Early years

AETERNITAS was founded in 1999 by Anja and Alex Hunzinger and in August 2000 released their first and very well-received concept album “requiem”, which combined a variety of different styles (from classical to metal elements). The success of the album encouraged Anja and Alexander to build a live band,  to bring their songs to the stage.

The second album “La Danse Macabre” , released in 2004, joined contemporary Gothic Metal with classical, electronic and theatrical influences. The concept of stage realization was developed for spectators to enjoy a theatrical Gothic live show where the actors took the audience into the world of the Danse Macabre (e.g. at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) 2005).

Theatre period

These two concept albums paved the way for the subsequent development of AETERNITAS and their next work, the Gothic Musical “Rappacinis Tochter” (“Rappaccini’s Daughter”). The piece is based on the short story of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, a contemporary and companion of Edgar Allan Poe. Painstaking work from 2005 saw music, texts and dialogues written under the guidance of director Sandra M. Heinzelmann and arranger Tillmann Kracke. By May 2007 the stage was coming together and in January 2008 the show opened with great success in Hamburg.

This was AETERNITAS’ gift to the Gothic and Metal Scene, and to the Musical-inclined public of Germany: its GOTHIC MUSICAL. “Rappacinis Tochter” was performed live on stage between 2008 and 2011 (e.g. four times at the WGT 2009 ).

New era

In 2012 AETERNITAS started working on their new concept album “House of Usher”, based on the famous short story of Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”. For this new album AETERNITAS developed a modern Symphonic Metal with complex orchestral arrangements, grooving rock parts and the strong and catchy melodies of both singers.

In spring 2016 AETERNITAS signed a deal with the German metal label MASSACRE RECORDS, which released the fourth studio album on 21st October 2016.

Beginning of 2017 AETERNITAS announced the departure of longtime singer Alma due to personal reasons. AETERNITAS could persuade Julia Marou to join as successor who continues as the female front singer in the band.

The previous highlight of the symphonic metal formation was the support gig for the SCORPIONS in Rüsselsheim 2017 at the Hessentagsarena.

The fifth studio album “Tales Of The Grotesque” was released on 29th June 2018. The 12 songs of the album are all based on short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe.

End of 2018 singer Oliver Bandmann decided to step down as the front man of AETERNITAS due to personal commitments. Subsequently Alex Hunzinger will resume lead male vocals, having previously fronted the band for the first albums along with backing vocals and growls on the last two albums.