Compos Mentis is a Danish metal band. The band was formed in Vojens, Denmark.
Compos Mentis was formed in 1996, originally as a Metallica
jam band. In 2000, they released the demo Quadrology of Sorrow
and in 2001 they signed a record deal
with Lost Disciple Records
. In 2003, they released their debut studio album
, Fragments of a Withered Dream
In Septemper 2006, the group's keyboardist decided to quit the band after seven years as a member. That same year, Ken Holst (Bloodsoil, ex-Adversary) joined the band as the new guitarist, allowing Jesper, the lead singer and former guitarist, to focus solely on vocal duties. And another member joined the group, the keyboard player Rune Klausen, making the band six-piece band a new.
In October 2006, the band began a collaboration with the Danish booking agency, Strange Ears Booking, and a month later Compos Mentis signed a contract with the record label Mighty Music, whereupon the band released their second album Gehennesis in March 2007, though only in Denmark. On June 18, 2007, the album was released in the rest of the world.
After releasing new material in March, the band found themselves doing a small tour in their home country Denmark in September, while looking for "the right" chance to play across Europe, or outside Denmark. The band played in Danish towns and cities such as Copenhagen, Elsinore, Struer and Ribe. Only about a week - or so - before, the September 10, the band played with Dark Tranquillity at The Rock, Copenhagen.