|Conceived in 1999, Lemuria recorded their first demo in April 2002 entitled ‘The Vault of the Witness’. Its raw energy laid the foundation for what was to come. The first full length album‘Tales, Ale & Fire’ was forged during the summer months of 2004. Held in the same vein as Finntroll, Ensiferum, Thyrfing, Bal Sagoth and even Rhapsody, the album demonstrated the progress made by the band and was embraced by metal heads and fans of other genres alike. This release helped generate a substantial following, with Lemuria headlining many concerts and supporting big names such as Korpiklaani.
The group was put on hold in August 2006 but exactly two years later Lemuria was reborn with two new guitarists and a fresh approach. This culminated in the recording of their second full length album in the spring of 2010, entitled ‘Chanson de la Croisade’. No expense was spared, spending 28 days behind closed doors recording, two months of mixing, a mastering session with world renowned producer Peter in de Betou and presented in a glorious digipak with a 28 page full color booklet telling the story of the holy war between the Catholics and the Cathars in the South of France in the 13th century A.D.
The album was released in November 2010 and received reviews averaging 90 per cent. Numerous headlining and support slots ensued and Lemuria slowly but surely began crossing borders into Germany and The Netherlands. Years of hard work paid off by winning the 2012 Graspop Metal Meeting Talent Quest, after having been selected from a long list of Belgian underground metal bands.
Mixing heavy music with orchestral elements, bombastic scores and daring instrumental and symphonic passages, Lemuria has carved a niche previously untouched by any Belgian band. Anno 2015, the band continuous with a new vocalist and rhythm guitar player to crush the stages once more. Behind the scenes, songs are being written for a new album, bringing you a long forgotten tale of fear and monstrosity. Stay tuned, for a new chapter of symphonic black metal!
Bart – Bass
Gaël – Guitar
Jeroen – Guitar
Vincent – Drums & Orchestration
Wesley – Vocals