As Tartaros was never a band in the traditional sense, it has rather existed as an outlet for the darkly creative works of one man: himself. During the latter part of 1995, Charmand Grimloch signed a multi-album deal with Necropolis Records. The label released the debut Mini-CD, "The Grand Psychotic Castle", in 1997, and it proved to be a musical labyrinth of eerie soundscapes that conjured bizarre images of terrifying beauty and chilling atmospheres. The Mini-CD went on to receive critical compliments in the international underground, and established Tartaros as a most important strength in Black Metal. It was during this time that countrymen Emperor recognized the brilliance in his music and recruited him as their touring keyboardist. While the industry was taken aback by the amazing synthesizer introduction of the Mini-CD, he came up with the terrifying and eerie musical conception known as The Thrill, which previewed a track on the re-released "The Grand Psychotic Castle"'s Digipack-CD in 1999.
It was also during this year that Charmand Grimloch entered his own studio, S.M.I., for the recording of his last masterwork entitled "The Red Jewel". Being a powerful extension of his brilliance, the album showcased even more of his prowess on the keyboards, all the while layered with his trademark psychedelic dreadfulness that accented his work. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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