Dead Skeletons (Iceland) came into being in 2008 as an accompaniment to an installation for a show at the Reykjavik art museum by artist Jón Sæmundur (Dead). Looking for a spiritual battle hymn for the installation in the show, Jón Sæmundur began recording with Henrik Björnsson (Singapore Sling) and Ryan Van Kriedt (Asteroid #4). This initial song, Dead Mantra, became an underground hit, prompting the full length LP Dead Magick (A Records), released by the band in 2011.
Dead Skeletons was created as an art band, not as a typical touring band. Despite of that the band went on several tours mostly in Europe and USA.
In 2013 the band went on a tour named Dead Comet, the name was influenced by comet ISON that was passing our solar system that year and vanished. After their last live gig of the tour at Space-fest! in Gdansk, Poland on the 7th of December 2013, Jón Sæmundur was asked about the future of the band and he replied: "The much anticipated tour of the Dead Skeletons is over and the Magick seems to have worked and the prophecy is fulfilled." The band then went on an infinite hiatus til this day.
There will be a new release soon of all the singles that where made after the first album, Dead Magick + some unreleased songs.