HistoryThe band was formed by the trio of singer/guitarist Koen Vriesacker, guitarist Steven De Meyer and drummer Frederik Van Mieghem in 1993. Axamenta appeared on the black metal scene with a 1985 demo entitled Echoes. Another demo called Into A Dream appeared in 1987. Three years later, the band returned with the Nox Draconis Argenti EP following which a deal was signed with LSP. During this period, the band almost broke up following multiple line-up changes. The EP also introduced Ann Kermans as second vocalist. Codex Barathri was released in 2002 and dubbed Fantasy Metal by the band. New members De Greef and Brek were added at this point. The former is also a guitarist in Etherial Dawn. Huts left the band in 2003 in favour of Stacast's Sven Deckers. Simultaneously, Meynckens joined Butcher as a side-project. Sven Janssens formerly of Disown and also in Battalion became the band's new bassist.
The Belgians signed with Karmageddon Media in 2004. The band’s sound had shifted to the progressive and orchestral. An album appeared on the reconstituted Shiver Records in 2006. The band threw in the towel in early 2009. Mordheim had left in 2008 after experiencing larynx problems.
AXAMENTA - CODEX BARATHRI - LSP
Hailing from Antwerpen, Belgium, Axamenta is a quintet formed in 1993 as a death metal band whose adventures have transformed it into a keyboard-oriented band with fantasy topics and a horror atmosphere. The band uses a gargled singer (a la Immortal) as well as a growled singer and composes fairly lengthy songs. With age being on their side, Axamenta is not directly comparable to any single band. Rather, and for guidance purposes, Axamenta incorporates elements akin to early Phlebotomized, early Amorphis and Dimmu Borgir.