Avant-garde metallers Arcturus hail from Oslo and features many prominent members of the Norwegian black metal scene from bands of the likes of Ulver, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Borknagar, The Kovenant, Emperor, and Winds. Arcturus have experimented throughout their career, extracting influences and incorporating elements from all over the musical spectrum including black metal and classical music, but the core of their sound has always been metal.
Arcturus was originally formed in 1987 as a death metal act, named Mortem. The band released a demo tape in 1989, titled “Slow Death”. The line-up consisted of Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) on drums, Sverd (Steinar Sverd Johnsen) on keyboards, and Marius Vold on bass/vocals.
1990 saw a change of name to Arcturus, which is the name of a star, meaning Bear Guardian. “My Angel”, their debut EP, was released on 8 July 1991.
Arcturus latest release is 2012’s ‘Sideshow Symphonies’
2014 sees the band touring Japan in April as well as appearing at Oslo’s Inferno Festival.