|1994: It was at the now far and gone year of
1994 that Draconiis created Sirius, as a solo-project, with the
purpose of delivering his feelings and demons inside him into a
In 1997, from the ashes of Twilight, the band in which Draconiis
and Vukodlack met in the first place, Sirius was injected with new
blood. Vukodlack joined on the drums and keyboards, and Raven joined
on the bass. This line-up recorded the promo-track Fiery Strife
at the Cosmic Gates
and was joined by vocalist Gornoth
for the recording sessions of their acclaimed demo-tape The
. The response to this demo-tape was incredibly
huge, beyond the wildest expectations! Criticism such as "demo
tape of the year" and "best Portuguese band" started
pouring down from everywhere in the press. The band did just one
gig for demo promotion that ended up by being a major success, with
more than 350 people attending it.
Sirius was then approached by several independent labels, having
Nocturnal Art Productions been the most enthusiastic and presented
the most ambitious deal for Sirius, both concerning priority and
In March 1999, Sirius signed a 2 album contract with N.A.P.,
and later that same year, Sirius started the recording of their
successful debut album Aeons of Magick.
In September Draconiis and Vukodlack flew all the way to cold Norway
for the mixing of the album in Akkerhaugen Lydstudio (Emperor, Zyklon,
), the mastering was also handled in Norway in Strype
Audio (Mayhem, Emperor, Ulver
Meanwhile, Raven had left the band during the recording of Aeons
of Magick and Ainvar had joined as second guitar player, making
Barzh change his role to the bass duties.
Released in February 2000 Aeons of Magick was
a real bomb and once again, Sirius took the scene by storm with
this debut album, had fantastic media coverage, excellent reviews
and interviews in all major press, having NAP developed a very good
An official release party was organised, consisting of two gigs
in the 2 major Portuguese cities (Lisbon and Oporto). 2 completely
packed venues awaited the band, creating an incredible cult environment
With no time to waste, and shortly after the release of Aeons
of Magick, Sirius started working on new songs for their second
album Spectral Transition
. The band booked Akkerhaugen
Lydstudio for October 2000.
Having no time left for touring, they made one last gig in Lisbon
(before leaving to Norway) and headlined the second day of the Steel
Warriors Rebellion Festival (with Sinister, Pandemia
Barzh was asked to leave the band before the recording, Draconiis,
Ainvar and Vukodlack would work harder and take care of the bass
recording for the next album themselves.
October came and Sirius returned to Akkerhaugen Lydstudio to record
Spectral Transition - Dimension Sirius with producer
Thorbjørn Akkerhaugen. Counting with special guest-appearances
by comrades Faust (ex-Emperor), Samoth (Emperor/Zyklon) and Daemon
(Limbonic Art/Zyklon). Tom K. at Strype Audio once again took care
of the mastering.
So, with a lot of effort, the awesome result is a possible reference
album for how Extreme Metal should sound in the new Millennium!!
Out inMarch 2001 Spectral Transition
Sirius as one of the most promissing bands and has definitely set
new future reference standards. Leaving a strong contribution to
the innovation of music by creating a new definition in metal! Probably
one of the metal bands of the moment holding the highest exponential
of development, and for sure one of the most committed!
Sirius has currently signed with Nuclear Blast Records and are preparing
for a new album to be recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio.