Dunkelgrafen is a German Melodic Black Metal band founded in 1995 by Dunkelgraf and Lord Asgaqlun. After finding a drummer (Gabriel) they started recording. In 1996 they were joined by Iskariot (vocals/keyboards) and Shaitan (bass). With this line-up they recorder their first demo- in march 1996 at the Digan-Studio which was called, like the band, "Dunkelgrafen". In May 1996 they had their first concert with Eminenz, Impending Doom and Desaster in Koblenz. Later this year they played at the "Morbiden Festspielen" with Grogoroth, Behemoth and others.