MORBID DARKNESS was officially launched by Clayton Shaver and Chris Shaver as 'HAVOK' in September of 1989, over a year following its initial and premature conception in the summer of 1988 as 'REEK HAVOK'. Between 1989 and 1991, the duo changed monikers and musical styles several times before finally resting on the name MORBID DARKNESS and employing a Black Death Metal style. The duo released their first demo (Morbid Darkness) in late 1991. In early-mid 1992 music was completed for a follow-up demo (Enter The 7th Sacrificial Domain - unfinished) but internal friction caused a hiatus between the summer of 1992 and 1993 and the material was discarded. In 1993 talks began of a possible 7" to be released, and a rehearsal tape (Rehearsal 12/1993) was recorded at the end of the year, following the completion of the respective material. The 7" deal never came to be but the duo followed through with the recording of a second demo (Return From Death) in spring 1994. Between 1994 and 1996, music was written for numerous demos (Ascend, The Pondering Sun, Refuse - all unfinished) but due to internal issues none of them came to fruition as a band effort. In mid-1996, following what were perhaps the most intense times between the duo, MORBID DARKNESS came to a close. During the years that followed, Chris continued to work with material in the MORBID DARKNESS archives, as well as with other musicians in other projects. During the second half of 1999, Chris began production on a large collection of reworked MORBID DARKNESS material from 1989-1995 (The Decade Project - unfinished) with the hopes that Clayton would join him in the vocal department. The project was abandoned due to a lack of mutual interest. In 2004, citing an upcoming MORBID DARKNESS 7" release (Warfare At Winters Solstice), the duo began talks again of a possible reunion and a subsequent new album. In the midst of preproduction the duo saw internal turmoil yet again, and work on the album was cancelled. In 2009, Chris re-launched the project on his own with the intention to fulfill some past aspirations and to unearth some previously unreleased material. In 2009, 2 demos (Demonichrist, Walpurgis Rites) and 2 compilations (Years Of The Lost: Volumes 1 & 2) were released. In 2010, an EP was released (Volatus Veneficum) which initially included remixed versions of the 2009 demos and a collection of BATHORY covers (later - Mistress Of Curse). In late 2010, work on a debut full-length album commenced and in early 2011 was released (Seraphim). Later in 2011, after some consideration, Chris decided to end further releases as MORBID DARKNESS and instead employ a new/old moniker, CRIMSON REQUIEM (a name originally proposed in 1993), for all future releases. A final compilation (Years Of The Lost: Volume 3) and a collection of remastered demos (Tomes) were both released before this subsequent name change came into effect. In 2012, upon cancelling the CRIMSON REQUIEM project, as well as a proposed merger, MORBID DARKNESS became inactive. In 2013 material was written which was considered for a new MORBID DARKNESS album (The Crimson Requiem - unfinished) before talks commenced again between the duo and plans for a final MORBID DARKNESS release (Choking The Life Out Of Light - unfinished) began. The final release was to contain a remixed version of the 1994 'Return From Death' demo and 5 reworked 1994 songs which originally made up part of the unrecorded 'Ascend' demo. The duo was unable to work together, being worlds apart both in vision and in execution. Due mainly to these conflicts and instabilities but as well with the subsequent merging of all of Chris's projects into VHOD, the release was cancelled. The 'final' release comes in the form of the remixed 1994 demo (Return From Death 2014 Remix) in April 2014.
MORBID DARKNESS was officially restarted in early 2017 and, like the more recent releases, is being navigated solely by Chris Shaver. A new EP (The Oblong Box) was released in April 2017.
Affiliated with DEMONIC, Chris' original side project, which began in 1990.