Lux Occulta

Lux Occulta

Infobox musical artist
Name = Lux Occulta

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Origin = Krosno, Poland
Genre = Avant-garde metal
Progressive metal
Technical black metal
Years_active = 1994–present
Label = nowrap|Maquiavel Music Entertainment
Associated_acts = Decapitated
Atrophia Red Sun
Current_members = Jarosław Szubrycht
Jerzy Głód
Rafał Kastory
Wacław Kiełtyka
Marcin Rygiel
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Lux Occulta (which is Latin for "hidden light") is a Polish Avant-garde metal band, founded in late 1994. Their work, also strongly influenced by avant-garde, progressive metal, and Black metal, commonly incorporates elaborate arrangements often featuring multiple sections and unpredictable time changes.


The band was started when guitarists Peter and G'Ames, formerly of Blaspherion, asked Jaro.Slav, the vocalist of Haemhorrhage, to join their new project. Jackie (bass guitar) and Aemil (drums) joined the band few weeks later, followed by keyboard player U'reck after the band's first rehearsal session. After the recording in 1996 of the band's first full album, "Forever Alone, Immortal", Aemil was replaced by drummer Kriss. The band's second album, "Dionysos", followed in 1997. In 1998, after the release of "Maior Arcana", G'Ames and Jackie were asked to leave the band; their replacements were guitarist Vogg and bassist Martin, also of the Polish death metal band Decapitated. A lengthy recording succession with the new lineup yielded "My Guardian Anger", which was released in 1999. The latter half of 1999 was plagued with accidents, though, as Kriss suffered from a broken arm, leading his doctors to question whether he'd ever be able to play drums again, and U'reck broke his leg shortly thereafter, forcing the band to retire from touring for several months. After several months' hiatus from performing, the band played Poland's Metalmania festival in 2000 alongside acts such as Opeth, Behemoth and Tiamat, which drew the attention of the Portuguese label Maquiavel Music Entertainment. The next month they were signed to the label for a two-album deal, and the first of their albums on MME, "The Mother and the Enemy", appeared the following year. A couple of lineup changes followed; currently, the band are working on a new album and searching for a drummer.

Current line-up

*Jarosław Szubrycht "Jaro.Slav" - main vocals, additional vocals
*Jerzy Głód "U'reck" - keyboard
*Rafał Kastory "Kastor" - electric guitar
*Wacław Kiełtyka "Vogg" - electric guitar
*Marcin Rygiel "Martin" - bass guitar

Former Members

*"Peter" - electric guitar (1994-2001)
*"G. Ames" - electric guitar (1994-1998)
*"Jackie" - bass guitar (1994-1998)
*"Aemil" - percussion instruments (1994-1996)
*"Kriss" - percussion instruments (1996-2001)


* The Forgotten Arts (demo) (1995)
* Forever Alone, Immortal (1996)
* Dionysos (1997)
* Maior Arcana (1998)
* My Guardian Anger (1999)
* The Mother and the Enemy (2001)

External links

* [ Official site] (not updated since 2001)

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