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Aeternus - Heathen

With the 12 October having been set as the release date for “Heathen”, the eighth full-length album from veteran Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS, Dark Essence Records have today revealed full details of the album and debuted a track from it.

The track, “The Sword of Retribution” can be heard below and at

“Heathen”, which will mark the band’s 25th Anniversary,  is all that you would expect from AETERNUS, which was founded in Bergen by guitarist and frontman Ares and is one of the original pioneers of the Dark Metal genre. The seven-track album is packed full of AETERNUS’  trademark sound which combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal . The complex extreme music is spiced with heavy riffs and melodic interludes, performed to perfection by vastly experienced and extremely skilled musicians.

With artwork by Tom Korsvold and photography by Ares, tracklisting for “Heathen” is as follows:

  1. Hedning
  2. The Sword of Retribution
  3. Conjuring of the Gentiles
  4. The Significance of Iblis
  5. How Opaque the Disguise of the Adversary
  6. Boudica
  7. ‘Illa Mayyit

Aside from Ares, AETERNUS’ lineup is composed of Phobos (GRAVDAL, GORGOROTH live) on drums and KRAKOW’s Eld on bass.  Live guitar duties have been taken up by Gorm (THYRUZ) and the band will accompany TAAKE on their South American tour in September.


Confirmed upcoming appearances for AETERNUS include:

25 Sep: Multiforo Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico
13 Oct: Destruction Fest, Stockholm, Sweden
Tour With Taake
26 Sep: Teatro Lumiere, Bogota, Colombia
27 Sep: Sala Bombay, Medellin, Colombia
29 Sep: Setembro Negro Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil
30 Sep: Museo Rock, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Heathen” will be available in CD, LP and Digital versions, and is now available to pre-order from:

More information about AETERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS on stage at Inferno Festival 2013 can be seen below and at