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Formed: 1992
From: Bergen, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Ancient News

Below is our complete Ancient news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ancient Recruits New Live Guitarist

The Norwegian black metal titans Ancient just revealed that Ghiulz Borroni, esteemed shredder from Bulldozer, has been recruit as the band's new live session guitarist.

Ghoulz Borroni's previous collaborations include Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Testament etc.) Darius "Daray" Browzski (Dimmu Borgir), Mantas (Venom, Mpire of Evil, Venom Inc.), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer).

Comments Ancient frontman, Zel: "We are really excited to have the great guitarrist Ghiulz inside the Ancient camp now. He will be with us for the live performances from now on. This guy is one of the most excellent guitarists, well known in the scene here, and he is also an old friend of us since more than 20 years now, a real fiery shredder!"

Ghiulz commented: "I am honored to work with Ancient. I have great respect and high value for the work of the band and its history. We know each other for many years and I am happy and honored that we have the opportunity to nail the stage together.

"I am very flattered by the consideration Zel expressed in my regards and I have a lot of respect for him and for all the members of the band. It will be a wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to start. Do my job surrounded by people that I appreciate professionally and personally: I could not ask more! To Ancient fans: I will give all my efforts to hit you with all fury and darkness I’m able to." More...

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Ancient Reveals New Album Track Listing

After originally pushing back a new album in May, and then again in June, and then further delays again in late August, it would appear the Ancient comeback release is finally slated to arrive!

The black metal titans from Ancient - Zel (aka Aphazel) on vocals/guitars/keyboards, Dhilorz on guitars and bass, and Nick Barker on drums - have unveiled the track listing for their upcoming album “Back To The Land Of The Dead,” set to be released in late December 2015 / early January 2016.

1. Born In The Land Of The Dead (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Dhilorz and Zel)
2. Beyond The Blood Moon (Music and lyrics by Zel)
3. The Sempiternal Haze (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
4. The Empyrean Sword (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
5. The Ancient Disarray (Music and lyrics by Zel)
6. Occlude The Gates (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)

The Excruciating Journey
7. Part I Defiance and rage (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
8. Part II The Prodigal Years (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
9. Part III The Awakening (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
10. Death Will Die (Music and lyrics by Zel)
11. The Spiral (Music and lyrics by Zel)
12. Petrified By Their End (Music by Dhilorz and Zel, lyrics by Zel)

Bonus track:
13. 13 Candles (Music and lyrics by Quorthon) More...

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Ancient Album Delayed Again

All you Ancient fanatics eagerly awaiting the arrival of comeback album "Back To The Land Of The Dead" are unfortunately going to have to wait a bit longer still. The group comments:

"So, another unexpected incident took place yesterday, which will further delay the release of the new album 'Back To The Land Of The Dead.' The band was supposed to do the final mixing of the album on August 29 and 30 at the Elfo studios, in Piacenza, Italy.

"However, we were told this morning that the mother of Daniele Mandelli, the sound engineer, passed away yesterday (rip) and so we will naturally have to delay the mixing again. This is the third person (within our families) who has died during the album production.

"The album title 'Back To The Land Of The Dead' refers to a kind of 'death' which is not our physical one, although the title surely starts to have a somewhat double meaning now.

"We do hope the album will be out in late December or January. More news regarding tracklist, a new teaser etc. will be posted in the next weeks." More...

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Ancient Issues Album Update

At the end of May, reactivated black metal outfit Ancient announced the band's comeback album was being delayed. Today the group issues the following update about the situation:

"We are sorry to inform you guys, but the production of the new Ancient album 'Back To The Land Of The Dead' is being delayed further, if everything goes as planned, the album will have the final mix done at the Elfo studios in Italy in August.

"Ancient has still not signed with a new label, but this will be happening soon. A new track will be uploaded around end of August. More info. will follow later this week!"

This upcoming release will be Ancient's first new studio album in 11 years since the release of 2004's "Night Visit." More...

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Blastfest Adds More Norwegian Bands

Norway's Blastfest made a special announcement a few months back that it will be celebrating its national metal scene by boasting a 100% Norwegian lineup featuring such as Abbath, Green Carnation, Ihsahn, Ancient and Gorgoroth.

The festival has now announced another wave of bands that will be appearing in February 2016, including Arcturus, Dødheimsgard, Nekromantheon, Viper Solfa, Endezzma, Nocturnal Breed, and Execration. The full (current) lineup is as follows:

Abbath | Ancient | Arcturus | Blood Tsunami | CVLT | Djevel | Dødheimsgard | Endezzma | Execration | Funeral | Gorgoroth | Green Carnation | Ihsahn | Inculter | In The Woods | Khold | Manes | Nekromantheon | Nocturnal Breed | One Tail, One Head | Red Harvest | Svarttjern | Tristania | Viper Solfa | Virus | Vulture Industries | Plus More TBA More...

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Ancient Pushes Back Album Release

Remember classic black metal albums like "The Cainian Chronicle" and "Proxima Centauri" from Ancient?

Fans recently got their hopes up for a new release as the reactivated band announced new album "Back To The Land Of The Dead" was supposed to be out in May. With the month now at its end, Ancient has issued the following brief announcement about delays:

"We are sorry to inform you guys, but the production of the new Ancient album 'Back To The Land Of The Dead' is being delayed further, more news will follow in the next weeks..."

This upcoming release will be Ancient's first new studio album in 11 years since the release of 2004's "Night Visit." More...

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Blastfest 2016 To Celebrate Norwegian Metal Scene

Blastfest 2016 will be celebrating its national metal scene and will boast a lineup that will be 100% Norwegian.

Just hours after the final note rang out across the venue at Blastfest 2015, the organizers were brainstorming ideas for the third edition of the festival and here we are, a brand new concept: a one time only celebration of the Norwegian metal scene.

The 2016 editions will feature the triumphant return of the long-defunct Ancient, as well as other Norwegian luminaries such as Ihsahn and Tristania. The currently announced lineup (with more coming) is as follows:

Blood Tsunami
Green Carnation
In The Woods
Red Harvest

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Martyr Lucifer To Guest On New Ancient Album

Hortus Animae vocalist Martyr Lucifer is currently recording vocals for the upcoming new album from Ancient, which will be Ancient's first full-length studio output in 10 years. Hortus Animae comments:

"Martyr Lucifer entered Domination Studio (RSM) to record guest vocals for a song to be contained on 'Chapter VII: Back From the Land of the Dead,' the comeback album of the legendary Norwegian black metal band Ancient.

"Nick Barker has recorded the drums at Alpha-Omega Studio in Como (Italy), and the guitars are being recorded now. The master is expected to be ready in May. Zel will be recording vocals with Jacob Hansen (who also produced the 'Proxima Centauri' album) in Denmark.

"The release will probably take place around September, the label has still not been confirmed though."

A few song titles were recently announced to be "Born In The Land Of The Dead," "The Sempiternal Haze," and "The Ancient Disarray." The current Ancient line-up is:

Zel: Vocals, guitars, keyboards
Dhilorz: Guitars, bass
Nick Barker: Drums

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Ancient To Record New Album

After lying dormant for nearly 10 years, Ancient has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album in 2014:

"The band will start recording the new album, the 7th album of Ancient, in the middle of February, in Como, north Italy, and the master will be ready in the end of march, meaning a release will probably take place around June or September next year.

"Some new song titles are as follows:

Born In The Land Of The Dead
The Sempiternal Haze
The Ancient Disarray

"More news will follow!"

This upcoming new album will follow the 2004 full-length release "Night Visit."

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Ancient Frontman Converts To Christianity

Ancient frontman Zel (formerly Aphazel) has issued the following announcement about converting to Christianity and update about the band working on a new album:

"Dear Ancient fans around this crazy world, it has been a long time since we launched news from Ancient, and many of you have gotten the impression that the band laid off after the Night Visit tours.

"I do admit that there has been times I believed the band had come to an end, especially after lack of inspiration for creating new music, having members practically spread around the globe and a rather tough situation with people downloading all music instead of buying cds, all in all made it look very dark and unrealistic that the band could come back and keep making albums again, and somehow I’ve felt it all slowly fading away.

"I am glad though, to announce that Ancient is no longer dead and we are again working on a new album. It’s hard to guess when we can be ready for recording, but I believe the beginning of 2012 can be the time for entering the studio, which means we can be looking at a release for spring next year.

"The new material I have been working with is a bit different than the older albums of Ancient, it is after all 7 years since Night Visit and during the years I’ve been inspired by many various kinds of music, not just metal. But I believe our fans will easily recognize our known style also with the new album. It seems most of the tracks will be more melodic than the ones on Night Visit and some will also be more technical somehow, without going too far in that direction. I have a feeling this album will become something VERY special and will please our fans beyond expectations.

"On a more personal note I can announce that as of lately I am now a christian (yes, I know some of you will freak out when reading this, but hey, I am really basically the same old guy as before) and in some ways this will affect the works I will be doing with Ancient from now on.

"This does not mean you’re about to get a more soft music from us or any such, do not worry. I am still living in Greece, and if things goes as planned I will be able to settle down here for good in about a year or two. Learning the Greek language doesn’t happen over night exactly. Things and plans may change, you never know, but for the moment this is my plan. It is sometimes an uncomfortable situation with having the other band members in Italy (Dhilorz), USA (Luci) and the UK (Nick Barker) but we will manage it, we always did in the past. More...

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Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.


Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:


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Ancient Announces Spain And Portugal Tour Dates

Norwegian black metallers Ancient have announced the following upcoming tour dates in Spain and Portugal:

10/2 Sala Q - Sevilla Spain, Sevilla
10/3 Side B - Benavente ( Lisboa ) Portugal, Lisboa
10/4 TBA - Porto Portugal, Porto
10/5 T.N.T. - Santiago de Compostela Spain, Coruña
10/6 Sala Mardi Gras - A Coruña Spain, Coruña

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Ancient Issues Band Update

Norwegian black metal band Ancient has issued the following update about planning more tour dates:

"We are planning more touring soon. You all should use the 'Demand It' application on our page though, this thing is not just some useless box, it will push interest from promoters in booking us everywhere, in the US, Europe, wherever, so go ahead, you and your friends too, and make your requests ! ! !

"Soon to be available : new shirts and merchandise ! Keep checking the page…"

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Ancient Announces Spanish Tour Dates

Norwegian black metallers Ancient have issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates in Spain:

"After a 3- year long break, Ancient is starting to prepare a comeback to the scene. With Nick Barker behind the drums, the band is planning a serious and strong return to the metal scene. The band will be touring again this spring in Spain. The band will also soon confirm dates in the following areas : Portugal, Italy, East Europe. More news to follow soon!"

The first confirmed dates are as follows:

4/17 2009 Sala La Nau Barcelona, Barcelona
4/18 2009 360 Mondragon
4/19 2009 Sala Ritmo y Compás Madrid, Madrid
4/20 2009 Sala Stereo Alicante, Alicante

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Opposite Sides Signs To Mondongo Canibale

Mondongo Canibale Records has announced the signing of Italian metal band Opposite Sides. Formed by members of bands such as Baratro, Hortus Animae and Hate Profile, for the recording of their debut album "Soul Mechanics" the bands had as guest drummer to Diego "GroM" Meraviglia (Ancient, Doomsword, Psychofagist, Hate Profile, Hortus Animae...).

"Soul Mechanics" combines elements of death/thrash metal, industrial/electronics and prog music, resulting in songs that are catchy, technical, heavy and melodious.

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Ancient Announce New Guitarist

After a two-year long break, Nowegian black/death metallers ANCIENT are preparing their return to the scene. The band has announced the addition of guitarist Morfeus (LIMBONIC ART, DIMENSION F3H) to its ranks and is currently seeking a new drummer.

ANCIENT will start touring again before the summer, although no dates have yet been confirmed.

ANCIENT's sixth album, "Night Visit" was released in June 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" was recorded at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.). Mastering was done at Sterling Sound in New York City.

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Ancient Early Demo Recordings To Be Released On CD

Germany's Supreme Chaos Records will be issuing a CD containing Ancient's original "Eerily Howling Winds" demo tapes from 1993 along with other unreleased demo tapes from the beginning of the band's career. The CD, entitled "Eerily Howling Winds - The Antediluvian Tapes", is slated for release in March 2005.

In other news, Ancient's management is currently working on booking the official tours in support of the band's latest CD, "Night Visit". Ancient will also perform at the Tattoo the Mind Festival in Amneville, France on October 31, opening for the reactivated Swedish black/death metallers Dissection. Furthermore, the band have scheduled a tour in Russia and the surrounding areas in November. Ancient plan on touring Europe, the U.S., South America and Japan in 2005. More information will be made available soon.

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Ancient Know How To Spell

Norwegian black metallers Ancient have issued the following statement regarding the song "Horroble" on their most recent CD, "Night Visit":

"After numerous unintelligent comments, made on certain reviews written by evidently unintelligent people about the title of the song 'Horroble', off Ancient's new album 'Night Visit', the band would like to communicate officially that the title is indeed a PLAY ON WORDS. It is a mix between the word 'horror' and the word 'horrible' and it is a concept about a horrorific attitude / state of mind. The lyrics will explain this. The band is very aware of the correct spelling of the word 'Horrible'. Sorry about this remark, but the band thought it was obvious. Evidently, for some people it isn't..."

The band's sixth album, "Night Visit" was released in June through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" was recorded at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (Hammerfall, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Spiritual Beggars, etc.). Mastering was done at Sterling Sound in New York City.

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Bulgaria's Korozy To Tour With Ancient In The Fall

Italian-Norwegian black metal masters ANCIENT have invited Bulgarian symphonic black metal band KOROZY to support them on their upcoming Eastern European tour, set to take place in September/October, KOROZY's mastermind G. McManus has told the Bulgarian music webzine tokkata.tk.

KOROZY, who will support Polish death metal veterans VADER at their show in Bulgaria's capital Sofia this week (July 20), will shortly being work on their fourth full-length album. The follow-up to 2001's "From the Cradle to the Grave" is expected to contain 11 tracks.

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Ancient's New Album, 'Night Visit', Out In June

Norwegian Black metal gods ANCIENT have completed the recordings for their upcoming sixth album "Night Visit", due out through Metal Blade on June 1st. The follow- up of the 2001 "Proxima Centauri" contains 10 new tracks, three written by Jesus Christ! and the remaining seven by Aphazel/Dhilorz & Grom, and includes some guest vocals from the band’s ex- singer Kaiaphas.

The band are currently in Gothenburg, Sweden at Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames) mixing the album with Fredrik Nordstrom.

A video for the album’s title track, ‘Night Visit’, will be shot in late February in London, England.

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