Morgana Lefay Biography
The band Damage was founded by Jonas Soderling (d), Joakim Lundberg (b), Tony Eriksson (g) and Stefan Jonsson (g).
The former singer of Sefer Jezirah Charles Rytkönen, a good friend of Eriksson, was joining the four-piece.
The band changes their name to Morgana Lefay. Jonsson left the band and was replaced by Tommi Karppanen, a companion of Rytkönen from the Sefer Jezirah-era. In this line-up, the band recorded their "SOUNDHOUSE TAPES" (an allusion to the unofficial Iron Maiden debut tape that this band recorded on their own risk, pressed and sold via mailorder) named "Symphony Of The Damned". This album was pressed in a limited edition of 537 copies.
During additional demo recordings (working title: Rumours Of Rain) at FS Studios Soderhamn, Sweden, Lundberg left Morgana Lefay. His successor: Joakim Heder. The superior master quality of this demo tape convinced Black Mark Productions to sign the band. To give the debut album an acceptable total playing time the band added a bonus track and funny enough, this track became the title song of the album: "Knowing Just As I".
The debut album "Knowing Just As I" was released.
The second album entitled "The Secret Doctrine" was produced at the Swedish Wavestation L.A. Studios, and was released in December of the same year. Tours with Invocator & Cemetary through Germany and Switzerland followed.
Morgana Lefay played a great gig with Paradise Lost, Clawfinger & Skintrade at the Swedish Metal Music Awards, the so called "Zeppelin Gala".
First promotion video entitled "Rooms Of Sleep" was produced.
Karppanen left Morgana Lefay and was replaced by Fantasmogoria guitarist Peter Grehn to ensure a tour in Finnland and shows at "The Water Festival" in Stockholm, Sweden and at the "PopKomm" in Cologne, Germany.
Grehn left the band, because he wanted to continue with his band Fantasmogoria. The job of the second guitarist was taken over by Daniel Persson the former guitarist of Shotgun Alley.
"Sanctified", the third album, got raving reviews.
A festival tour with Cemetary, Memento Mori and Tad Morose. The second video clip "To Isengard" was produced.
The third video clip "In The Court Of Crimson King" was done. Headliner band of the "Rock City Tour" across Sweden.
"Past Present Future", the compilation plus four new tracks was released. At the same time they toured with Gamma Ray. Recording start of the fourth new album.
The album "Maleficium" was released. The new title track video was getting high rotation on various TV channels.
First Headliner tour across middle Europe - supported by the US band Solitude Aeturnus and the German quintet Brainstorm.
Heder, Persson and Jonas are moved to Stockholm and therefore left Morgana Lefay. Peter Grehn returned to the duo Eriksson/ Rytkönen with his Fantasmogoria friends Mikael Årsentrop (b) and Robin Engström (d).
Under the modified name "Lefay" the band recorded the new album "The Seventh Seal" for the Noise label.
"THE SEVENTH SEAL" was a big success. The album was presented live during a tour with Nevermore.
The newly recorded "inofficial" debut album "Symphony Of The Damned" got much applause from the numerous fans of the Swedes. The band played on the "Wacken Open Air".
December 1999/January 2000
With the help of the well-known engineer Per Ryberg, Lefay record the conceptalbum ...---... at the Soundcreation studios in Bollnäs, brilliantly mixed by Frederick Nordström at the Göteborg based Fredman studios.
Various festival appearances, i.e. the "Bang Your Head" in Balingen from June 30th to July 1st, were booked.
August / September 2000
Lefay was the Headliner on the "Lost In Europe" tour. They were touring with Angel Dust, Steel Prophet and StormHammer. In Berlin, the band got dropped by the Label Noise Records.
Begin of 2001
The band was splitting due to some (alcohol) problems of some band members.
June / July 2001
The band got together again and played a gig, to see if the band chemistry still works!
October / November 2001
The band did a few gigs, November 3rd, they played in Bollnäs!
In December it was official, that they were back...
Lefay has parted ways with bassist Micke Åsentorp, due to difference of opinions basically. Replacement for him is Fredrik Lundberg (Fantasmagoria, Divine Sin, Incarnated...)
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