Personal Profiles

Former Bandmembers

Session Musicians

Band Biography

Personal profiles:

Gunther Theys

Erik Sprooten

Jory Hogeveen


John Berry

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Former bandmembers:

anonymous (drums) 1988
Wattie (bass) 1988-1989
Philip (guitars) 1988-1990
Stefan (drums) 1989-1990
Johan (guitars) 1989-1990
Franky (guitars) 1991
Pascal (guitars) 1991-1993
Bart Vandereycken (guitars) 1991-1996 and 2003-2007
Raf Jansen (guitars) 1996-1997 and 2005-2006
Domingo Smets (keyboards, bass, guitars) 1999-2001 and 2005-2015
Jan "Örkki" Yrlund (guitars) 1997-2003
Davy Wouters (keyboards) 2001-2009
Thomas Cochrane (guitars) 2015-2018
Walter van Cortenberg (drums) 1990-2021 (RIP)

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Session musicians:

Louis Jans (keyboards)
Tony De Block (keyboards)
Magus Wampyr Daoloth (keyboards, organ)
Ellen Van Wauwe (flute)
Mike (Pentacle - guitars)
Michael (Luciferian - guitars)
Raf Corten (keyboards)
Mikka Luttinen (Impaled Nazarene - vocals)
Oliver Phillips (Everon - keyboards)
Ciara (vocals)

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Band biography:

Through “Laguz” the Black Metal pioneers Ancient Rites mark a new chapter in the band’s history. The album will be released on February 20th, 2015 through Massacre Records.

As always, each album sounds different from the other, yet all works are recognisably Ancient Rites, displaying an own style and authenticity.

“Laguz” is an invitation to enter long forgotten worlds through the dark/historical lyrics and the music, which combines fierce Metal with classical orchestrations in order to evoke era’s buried by time and dust.

Testimonies of the rise and downfall of civilisations and individuals who come to life again when the heart and mind open to echoes from the past.

Also philosophy is touched upon through a message of cultivating a positive inner strength while facing the storms in life.

“Laguz” in A.R. tradition avoids lyrical and musical clichés which sometimes makes it a bit difficult to place the band for those who like to use typical terms to describe the universe of Ancient Rites.

The new and sixth studio album by the Black Metal pioneers of Ancient Rites was recorded at Spacelab Studio, Grefrath, Germany, produced by Christian “Moschus” Moos, orchestrated by Oliver Phillips and mastered by Eroc at Eroc’s Mastering Ranch.

The booklet contains extended liner notes/historical background information and artwork of vocalist Gunther Theys.

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