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 The heavy rain of pebbles right on my head with ultra force and the effect of Drilling in ears is my ultimate feeling every time I tuned to Urgehal. There is no way you miss this band if you like Norwegian Black Metal, Nefas (R.I.P) vocal chords are fuming enough to pierce your ear lobes.

Urgehal started on 1992 in Hønefoss by Nefas and a fellow guitarist Enzifer, they remained loyal to their raw black metal sound all the way through their latest release Maatte Blodet Flomme, unlike the others who trash Black Metal in the name of commercial success, after 20 years of legendary and pioneering six full-length albums and a number of demos, EPs and splits, I must say death is complete to Nefas.

6 Full Lenghts and 2 Demos. 

Arma Christi (1997)
Massive Terrestrial Strike (1998)
Atomkinder (2001)
Through Thick Fog Till Death (2003)
Goatcraft Torment (2006)
Ikonoklast (2009)

Demos : Ferd (1994) and Rise of the Monument (1995)

EP’s :Demonrape (2005)
Satanisk Norsk Black Metal (2007
Death Is Complete (2011)
Maatte Blodet Flomme (2012)

Enzifer & Trondr Nefas (right)

Current Band Memebrs: 

Enzifer – guitar (1992–present)
Uruz – drums (1997–2008, 2010–present)
Mannevond – bass (2007–present)

Google for more information about Urgehal or youtube it.

My First ever like from French Dark scene, Blut aus Nord is a black metal band from Mondeville. This was introduced to me by my buddy, their musical style is described as the “sonic equivalent to Thorns injecting Streetcleaner-era Godflesh with an evil unpredictability”

Formed: 1994
Genere: Black Metal

Well! after listening to one of their track, I Couldn’t hold my self  without knowing more about Blut Aus Nord, In the early days this was a solo project by Vindsval in 1994 under the Name of “Vlad”,Vindsval is head of the underground French record label Appease Me, which is home to several extreme metal acts, in addition to Blut aus Nord.

Coming to their name, The name “Blut aus Nord” translates from German as “Blood from the North”, though the non-standard grammar suggests nautical jargon (a more standard phrasing would be “Blut aus (dem) Norden” or “Blut von Nord(en),” though cardinal directions are seldom used in spoken German to begin with).

Musical History:

Vlad released 2 demos under this name. After the rename of Vlad to Blut Aus Nord, they recorded 3 albums with guest memebers
They released a concept album The Work Which Transforms God which was most critically acclaimed release.In spite of being mostly instrumental with none of the lyrics made public, is meant to challenge the listener’s prejudices and preconceptions about reality and various metaphysical subjects.The album was named by Terrorizer Magazine as one of its top 10 albums of 2003. So far, Vindsval has only allowed the lyrics from one of Blut aus Nord’s full-length releases, Memoria Vetusta I, to be made public. According to journalist Avi Pitchon, “Blut Aus Nord are responsible, perhaps more so than any band, for the most recent evolution within black metal. 2003’s ‘The Work Which Transforms God’ introduced us to the warped, collapsing mutation of ‘black hole metal’; nowadays also called shoegazing BM.”
On their followup release, 2006’s MoRT, Blut aus Nord moved even further away from traditional black metal. The sound on MoRT is closer to avant-garde metal, comprising a mixture of dark and surreal noises and sounds that create a disturbing and bleak atmosphere.

Blut aus Nord’s 2007 album Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by Illumination (the subtitle being a quote from Aleister Crowley), was leaked to the Internet on September 10, 2007. While the album’s superficial sound is similar to that of MoRT, the album demonstrates a return to more traditional black metal songwriting and structure.

The sequel to Memoria Vetusta I, subtitled Dialogue with the Stars, was released in February 2009. In June 2010 they released a LP entitled “What Once Was…Liber I” on Debemur Morti Productions. They are currently scheduled to re-release The Mystical Beast of Rebellion in early 2011 thru Debemur Morti with an additional CD of newly recorded material meant to act as a complimentry work to the original.

Musical style

Vindsval, the vocalist and guitarist, Described their muic when asked “Blut Aus Nord is an artistic concept. We don’t need to belong to a specific category of people to exist. If black metal is just this subversive feeling and not a basic musical style, then Blut Aus Nord is a black metal act. But if we have to be compared to all these childish satanic clowns, please let us work outwards [from] this pathetic circus. This form of art deserves something else than these mediocre bands and their old music composed 10 years before by someone else”

 Current line-up

  • Vindsval – vocals, guitar (Also in: Children of Maani, The Eye)
  • W.D. Feld – drums, electronics, keyboards
  • GhÖst – bass guitar
  • Ogat – session bass on Ultima Thulee
  • Ira Aeterna – session bass on Fathers of the Icy Age
  • Taysiah – session vocals on The Work Which Transforms God
  • Nahaim – session guitar on The Work Which Transforms God

Session musicians

  • Ogat – session bass on Ultima Thulee
  • Ira Aeterna – session bass on Fathers of the Icy Age
  • Taysiah – session vocals on The Work Which Transforms God
  • Nahaim – session guitar on The Work Which Transforms God

Discography

Studio albums

  • Ultima Thulée (1995)
  • Memoria Vetusta I – Fathers of the Icy Age (1996)
  • The Mystical Beast of Rebellion (2001)
  • The Work Which Transforms God (2003)
  • MoRT (2006)
  • Odinist: The Destruction of Reason by Illumination (2007)
  • Memoria Vetusta II – Dialogue with the Stars (2009)
  • What Once Was… Liber I (2010)
  • 777 – Sect(s) (28 April 2011)
  • 777 – The Desanctification (September 2011) (expected)
  • 777 – Cosmosophy (November 2011) (expected)

Ep’s:

  • Thematic Emanation of Archetypal Multiplicity (2005)
  • Decorporation 10 (2004) – split with Reverence
  • Dissociated Human Junction (2007) – split with Bloodoline, Reverence, and Karras

Split releases

  • Decorporation 10 (2004) – split with Reverence
  • Dissociated Human Junction (2007) – split with Bloodoline, Reverence, and Karras

 Official Page: www.blutausnord.com/
Myspace: www.myspace.com/thehowlingofgod

 

>Membaris

Posted: 2011/05/24 in Black Metal

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Formed: 1999
Genre : Black metal
Albums:  Into Nevermore and Conspiracy (Membaris/ Weird Fate Split)





Here’s another underground act from Germany, Hesse. 4 piece band fromed in 1999.

The spawn called Membaris was born on October the 18th 1999. Till this day the sedulous ambition of this band was to compose music of the deepest human emotions that emerge from the existance in the post modern, capitalistic and, so to speak, virtual world. Membaris, in the true essence, is Black Metal, nothing more-nothing less. After the early days, when occultism and certain anti-christian and oppositional concepts dominated the genesis of this collective, Membaris today write the soundtrack for their personal, yet meditative, experiences on this earth. Above all was and ever will be the will to create tunes of hatred, pride and beauty.






Members:

Kraal – vocals, bass
Boreas – guitar
Obscurus – drums, back vocals, keyboard
Nails (Session) – second live guitarist

Discography

Releases: “When Darkness Reigns”(Demo) – 2002

” Poetry Of Chaos” – 2004

” Into Nevermore – 2005 – 2007



” Conspiracy ” (Split) – 2008


” Grenzgänge” – 2010  
 
  Myspace official – http://www.myspace.com/seelenmacht

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Formed : 1999
Genre   : Ambient Black Metal
Representing Albums : DarkSpace I, DarkSpace II

Darkspace name refers to nothingness of the space.

Darkspace is an underground ambient black metal band from Bern, Switzerland, started in 1999 with 3 members with a pseudonym Wroth, Zhaaral and Zorgh describing the emptyness of the space.

They have a ambient surrounding, raw production and monotonous sounds. Mute guitar passages with blast beat take turns with milder passages and sometimes completely electronic passages, fitting a tribute to the cold and filling with the void like atmospheric effect.

Dark space has a great deal of influence from electronic music, eerie, ambient synthlines flowing from the guitars.
Passage with clear eclectronic clubkicks or total void like ambience are incorporated into vocal alongside the unnatural and alien sounding screams

Members:

Wroth – Guitar / Vocals (Paysage D’Hiver)

Zhaaral – Guitar / Vocals (Sun of the Blind)

Zorgh – Bass / Vocals
 
Discography: 
 2002 – Darkspace I demo
2003 – Darkspace I
2005 – Darkspace II
2008 – DarkSpace III
 
Official Myspace – www.myspace.com/darkcyberspace
 
 

>Funeral Mist

Posted: 2011/04/19 in Norwegian Black Metal

 

Formed: 1993
Genre(S): Black Metal
 

Funeral Mist is a black metal band formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1993.

Biography

The band in its original form comprised vocalist and guitarist Typhos (a.k.a. Henrik Ekeroth), guitarist Vintras and drummer Velion. Bass player Arioch was added somewhat later.

Their debut gig took place in 1995 and that same year saw the issuing of their first demo entitled Darkness. The band’s line-up also started to change during this year, as drummer Velion was fired and Necromorbus (Tore Stjerna) took his role. The second demo Havoc followed in 1996, the same year that the band also lost guitarist Typhos to the Swedish band Dark Funeral. Songs that were written for Arioch’s side project, Winds, were used on this demo.

In 1997, Vintras also left the band due to personal differences, and Funeral Mist was now down to only a duo consisting of Arioch and Necromorbus. The debut EP Devilry was released in 1998 and was issued in both CD and vinyl format. The vinyl edition was limited to only 300 copies and featured an exclusive track, Hellspell 2. This track was later included on the 2005 Devilry/Havoc compilation album. After this release that same year, guitarist Nachash was added to the band. Their first full-length album, Salvation, was released on the Norma Evangelium Diaboli label in 2003, while the second album, entitled Maranatha, was released in February 2009 on the same label, after 6 years of silence.

Current line up

“Arioch” (aka Mortuus) – Vocals, guitars, bass

Past members

• Nachash – Guitars
• Necromorbus (Tore Stjerna) – Drums
• Typhos – Guitar (1993-1996) (ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Infernal (Swe))
• Vintras – Guitar (1993-1997) (ex-Thyrfing)
• Velion – Drums (1993-1995)

Discography

• 1995 – Darkness (demo)
• 1996 – Havoc (demo)
• 1998 – Devilry (EP)
• 2003 – Salvation
• 2005 – Devilry/Havoc (compilation album)
• 2009 – Maranatha

Official page: http://tore.stjerna.org/funeralmist/index.html
http://www.myspace.com/thefuneralmist

>Watain

Posted: 2011/03/30 in Norwegian Black Metal

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Formed : 1998

Genre(s): Black Metal
Representative Albums : Sworn to the Dark, Rabid Death’s Curse

 



Black metal outfit Watain emerged from Uppsala, Sweden, in 1998, quickly gaining underground credibility with an uncompromising 7″ release entitled “The Essence of Black Purity,” then solidifying their commitment to the dark metal arts via 2000s thematically shocking (i.e. frequent odes to Satan and his pals), but instrumentally accomplished, Rabid Death’s Curse album. This has since been followed by incrementally lauded but always reliably extreme releases such as 2000s Ritual Macabre live album, 2001’s “The Misanthropic Ceremonies” split single with Diabolicum, 2003’s Casus Luciferi LP, and 2007’s Sworn to the Dark album. And, bucking underground metal tradition somewhat, Watain’s lineup has remained consistently stable throughout these many years and releases, featuring vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson (also known as the editor of Hellish Massacre ‘zine and the artist behind Cold Seed Creations), guitarists P. Forsberg and Set Teitan, bassist Tore Stjerna

History


The band’s name is taken from from a recording by the American black metal group Von. After recording a few demos which the band does not intend to re-release, their first official release was the 7″ EP The Essence of Black Purity on the Swedish label Grim Rune Productions, recorded in Necromorbus Studios 1999. The French black metal label Drakkar Productions offered Watain a deal for two full length albums, and the debut album Rabid Death’s Curse was released in 2000. After the release, Watain toured and performed alongside bands such as Rotting Christ, Antaeus, Dark Funeral and Malign.


In 2003, Watain again entered the studio to record their second full-length album, Casus Luciferi, which features lyrics by members of other bands like Funeral Mist and Antaeus. The ‘Stellar Dimension Infernal Tour’ through Europe followed, alongside Secrets of the Moon and Averse Sefira. They also toured throughout 18 countries with Dissection on their two months-long ‘Rebirth of Dissection’ tour in 2004. Watain member Set Teitan was officially also a member of Dissection at this point, and Erik Danielsson played bass in live shows.


In 2006, members of the band did the Hitler salute and wore t-shirts of the National Socialist black metal (NSBM) band Absurd after their gig on German Party.San Open Air, leading to accusations of being a Nazi band. Asked about this incident in an interview to the German online metal magazine Metal.de, Erik Danielsson (vocals and bass) gave an evasive answer, but when asked about his views on NSBM, he explained the band sees it as a joke: “NSBM is a joke, a despaired approach of people who’re incapable to comprehend the perversion and the insanity of Black Metal. They’re trying to appear extreme and limit their selves in their conception to that kind of society, which describes something that we wouldn’t care less about. Fuck the world! Black Metal doesn’t have anything to do with the world like you know it.”


Their third full-length album Sworn to the Dark was released in Europe on February 21, 2007, then they toured Europe along with Celtic Frost, Kreator and Legion of the Damned. In 2008 they played their first headlining tour in North America with Withered and Book of Black Earth. Eclipse Eternal and Kronosfear joined them for some shows as well. Watain’s next album, Lawless Darkness, was released on June 7th 2010. They released a single for the song “Reaping Death” in two formats, picture disc vinyl with a cover of the song “Chains of Death” by Death SS, and digisleeve CD with a cover of the song “The Return of Darkness and Evil” by Bathory.


Members:

• E (Erik Danielsson) – vocals, bass
• H (Håkan Jonsson) – drums
• P (Pelle Forsberg) – guitar
• Set Teitan (Davide Totaro) – guitar (live only)
• A (Alvaro Lillo) – bass (live only)

Ex – members

• C. Blom – guitar (1998-2000)
• Jonas “Y.” Lindskog – bass (a.k.a. “Mörkkh” and “Whorth”)
• Tore Stjerna – session bass (2000-2002)

Discography

Studio albums

• Rabid Death’s Curse (2000)
• Casus Luciferi (2003)
• Sworn to the Dark (2007)
• Lawless Darkness (2010)

Live & other albums

• Go Fuck Your Jewish “God” (demo) (1998)
• The Essence of Black Purity (EP) (1999)
• Black Metal Sacrifice (live) (1999)
• The Ritual Macabre (live) (2001)
• The Misanthropic Ceremonies (split EP) (2001)
• Puzzles ov Flesh (demo) (2002)

>Mesopotamian Black Metal

Posted: 2010/10/08 in Black Metal

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* Formed :1993–present
* Genre(s): Mesopotamian Black Metal
* Representative Albums: “Sphynx”, “Emissaries”, “Djinn”





Melechesh is a solo project started by vocalist/guitarist Melechesh Ashmedi, Guitarist Moloch and drummer Lord Curse were recruited the following year and Melechesh quickly began developing their admittedly extreme but culturally relevant “Mesopotamian metal” by combining Middle Eastern music and history with heavy metal. By naming their first demo As Jerusalem Burns…Al’ Intisar and openly admitting to Satanic worship in interviews, Melechesh understandably gained both local notoriety and a police rap sheet, seeing as such heretical behavior is literally illegal in that holiest of cities. Then again, there’s no such thing as bad press, and all of this hullabaloo only served to fuel the band’s fast-rising underground profile, and scored Melechesh the opportunity to release their The Siege of Lachish EP via the Devilish Music Propaganda label.


In 1996 they re-recorded As Jerusalem Burns for an official CD release with the newly joined bassist Al’Hazred.


This inauspicious debut mostly served to prove that Melechesh’s musical abilities had yet to catch up to the controversy that preceded them. By then, their geographic location had also become a limiting factor, Jerusalem not exactly being known for its bustling music industry. So, having tired of nearly impossible working conditions and rare concert opportunities, beginning in 1998 the members of Melechesh, minus drummer Lord Curse, started migrating to Continental Europe: Moloch to France, the other two to the Netherlands. Then, after securing a new record deal with French independent Osmose Productions, Melechesh achieved a major coup when they convinced renowned Absu drummer Proscriptor (real name Russ Givens) to perform on their international debut, 2001’s Djinn.


In the end, the long wait had been well worth it, since this landmark release most certainly met, even exceeded, prior expectations for the band’s vaunted “Mesopotamian metal.” A string of international concert dates followed, and a promo video was even recorded for the track “Genies, Sorcerers and Mesopotamian Nights” before Melechesh finally took some time off to bask in their newfound underground fame. Three years later, they were back with another acclaimed album named Sphynx, and after welcoming new drummer Xul (real name Yuri Rinkel), Melechesh unleashed arguably their finest opus to date in late 2006.


Name


The name Melechesh consists of two words of Aramaic and Hebraic origins, (melech, king) and (esh, fire), a combination which has been originated by the band. The ch is pronounced like the Scottish ch as in the word LOCH or Dutch G(Kh). Another accepted and common pronunciation is MeleKesh.


History



The band’s release in 1995 of the official demo As jerusalem burns!!… and 7″ EP The Siege of Lachish attracted attention from both underground metal fans and local authorities. Melechesh were accused of “Dark Cult activities” by the law enforcement authorities of the city of Jerusalem, especially by a frontpage newspaper article which twisted some facts. The charges were eventually dropped.


In 1996, The band released their debut album As Jerusalem Burns…Al´Intisar on an American black metal record label; then newly recruited bassist Al´Hazred completed the line-up. This was marked the band as the first signed Non -Israeli band from the Middle East. And also First international signed metal band from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.


Due to various personal, professional reasons and demographic reasons, the band members had to relocate. 1998 armed with a new promo CD “Mesopotamian Metal” and after a farewell gig in Jerusalem – The Holy Land, Melechesh relocated to France and the Netherlands . Lord Curse remained in Jerusalem and later moved to the USA to continue with his Art studies (and now works for George Lucas’ ILM company), hence, the band had to recruit a new drummer. Absu mainman and drummer Proscriptor soon filled the vacant position. From that point on, Melechesh have released two full-length albums: Djinn (2001), dealing with Mesopotamian mythology, and Sphynx (2003), dealing with Mesopotamian/Sumerian mythology while always keeping the dark and Near Eastern occult themes close to their hearts. The band recorded their fourth and highly acclaimed album Emissaries which is available in Europe (Osmose Productions) and by The End Records in the United States and Canada . Meanwhile, Xul has replaced Proscriptor as the band’s fulltime drummer. A film is being made about the founding member’s plight to create the band. There is no set date for the release of the film as of yet. Curious spirits can read Ashmedi’s biographical articles which reveal very personal information about Melechesh’s mainman. The articles are posted on several reputable websites and printed magazines around the world, such as Decibel and Legacy magazines.


In March 2010, Melechesh revealed that on April 10 they will enter the studio to record their fifth album for a period of 4-5 weeks. However the band spent almost 12 weeks in the studio perfecting the album with every possible detail. “The Epigenesis” is set to be released via Nuclear Blast records on 1 October 2010 (Europe/world) and 27 October (USA). The album is already gaining critical acclaim with several cover stories across the world and being rated number 1 on the magazine critics’ play-lists. The album is considered as one of the most highly anticipated metal albums in 2010.


Origins


The band started their career in Jerusalem (and Bethlehem) and operated from there between 1993–1998; however, they have resided mainly in Amsterdam since 1998 for several personal, professional and demographic reasons.


Band members


Current members



* Ashmedi – lead vocals, lead & rhythm 6 & 12 string electric guitars, elec.Guitar/Sitar , Sitar (1993–present)
* Moloch – lead & rhythm 6 & 12 string electric guitars, buzuq (1994–present)
* Xul – drums, percussion (2005–present)
* Rahm – bass (2009–present)


Former members


* Thamuz – bass (1994–1995)
* Uusur – bass (1996)
* Al’ Hazred – bass, vocals (1996–2008)
* Lord Curse – drums, percussion (1994–1999)
* Proscriptor – drums, percussion, vocals (1999–2005)
* Cimeries – keyboard (1996)


Discography


* As Jerusalem Burns… (Demo, 1995)
* The Siege of Lachish (EP, 1995)
* As Jerusalem Burns…Al´Intisar (1996)
* Djinn (2001)
* Sphynx (2003, 2004 in North America)
* The Ziggurat Scrolls (EP, 2004)
* Emissaries (2006, 2007 in North America)
* The Epigenesis (2010)

>Dissection

Posted: 2010/07/03 in Black Metal, Death Metal

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  • Genre(s):Black Metal
  • Representative Albums: “Storm of the Light’s Bane”, “Storm of the Light’s Bane/Where Dead Angels Lie”, “Live Legacy”
  • Representative Songs: “Where Dead Angels Lie”, “Night’s Blood”, “Feather’s Fell” 

Biography

Gothenburg, Sweden-based death metal outfit Dissection were formed in 1989 by singer/guitarist Jon Nödtveidt and bassist Peter Palmdahl; with the addition of drummer Ole Öhman the following spring, the group recorded its first demo, The Grief Prophecy. Following the 1991 Corpsegrinder single “Into Infinite Obscurity,” Dissection recorded a second demo named The Somberlain, which resulted in a contract with No Fashion Records and their first album (also titled The Somberlain, but also featuring second guitarist John Zwetsloot) in late 1993. Johan Norman replaced Zwetsloot for the follow-up, 1995’s Storm of the Light’s Bane, but then, in July of 1997, Nödtveidt and a friend were charged with the brutal murder of an Algerian homosexual. Both were convicted and Nödtveidt received an eight-year sentence, bringing about the end of Dissection.
Öhman formed a new group called Reaper, and the release of a rarities collection, The Past is Alive, in 1998 felt like the band’s last rites. But the ensuing long silence was eventually broken by 2003’s Live Legacy box set, and Nödtveidt’s release a year later allowed him to finally revive the Dissection name, starting with the two-song Maha Kali EP (part of which was recorded while he was still in jail). A potential collaboration with former Emperor drummer Bard Faust didn’t work out, but by late 2005, Nödtveidt had assembled a new Dissection lineup out of guitarist Set Teitan (see also Aborym), bassist Brice Leclercq (of Nightrage), and drummer Tomas Asklund (ex-Dark Funeral). This foursome recorded Dissection’s well-received third studio album, Reinkaos, which was issued in May 2006 by The End Records, and seemed to confirm the band’s triumphant rebirth — later documented on the aptly named Rebirth of Dissection in-concert DVD.


However, Dissection’s summer tour plans were abruptly cut short, and it was announced that the band would split up following a final string of U.S. dates, which were subsequently canceled due to difficulties obtaining an entry visa because of his criminal record. And then, even while fans were still coming to grips with their disappointment, news began spreading across the Internet that the 31-year-old Nödtveidt had committed suicide with a gunshot to the head, surrounded by candles in his Stockholm, Sweden, apartment, sometime around August 16, 2006. Shortly before the suicide, Nödtveidt is said to have sent farewell letters to his father and several friends and acquaintances — one of which reportedly read, “I’m going away for a long, long time. I’m going to Transylvania.”

Biography

Dissection was a black/death metal band from Strömstad, Sweden. The band was formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and disbanded in 2006 after Nödtveidt’s suicide. Dissection released its first EP in 1991.

In 1988, a thrash metal band by the name of Siren’s Yell was formed in the Swedish town of Strömstad. Its members were Jon Nödtveidt, Ole Öhman, Peter Palmdahl, and Mattias Johansson. The group recorded a single demo before breaking up in 1989. Nödveidt and Öhman continued on to play in the band Rabbit’s Carrot, in which they claim to have never felt quite at home. Nödveidt was increasingly leaning towards death metal and other forms of dark extreme music. Dissection was officially formed in the autumn of 1989 by Nödveidt, who had left Rabbit’s Carrot. Dissection’s line-up, however, was not complete until early the next year when John Zwetsloot joined.


In 1990, Dissection played their first live show with death metal act Entombed. In the same year, they also recorded and released a demo entitled, The Grief Prophecy. It contained three songs and featured illustrations by the artist known as Necrolord, who later created most Dissection album artworks. A special edition of The Grief Prophecy was later released in memory of Dead, the former vocalist for the notorious Norwegian black metal group Mayhem, who committed suicide in 1991. The special release featured album art drawn by Dead himself. Dissection also played a live show in his honour, at which they performed the Mayhem song “Freezing Moon”. The Grief Prophecy was soon spread through the underground, and the French record label Corpsegrinder Records offered Dissection a deal to record an EP. Later that year, Dissection accepted the deal and recorded Into Infinite Obscurity. The band continued to tour.
In 1992, Dissection began work on a full-length album, The Somberlain. Because of coordination problems among members, the entire band moved to Gothenburg, Sweden (where they shared a rehearsal space with At the Gates) in the summer of 1993. The album was finished and released the following December. It was formally dedicated to Euronymous, the then-guitarist of Mayhem, who had been murdered earlier that year. The group also appeared on a Peaceville Records’ compilation CD.


During November 1994, Dissection signed a record deal with the German record label Nuclear Blast. In 1995, the band’s second full-length album, called Storm Of The Light’s Bane, was released. The following year, Dissection also released a short EP entitled Where Dead Angels Lie. It was compiled from previous rare and import releases, and contained only cover songs and demo tracks.
In 1997, Jon Nödtveidt was convicted of helping murder Josef Ben Meddaours, a 38-year-old homosexual Algerian in Gothenburg. He was released from prison in the autumn of 2004. Nödtveidt formed a new line-up for Dissection with none of the previous members participating. Subsequently, Dissection recorded one two-track EP entitled Maha Kali and toured heavily with the “The Rebirth of Dissection” tour. In 2006, Dissection released their third full length album “Reinkaos” through their own label, in association with The End Records. The lyrics in the Reinkaos album contain magical formulae from the book, and are based on the teachings of the “Misanthropic Luciferian Order” of which some others in the group were members. Shortly after the release, in May 2006, in an online chat interview, Dissection announced plans to split following a short tour. This tour was to include two US dates, but these were eventually canceled after Nödtveidt was denied an entry visa to the US, due to his prior incarceration.


The band played its final European concert in Stockholm on Midsummer, 24 June 2006.
Sometime between August 14 and 16, 2006, frontman Jon Nödtveidt committed suicide, and was found dead in his apartment on the 16th. Nödtveidt’s death was confirmed by the Swedish distributor Sound Pollution, whose staff has worked with Dissection throughout the band’s career. Media reports had the man’s body next to a copy of The Satanic Bible. However it was later confirmed by band-mate Set Teitan to in fact be a Satanic grimoire, which is believed to be copy of the Liber Azerate written by Frater Nemidal, leader of the MLO. A posting on the Sound Pollution web site  reads: “RIP Jon Nödtveidt 1975-2006. Condolences from Sound Pollution & Black Lodge.”


The band also made an official statement upon Dissection’s official website.

Philosophical beliefs:

The vocalist of Dissection, Jon Nödtveidt, was a member of the Misanthropic Luciferian Order founded in 1995, Contrary to popular belief, he was not its co-creator, but “was introduced […] by close friends at a quite early stage.” The order has since renamed to Temple of the Black Light. Some members of Dissection were very involved in the group. Former bassist, Haakon Forwald of Disiplin, pulled out of Dissection, saying it was partly in order to concentrate on his esoteric studies. The MLO planned to release Liber Azerate, a grimoire written by MLO Magister Templi Frater Nemidial in 2002. It was released on the internet in Swedish and Norwegian. Azerate is the hidden name of the “eleven Anti-cosmic gods”, as described in the book.


The Temple of the Black Light believe in “Chaosophy”. They believe that Chaos is the plane and/or power with infinite amounts of space and time, containing all dimensions, in contrast to cosmos, which only has three spatial dimensions and one linear time dimension. Chaos, unlike the cosmos, is ever-changing.
Extreme militant nihilism is taught within the group, and they say the true satanist is not part of the modern society, as it is founded upon lies.


They believe in three forces, three dark veils – chaos, emptiness and darkness, which were expelled from Ain Sof in order to make way for the manifestation of The Black Light in The Outer Darkness that soon became Sitra Ahra. The three forces are the three steps back to a mysterious chaos.


These forces are above the Thaumitan, a two-headed god who allows the connection to the spiritual world. Members of the MLO seek to make that connection and channel the Black Light.


The Temple of the Black Light also believe there are eleven aeons; those of Moloch, Beelzebuth, Lucifuge Rofocale, Astaroth, Asmodeus, Belfegor, Baal, Adramelech, Lilith, Naamah and Satan. Azerate is eleven united as one, and these forces combined are those revered by the MLO/Temple of the Black Light.
Some former members of Dissection have gone on to form other bands, also influenced by their beliefs based on the MLO.

Members

Final line-up

 

 

Former members

  • Peter Palmdahl – bass (1989–1997)
  • Ole Öhman – drums (1990–1995)
  • Mattias “Mäbe” Johansson – guitar (1990) (session live)
  • John Zwetsloot – guitars (1991–1994)
  • Johan Norman – guitars (1994–1997)
  • Tobias Kjellgren – drums (1995–1997)
  • Emil Nödtveidt – bass (1997) (session live)
  • Brice LeClercq – bass (2004–2005)
  • Hakon Forwald – bass (2005)
  • Erik Danielsson – bass (2005–2006) (session live)

Discography

Studio albums

Live, EP, and compilation releases

Demos

  • The Grief Prophecy (1990)

Videography

  • Live & Plugged Vol. 2 (VHS) (1997)
  • Rebirth of Dissection (DVD) (2006)
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>Enthroned

Posted: 2010/05/21 in Norwegian Black Metal

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Formed: 1993
Genre(S): Black Metal

Enthroned is a black metal band formed in Charleroi in 1993 by Cernunnos. He soon recruited guitarist Tsebaoth and a vocalist from grindcore/black metal band Hecate who stayed until the end of December 1993. Then bassist/vocalist Sabathan joined. The band released a 5-track demo tape in mid-1994 which brought them to the attention of several independent labels. A 7-inch split EP with Ancient Rites was then released by the underground label Afterdark Records. After the label’s demise, Evil Omen Records (a sub-label of Osmose Productions) released Enthroned’s first full-length release, Prophecies of Pagan Fire. Shortly thereafter, the band enlisted second guitarist Nornagest. Eventually, Tseboath was replaced by Nebiros.

1996, along with Ancient Rites and Bewitched, Enthroned began an extensive tour of Europe.

In April 1997, as Enthroned was to begin recording Towards the Skullthrone of Satan, Cernunnos took his life. Enthroned recorded the album with a session drummer in honor of Cernunnos and performed at the Dragons Blaze festival with newly acquired drummer Namroth Blackthorn.

In April 1998, the band toured the European continent with Dark Funeral and also released the MCD Regie Sathanas which was dedicated to their former drummer Cernunnos. Later that year, they toured again with labelmates Hecate Enthroned and Usurper. At the close of 1998, the band entered Abyss Studios (Sweden) to record The Apocalypse Manifesto. This third album was released in May 1999, which dealt with the biblical concept of the Apocalypse as interpreted by a satanic perspective.
Enthroned rounded off the 20th Century on tour with Marduk and continued to take European crowds by storm with several other live performances.

In 2000, the band parted ways with Nebiros and recruited Nerath Daemon as their new guitarist, went on a German mini tour followed by several other European shows and recorded Armoured Bestial Hell in the Real Sound Studio (Germany). This fourth album was released in April 2001. Namroth Blackthorn was replaced by Alsvid from the French Black Metal band Seth. Enthroned continued to play many live gigs in and around Europe, as well as in the US.

In early 2002, Enthroned signed to Napalm Records releasing their fifth full-length recording, Carnage in Worlds Beyond, later that year. In June 2003, Nguaroth (guitars) and Glaurung (drums) joined Enthroned played a South American tour and released their sixth album, XES Haereticum.
In 2005, Enthroned released their first official live album, Black Goat Ritual, recorded during their tour of Brazil. Enthroned parted ways with longtime vocalist Sabathan, at which time Nornagest took over the vocals, Phorgath joined the band on bass.

In June 2007, Enthroned recorded their seventh album Tetra Karcist, seeing the return of old drummer Alsvid for the studio sessions.
Ahephahim joined as the new official drummer in June 2007 and Enthroned signed with Regain Records in January 2008. At this time, some members of the band opened a recording studio, Blackout Multimedia. In the mean time, Ahephaim & Nguaroth left the band due to a lack of time and were replaced by ex-Gorgoroth drummer Garghuf and Nerath Daemon took back the position he left five years ago in Enthroned, changing his name to Neraath. Enthroned’s eight album, Pentagrammaton, was released on 22nd March 2010. Since then, Nornagest has given up playing guitar in live performances, due to him developing chronic tendinitis in his wrist, and has instead become the band’s frontman. Former members Lord Sabathan and Nguaroth joined the band for a one-off live performance in 2010 as an act of reconciliation.

Line-up

• Nornagest – Lead vocals (2007-), guitar (1995-)
• Neraath (formerly Nerath Daemon) – Guitar, vocals (2000-2004, 2009-)
• Phorgath – Bass guitar, vocals (2007-)
• Garghuf – Drums (2009-)
• Tzelmoth – Live Guitar, vocals (2010)


Former members

• Ahephaim – Drums (2007-2009)
• Nguaroth – Guitar, background vocals (2004-2009)
• Alsvid – Drums (2001-2004)
• Lord Sabathan – Lead vocals, bass (1994-2006)
• Glaurung – Drums (2004-2007)
• Namroth Blackthorn – Drums (1998-2001)
• Nebiros – Guitar (1995-2000)
• Da Cardoen – Session drums on Towards the Skullthrone of Satan (1997)
• Cernunnos – Drums (1993-1997)
Committed suicide by hanging on April 19, 1997
• Tsebaoth – Guitar (1993-1996)
• Asmodeus – Guitar (1995)
• Alexis – Lead vocals (1993)

Discography

• Prophecies of Pagan Fire (Full-length, 1995, Evil Omen Productions)
Re-released with a bonus CD entitled Commanders of Chaos in 1999 by Blackend Records
• Towards the Skullthrone of Satan (Full-length, 1997, Blackend Records)
• Regie Sathanas – a Tribute to Cernunnos (EP, 1998, Blackend Records)
• The Apocalypse Manifesto (Full-length, 1999, Blackend Records)
• Armoured Bestial Hell (Full-length, 2001, Blackend Records)
• Carnage in Worlds Beyond (Full-length, 2003, Napalm Records)
• Goatlust (EP, 2003, Painkiller Records)
• XES Haereticum (Full-length, 2004, Napalm Records)
• Black Goat Ritual: Live in Thy Flesh (Live album, 2005, Napalm Records)
• Tetra Karcist (Full-length, 2007, Napalm Records)
• Pentagrammaton (album) (Full-length, 2010, Regain Records)


>Graveworm

Posted: 2010/04/05 in Black Metal

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Formed: 1997
Genre(s): Black Metal

Biography:

Originating from Bruneck, Italy, Graveworm are a melodic/symphonic black metal band with influence of gothic metal. They were formed in 1997, and are themed towards sadness, death, love and occult.


Even before Graveworm released any demo they got signed by Serenades Records, who saw an incredible show of the band close to their hometown Brunico. A demo was produced straight after, featuring classic hymns like “Eternal Winds” or “When The Sky Turns Black”, which were featured on their debut album “When Daylight’s Gone”. A great album, even more in the Gothic Metal vein, which increased a huge interest within the scene. A tour with Crematory, Therion & Lake of Tears followed and proved the enormous power the band creates on stage. Shortly after the tour the MCD “Underneath The Crescent Moon” followed, featuring the bands hymn “Awaiting The Shining”, as well as the classical version of the track “Awake” sung by Sarah Jezebel Deva (CoF and Therion), who became close friends with the sympathic Italians after their tour. A video for the track “Awaiting The Shining” was produced, featuring a documentation done by national Italian TV, who made a road report about the band when they played the Serenades Records festival along with Haggard and others.

Graveworm soon became popular, played the Wacken Festival in 1998 and started the songwriting for their second album “As The Angel Reached The Beauty”, released in 1999. A German tour with Mystic Circle, Stormlord and Suidakra was done, followed by an European tour together with AgathodaimonSiebenbürgen, as well as festival shows at the “Wave Gotik Treffen” and others. and

In 2001 “Scourge Of Malice” was released, featuring their most brutal material, including the Iron Maiden cover, “Fear Of The Dark”, which was released on the “Tribute To The Beast” compilation. A first headliner tour was played, supported by Vintersorg, Dornenreich and Darkwell, which turned out to be very successful. The band played the “Summer Breeze Festival 2001”, as well as a headliner show at the Italian “Badia Rocks” in 2002. Graveworm decided to sign with Nuclear Blast and started the production of their fourth album “Engraved In Black”.


The record was produced in March/April at Stage One Studio with Andy Classen (Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and others), who did an incredible job once again. “Engraved In Black” became an even heavier and more intense record compared to the band previous ones, but still with all typical Graveworm trademarks. Vocalist Stefan Fiori screams and growls as if his life would be in danger. Tracks like “Legions Unleashed” or “Renaissance In Blood” are among the best tracks ever written by the italian band. Once again Graveworm did another cover-versions, “It’s A Sin” of the 80’s Pop act Pet Shop Boys and “Losing My Religion”, originally by R.E.M.


In 2005, they released record (N)Utopia.


At 2007 Graveworm releases another album called “Collateral Defect” with one cover, “I Need A Hero”, originally by Bonnie Tyler.



Current line-up:
Stefan Fiori – Vocals (ex-Abigor)
Sabine Mair – Keyboards
Harry Klenk – Bass
Martin “Marschtl” Innerbichler – Drums
Eric Righi – Guitar
Thomas “Stirz” Orgler – Guitar

Discography

Studio albums



>Taake

Posted: 2010/03/31 in Norwegian Black Metal

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Origin: Bergen, Norway
Formed: 1993 – present
Genre(s): Black Metal

Taake is a Norwegian black metal band whose name is derived from the Norwegian word “tåke” which means fog.

History

In 1993, Ørjan Stedjeberg, now known as Ulvhedin Høst (often spelt Hoest), formed the first version of the band Taake under the name Thule, together with Svartulv, who was only twelve years old at the time. Thule released two demos; “Der Vinterstormene Raste” 1993 and “Omfavnet Av Svarte Vinger (Embraced By Black Wings)” 1994. Somewhere between the release of the latter demo and “Manndaudsvinter” in 1995, the band transformed from Thule to Taake which was more representative of the band and the area where Høst was from; the mountains of Bergen, Norway. Shortly after this release a 7″ EP was released in 1996 called “Koldbrann i Jesu Marg,” which would be the last demo recording that Taake would release.

The first full-length album “Nattestid Ser Porten Vid (Night Sees the Wide Gate)” was released by Wounded Love Records in 1999. The album was written entirely by Høst but he brought in a session musician, Tundra to perform bass and drums. It was recorded throughout 1997 and 1998 at Grieghallen. “Nattestid…” is part I of a trilogy, all the writing on the CD and lyrics in the booklet are written in runes. All of the lyics are sung in Norwegian. This album is now known as a classic.
The second installment of the trilogy “Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik (Heaven Cries over Bjoergvin)” was released in 2002. Again a seven song concept album, the theme for “…Bjoergvin…” is death (Bjoergvin is the former name of Bergen). On this record, Hoest surrounded himself with a band for the record: C. Corax on Guitars, Keridwen on bass, and Mutt (Gaahlskagg, Trelldom, Sigfader) on drums.

The final installment of the trilogy was released in 2005 by Dark Essence Records. Entitled “Hordalands Doedskvad (Hordaland’s Deathchant)” it adhered to the 7 song format (representing the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen) of the first two records, but showed a change in style (Hordaland is a county in Norway). While the first two records in the trilogy were clearly 80s metal influenced, this album was performed in a more traditional black metal style which was reminiscent of Enslaved, Bathory and early Mayhem. “…Doedskvad” also differs from the other in that it features a number of guest musicians. These include the infamous Nattefrost from Carpathian Forest, Taipan (Orcustus), and Nordavind (ex-Carpathian Forest), as well as others. Following this release of this record Taake has had some minor releases, and played a few festivals (most notably Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway, with Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved on guitars), but according to the official website they are “on ice for awhile.”

Preceding the still 2006/2007 European tour, Taake revamped their official homepage, moving away from the defunct site. Following the infamous show in Essen, the band have been removed from several festivals and have taken much fire. It wouldn’t be acquainted with publicity if it was happened thereby – Lava who has been bassist since 2002 left the band. The new website has also served as a place for Blabbermouth to get all the latest inflammatory statements from Hoest.
On September 8, 2008, Hoest announced on his homepage that he had recorded the fourth Taake album, simply titled “Taake”. The album was recorded for Hoest’s own label Svartekunst Produksjoner and is distributed via Dark Essence Records.
Controversy

In March 2007, during a concert at Essen in Germany, Høst appeared on stage with a swastika painted on his chest.[1] Allegedly, he also spat and threw beer bottles at the audience. This resulted in strong protests from both the audience and the press who were covering the concert. In Germany, the use of the swastika is strictly forbidden by law, and the remainder of Taake’s German concerts were cancelled. It is widely believed that this incident was purely for shock value. Following the incident, Høst stated on the Taake website:

On 2 April 2007, Høst made a further statement:

My previous statement clearly states that I apologize only to our collaborators who might get problems because of the scandal. This means that I take full responsibility and should receive all “problems” myself. But what problems did I get? We raped Essen on one of the first days of the tour and the word spread within minutes. For the rest of the tour I was such an easy target for verbal or physical abuse on stage, walking around the venues, in the streets, etc. But I didn’t receive any confrontation. So keep your pathetic internet debate going, but don’t think for one second that I take any of you seriously. Furthermore, I never did anything to make Taake a “big” band. I was hoping to lose some fans with the Nekro EP, so now I certainly expect to get rid of some more.

In 2006 the activity in Taake came to a meantime halt, since Høst was imprisoned for a violent assault. On July 30, 2007 the Taake website announced that the plans for the coming world wide tour was put on hold “due to a certain band member’s imprisonment”. On September 20, 2007 Hoest announced on the band’s website that he had been recently released from his 3rd incarceration for violence.

Discography

Der Vinterstormene Raste
Omfavnet Av Svarte Vinger
Manndaudsvinter
Koldbrann i Jesu Marg
Nattestid Ser Porten Vid
Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmelrik
Hordalands Doedskvad
Nekro
Svartekunst
Taake

Compilations and split releases

• 2004: Nordens Doedsengel (split EP with Amok)
• 2005: Helnorsk Svartmetall (compilation of early demos)
• 2005: Taake Vinyl Box (compilation containing Nattestid Ser Porten Vid, Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik, Helnorsk Svartmetall)
• 2006: Lagnonector (split single with Vidsyn)
• 2006: Dra Til Helvete! (split EP with Gigantomachy)

Band

Hoest (Ragnarok) – Vocals, All instruments

Live members
• V`gandr (Aeternus, Helheim, Deathcon, Cult of Catharsis) – Bass
• Frostein “Tundra” Arctander (Frostmoon, Tundra) – Guitar (Formerly also Bass, Drums, Vocals)
• Aindiachaí (Slavia, Deathcon)- Guitar
• Thurzur (Sigfader, Infernal Manes, Gaahlskagg, Deathcult) – Drums

Past members
Thule
• Svartulv “Katta” “Kattaræv” (Tarmer) – Drums, Vocals
Taake
• Svartulv “Katta” “Kattaræv” (Tarmer) – Drums
• Dim – Vocals
• C. Corax – Guitars
• Keridwen – Bass
• Mutt – Drums
• Lava (Aeternus, Amok) – Bass, Vocals
• Mord (Helheim, Cult of Catharsis) – Drums

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/taakeofficial