Ancient Rites is a Belgian folk metal band from Diest, Flemish Region, in the province of Flemish Brabant. In 1994 released the first studio album of the group, The Diabolic Senerades , whose release is followed two years later by the album Blasfemia Eternal in 1996.
The band formed in 1989 on the initiative of Gunther Theys>. The original band consists of Gunther Theys on vocals and bass, Johan and Phillip on guitars and Stefan on drums. In 1990, they released their demo Dark Ritual .
Shortly after the release of their first official production, Philip dies in a car accident and soon after, Stefan commits suicide. Despite the loss of these two founding members, the other members of the group decide to continue the adventure. The roadie Walter Van Cortenberg replaces Stephan on the drums. Johan then decides to leave the group. He is then replaced by the guitarists Pascal and Bart Vandereycken. With this training, the band recorded EP Evil Prevails , as well as their various CD splits.
In 1994 released the first studio album of the group, The Diabolic Senerades , whose release is followed two years later by the album Blasfemia Eternal May 14, 1996 >>>. Bart leaves the group just before the release of the album. In 1998 released the album Fatherland , whose output was followed in 2001 by that of the album Dim Carcosa.