Arminius was founded in 1998 by Jasper
Pol (bass), Fabian Haringa (drums) and Willem van Balen (guitar).
Arminius' first songs were a mixture of Death Metal and early Black
Metal. In 2000 Jasper and Fabian left the band and were replaced
by Walter de Groot (guitar) and Lex v/d Heuvel (drums). The songs
became much faster, more aggressive and more complex. Some time
later Henk v/d Berg joined Arminius to blast along with us on his
Bass-guitar and Michael Philippo decided to rain terror with his
vocals. We recorded a promo in 2003 called "Storms Below".
In 2004 Walter and Michael left Arminius.
Ben de Graaff was our singer for two years and with his arrival
we did lots of gigs. In Januari 2006 the Storms Below promo was
released on a three-way split with Soulless and Pandemic genocide
by Polish underground label Old temple.
Ben left and Anton Visser of the mighty Obtruncation helped us out
with a couple of gigs we did in 2006. He also did the vocals of
on a Venom cover we recorded that summer.
January 2007 brought us our new vocalist and deathgrowler Robert
Stolk. June 2007 brought along a big change. Lex left, Henk took
over the drums and Robert picked up the bass. Arminius became a
three man formation.
We recorded the Album Orison in 2008 en released it ourselves in
Tibor Lelkes joined us in 2012 and 2013. He contributed some riffs which can be heard on Alsem.
We have recorded the Album Alsem in 2014.
In November 2016 after a two year absence on the stage we've returned with total wardrenched fury.
Willem van Balen (guitar & backing vocals): Celtic Frost, Urgehal,
Henk v/d Berg (drums): Demigod, Deicide, Iron maiden, Slayer, Morbid
Robert Stolk(bass & vocals): Morbid Angel, Enslaved, Deicide,
The name Arminius
In the year 7 after the Nazarene the Germanic general Arminius destroyed
three Roman Legions in the hart of the Teutenborger Wald. He send
the head of the general back to the Romans. These Legions have never
been erected again out of shame. After this massacre the Romans
never found the strenght nor the will to consolidate their empire
beyond the river Rhine. This limited the northward expansion of
the Roman Empire and prevented the subjugation of the Germanic tribes
by the Romans.
Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 2016