BENNY VERCAMMEN                                     BASS PLAYER

Benny played together with highschool friend Erik Callaerts in various metal bands from the age of 16. Became a member of Whitefang in 1980 together with Erik. After this he was bass player with Iron Grey and various cover bands.

When Erik set up a new band a new collaboration was established and this eventually led to CYGNUS, later on CYGNUS ATRATUS.

ERIK CALLAERTS                                                        GUITAR

                                                                   MUSIC AND LYRICS

Has been playing guitar forever in different bands, often in the company of esteemed bassplayer Benny Vercammen.

Studied classical and flamenco guitar.

Founded CYGNUS originally with bass player Benny Vercammen to make a concept album, as a tribute to the works of favoured writer Jack Vance.


Uses LTD, Jackson and custom build guitars, and Engl and Marshall amplification.

CYGNUS ATRATUS is the musical concept of Benny Vercammen and Erik Callaerts, who have been composing,

writing music and playing together since there school days.

Through the years they have been recording, working together and playing live and in the studio

with a many different host of people, be it musicians, artists or technicians, all who have been contributing to the style and shape of music that has become the musical landscape of CYGNUS.

We would like to thank everybody who contributed in the past, and are looking forward to new encounters in the future.

Tom Tuypens - drums on


live performance

Marieke Bresseleers - 

vocals on


Iris L'or -vocals on radio edit 'Lady of Stone' and 'Ritual' and live performance

Frank Vermeiren - vocals on


Kjell de Raes - drums on

'THE EMPYREAN HEAVEN' and live performance

Anke de Raes - keyboards

live performance

Jean-Pierre Kerckhofs -

keyboards on