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ERIK CALLAERTS has been playing guitar forever in different metalbands.

Studied classical and flamenco guitar.

Founded CYGNUS in 2015.


Uses LTD, Jackson and schecter guitars, and Engl and Boss amplification.

Cygnus Atratus was founded as a progmetal band in 2015 by guitarist Erik Callaerts and bassplayer Benny Vercammen, who have been playing together since ages and were together in several bands, mostly of heavy and progressive nature.


Together with ex Temptations for the weak drummer Tom Tuypen and vocalist Frank Vermeiren the foundations for the band were laid, and 4 tracks were recorded in the Artsound studios in 2016.

The epee ‘The first hour’ was released and successfully distributed, and put Cygnus Atratus on the power/ sympho/ progmetal map, with exclusively positive reviews.

The epee was intended as a promotional tool for the release of a full album, titled

The Empyrean Heaven’.

Later on drummer Kjell De Raes joined the band.


Female lead singer Marieke Bresseleers (Lords of Acid, Circle unbroken)- took professional care of the vocals this time, and together with the impressive keys of JP Kerckhofs, this lifted the band to a new level.


Later on keyboard player Anke De raes joined the band and for the live shows lead singer Iris l'Or.


Cygnus is now a studio project that emphasises on instrumental guitar music with a great variety of musical influences.

For the new EP 'III', Markus Polzer took care of the drums.

The mix is done by Frank Rotthier (Trix),the mastering by Simone Mularoni (DGM).

       Markus Polzer

       Kjell De Raes

    Simone Mularoni

 Marieke Bresseleers

      Frank Rotthier

        J.P. Kerkhofs

  Benny Vercammen

       Anke De Raes

         Tom Tuypens

             Iris l'Or

     Frank Vermeiren

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