Entries tagged with: Okkultokrati

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One Tail One Head

2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.

First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.

To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.

My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Okkultokrati

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.

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by BBG

Dark Times in Oslo - 2/16/2012
By:Larm 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...

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