Order of the Ebon Hand was formed in Greece in August, 1994 by Merkaal (Nocternity) on vocals / bass and Lorthar on guitars. Their mission was to create orthodox black metal. Lethe (Septic Flesh, Thou Art Lord, Horrified and Necromantia) joined shortly after, handling drums and keyboards. The order was now complete. The band's first recorded song, The Skull, appeared on the Greek metal compilation Warzone 4, issued by Metal Invader magazine in 1996. Soon after, Metal Hammer magazine included the song, Stormlords, on Hammer Holocaust 3 that same year.