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Bálsýn Demo - Released February 1998
Bálsýn CD - Released August 1999
Elysium promo - Released June 2003
Orka I Myrkri CD - Released May 2004
Chameleon promo - Released jan 2006
Years in the shadows CD - Coming late 2006


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Potentiam was born in '97 when Einar (AKA Eldur) and Birgir (AKA Forn) joined forces.Eldur had been writing material for his band THULE which was formed in '95.Forn started a project on his own in '96. Eldur joined him and few months after that,G.Ó.Pálmason from Sólstafir came along and Hel was born.Hel recorded 4 songs in a low budget studio.Soon after that,Eldur and Forn decided to work together and form a project with deeper perspectives and aim for something more unique and original. Potentiam was given birth in September '97. Ten tracks were written and recorded in a small private studio (which later got the name studio Hel) ,and released early in February '98. One track from Hel, Hrafnaþing ,was taken and reproduced for this demo. The Potentiam demo was entitled "Bálsýn" and was released in only 50 copies.One of those copies went to Avantgardemusic/Wounded Love rec.. in Italy and they showed interest right away and offered Potentiam a record deal.The debut album was also entitled "Bálsýn",with 7 songs from the demo put into it plus 2 new ones.G.Ó. Pálmasson joined Potentiam again as a session drummer to record this album.It was released in August '99.

After this release,a long dead period came along while Potentiam was developing and looking for a drummer to help them out. Few drummers were tried out but it wasn't until in September '00 that Potentiam finally found an excellent sticksman that joined in for their next album " Orka I Myrkri ". Right after the studio recordings of that album he left the band to focus entirely on his own band.

Another sad period was ahead for Potentiam as they almost gave up hope of ever finding a new drummer on this small Icelandic soil. But in the summer of '02 they discovered a drummer from an Icelandic Blackmetal newcomer called Myrk. This drummer, having the same name as the earlier one, left the band in late 2003 after the recordings of a promo entitled "Elysium".

Potentiam tried to get back on track but was having a hard time recruiding a dedicated drummer. The band was inactive almost the whole year of 2004.

It wasn't until in the beginning of 2005 that G.Ó. Pálmason joined the band once again that things started to look promising for the future. The band has now written and released a new promo called "Chameleon". In late 2006 Potentiam signed a small deal with the German Schwarzdorn production for the release of Elysium and Chameleon combined in one full lenght album called "Years in the shadows".