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Germany (1994 – present)

Over the years the German outfit DARK FORTRESS have established themselves in the top ranks of the genre with intense live shows and fascinating, pitch black full-length masterpieces. Hailing from Landshut since 1994, they have released six studio albums, a split album and a demo album.

Their first musical sign of life was the 1996 released demo “Rebirth Of The Dark Age” which as a matter of fact was the hour of birth of a soon to become truly dark and mesmerizing band. In 1997 the original line-up consisting of band founder Asvargr (guitar), vocalist Azathoth, Njord on bass, drummer Charon established the band’s first live line-up with the addition of a second guitarist named Crom and keyboardist Thamuz. Debuting live in February 1997 the young horde soon shared the stage with such underground figureheads as Lunar Aurora, Desaster and Nagelfar. Dark Fortress’ first label release was the Split MCD with Barad Dür entitled “Towards Immortaliy” which featured two new tracks by the band and was released on Fog Of The Apocalypse Records. A third track was recorded during the same session and was used for the compilation CD “From The Mystic Forest - Part II”. The band kept busy composing material for the first full-length, but a studio date already scheduled for 1998 did not come into being and the recording did not take place until August 2000 when Dark Fortress entered Klangschmiede Studio E and with Markus Stock (of Empyrium fame) behind the knobs completed one of the strongest melodic yet viciously aggressive black/death metal debuts ever to emerge from Germany: “Tales From Eternal Dusk”.


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  • Eternium666

    Not sure why people are comparing them to Gorgoroth. Both have their own different sound, and they both do a great job musically at it.

    30 Jul 6:10am Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    Vote for this epic Live Shot:

    29 Jul 7:30am Reply
  • bloozclooz

    Absolutely love how their sound evolves from release to release. You can tell that by ear that the style is dark fortress, but they progress their sound.

    25 Jul 10:01pm Reply
  • Khvaser

    Uh, right. New DF releases are much better than what Gorgoroth released after Incipit Satan. But I would not compare albums like Ylem with Under The Sign... or Antichrist. Those come from diffrent worlds.

    19 Jul 12:31pm Reply

    Love this band!!!

    8 Jul 5:55pm Reply
  • adam11i13

    Awesome band. I will listen the whole discography.

    20 Jun 9:53am Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl


    29 May 8:44am Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl

    what a man)

    29 May 8:40am Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    Best Black Metal band out there

    25 May 6:50pm Reply
  • RipeCadaver

    Just listen to the way Ghastly Indoctrination builds up and life's good.

    22 May 5:13pm Reply

    Venereal Dawn = Piece of art

    4 May 8:35pm Reply
  • waarsnico

    Superb Black Metal!

    26 Apr 5:54pm Reply
  • Schander

    Those of you saying that "even" Gorgoroth is more melodic, presumably only heard Dark Fortress' latest releases. I'd advise y'all to check out Profane Genocidal Creations/Tales From Eternal Dusk, to discover where the "melodic" tag arose from. In my mind, the "symphonic" tag is way more misplaced.

    25 Apr 7:01pm Reply
  • Alexokol

    Dark Fortress is better than Gorgoroth! ↓

    10 Apr 9:35am Reply
  • Uendelig_Tomhet

    Новый альбом хорош.

    25 Feb 12:15am Reply
  • Khvaser

    Gorgoroth is more melodic than this. [3]

    15 Feb 11:41am Reply
  • Aggelos7

    Dark Fortress – Venereal Dawn (Century Media) -

    25 Jan 5:25pm Reply
  • Anrel


    6 Jan 5:48pm Reply
  • Pheneks

    Melody is not a required component of music anymore - ever since the 20th century really when stuff like dark ambient, noise music and musique concrète began to gain traction. Hell, even some krautrock and drone (I'd be the first to say drone is music) are entirely devoid of melody. Frankly, the definition of music varies between cultures and is entirely subjective, (genres, however, are not). Take an avid noise listener, to him it's music easily because he enjoys it and it has some structure (or lack thereof) and harmonious pitch (or, yet again, lack thereof). To an avid pop fan, music has melody and noise music they probably wouldn't consider music at all. Like some people don't consider heavy metal music, and call it noise (hehe). It's definitely a conversation worth having but, then again, beluga whale noises and ocean sounds are music to some people.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • trompaunenmusik

    "there's not music without melody" - well there is something like that. music doesn't have to have any structures. it's more a definition of music itself. For example the noise-genre. For me it's definitely some kind of music, but it's more like sounds or 'noises' - and mostly without any melody at all.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
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