arduk was the brainchild of guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson, who summed up his line-up with Andreas Axelsson (vocals), Joakim "Grave" Göthberg (drums)and Richard Kalm (bass) with the latter soon replaced by Bogge Svensson and second guitarist Magnus Devo Andersson. The act would soon become an important addition to the burgeoning black metal movement, their music firmly in the old school, blast-beat, keyboardless realm of it, with few if any nods to melody of subtlety. Their debut, Dark Endless (1992), came and went with limited release while Grave took over vocals. duties when Andrias left, likewise with B. War on bass for Bogge. Those Of The Unlight also came and went in 1993 before Fredrik Andersson replaced Devo Andersson on drums.
Opus Nocturne (1994) received better distribution with international release but to little notice. The band's acclaim came with the 7" Fuck Me Jesus based on their original demo material way back at the start under the same name. Legion (Real Name: Erik Hagstedt; ex-Opthalamia) took over on drums, replacing Grave for Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered (1996) and Glorification (1996).
Their first live effort Live In Germania and Here's No Peace EP came in 1997 with Peter Tagtren (of Hypocrisy) added for a new guitar spot. Nightwing (1998), Panzer Division Marduk (1999), Obedience EP (2000), Infernal Eternal (2000; double CD), La Grande Danse Macabre (2001) and World Funeral (2003) followed withEmil Dragutinovic on drums. Mortuus would assume vocals shortly after the release. In mid 2004 bassist Magnus Devo Andersson, who was the second guitar player on the band's first two albums, replaced B. War.
Plague Angel (2004), Death March EP (2004) the limited edition live album Warschau (2005), Rom 5:12 (2007) featuring the line-up of Mortuus (vocals), Morgan Håkansson (guitars), Magnus "Devo" Andersson (bass) and Lars Broddesson (drums). The band also tours Australia for the first time.
At the begining of March, 2008, Marduk participates at Europe's biggest indoor metal festival, the Metal Mania in Katowice, Poland. During the same month the band once again return to the shores of South America for shows in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. But at the end of April the classic albums of B>Germania, Nightwing and Panzer Division Marduk are being reissued with bonus material and improved graphics. Three albums that for a long time not have been available in most part of the world.
Wormwood, their 11th studio album emerges in 2009 followed by a European and North American tour. The European version titled Funeral Nation consisting of 30 shows from the end of September until the end of October covering the Western and the Southern parts of Europe. During November and December Marduk returns to the Shores of North America for a tour entitled US Plague 2009 featuring 26 shows covering most of the USA, as well as the first dates in Canada.
The Funeral Nation Tour Part 2 begins right after the begining of 2010 covering the Balkans, and South America. May also sees the band teaming up with Deicide and Vader to do a shorter tour under the monicker Unholy Titans. The package appears at the Metalfest Open Air Festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic as well as some club shows in France, Italy, Slovenia and Poland; a two week run.
The 3 track Iron Dawn EP followed in 2011 accompanied by the 7 Bowls Of Wrathtour that saw the band in North America, specifically Canada once again with Toronto band Panzefaust, as well as HOD, Black Anvil and Aura Noir.
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Marduk during Metalmania 2008 festival. Photo by: Ma?gorzata Mi?aszewska.
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