In 1989 a thrash metal band called Hymen Imperforatus emerged in the Swedish metal scene. Inspired by bands like Sepultura, Kreator and Slayer they made a demo tape that was spread locally in their home town Karlskoga, Sweden. In 1990 the band changed direction into a more death metal oriented sound. At this point they changed name to Assembly and then to Enshrined. In 1991 the line-up changed radically and the band name became Goddefied.