Biography last updated January 01, 2015.
   

 

2014 - Toward the Unburiable Dead

The year began with the band finishing up rehearsing new material for the upcoming album, 'The Unburiable Dead.' Rehearsals ran through March when the band switched gears and began rehearsing a set for the NYDM Spring Bash in Milwaukee (well, Cudahy), on April 26th.

Recordings for 'The Unburiable Dead' began in June. Extra time was taken in exhaustive experimentation with microphone placement before recording Mike's drums, but he was finished by mid-July. The band switched back into rehearsal mode to prepare for three shows across the US in August, including two with old Dutch pals Pentacle.

First up was St. Louis, Missouri with the German war machine Ketzer, and regional friends Terra Caput Mundi and Oblong Box. Two weeks later AK flew out to Los Angeles for a devastating show with Pentacle, Morgengrau, Raped God, Unholy Lust, and Old Coven. A week later AK leveled Chicago with Pentacle, Sons of Famine and Scythe.

Back on home ground, Chuck began recording rhythm guitars in September, finishing up in October. Leads began shortly afterwards and ran through the end of the year as Alex geared up for bass and vocals. The band projects finishing by February and turning all elements over to NWN for a release in spring or early summer. 'The Unburiable Dead' will of course receive the LP/Die Hard/CD/Picture Disc treatment.

December also brought the announcement that Ares Kingdom and Nifelheim would be destroying New York City together in conjunction with the venerable Defenders of the Old Festival on March 15th...

2013 - 'Veneration' of the Gods and New Album Rehearsals

The band spent the majority of 2013 in the depths of Very Metal Sound, rehearsing ten new songs for their upcoming third LP.

Half the album was rehearsed by the time the band changed gears to rehearse older material for a gig in Chicago on June 22nd with Sathanas and Malas. The second - and final - show of 2013 was headlining Houston's Destroying Texas Festival 7 on November 16th, appearing along side Imprecation, Obeisance, HOD, Sacrocurse, Perversion, and others.

The band's covers album, Veneration, was released in June 2013 by NWN! Productions on LP and CD. The band funded a limited edition run of picture dics, which are only available from the band at shows or through the AK website.

It was originally conceived as an EP that would allow the band to experiment with different studio techniques that were not used during the recordings of 'Return to Dust' and 'Incendiary.' However the project grew to album length after they decided to include tracks by their former bands, Vulpecula and Nepenthe - songs which had only been played live and in rehearsal.

The experiments were a success, and gave Veneration a thicker and heavier - yet equally chaotic - sound compared to 'Return to Dust' and 'Incendiary.'

By the end of the year the band was rehearsing the final song of the new album. Additional time will be spent in early 2014 tightening the new material, and recordings will commence soon thereafter - fitted around an appearance at the NYDM Spring Bash (in Milwaukee) on April 25/26, with Possessed, Morbid Saint, Internal Bleeding, Dr Shrinker, Masoleum, Prime Evil, and many more.

2012 - Veneration Recording Session, Central States and European Assaults

The year began with the band continuing work on Veneration at Very Metal Sound. Final artwork was being prepared at the end of December, and the release on LP and CD by NWN Productions is slated for early 2013.

2012 was truly a great year for live shows and saw Ares Kingdom reunited with comrades in Adorior, Cianide, Midnight, Gates of Slumber, Superchrist, Black Witchery, Terra Caput Mundi, and many more.

After wintering in the depths of Very Metal Sound, the band emerged for shows in Cudahy/Milwaukee on April 21st, St. Louis on April 28th, Austin's supreme 'Chaos in Tejas' fest June 2nd, and again on August 10th for the NYDM annual in Minneapolis.

AK then returned to Very Metal Sound and finished production work on Veneration. Suffice to say this is the band's most crushing sound yet. Almost immediately thereafter the band began rehearsing special sets for the NWN Fest III in Berlin on November 10th, and the final show of the year in Chicago on November 24.

And at great long last, in December the band began rehearsing material for the third Ares Kingdom album. Yes, indeed.

See you in 2013.

2011 Homeground

Following an appearance at NWN Fest. II in Berlin during November 2010, Ares Kingdom regrouped at Very Metal Sound and spent the first half of 2011 selecting and rehearsing cover tracks for the upcoming 'Veneration' CD/LP release for NWN Prod. The band ventured out to Omaha for the first annual Eastern Nebraska Death Fest on July 23rd, plus a local show on September 4th.

Late summer and early fall was spent preparing and recording drum tracks for 'Veneration.'

Yet as 2011 seemed to be ambling quietly into the sunset, armageddon came in early December when AK flew to San Antonio to play the Rites of Darkness III pre-fest show on Thursday, December 8th. Not long after arriving AK were asked to play the main fest as well. The band accepted and reworked a set for the final night.

While the pre-fest gig was plagued by technical problems, the main fest went very well - all things considered. Backline shortages were rife, yet the bands pulled together and made the best of things. Fortunately Phil Kusabs (Vassafor/Diocletian/Blasphemy) was in command of the mixing desk during AK's set and things went off perfectly. Vorfeed was instrumental in AK's merch booth that night as well. For something that began so tentatively, it ended up being a massive success and was yet another opportunity to spread terror alongside allies in Adorior, Cianide, Ignivomous, Mournful Congregation, Midnight, Demigod, Blaspherian, Black Witchery, Weapon, Inquisition, Antaeus, and Zemial.

2012 began with the rest of the winter being spent finishing off recordings for 'Veneration.'

 

2010 was Ares Kingdom's busiest year yet. It started with two shows opening for the reunited Order From Chaos on January 2nd in Kansas City, and January 16th in Los Angeles.

January 16th also marked the release of the band's second full-length album, 'Incendiary' through NWN! Productions. The album has entered its second pressing and is available on LP, CD and 'die hard' picture disc.

These early-year shows were followed by an appearance in St. Louis with Zuul and Terra Caput Mundi on March 26th, and then Chicago on March 27th with Order From Chaos. The following weekend Ares Kingdom appeared with Order From Chaos at the Destroying Texas Fest in Houston.

The band played Minneapolis in June, and Baltimore's Defenders of the Old Fest on October 16th with Bloodfeast, Tyrant, October 31st, Extermination Angel and Sentinel Beast.

The year's live appearances culminated on November 20th when Ares Kingdom subdued Berlin alongside NWN Fest allies Order From Chaos, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Xibalba, Black Witchery, Proclamation, Blasphemophager, Bone Awl, and Faustcoven - among others.

 

AK returned to Very Metal Sound in February 2009 to begin recording a relentless nine-track assault that picks up recisely where Return to Dust left off.
Our fifth release on NWN! Productions and our second full length album, Incendiary was released in January 2010 on CD, LP, and picture disc.

Musically, the album ranges in mood from classic thrash anthems to ultra-heavy overtures to calm and lyrical passages steeped in Metal's greatest traditions.

Lyrical themes on Incendiary explore significant historical and contemporary ideas and events through subjects as varied as religious extremism (Incendiary), the Creation vs. Evolution debate (Descent of Man), elitism and nihilism (Beasts that Perish), anti-complacency and the dangers of appeasement (Gathering the Eagles), and the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 (Abandon in Place).

The cover art is by Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), and is titled 'That Liberty Shall Not Perish From the Earth.' It was a poster for the USA's Fourth Liberty War Loan in 1918.

 

In October 2009 AK invaded Canada to leave a mark on Calgary at the Noctis III Fest, and Germany a month later at the NWN! Festival in Berlin. Both appearances were unqualified successes. The rest of the year was spent recording Incendiary.

 

In June 2008 we embarked on a three date field campaign in California with Angelcorpse, Gospel of the Horns, Cemetery Urn and Sanguis Imperum. The shows were a resounding success as all bands were focused on the same goal: Slash and burn the West Coast.

 

May 2008 saw the release of Firestorms and Chaos, our fourth release through NWN! Productions.
A CD compilation of B-sides and previously vinyl-only material, this release includes both the "Firestorm Redemption" and "Failsafe" singles, as well as the rare "Chaosmongers Alive" Live EP, and our 1997 Demo.

The booklet featured each release's original cover art, as well as other elements from each release.

 

Our third release on NWN! Productions and the last of our first album recording session material, the Failsafe 12" EP was released in September 2007.
It featured Failsafe with a Nuclear intro, plus three non-LP bonus tracks.

Die hard versions feature a special AK cypher patch and sticker.

 

Salvation now lies within reach...
Our second release on NWN! Productions and our first full length album, the eight track, 42 minute slab of Infernal Thrashing Death Metal known as Return to Dust was released in May 2006 on CD, LP, and picture disc, and we're now in our third CD pressing.

The LP comes with a gatefold jacket, inner photo collage sleeve and poster. Die Hard picture disc versions feature all of the previously mentioned, plus a limited edition 7" EP of our 1997 Demo and special patch & sticker.

 

Our first release on NWN! Productions, the Firestorm Redemption 12" EP included its title track, plus two non-LP bonus tracks and was released in January 2006 as a teaser for Return to Dust.

Regular versions come with a lyric poster, and the limited edition Die Hard version is pressed on gold vinyl and features an embroidered yellow on black shaped logo patch and black and white logo sticker.

 

ARES KINGDOM came together in late 1996 as a project between former ORDER FROM CHAOS members Chuck Keller and Mike Miller. The first demo was recorded and released in early 1997. After issuing the demo Chuck and Mike rehearsed new material and began looking for other permanent members. Kansas City has never been tolerant of extreme metal, so it was a difficult task to say the least...

Charter members of OFC's legendary Bastard Squad - Doug Overbay and former NEPENTHE bassist/vocalist Alex Blume joined in 2001 as bassist and vocalist.

After rehearsing this new line up for several months the band considered playing a few local shows. Looking around things seemed to have changed since the ORDER FROM CHAOS days. There were a few clubs that at least paid lip service to heavier music, so ARES KINGDOM decided to test the waters by playing three shows at different clubs between late 2002 and 2003.

To make a long story short, ARES KINGDOM quickly found themselves banned by two of the three clubs (one of which has since gone out of business), and the third simply never called back. So it seems little has changed in local attitudes towards truly extreme metal - and our equally vocal Bastard Squad friends.

So, just as it was with ORDER FROM CHAOS, after the local "scene" proved itself incapable of supporting something other than clones of trendy or major label tripe, ARES KINGDOM took their show on the road and played two very successful gigs in Chicago in February 2004 and the Nuclear Holocaust Festival in September 2005, as well as another show for the Omaha "Old Guard" in July 2004.

After completing the album in December 2005, the band shuffled and refined the line up into an even more metallic configuration.

Alex Blume - Vocals & Bass
Chuck Keller - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Mike Miller - Drums
Doug Overbay - Rhythm Guitars

The band are proud of their Return to Dust and Incendiary full lengths and are working on covers for a small project before work begins in earnest on the next album, as well as looking toward more opportunities to expand into other cities and countries and bring their infernal thrashing death metal to eager ears.