RÁN was formed in the Netherlands, anno 2008, on sheer – and sudden – impulse as Nekron came to realize that the time was right to return to music after 15 years had passed since his involvement with the now defunct, Icelandic grindcore act Extermination.
The band was hastily thrown together: Nekron on bass and vocals, with the Greek Reptilia and Aspyron, the former on drums and the latter on guitar.
Aspyron was soon to fall out due to inner ear trauma, suffered in part due to the sheer volumes at practice and after nearly two years of searching for the right candidate; the timely addition of the Dutch Aesthyr set the band – finally – on the right course. Yet, as of early 2013, Aesthyr was to be replaced with the equally Dutch Abyssiakh, moving RÁN’s home base further into the regions of North Holland.
In early 2011, drummer Reptilia had to resign for personal reasons and was to be temporarily replaced by session drummer Rephaim. A few concerts later, the permanent replacement was found in Rhym, a seasoned drummer out of the depths of the Dutch underground.
The musical essence of RÁN is power and uncompromising, sonic violence, mingled with the predominant elements of all forms of Extreme Metal and invigorated through relentless Black Metal Hellpossession! In turn, this is contrasted with Hard Rock/Shock Rock influences, classical 80´s Thrash riffs and guitar solos, tainted with the cultural essence of Nekron’s Icelandic/Norse heritage alongside the darkest aspects of Dutch culture.
The lyrics and image deal with Chaos, Hell, Anti-christianity and the slaughter of heavenly forces upon eternal battlefields. Rune magick and warlike spells are placed within the poetic concept, written in the ways of Nekron’s Viking ancestors to construct a dangerous blend of powerful incantations; inviting the listener to the darkest pits of the purgatory realms and infesting their souls with ways of pure, Hellish, Rock’n Roll inferno!
Nekron Bass and vocals
2011 – Trash Black (demo)
2011 – Doomsday Eve (live album)
2012 – Rock to hell (demo)
2013 – Demonstorm (no date yet)