1992 From the ashes of obscure bands like Panopticon
and Acromegal, LUGUBRUM emerges, after its vision had
appeared before Barditus during a delirium. Zwelg
leaves the band after two songs are created and activities are derived
to drinking in the woods.
1993 Barditus teams up with Midgaard.
The Lugubrum temple is built and severe worship follows, resulting in
the ‘Black Prophecies’ demo.
1994 Release of the 94 promo. This early
material shows influences of Dark Throne, Burzum, Bathory,…
1995 Release of the atmospheric first full-length album
‘Winterstones’, on the clandestine label
1997 Release of ‘Gedachte & Geheugen’
, the first part consisting of fast and raw ‘war metal’, the
second of dark synthesizer music.
1998 Zwelg, who had been playing in FINSTERNIS with Svein,
rejoins Lugubrum on bass. ‘De Zuivering’,
recorded and mixed in one single night of alcohol and chaos and released
as a split with Sudarium (B) on Skramasax and Lowlife records, carries
by now typical Lugubrum riffing combined with thrash elements and introduces
the term ‘Boersk Blek Metle’, which soon
catches on as definition of their own perverted style.On October 17th
Lugubrum play their first and infamously drunk live concert during the
Lugburz fest at St-Niklaas. For this
occasion Svein also joins on drums. A second (sober)
live show is given on December 26th at the Frontline
1999 The legendary ‘De Totem’
album is released on Berzerker Records (NL).
2000 A third performance , august 18th at the Feel
Estate art festival in the Backstage, Ghent
: the band is locked up in a damp cellar for 8 hours with their instruments
and fridge full of beer, the spectacle can be followed on screen elsewhere.
2001 Barditus , having a rough time controling his alcohol
abuse and disliking new Lugubrum material, quits the band after squealing
on not more than 2 of 16 tracks on the next masterpiece ‘Bruyne
Troon’, released on Skramasax. Midgaars
takes over the vocals.
2002 Barditus recovers and returns to Lugubrum, carrying
a crate of beer and even a bunch of guitar riffs, resulting in ‘Al
Ghemist’, a dark and sober opus, released on LP by Painiac
records (B) and on cd by Full Moon Productions
(US) as a split with FINSTERNIS.
2003 BloodFireDeath / Redstream (US)
re-release ‘De Totem’. Lugubrum welcomes another member; h.
(ex Urn of Might, Thorax Serpenti) on 2nd guitar and the head office /
temple / studio is moved from Lovendegem to Ghent, from a rural environment
to an industrial one.
2004 BloodFireDeath / Redstream (US) release ‘De
Vette Cuecken’, an unusual concept-work with a cullinary
theme, LP on Iron Pegasus Records (Ger), introducing a new bass player,
Kundalingus, who replaces the once again departed Zwelg,
and featuring Bhodidharma on saxophone.
2004 May 1st a memorable 4th live performance is given
at the Pestilence fest in Breendonk.
2005 ‘Heilige Dwazen’, the
first album to feature not only two guitarists, but also two bassists
(introducing Master Stain) is released by BFD. In support
of the album, Lugubrum make their first visit abroad to play London’s
Underworld on march 7th, supported amongst others by Skaldic
Curse. On june 28th Lugubrum performs at Amsterdam’s Paradiso
(kindly being invited by the members of Sunn o)))) and september 24th
at the 162 , Hekelgem.
2006 Midgaars announces the launch of Old Grey
Hair Records and releases a European cd and LP version of ‘Heilige
Dwazen’ and ‘live in Amsterdam’ , a
full rendition of the Paradiso show.
2007 OGH releases ‘de ware hond’,
an experimental freeform album recorded entirely live, partly in a cabin
in the Ardennes, partly on analogue equipment. Live shows are played on
march 3rd at the K-RAA-K3 festival at KC België,
Hasselt (featuring guest vocalists Massakre and Slosse) and Nordhausen’s
Festhalle (Ger) on april 28th . Setbacks follow, as both h. and
Stain leave the band, Lugubrum is forced to leave their HQ and the remaining
members Barditus, Midgaars and Svein fall under a mysterious and serious
spell of illness. Only partly recovered, a new temple is built from the
ground up and Noctiz (ex Gotmoor, Paragon Impure,...)
is recruted on bass and a live performance is given at the final Waking
The Dead Festival at Arnhem’s Goudvishal
on december 22nd.
2008 OGH releases the acclaimed ‘albino
de Congo’, probably the best Black Metal album ever recorded
in Congo, a definitive highlight in Lugubrum’s
career, after which the band decide to take a well earned break. The album
is presented at Paradox, Tilburg (NL) on may 28th, at
JH Kadee, Bornem on july 18th and on a mini tour of Finland
with Urfaust, september 5 (Tampere),
6 (Kouvola), and 7th (Helsinki).
2009 Lugubrum play at Sinister Howling Fest
at Speyer (Ger) on september 19th. Those Opposed
Records (France) releases the N.O.I.R. split LP,
on which Lugubrum is featured with 3 live tracks.
2010 A new album, 'FACE LION FACE OIGNON',
is recorded in an underground studio, built in an old wine cellar. The
album concept is based on the French campaign in Syria in 1799.
Lugubrum play at De Lochtink ,Eeklo (B)
with Urfaust and Alkerdeel on may 8th.
2011 Live shows are played at Le Pixi, Paris
on february 19th, Iglerock, Valenciennes (Fr) on march
19th and Den Halm, Oppuurs (B) on may 28th .
'Face Lion Face Oignon' LP is released by Aphelion
2012 'Face Lion Face Oignon' CD is released
by Those Opposed Records.
2013 Lugubrum travel to Scotland for
a wee tour! They play at The Moorings Bar, Aberdeen on
May 10th and at Bannermans, Edinburgh on May 11th.
In june Aphelion Productions finally releases the classic
'‚De Totem', on DLP.
On october 26th Lugubrum play another live show, at Aurora Infernalis
Fest V with Dodheimsgard a.o. at Luxor, Arnhem
2014 Recordings take place for the 10th full length album,
'Albino de Congo' LP is released by Aphelion
Barditus announces his retirement from
The band will continue their exploration as a trio. Midgaars
takes over the vocals on ‚Herval’.
2015 LUGUBRUM trio play '‚Herval'
at Veneration of the Dead 3, Baroeg, Rotterdam on April
4th, at the sweaty Kinky Star in their hometown Ghent
on june 28th and at Het Bos, Antwerp on october
LUGUBRUM trio - ‚'Herval' LP is released by Aphelion
Productions‚ along with '‚Live in Amsterdam'
LP and ‚'Winterstones' LP (20 years
after it’s original release!)
Vàn Records (Ger) releases the Lugubrum
/ Urfaust - Het Aalschuim der Natie split 7”, after
an idea that was born on the Finland tour in 2008.
'‚Herval' and '‚Winterstones'
are released on CD by Those Opposed Records.
2016 No less than four live shows are played : Namur
(with Heretic, Spermafrost and Pox) on feb 5th, Roadburn festival
on april 16th, Vooruit Gent (with Sunn o)))), june 15th,
Radiant Art Festival Liège (with a.o. Urfaust,
Countess, The Spirit Cabinet ) on july 9th. David Chiaradia
brews the first Lugubrum beer; VOOS,
A strong, spicy tripel with a gentle touch of banana, a hint at the Belgium’s
2017 In march, recordings for a new album ‚'Wakar
Cartel’ take place at Boma Studio, Ghent.
Aphelion Productions releases 'De Zuivering'
Lugubrum trio play at Ieperfest, august 11-13th.
LUGUBRUM trio - WAKAR CARTEL is released on the last
day of the year by Aphelion Productions (LP) and Those
Opposed Records (CD).