satyrian, Sinmasters)
Raf Jansen - Guitars (Crucifire)

Session Musicians:
Ciara - Vocals on ``Dim Carcosa`` (Danse Macabre (Bel))
Louis Jans - Keyboards
Oliver Phillips - Keyboards on ``Fatherland`` and ``Dim Carosa`` (Everon, Guest in Nebular Moon)
Mika Luttinen - Vocals on ``Fatherland`` (Impaled Nazarene, Diabolos Rising, Raism, Obscene Eulogy, The Rocking Dildos)
Ellen van Wauwe - Flute on ``Blasfemia Eternal`` and ``Fatherland``
Chris - Live Guitars (1996) (Absu, Bloodstorm)
Mike - Live Guitars (1996)
Blakkheim - Live Guitars (1996) (Diabolical Masquerade, Katatonia (Swe), Bloodbath (Swe), ex-Bewitched (Swe))


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