Origin: Norway  
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Last update/review: May 15, 2005

Spiral Architect

After several years of anticipation (indeed, the BNR Metal Pages were promoting this band's demo back in 1996), Norway's Spiral Architect finally, in 2000, produced the technical metal metal masterpiece that everyone expected and hoped for. There are few who really play technical metal, and fewer still who can mix dizzying musicianship while keeping the songs as songs, rather than disjointed jam sessions. Shades of Watchtower, old Yes, maybe Cynic, and others can be heard here -- on top of that is a superb vocalist who sounds uncannily like Buddy Lackey of the late great Psychotic Waltz, and a stellar production that lets all of the instruments breathe, and the result is simply one of the best albums of the last several years. A Sceptic's Universe sets the standard for technical metal.

Though not disbanded, the band is inactive for the time being, as the members are or have been involved with several other bands, including Arcturus, Lunaris, and Satyricon.

Last Lineup

Øyvind Hægeland

vocals/keyboards (ex-Lunaris, ex-Manitou, ex-Scariot)

Steinar Gundersen

lead guitar (ICS Vortex, ex-Lunaris, Sarke)

Andreas Jonsson


Lars K. Norberg

bass/programming (guest for Ihsahn)

Asgeir Mickelson

drums (ex-Borknagar, ICS Vortex, ex-Ihsahn, guest for Lunaris, ex-Sarke, ex-Scariot, guest for Vintersorg)

Former Members/Guests

Kaj Gornitzka

rhythm guitar (Twisted Into Form)


A Sceptic's Universe  
2000 Sensory
  1. Spinning
  2. Excessit
  3. Moving spirit
  4. Occam's razor
  5. Insect
  6. Cloud constructor
  7. Conjuring collapse
  8. Adaptability
  9. Fountainhead
  • Øyvind Hægeland
  • Steinar Gundersen
  • Kaj Gornitzka
  • Lars K. Norberg
  • Asgeir Mickelson

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