Acheron (band)

Acheron (/ˈækərən, -ɒn/) was an American death/black metal band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was formed by Vincent Crowley in 1988.[1][2] The band is named after the mythological river Acheron (Ancient Greek: Ἀχέρων – Akhérōn) located in the underground kingdom of Hades in ancient Greek mythology.

Acheron
OriginPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Tampa, Florida, United States
GenresDeath metal, black metal
Years active1988–2010, 2010–2016, 2017-2019
LabelsTurbo, Lethal, Moribund, Full Moon, Black Lotus, Displeased, Listenable Records
MembersVincent Crowley
Art Taylor
Shaun Cothron
Brandon Howe

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1988 by vocalist/bassist/songwriter Vincent Crowley (formerly of Nocturnus, and leader of the satanic youth group "Order of the Evil Eye"),[3] Acheron's musical output is almost exclusively Satanic and anti-Christian in content. Early albums featured interludes by Peter H. Gilmore.[3] Crowley was appointed a priest in the Church of Satan by its founder, Anton Szandor LaVey, and began spending a lot of his time debating local televangelists, limiting Acheron's output for a time.[3] He later disassociated himself from the church to act independently.[4]

In 2003, the band released an album of cover versions, Tribute to the Devil's Music, including songs originally recorded by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Kreator, and Celtic Frost.[4]

On April 26, 2010, Vincent Crowley announced that the band was calling it quits.[5] On December 27, 2010, it was announced that Acheron have reunited.[6]

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Vincent Crowley Guitars (1988–1991, 1996–1998, 2008), Vocals (1991–present), Bass (1992–present)
  • Art Taylor Guitars (2009–2010, 2012–present)
  • Shaun Cothron Guitars (2011–2012, 2014–present)
  • Brandon Howe Drums (2014–present)

PastEdit

  • David Smith Bass (1988–1991)
  • James Strauss Drums (1988–1992)
  • Peter H. Gilmore Keyboards (1988–1989)
  • Michael Smith Vocals (1988–1990)
  • Ron Hogue Drums (1989)
  • Belial Koblak Guitars (1989–1991)
  • Robert Orr Drums (1991)
  • Pete Slate Guitars (1991–1992)
  • Michael Browning Drums (1992–1994)
  • Tony Blakk Guitars (1992–1994)
  • Trebor Ladres Guitars (1994–1995)
  • Joe Oliver Drums (1995)
  • Troy Heffern Bass (1996)
  • Richard Christy Drums (1996)
  • Michael Estes Guitars (1996–1999, 2001–2004)
  • John Scott Keyboards (1996–1999)
  • Jonathan Lee Drums (1998–1999)
  • Tony Laureano Drums (1998)
  • Bryan Hipp Guitars (1998) (R.I.P. 2006)
  • Ben Meyer Guitars (1998)
  • Adina Blase Keyboards (1998–1999)
  • Bill Taylor Guitars (1999)
  • Daniel Zink Drums (2001)
  • Aaron Werner Keyboards (2001–2005)
  • Kyle Severn Drums (2002–2014)
  • Rhiannon Wisniewski Vocals (2002)
  • Max Otworth Guitars (2006–2012)
  • Ash Thomas Guitars (2008–2009)
  • Scott Pletcher Drums (2010)
  • Eric Stewart Guitars (2010)
  • Stacey Connolly Guitar (2004)

DiscographyEdit

  • Messe Noir (Demo, 1989)
  • Rites of the Black Mass (1991, re-released in 2006)
  • Alla Xul (7", Demo, 1992)
  • Rites of the Black Mass (Turbo, 1992)
  • Hail Victory (CD, Metal Merchant, 1993)
  • Satanic Victory (CD, Turbo, 1994)
  • Lex Talionis (CD, Turbo, 1994; reissued as Lex Talionis: Satanic Victory, Blackened, 1997)
  • Anti-God, Anti-Christ (CD, Moribund, 1996)
  • Those Who Have Risen (CD, Full Moon Productions, 1998)
  • Compendium Diablerie: The Demo Days (CD, Full Moon Productions, 2001)
  • Xomaly (2002)
  • Rebirth: Metamorphosing Into Godhood (CD, Black Lotus, 2003)
  • Tribute to the Devil's Music (CD, Black Lotus, 2003)
  • The Final Conflict: Last Days of God (CD, Displeased Records, 2009)
  • Kult Des Hasses (CD, Listenable Records. 2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kristiansen, Jon "Metalion" (1991). "Acheron". Slayer (8): 7.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Acheron". Allmusic. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo "Acheron Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ a b Apicella, Vinnie "Acheron – Tribute To The Devil's Music" (review), Ink19
  5. ^ "Maximum Metal". Maximum Metal. Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  6. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net – Acheron Is Back!". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13.[permanent dead link]

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