Ancient Rites

Ancient Rites
Gunther Theys (Vocals [since 1988], Danse Macabre, Iron Clad, Lion's Pride), Walter Van Cortenberg (Drums [since 1991]), Erik Sprooten (Guitar [since 1996], Inquisitor, Plusminus), Davy Wouters (Keyboard [2001-2009] [since 2011], Danse Macabre, Oblivion), Domingo Smets (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard [1999-2001] [since 2005], Agathocles, Red Nucleus, Gracefallen, Persephone's Blade), Jan "Örkki" Yrlund (Guitar [1997-2003] Angel (NL), Danse Macabre, Prestige, Imperia, Two Witches, Lacrimosa, Delain, Satyrian, Sinmasters), Philip (Guitar [1988-1990]), Francky (Guitar [1991]), Johan (Guitar [1989-1990]), Wattie (Bass [1988-1989]), Bart Vandereycken (Guitar [1991-1996] [2003-2007]), Raf Jansen (Guitar [1996-1997] [2005-2006] Crucifire), Pascal (Guitar [1991-1993]), Stefan (Drums [1989-1990])

Ancient Rites is a Belgian black metal (old) / folk metal (recent) band formed in 1988.

Over the years, Ancient Rites have played with bands like Deicide, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth, Metallica, Dissection, Morbid Angel, Stormtroopers of Death, Mercyful Fate, Impaled Nazarene, Manowar, Sepultura, Malevolent Creation, Rotting Christ and Slayer. During their existence the band has been subjected to boycotts, bomb threats and various other misfortunes, but this did little to stop them and only strengthened their resolve to push on.

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