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  • Years Active

    2007 – present (11 years)

When Bitter Spring Sleeps is a band from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, currently consisting of Lord Sardonyx on all instruments and vocals. To date, the band has released three full-length albums, a demo, a split with Panopticon, and a digital anthology containing most of the songs from the demo and split. The band's early material was , but the tremolo picking and harsh vocals are respectively toned down and completely absent on the band's full-length albums.

Official band biography from the original demo:

Black Metal Rituals inspired by, performed and recorded in a nature preserve environment blending true night sounds and black metal - Nature sounds in the live tracks are NOT samples mixed with the music - but the actual surrounding atmosphere while the music was being performed and the forest. When Bitter Spring Sleeps is an ultimate atmospheric black metal experiment to commune with nature in a truly pagan and ritualistic manner. Organic analog beauty drawing main influences from Nature, Ritual, Paysage D'Hiver, Njiqahdda, Darkspace.

When Bitter Spring Sleeps 2008 Demo CD is a Limited All-Black Pro-CDr with aged parchment paper Jewel Case Artwork (every copy unique). Each copy is infused with ritual majick, fire and incense and available only at

Band homepage:

Watch for:
PANOPTICON / WHEN BITTER SPRING SLEEPS - Split Full-length (Late 2009)
This will be a Lundr records / Pagan Flames Productions release featuring several tracks from each band as well as one collaborative track from both bands.


2008 - When Bitter Spring Sleeps (demo)
2010 - Panopticon/When Bitter Spring Sleeps (split)
2013 - Coven of the Wolves
2015 - Spirit in Flames
2017 - She Will Not Mourn Your Passing (anthology)
2017 - Star-Thrown

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