RUÏM was formed in 2020 by the Norwegian-born, Grammy award-winning guitarist Blasphemer (Rune Eriksen), known from acts such as Vltimas and Mayhem. Joining Blasphemer on drums is French born drummer César Vesvre (Agressor, Thagirion).
Driven by a firm desire to revisit the style of music he has dedicated himself to and been associated with since the mid 90´s and inspired by the rediscovery of a long lost tape of old, unused Mayhem-era riffs from 98/99, the concept of starting a new project based around these ideas manifested itself quickly. Soon, a new vision was born for an album immersed in Brazilian witchcraft and the left-hand path of the Umbanda tradition to deliver a new blackened opus in the vein Blasphemer has been synonymous with since his inception into Mayhem back in 1994 (until 2007).
Black Royal Spiritism – I – O Sino da Igreja’, RUÏM’s debut studio album, presents a glimpse of something new, unique, visionary and highly eclectic. A pitch-black offering, ‘Black Royal Spiritism’ is steeped in ominous and eerie, unnerving darkness, with each track meticulously woven with a sinister undercurrent, given flesh by Blasphemer’s highly distinctive brutal riffing style.
Vocals on ‘Black Royal Spiritism – I – O Sino da Igreja’ are also handled by Blasphemer himself, sung in a mix of English, Portuguese and Norwegian, with lyrical themes rooted in a celebration and dedication to the lore and rituals of “linha da esquerda”.
Now, due to increased demand for live shows, a full line-up has finally been put together. The band will commence its live activities for exclusive festival performances, starting late 2024 and onwards.