Noctuary sprung forth into the underground metal scene in 1996. Following months of preparation, the band recorded the acclaimed demo Where All Agony Prevails, garnering immediate label interest and critical recognition. Displaying Noctuary's signature emphasis on extremity, melody and atmosphere, the demo signaled the emergence of an impressive new force within the nascent international underground.

Noctuary signed to Blood Fire Death Records, an imprint of Dark Symphonies, in early 1997. After touring to establish a support base and hone its musical craft, Noctuary entered the studio to record the full-length debut For Salvation. In the midst of the recording process, Lost Disciple Records approached the band and ultimately purchased the remainder of its Blood Fire Death contract. Noctuary signed a two-album deal with Lost Disciple and released For Salvation in the fall of 1998. The album cemented Noctuary's underground reputation and displayed the constant evolution of its songwriting and technical mastery.

Following supporting performances and festival appearances throughout '98-'00, Noctuary reentered the studio. During the sessions for their second full-length effort, the band began exploring more creative territories and seeking to fuse its popular and classical influences. The concept album When Fires Breed Blood was released in the fall of 2000 and hailed as a masterpiece. The band's newer songs incorporated postmodern piano interludes and acoustic guitar passages, melodic and raw vocal styles all framed within evocative songwriting. Noctuary had taken its brand of extreme metal into uncharted thematic and musical territory.

After several years of writing, performing, and demo'ing new material Noctuary finally returned to the studio in late 2005 to record Recollection. This collection of new and revisited Noctuary classics has proven to be the band's most varied album to date. Further expanding on previous musical ideas and experiments from the past, the band continues to challenge the prevailing conventions of underground music. Noctuary subsequently inked a deal with Quadrivium records in early 2006 for the worldwide release of the album.

Along with the release of Recollection, 2006 will see Noctuary touring throughout several regions of North America, several festival appearances, and a music video in support of the album. And with a follow-up album almost completely written, fans can expect to see the release of The Grand Design in late 2007.