Sympathy Logo



Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada


Black metal, Blackened death metal, Death metal, Technical death metal

Years active:

1991-present (Indefinite Hiatus)

Associated Acts:

Mortification, Incursion, Ninth Sphere, Abolishment of Hate, Into Eternity

Current members:

Derek James-From
Jeff Lewis
Jim Austin

Sympathy are a technical blackened death metal band that originated out of Caronport, Saskatchewan in the country of Canada.[1] The band originated in 1991 as a five-piece but quickly shifted into a solo project of Derek James From, eventually releasing five studio albums, two demos, and an EP in that span.[1]

History Edit

Sympathy began as a five-piece in 1991, releasing a demo independently, influenced by Celtic Frost.[2] However, by 1995, the band members left, leaving Derek James From the sole member of the band.[1][2] With From as the sole member, he recorded the band's debut album, Arrogance and Ignorance, which he released that same year.[1] In 1995, the band released their sophomore album, Age of Darkness.[1] In 1996, the band released a demo, titled Realms of Chaos, independently.[1]

In 2001, Sympathy signed with Fear Dark Records, followed by recording his third album - and his first commercially viable release - Invocation.[3] In 2004, the band released their fourth album, Arcane Path, also through Fear Dark.[4] Tim Roth and Rob Doherty would feature on the album, as session members.[5] In 2005, an EP, titled Abyssal Throne was released, via a new label called Momentum Scandinavia.[6]

Jeff Lewis, formerly of Mortification, would join the band on Lead Guitars, while Jim Austin of Into Eternity took over the Drum mantle.[7] On February 19, 2008, the band officially signed with Bombworks Records.[8] The band's fourth album, Anagogic Tyranny, was released through their new label, on November 11, 2008.[9] By April 2009, the band announced they had a new album written - tentatively titled Beast - with 12 songs ready to record.[10]

Members Edit


  • Derek "Dharok" James From - Vocals, Guitars, Programming (1991-present)
  • Jeff Lewis - Guitars (2005-present)
  • Jim Austin - Drums (2005-present)


  • Four additional musicians (1991-1995)[2]


  • Tim Roth - Lead Guitars (2004-2005)
  • Rob Doherty - Lead Guitars (2004-2005) (RIP 2012)
  • Dustin Olson - Lead Guitars (2005)

Discography Edit

Studio albums

  • Arrogance and Ignorance (1993)
  • Age of Darkness (1995)
  • Invocation (2002)
  • Arcane Path (2004)
  • Anagogic Tyranny (2008)


  • Covenant (1991)
  • Untitled (1992)
  • Realms of Chaos (1996)


  • Abyssal Throne (2005)

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Skyklad (November 6, 2002). "Sympathy". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Morrow, Matt. "Sympathy". HM Magazine. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  3. "Sympathy - Invocation (2002, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  4. "Sympathy - Arcane Path (2004, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  5. "Sympathy - Arcane Path". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  6. "Sympathy - Abyssal Throne (2005, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  7. Tormentor Enrich. "Sympathy". Lords of Metal. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  8. "Sympathy Signs With Bombworks Records". February 19, 2008. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  9. "Sympathy signs with Bombworks Records". Bombworks Records. February 19, 2008. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
  10. "Sympathy and Bombworks Records Part Ways". Facebook. November 18, 2011. Retrieved on December 27, 2019.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.