quarta-feira, outubro 30

Diabolical Masquerade - Ravendusk in My Heart (1996)

The band split up in September 2004. There have been rumors that the project would be revived, but Blakkheim has not done so yet.

An official liscensed Picture disc LP was pressed on the 'Vinyl Collectors' label, limited to 500 copies. Many were signed by Blackheim in silver marker. Captured on tape at Unisound Studios during September 1995. Produced by Dan Swanö and Diabolical Masquerade. Mixed and engineered by Dan Swanö. Mastered at Cutting Room by Peter in de Betou. Album cover "Demoncatch" by Mala. Additional photos by Mala and Tati S. Diabolical Masquerade logo by Blackheim. All music, lyrics and concepts written between 1993-95.

Re-released by Peaceville Records in 2007 as a digipak.

Release date:December 1996
Label:Adipocere Records

Country of origin:Sweden
Formed in:1993
Genre:Avant-garde Atmospheric Black Metal
Lyrical themes:Darkness, Death, Witchcraft, Demons, Horror
Years active:1993-2004

Blackheim (Bloodbath, ex-Bewitched) - Everything

1 The Castle Of Blackheim 7:14
2 Blackheims Quest To Bring Back The Stolen Autumn 6:17
3 Beyond The Spiritual Moon 0:56
4 The Sphere In Blackheim's Shrine 3:32
5 Under The Banner Of The Sentinel 3:14
6 Blackheims Forest Kept The Seasons Forever 6:09
7 The Darkblue Seajourneys Of The Sentinel 5:02
8 Blackheims Hunt For Nocturnal Grace 7:46
9 Ravendusk In My Heart 2:05


quarta-feira, outubro 23

Lord Vampyr - De Vampyrica Philosophia (2005)

Tracks 6 and 7 include quotes from Oscar Wilde. All music by Lord Vampyr, Count Morgoth and Alexiel, except track 8, which is by Lord Vampyr and Stefano Morabito.

Formed in 2004 as a solo project of Alessandro Nunziati, but later became a fulltime band. In December 2008, the whole band (except L.V.) was changed to new members. The whole Lord Vampyr lineup also functioned as Shadowsreign until September 2008.

Release date:February 6th, 2005
Label:Officina Rock

Country of origin:Italy
Location:Rome, Lazio
Formed in:2004
Genre:Symphonic Black Metal (early), Industrial/Gothic Metal (later)
Lyrical themes:Vampires, Blood, Tales, Occultism, Legends
Years active:2004-present
Contact: lvampyr@hotmail.com

Lord Vampyr - Vocals, Drum programming, Lyrics
Count Morgoth - Guitars, Keyboards
Alexiel - Keyboards
Nighthorn - Bass

1. De Vampyrica Philosophia (Intro)
2. Carmilla...Whispers From The Grave
3. A Sad Litany Of Vampires
4. Nocturnal Vampires's Orgy
5. Blood Lovers
6. Morgana
7. The Ophelia's Ghost
8. Die Herrschaft Des Bluts
9. ...Now...Sleep


segunda-feira, outubro 14

Negator - Old Black (2004)

Old Black was recorded in 2004 in the EiKey-Studio by NEGATOR. Mixed and produced by Eike Freese. 

Under that very banner this Black Metal-Machine – the Negator – was once forged in the year of 2003. Mastermind Trolfbert (Guitar) was eagerly focusing on putting his vision of extrememe Black

Metal into action. He found Nachtgarm (Vocals), Tramheim (Battery) and Berthelm (Bass) as proper comrade-in-arms.

As the music of the debut OLD BLACK (2004) did speak volumes, it did not take long until the album was properly released one year after Negator‘s founding. Press and fans alike pretty much showed similar praise of the debut’s spirit, which made OLD BLACK turn into a success story pretty much.

Release date:2004
Label:Remedy Records

Country of origin:Germany
Formed in:2003
Genre:Black Metal
Lyrical themes:Death, Chaos, Annihilation
Years active:2003-present
E-mail: nachtgarm@negator666.de

Nachtgarm - Vocals
Berthelm - Bass
Tramheim - Drums
Trolfbert - Guitars

1.Science Of Nihil 05:03
2.Free Bird 03:42
3.Der Infanterist 04:38
4.Interludium 00:58
5.Katharsis 05:57
6.Vernunft 1.0 03:24
7.In The Unholy Halls Of Eternal Frost 03:19
8.Renegation 11:10


sexta-feira, outubro 11

Gorgoroth - Destroyer, or About How to Philosophize with the Hammer (1998)

Taken from The Complete Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler:
"Gorgoroth 'Dreadful Horror' (The Sindarin or Grey-elven tongue) - A word in the Grey-elven tongue, used for two different locations, distinct in time and space.... the second instance is the name of the 'Haunted Plains' of Mordor; the great plateau which occupied the north-western area of that country, a desolate, arid land, pocked with craters and fuming pits and riven with many deep crevasses. In the centre of the plain rose the smouldering cone of the volcano Orodruin."

Diverse members of the band were involved in different crimes. Kjettar was convicted of church arson in the early 90's. Gaahl, in 2004 went to court on charges of "performing torture lasting for several hours" on a 41 year old man after beating him senselessly for hours. He was sentenced to four months in jail and pay $30,000 to the victim.

On January 4th, 2006, Infernus was taken to court on charges of kidnapping, participation in gang rape and illegal weapon possession. With exception of admitting some minor violations of Norwegian fire arm regulations he has declared himself not guilty. In May 2005, Infernus and a friend were sentenced to three years in prison for rape. Both of them appealed the verdict. Infernus won the appeal and was found not guilty in the rape case. He was however convicted of "gross negligent rape" (i.e. he should have known that the woman had been raped by his friend before he himself had sex with the woman - who had at this point surrendered mentally).

During October 2007, Gorgoroth members Gaahl and King ov Hell decided to kick founding member Infernus out of the band. A legal battle over the rights of the name and logo between Infernus and Gaahl / King then ensued. Gaahl and King carried on touring without Infernus for around 18 months after copyrighting the band's name and logo (before 'firing' him), while Infernus put together a new line-up.

Oslo City District Court delivered a verdict on March 10th 2009 on the main question in the Gorgoroth trademark case, which took place at the end of January 2009, deciding that King ov Hell's trademark registration #243365 of the band name was not valid and shall therefore be deleted.

The court states that King ov Hell and Gaahl excluded themselves from the band Gorgoroth when they tried to fire Infernus in October 2007. The court further states that Infernus cannot be excluded from Gorgoroth, unless he himself decides to quit. The remaining issues concerning financial matters and such are yet to be decided upon.

While many musicians have come and gone, Infernus has always stayed in the band, though the last two albums before the split were almost entirely composed by King. King has said that he "never really left" Gorgoroth despite his brief official absence between 2006 and 2007, which according to Infernus happened due to King's "difficulties combining playing in a clear-cut Satanic metal band as Gorgoroth with the fact that he is full-time employed as a primary school teacher."

The band participated in the Darkthrone tribute Darkthrone Holy Darkthrone, released by Moonfog Productions in 1998, covering the song "Slottet I Det Fjerne". Later, in 2001, Gorgoroth also participated in the Mayhem tribute Originators Of The Northern Darkness, released by Avantgarde Music, covering the song "Life Eternal".

The online broadcast network vbs.tv made a documentary about Norwegian black metal, but they focused primarily on Gorgoroth and Gaahl. Frank Watkins began using the stage name "Bøddel" in 2009. Bøddel is Norwegian for "Executioner," which was the band Obituary's original moniker. Tormentor and Tomas Asklund do not currently tour with Gorgoroth and are considered "studio members."

Gorgoroth is a Fucking Craizy, is a True Norway Black Metal... The rest is Trash....

Release date:May 18th, 1998
Label:Nuclear Blast

Country of origin:Norway
Formed in:1992
Genre:Black Metal
Lyrical themes:Satanism, Anti-Christianity, War, Darkness
Years active:1992-present

Infernus - Guitars (tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7), Bass (1,3,5,6), Drums (5,6), Effects (6), Vocals (6, 8)
Frost     Drums (track 3)
T-Reaper - Vocals (track 3)
Ares - Bass (tracks 2,4,7)
Pest - Vocals (tracks 2,4,5,7)
Vrolok - Drums (tracks 2, 4, 7)
Gaahl - Vocals (track 1)
Tormentor - Guitars (tracks 1,2,4,5,6,7,8), Effects (6), All instruments (8)

1. Destroyer     03:49    
2. Open the Gates     05:29    
3. The Devil, the Sinner and His Journey     02:36    
4. Om kristen og jødisk tru     04:47    
5. På slagmark langt mot nord     05:08    
6. Blodoffer     03:19    
7. The Virginborn     08:15    
8. Slottet i det fjerne (Darkthrone cover)     03:41    
Total time: 37:04


quinta-feira, outubro 3

A Transylvanian Funeral - The Outsider (2008)

Sleepwalker is the owner of Third Eye Audio Recording Studio and Forbidden Records.

The band participated in the sampler "The Legion of TchorT – Compilation #5" by The Legion of TchorT Webzine playing the song "Hammer of the Witch".

Release date:July 21st, 2010
Label:Forbidden Records

Country of origin:United States
Location:Tucson, Arizona
Formed in:2008
Genre:Black Metal
Lyrical themes:Occult, Anti-Religion
Years active:2008-present
Contact: forbiddenrecords@gmail.com

Sleepwalker - Bass, Drums, Guitars, Vocals

1. Syzygy 02:47    
2. Winter's Worm 05:33    
3. Worship a Dead Fucking Goat 04:36    
4. Premonitions 05:09    
5. Dismembered by Spirits 07:54    
6. A Ghoul Rising from the Grave 08:07    
7. Creation of my Phylactery 02:40    
8. Going Blind 04:02    
9. When Sky and Ocean are One 04:51    
10.To Die in the Dark 06:17    
11. Bilocation in the Garden of Forking Paths 08:21    
12. The Outsider 06:28    
Total time: 01:06:45