- Thomas S. Øvstedal-Vocals
- Erlend Nybø-Guitars
- Rune Sjøthun-Guitars
- Gaute Refsnes-Keyboards
- Inge Jonny Lomheim-Bass
- Ole Nordsve-Drums
Cor Scorpii is a Black metal band from Sogndal, Norway, founded in 2004 by Gaute Refsnes, the former keyboardist of Windir. Cor Scorpii is an alternative name of Antares, the 15th brightest star in the sky. The name was chosen because the band members felt that it conveyed a mysterious and atmospheric feeling, corresponding to the musical and lyrical content.
Cor Scorpii was formed in late 2004 after the death of Terje Bakken, the lead singer and founder of Windir. Following a farewell concert, the band was dissolved. At that point, Gaute Refsnes implemented the long-standing idea of creating his own band. Two other former Windir members, Stian Bakketeig and Jørn Holen, joined the band. Holen, however had to leave in 2005 due to family reasons and his obligations to Vreid, another band created by the former Windir members. The line-up was competed by Thomas S. Øvstedal, Rune Sjøthun, and Inge Jonny Lomheim, who have all been involved in the local metal scene for years. The band’s first demo, Attergangar, was released in 2005, receiving much praise from the musical critics and fans and winning the Demo of the Month award from the Metal Hammer Germany magazine. Shortly after, the band signed a record deal with the Dutch label Descent Productions. A new drummer, Ole “Vargon” Nordsve, joined the band by the end of 2006. In July 2007, the band commenced to record its debut full-length album, Monument, which was released on March 26, 2008.
In 2009, Cor Scorpii was signed by the Norwegian label, Dark Essence Records, which will re-release the band’s debut album, as well as the earlier demo. Work on Monument’s follow-up is currently in progress.
Compared to Vreid, the legacy of Windir in Cor Scorpii’s music, which is melodic and sombre, is much more pronounced, even though no band member was actually involved in songwriting for Windir. There are notable differences as well, however. The folk influences, characteristic of Windir, were replaced with classical influences. Such classical composers as Sergei Prokofiev, Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Erik Satie are stated as sources of inspiration for the band.
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