Shadow Voyage is a Swedish Melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1991 as a death metal band. The band have stated they are the same scene as pioneers of the melodeath genre In Flames, Dark Tranquility and At The Gates.
On August 16th 2010 it was announced that both Erik and Niklas Sturgens, and Martin Vargeld had been fired from the band after the remaining band members, who had only been in the band for three years, fired Erik and brought in new singer Johan Rekse. Both Niklas and Martin left, deeply angry with the band. Lawsuits are underway for the use of the Shadow Voyage name. Erik, Niklas and Martin have claimed the rights of the Shadow Voyage name, along with all their albums and the allowing to play their songs live, while Johan Rekse, Peter Kardensi and Richard Gregsen have taken the name Voyage of the Shade and the rights over the latest recordings. Erik Sturgens commented at a press conference: "This whole thing could have been totally avoidable, and shouldn't have happened. Some guys and another singer we'd never even met stole our band, but we've managed to take it back from them.
The Shadow Voyage name is under the rights of the Sturgens and Martin Vargeld, and they have re-entered the band while the others have left to form Voyage of the Shade along with the new material, which according to Niklas Sturgens is: "Fucking piracy of our own music, that Johan Rekse fuck never even sang on the record, they should not be allowed to have the rights. Those recordings were 98% Erik, Martin and I. We are just glad to have the Shadow Voyage name and our other works still with us".
From 1988-1990 Erik Sturgens and his brother Niklas played in a death metal band Necromicon with Martin Vargeld and Laureg Viksen. When Necromicon fell apart in 1990 after one demo, 1989's Death Demo '89, Erik persisted with the others to continue with a new band. Vargeld and Viksen agreed, but Niklas decided to take a break from music for a while. Erik's new band recruited Tyven Wodnottsol on drums and started Shadow Voyage, a new death metal project.
A Night of Daggers and departure from death metal sound
Shadow Voyage recorded a demo in 1991 and sent it off to Brutal Theatre Records, who instantly signed them. The band released their first album, A Night of Daggers, on December 13th 1991. After discussing the future of the band, Erik Sturgens had made the decision to change direction in terms of sound for the band, something Laureg Viksen did not favour. He confronted the band, saying that they should stick to their death metal origins, but Erik and Martin Vargeld, the main forerunners of the band thought otherwise, and Viksen left apruptly.
The Creator and the Seer and departure of Tyven Wodnottsol
Although Shadow Voyage approached Brutal Theatre Records about a change of sound, the record label still decided to remain ties with the band, and producer Kristef Uven and the band entered the studio in 1992. Among them was latest addition, Johannes Idvesten on bass, who replaced Laureg Viksen after his departure from the band. The band released The Creator and the Seer on May 15th 1993, and toured in support. However tensions in the band returned, and drummer yven Wodnottsol departed stating he lacked interest in the band's new sound.
|1991||A Night of Daggers||Brutal Theatre||Only album to feature Laureg Viksen on bass. Also only album to feature a death metal sound|
|1993||The Creator and the Seer||Brutal Theatre||First album to feature Johannes Idvedsten on bass. Last to feature Tyven Wodnottsol on drums. Sees a departure from the death metal sound of "A Night of Daggers" to a more melodic death metal sound|
|1995||Painted In Tears||Brutal Theatre||First album to feature Gregor Morken on drums. Last to feature Johannes Idvesten on bass. Also last album on Brutal Theatre. Sees a continuation of sound from "The Creator and the Seer", with Shadow Voyage remaining primarily melodic death metal.|
|1997||A Shadow In Your Mind||Graceless Records||First album to feature Niklas Sturgens on bass. First album on Graceless Records, a label started by Erik and Niklas. Sees a continued melodic death metal sound|
|1999||A Millennium of Dark Days||Graceless Records||First album to see a stable line-up. Last to feature Gregor Morken on drums. Continues in the same vein as previous albums, with a progressive touch|
|2002||Sunrise On The Veil||Graceless Records||First album to feature Daniel Arlandsen on drums. Last to feature Niklas Sturgens on bass, becoming an additional guitarist with further releases|
|2004||VII: Obscured Sunlight Reveries||Graceless Records||First album to feature Niklas Sturgens as secondary guitarist. Also first album to feature Vorden Udlevs on bass.|
|2006||A Light For Lovers||Graceless Records||Last album to feature Daniel Arlandsen and Vorden Udlevs. Sees a departure from the melodic death metal sound for a more radio friendly approach, which yielded poor reception from both fans and critics|
|2008||VIX: The Shadowed Veil||Graceless Records||First album to feature Richard Gregsen on drums and Peter Kardensi on bass. Sees a return to the band's melodic death metal roots as apposed to its predecessor|
|2010||The Mirror and the Destroyer||Graceless Records||Formerly called The Mirror and the Destroyer, chosen by Erik Sturgens, but has been changed due to both of the Sturgens brothers and Martin Vargeld being fired from the band. The recordings of this record were seized by Voyage of the Shade; the band formed by the other members after the lawsuit emitted them from the Shadow Voyage earnings and discography. The other members have claimed the recordings and will supposedly release a new album with their new band. Erik Sturgens has said the album may be called The Mirror and the Destroyer if legalities are dismissed.|
Death Demo '89 (As Necromicon)
A Night of Daggers
The Creator and the Seer
Painted In Tears
A Shadow In Your Mind
A Millenium of Dark Days
Sunrise On The Veil
VII: Obscured Sunlight Reveries
A Light For Lovers
VIX: The Shadowed Veil
|Erik Sturgens||vocals||1992-2010, 2010-present||Founding member, also played in Necromicon (1989-1990). He was fired from the band by Richard Gregsen and Peter Kardensi, and joined by his brother Niklas and founding guitarist Martin Vargeld. After the lawsuits he reclaimed the Shadow Voyage name and has rejoined the band along with Niklas and Martin.|
|Martin Vargeld||bass||1992-2010, 2010-present||Founding member, also played in Necromicon (1989-1990). Left the band when Erik Sturgens was fired by Richard Gregsen and Peter Kardensi. After the lawsuits he reclaimed the Shadow Voyage name and has rejoined the band along with Niklas and Erik.|
|Niklas Sturgens||guitar||1997-2004, 2004-2010, 2010-present||Also played in Necromicon (1989-1990) and bass for Shadow Voyage (1997-2004). Left the band hen Erik Sturgens was fired by Richard Gregsen and Peter Kardensi. After the lawsuits he reclaimed the Shadow Voyage name and has rejoined the band along with Niklas and Martin.|
|Name||Instrument||Membership||Reason for departure|
|Johan Rekse||vocals||2010–2010||Played in Defilious (1990-1998), and Circles of Sacrifice (1998-2010). Joined the band after the Stugens and Martin Vargeld were kicked out, now in Voyage of the Shade with Peter Kardensi and Richard Gregesen.|
|Peter Kardensi||bass||2007–2010||Originally in Obscurum Atheria, a Norwegian gothic/epic doom band (1994-2007). Joined with Richard Gregsen in kicking out Erik Sturgens, which also led to the departure of Niklas Sturgens and Martin Vargeld. Recruited Johan Rekse as the new singer for Shadow Voyage, but due to legalities he has formed Voyage of the Shade with Rekse and Richard Gregsen.|
|Richard Gregsen||drums||2007–2010||Originally in Temple of Ash, a Swedish melodic-doom band (1997-2007). Joined with Peter Kardensi in kicking out Erik Sturgens, which also led to the departure of Niklas Sturgens and Martin Vargeld. Recruited Johan Rekse as the new singer for Shadow Voyage, but due to legalities he has formed Voyage of the Shade with Rekse and Peter Kardensi.|
|Vorden Undlevs||bass||2004-2006||Quit due the drastic change of direction on the band's 2006 album "A Light For Lovers", claiming they had sold out|
|Laureg Viksen||bass||1991||Quit due to disliking the band's melodic death metal change of direction|
|Tyven Wodnottsol||drums||1991–1993||Quit to similar reasons as Laureg Viksen|
|Gregor Morken||drums||1995-1999||Felt he had spent enough time with Shadow Voyage|
|Daniel Arlandsen||drums||2002–2006||Quit due the drastic change of direction on the band's 2006 album "A Light For Lovers", claiming they had sold out|