In June 2000, in the Swedish town of Helsingborg, members of local black metal acts Abusus Ad Mortem and The Darksend teamed up to form a new band. After the demise of The Darksend in 1999, Tony Richter (vocals) knew that if he should be in another band, he wanted to go back to his roots and return to death metal. As Johan Lindberg (guitars) and Rafael Andersson (drums) still hoped that Abusus Ad Mortem would get a solid line-up together, they saw no reason to be in yet another black metal band and agreed to make the new band a death metal band. Shortly afterwards, the band picked the name 9th Plague for their new musical abomination. In August, former The Darksend guitar player Stefan Stigert was added to the line-up.