For everyone who saw ARADIS playing live on stage, there is no doubt they were at the time one of the best bands coming from Puerto Montt city, located in southern Chile. ARADIS was a Doom/Death metal entity with some Black influences. Strongly inspired by bands like TIAMAT, PARADISE LOST, MY DYING BRIDE, TORMENTOR (Hun), among others, the band was formed in the mid of 1997.
The classic line-up included Patricio Inostroza (known as Azael) on vocals, Cristian Cárcamo (currently in SATANIC RIPPER, HALLUX VALGUS, ex-MORTINATVM) on drums, David Briones (currently in SON IN CURSE, THE BLACK HARVEST, ex-REGNUM ET MORTEM) and Jaime Aros (currently in REGNUM ET MORTEM) on guitars, Jorge Campos on bass guitar and Héctor Rubio (currently in REGNUM ET MORTEM, ex-TEMPLE) on keyboards. Other members who participated in this project were Víctor Low (currently in DEMONIC RAGE, RUINED, FUNERAL CHANT, ex-INFERNAL SLAUGHTER, ex-WARFARE) on keyboards and Francisco on guitars and bass.
The style was characterized by the use of mid-tempo guitars and acoustic interludes, melodic arrangements on keyboards, guttural vocals and some double kicks here and there on drums. The band composed around 9 songs and just recorded two of these songs: “My Dark” and “The Rebellion” but was never released. Other titles were “Dark Souls”, “Endless Tempest” and “Black Death Butterflies”.
Early 2000 the band worked on a demo recording with Walter Tölg (currently in HETROERTZEN, SAPIENTIA, ex-HHAHDA, ex-HORNS, ex-VERBIMUS, etc.) in Puerto Varas city, 16 kilometers away to the north of Puerto Montt but, for different reasons it was never finished despite the interest showed by the extreme metal scene, fanzines and labels at the time.
ARADIS participated of the classic Morbid Metal shows in their hometown, played some shows in Osorno, Valdivia, Punta Arenas and Temuco and shared stage with bands as TEMPLE, BLACK MOON, DORSO, BEWITCHED, HETROERTZEN, INQUISICIÓN, TORTURER, EPSILON, RETRAL, UNDERCROFT, VICTIMIZED, BURNING FLESH, IN MORTIS, etc.
ARADIS demise occurred in 2002 and after that, some members have tried to reform the band with a different musical direction with no success. The only ARADIS recordings you can find today is some old videos on YouTube performing some original songs and cover tunes live on stage.
*Thanks to David Briones for the information provided.