Entries tagged with: Dark Times
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
I first came across the name Okkultokrati when it was uttered in the same breath as Kvelertak and the Norwegian collective known as Black Hole Crew which contains Dark Times and Haust. Between that Black Hole association and their involvement in a split with High-on-Fire meets-Unsane badasses Arabrot, it was clear that they shared an aesthetic and influence from bands that I admired.
Okkultokrati is definitely rooted in punk, but in the same way that Venom and Motorhead is. Slithering, metallic black rock and roll with moments of crushing doom is the central theme on Snakereigns, the band's new LP recorded by Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh and is due October 26 via Fysisk Format. The record recalls the crunch of modern "Boss Heavy Metal" hardcore/grind, epic doom and the great Midnight while keeping the latter's fun vibe. Raise your fist to the first track to emerge from Snakereigns, "No Ouroboros," and look for the LP in October. Its a ripper.
So far no US dates to speak of. Until then, stream some new and old Okkultokrati below.
the basement of Helvete in Oslo
Day two of By:Larm (read about day one HERE) started out with a "black metal" tour of Oslo lead by Anders Odden who has played with everyone from Celtic Frost to Satyricon to Ministry and played in death metallers Cadaver. The tour, which was especially educational for those with limited knowledge of the genre, took us to Holmenkollen Chapel (which was famously burned down by Varg Vikernes, Faust & Euronymous), the site of Helvete (the store owned by Euronymous of Mayhem) which is now a coffee shop, and Neseblod Records, a sort of museum/record store located downtown.
continued, with lots of pictures, below...
Dark Times in Oslo - 2/16/2012
By:Larm is Norway's version of SXSW, a mass of bands and seminars in Oslo over three days. By:Larm's focus is the best of Scandinavia though, and they highlight the region across 24 venues and seminar sites. As a result, most of the bands at By:Larm have never broken on our shores and more than likely haven't even played the states. That made for a lot of research and a considerable amount of excitement when I found something new and fresh. I definitely found some fun and interesting bands during day one this year (February 16th). Read more about it, commplete with pictures, below...
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Adult" (MP3)
High on Fire at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
High on Fire have announced De Vermis Mysteriis, the band's new album due on EOne Records on April 3rd. The LP, produced by Kurt Ballou, features 10 tracks and draws inspiration from "a fictional grimoire created by Psycho author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the Cthulhu Mythos." Head below for all tour dates and details on the release.
Don't forget that High on Fire will join Trash Talk and a mammoth cast of others for the BV/Power of The Riff show during the Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at Scoot Inn on March 16th in Austin. All High on Fire dates are below.
Another band scheduled to play the day party, Ceremony, have posted a new track from their forthcoming Zoo. Check out "Adult", downloadable below as well as a a video for "World Blue" below. All Ceremony dates are below.
The Melvins have announced TWO new releases, including the The Bulls & The Bees EP due on March 13th via Scion A/V and the forthcoming LP Freak Puke due via Ipecac on June 5th. Those expecting a four-piece will be surprised to know that the Freak Puke LP will be from "Melvins Lite", aka Buzzo, Dale and bassist Trevor Dunn. Fans of the four piece shouldn't fret, Jared and Coady will be on the road with Unsane this April.
Arabrot, who were one of the most impressive bands at byLarm this past week in Oslo (pics/review coming) have released a video for their title track to Solaranus. Check that out below, along with a stream of another Norwegian band that I enjoyed, Dark Times.
More suggested NYC shows, streams, a new Rise & Fall video and a full live set by Bolt Thrower from 1989 is below.