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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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  • RipeCadaver

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

    Yesterday 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
  • FatcapVandal

    Check out my Vocal Cover for Dark Fortress - Redivider

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    Gorgoroth is more melodic than this. [2]

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    "Gorgoroth is more melodic than this" Gorgoroth and any band of the likes makes highly melody-driven music if you think carefully, some people think that adding keyboards magically makes a genre "melodic", but the truth is, there's not music without melody (at leas as far as I know), so technically any form of music is melodic in some way, now, if you're referring to that sort of black metal with lots of classic heavy metal-influenced riffs, yeah, except for their two first records, this band is far from it.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Wintersun89

    tales from eternal dusk is my one and only fave. the later albums don't appeal to me.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • excellentsword

    I'm new to them, starting with Venereal Dawn. It's not especially melodic black metal. Gorgoroth is more melodic than this.

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DARKUS_13

    в Рашку приезжайте уже!!))

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ColdSlaughter

    Séance > Ylem > Eidolon > Stab Wounds > Venereal Dawn > Tales From Eternal Dusk > Profane Genocidal Creations

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    Freue mich brutalst auf das morgige Konzert. Bin mal gespannt welche Songs sie spielen..

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    A friend of mine used to call them a "professional black metal" band, I never exactly understood his point, but I now realize how good this band is, their discography is truly impressive.

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
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