Vesania is a Polish metal band, usually categorized in a Symphonic Black Metal genre. The band has been around for over a decade, with 4 full length albums under their belt. Having their roots planted firmly in Poland, the band’s reach has been expanding throughout the years over the rest of the world and still maintaining their position at home. The collective experience of the minds behind VESANIA, speaks for itself. The members have joined and contributed to several world-renowned bands, such as Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader and Decapitated.
Vesania was formed at the end of 1997 by Orion (guitars, vocals), Daray (drums/percussion), and Heinrich (bass). By the end of 1998, the band had recorded 15 minutes of music, added Annahvahr on guitars/vocals, and Hatrah on keyboards for the first recording. By 2000, Siegmar joined the band as the keymaster. This lineup would form the first live incarnation of the band.
Leading up to their debut CD, “Firefrost Arcanum”, Vesania performed live throughout Poland. In 2002, the band’s 1998 material was released as part of a split, “Moonastray”, by Odium Records. Recording for the debut album was unexpectedly prolonged, and ultimately led to the release of “Firefrost Arcanum” on Empire Records in 2003 in Poland. Crash Music eventually released the album throughout the rest of Europe. Before the touring started, Annahvahr left the band and was replaced with session musician Mortifer (RIP).
In 2004, Orion began to see Behemoth become more active, and Daray joined Vader. Despite having joined massively successful bands, Vesania pushed forward to record “God the Lux”, their second album, at Hendrix Studio in Lublin, Poland. Recording wouldn’t be completed until 2005/2006 with Hertz Studio in Bialystok. Napalm Records was brought on board to release the album worldwide, with Empire Records still serving as the band’s label in their home country. Vesania would go on to tours with Vader, Cryptopsy, Aborted, Grave, Gojira, and more. Valeo (from Sammath Naur) was brought on board to handle guitars alongside Orion during those tours. They toured the continent extensively, including Russia, and would play close to 100 shows with a year.
Vesania rehearsed, wrote, and arranged their third album, “Distractive Killusions,” in early 2007. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Studio X with Szymon Czech, and then released by Napalm Records by the end of the year worldwide, and by Mystic Production in Poland. Touring in support of this album ended in 2008 with some quite unlucky events, including cancellations of part the tour. A decision was made to put the band on hold indefinitely.
Daray joined Hunter, one of Poland’s biggest rock/metal acts. Then in 2008, Daray left Vader and joined Dimmu Borgir. Additionally, bassist Heinrich joined Decapitated and remained the member of this band for 2 years.
After an extended break, during which both Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir tours kept Orion and Daray occupied, the band began plotting their return. Rehearsing and recording took place between 2012 and 2014, a significant length of time by any band’s standards, but would be well worth the wait. In 2014, Vesania announced a new partnership with Metal Blade Records for a worldwide release of “Deus Ex Machina.” The album’s release in October 2014 will be followed by Vesania live shows and touring.