Alcatraz Line up: 2019
After some years of absence from the black metal scene, guitarist Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Earth Electric, Ex-Mayhem), decides to venture back into the aural landscapes he’s widely known for. Having played with one of Norway’s leading extreme metal bands for years, Eriksen seeks to coalesce classic, cold Scandinavian riffing with an air of darkness and the signature force of death metal. Combining strengths, Eriksen brings in veterans of the extreme, David Vincent of legendary death metal formation Morbid Angel (Vincent had just exited Morbid Angel and was ready for a new chapter in his long spanning career), as well as acclaimed drummer Flo Mounier from Cryptopsy. Everything fell into place, and Vltimas into being. The full length debut album – released in March 2019 – offers a vast array of influences, but most notably the distinguished symbioses of these three respected and talented musicians. A dark and sinister ambiance meets a majestic and a commanding death metal energy.