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“Death is an ANCIENT SPELL… unbroken. Do not fear it and it will empower you to live life to the fullest.”




Donnie Marhefka – Vocals
Conrad Viz – Guitar
Jeff Clark – Bass
Rob Thompson – Drums
Dan Rado – Guitar


Los Angeles based metal band Ancient Spell show an unapologetic love for the genre by combining elements of heavy metal, doom, stoner, thrash, and death metal. The result is a formidable assault of riffs, beats, and dark lyrics delivered with ominous ferocity.

Formed in 2012 by songwriter/guitarist Conrad Viz with bass player Jeff Clark, Ancient Spell released their self-titled debut in 2013. By developing a tight knit community of fans around them, Ancient Spell quickly went from playing backyard parties and small bars to playing venues like the world famous Whisky A Go-Go. Drummer Rob Thompson joined the band in the Summer of 2014, and Donnie Marhefka became the front man vocalist in the Winter of 2014.

Ancient Spell entered the studio in 2015 to record its sophomore release, Forever In Hell, which was released on Minotauro Records that Fall. They also recruited guitarist Dan Rado to round out the lineup. After touring throughout 2015 and 2016, getting a guest spot on Check It Out! With Dr Steve Brule, and contributing a song to the soundtrack of the independent film Nowhereland, Ancient Spell started writing material for a third release.

Recorded and produced by Grammy nominee Chris Collier, the 2017 album Eternal Punishment is the next step in Ancient Spell’s evolution. With Jeff and Dan contributing songs alongside Conrad’s writing, Eternal Punishment is their most diverse and merciless release to date.

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“Los Angeles, California’s doom and death metal quintet Ancient Spell has released its second opus of mind numbing and spirit crushing epic under the guise of “Eternal Punishment”.

Mind you, “Eternal Punishment” is a very, very fitting title to this slab of maniacal hell, which is even more brutally sick than their debut album “Forever In Hell”.

Frontman and demonic growler Donnie Marhefka certainly adds his black magic-like disgusting throat convulsions along to Ancient Spell’s wall of immense mixture of doom and death metal guitar rhythms.”...Read More

- Sarjoo Devani, Explicitly Intense

“This beast of a release has everything going for it and that means A) It's a damn fine collection of songs that are well-structured and tech-savvy B) The musicians involved with "Forever In Hell" are all top-tier C) "Forever In Hell" features a perfect production where everything shines and D) The combination of traditional heavy metal, death thrash and doom metal on display here is arguably one of the best I've ever heard!”

- Andy, Heavy Metal Time Machine

“Right out of the gate they filled the room with brutal riffs, powerful drums, a tag team of killer vocals, beautiful dual guitar harmonies, blistering leads, and fat bass. Combine all that with an energetic stage show & revving up the crowd to show their horns, made it a great interactive experience that made the night unforgettable. All in all, it was evident that they had a lot of fun, which the crowd picked up on & joined their enthusiasm.”

- Johnny Blade, Heavy Metal Hill

“Los Angeles doom metallers Ancient Spell have announced a Sept. 8 release for their new album, Forever in Hell, via Minotauro Records. The full-length is their second behind a 2013 self-titled, and a newly unveiled teaser finds its tracks rife with metallic lurch and alternatingly thrashy and doomed impulses playing out in darkened, grim atmospheres.”

- The Obelisk

“In my opinion Ancient Spell are a very great sounding mixture of heavy, doom and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Under Your Spell" "Beyond The Gates" and "Black Flame Ritual". 8/2 out of 10.”

- OccultBlackMetal, ExtremeUndergroundMusicZine

“The heavy metal fires stoked on the West Coast of the USA decades ago are being kept well lit it seems. LA’s Ancient Spell bring together the best of the early ‘80’s Californian thrash scene and doom it all up for a nice heavy offering. Having only formed in 2012, the band have crafted a solid album in “Forever In Hell”. It is a rock solid slab of heavy metal. The notable thing is the album’s consistency. Clocking in at around 35 minutes, there’s no real filler, just a well crafted collection of tracks full of intent and purpose. “Forever In Hell” is worth getting a hold of and I, for one, will be keeping an eye out for Ancient Spell in the future.”

- Johnny Zed, Ave Noctum


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