(taken from wikipedia, not entirely factually correct)

Era 1 – 1992-1999

Manes was started by Cernunnus in 1992 as a side-project of Atrox, a band he was playing in back then. A few experimental lineups, Manes settled as a two-man band, with Sargatanas doing the vocal duties and Cernunnus doing the rest of the instruments. The first demo: Maanens Natt (1993), the second Ned i Stillheten (1994) and the third: Til Kongens Grav de Døde Vandrer (1995). The debut album Under Ein Blodraud Maane was released by the Dutch label Hammerheart Records. After that album, Cernunnus took a long break from music.

Era 2:- 2002-2011

Manes resurfaced in 2002, with new line-up, new musical style and new appearance. Their second album, Vilosophe, was released in 2003 by the Italian label Code666, sublabel of Aural Music, to an unprepared audience. This abrupt change and unexpected behaviour have followed the band in everything they have done since. Manes played some gigs and festivals like Inferno Metal Festival in 2004, Hole in the Sky, Southern Discomfort and Quart Festival, and shared a stage with bands like Isis, Katatonia, Red Harvest and Theatre of Tragedy among others to finalize their commitment to Aural Music. Manes released the [view] ep in 2006 as an intermezzo between albums. Rune Hoemsnes left the band briefly in 2006, but finished laying drumming parts for the band next album. Tor-Arne Helgesen was hired for the corresponding tour and subsequent recording sessions. In 2007, Manes released the web ep Deprooted and the album How the World Came to an End via the British label Candlelight Records. This album further explored more the musical styles of Vilosophe and saw Manes as a more creative collective collaborating with a group of guests. During the recording sessions for this album, Manes were attempting to produce and record the following album Be All End All, but the album ended up being released only in 2014. The reviews for How the World Came to an End were good, and the band gained a lot of attention, but no concerts were played in the wake of the release. The band took a time off, and 15 different Manes web albums were released in 2011, among these Overheated, Deep North and Roman Shower.

Era 3: 2013-present

In spring 2013 the band resurfaced with new creative urge. The standstill was due to factors like health and family, and the associated Manes members were devoted to other bands and projects, many of whom were collaboration between two or more of band members. In the summer of 2013 Manes released a new track “Blanket of Ashes” online, and announced that the album Be All End All finally will be released following a compilation album of obscurities and rare material called Teeth, Toes and other trinkets, both via the French label debemur morti. Since November 2015, the band has been recording their fifth studio record according to their Facebook page. In early 2018, Manes announced a new album, Slow Motion Death Sequence.

Tor-Helge Skei
Guitar, synth, programming

Asgeir Hatlen

Eivind Fjøseide
Guitar, synth

Torstein Parelius

Rune Hoemsnes
Drums, programming




cd : 2003, code666
vinyl : 2010, kneel before the master’s throne
tape : 2016, sarlacc productions
digital : 2016, aural music



cd : 2006, aural music
digital : 2016, aural music



digital : 2007, candlelight records


How the world came to an end


cd : 2007, candlelight records
digital : 2013, candlelight records



digital : 2008


#418 – #403

Web series

digital : 2011


Teeth, toes and other trinkets

Compilation album

cd/vinyl/digital : 2014, debemur morti productions

Be all end all


cd/vinyl/digital : 2014, debemur morti productions



flexi/digital : 2014, debemur morti productions

Slow motion death sequence


cd/vinyl/digital : 2018, debemur morti productions

“Endetidstegn” video

Young skeleton


vinyl/digital : 2020, aftermath music
digital (bandcamp): 2023, manes

“Young skeleton” video

Saeculum ii


digital : 2023, manes