Sacramentum - Biography



Sacramentum was formed by Nisse Karlén (vocals/guitar) in the summer of 1990 under the name of Tumulus. After a short period of time Anders Brolycke joined in on guitar and an apocalyptic seed of creative outburst had started to grow. The first official recording was made near the end of 1992 and just before the release of the demo tape called Sedes Impiorum, the band name was changed to Sacramentum.

In February 1994 Sacramentum went to Unisound Studio and recorded the self-financed five track promo CD Finis Malorum, which was re-released by Adipocere Records about one year later. Finis Malorum established the band firmly in the world-wide black/death metal underground scene. The metal community had their eyes open for Sacramentum and realized that the band was a force to be reckoned with.

During 1994 Sacramentum went through some line-up changes and Nicklas Rudolfsson (Runemagick, Swordmaster, Deathwitch) joined as the new drummer and Nisse shifted from six strings to four. With this three-piece line-up Sacramentum went back to Unisound in June 1995 to record their full-length debut. It was entitled Far Away From the Sun and wasn't released by Adipocere Records until June 1996. Once again the response was entirely positive and the band strengthened their position as one of the top Swedish black/death metal acts. Just after the release of Far Away From the Sun it was time to face the audience: Sacramentum toured with Ancient Rites, Bewitched and Enthroned across Europe.

In spring 1997 Sacramentum signed with Century Media Records. The band's second full-length album was recorded in June 1997 in Los Angered Recordings with supreme assistance from King Diamond guitarist Andy La Roque. The album, entitled The Coming of Chaos, was released in September 1997. It was time to spread some chaos across Europe once again, as the band went on tour with label-mates Old Man's Child and Rotting Christ.

The music of Sacramentum could be described as both melodic and aggressive. Sacramentum has successfully combined the intense rawness of death metal with the solemn cold darkness of black metal. The lyrics are held on a personal level; they are imbued with a dark, misanthropic, apocalyptic and fateful sensation that does not leave anybody unaffected.

In September 1998 Sacramentum recorded their next album in Andy La Roque's studio Los Angered Recordings. It was named Thy Black Destiny, and every song on the album is designed to construct a bold and dark intensity. The recording line-up was enforced by newly acquired guitarist Nicklas Andersson (Lord Belial) who became a permanent member soon afterwords. Sacramentum have gotten more intense and heavier with each record. Thy Black Destiny is a metal fist in the face of the far too nature- and vampire-romantic black metal scene of today.

Unfortunately, the band parted ways in 1999 for reasons that remain unknown.

In 2001, the band reformed for some live performances and then nothing else about the band has been heard since.