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ATHELA, founded during 1999 by bass player Jacob Alm of SLUMBER and Progressive Black Metal band MORNALAND, issued an opening demo entitled ‘Unspoken Wish’. Session guitar for this recording came courtesy of PLATINA and ETERNALLY DEVOURED man Patrik Karlsson. The band’s early line-up included SARTINAS bassist Patrick Andersson, guitarists Patrick Pira and Alexander Nordquist with Alm’s sister on keyboards. Upon completion of these recordings female bass player Elin Lavonen of ETERNALLY DEVOURED, BEATSQUAD, SNEEZING HABIT and MINK and guitarist Johan Andren were enrolled. Drummer Adam Hobr then made up the numbers.

In 2001 ATHELA lost the services of Andersson then Hobr. Rehearsals continued using the esteemed figure of Dennis Ekdahl of RAISE HELL, SINS OF OMISSION, MÖRK GRYNING, BLOODSHED and MYSTIC PROPHECY. repute as stand in. These sessions would be so productive they would be issued as the ‘Spectral’ demo.

ATHELA released a one track, fourteen minute self-financed single ‘Reliance’ during 2003. ATHELA added AMARAN drummer Pär Hjulström to the ranks in March of 2004.

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  • gleamsoffading

    can somebody tell me where i can get "Spectral" demo?

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • technicalfercho

    where can I dowload it?

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • vix_rocks

    Just Heard "Reliance" They're Way Fucking Similar To Opeth!!! I Love This Sound! I Can Sale My Soul For This Sound +_+ |m|

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Furified

    Mmm, that song is so beautiful to play

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Tamadrummer73

    Reliance is a completely beautiful song

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • yobb

    I finally heard the Spectral demo. This band was way too good to have such little material released. Jake, release some new stuff already!

    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • jpbackman

    > sounds like an opeth-copy Well, which progressive melodic metal band doesn't, these days? Just goes to show how big an impact Opeth has had on bands.

    21 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Blauschwer

    sounds like an opeth-copy

    20 May 2007 Reply