Nagelfar were a German progressive black metal band founded in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany in 1993 by Zorn and Rhyktius V. Grhabakk von Meilenwald. After a long search for a lead vocalist, Smaug was selected; Svein von Hackenberg became acquainted with Smaug and Rhyktius at a party and entered the band's lineup as bassist in 1995. In autumn 1995, Smaug was replaced by Jander, and Garvin joined as session keyboardist.
This lineup recorded the band's first demo, "Als die Tore sich öffnen" ("As the Gates Open"); their second demo, "Jagd" ("Hunt"), followed the next year before the band secured a contract with Kettenhund Records.
In 1997, the band released the first album, "Hünengrab Im Herbst"; a split EP with Dark Embrace titled "Nur Ein See" ("Only One Lake") followed the same year. In 1998, Svein von Hackenberg departed for personal reasons; he was replaced by Chaos. The production of "Srontgorrth", a concept album, was marred by turmoil, resulting in the departure of Jander before all the vocal tracks had been recorded. Zingultus was Jander's replacement, and Chaos left the band shortly after the completion of Srontgorrth. In 2001, "Virus West" appeared; in April 2002, the band broke up because of Zorns lack of motivation.
1995 - Als die Tore sich öffnen (demo)
1996 - Jagd (demo)
1997 - Nur Ein See (split with Dark Embrace)
1997 - Hünengrab Im Herbst
1999 - Srontgorrth
2000 - Garzweiler II (EP, only 1 copy exists)
2000 - Moment der Hysterie (split with Bluttaufe)
2001 - Virus West
2003 - Ragnarok (EP, 10 copies exist)