Rob Darken, sole member of Graveland and Lord Wind has been active in underground music for over 20 years, and in that time crafted one of the most respected catalogues in pagan and black metal while remaining consistently underground. In addition to the legendary Graveland and Lord Wind, Darken’s mark can be heard throughout the 1990’s Polish scene and beyond; from guest keyboard performances to production work and the labels Eastclan and Isengard Productions. There were many individuals involved in creating the unique and timeless Polish sound, but if one person is the connecting root, that man is Rob Darken.
We did many strange things because we wanted to extreme no matter the consequences. Our lives were to be short and extreme. I remember that Karcharoth and Capricornus were to live together in one flat. They were to sleep in the coffins and have black curtains in the windows in order to the daylight did not disturb them in the contemplation of the ancient knowledge about the Darkness. The cult of devil was rather funny fro us and we were biassed in favour of the bands that made a parody of the cult of Satan…our admiration for the creativity of Mortuary Drape was an evidence of our attitude…Karcharoth studied Crowley, I was keen on druidism and Capricornus tenebre. And so we slowly lost the contact with the reality. Darkness totally preoccupied us.
Darken is well known as a keyboard player on several classic nineties recordings. Some of the earliest examples are Infernum‘s “Damned Majesty” and “…Taur-Nu-Fuin…” (one of the pinnacles of mysterious Polish Black Metal!) and Behemoth’s early demos “The Return of the Northern Moon” and “…From the Pagan Vastlands”. Collaborations continued as Graveland began releasing full-length albums. In 1995 Darken provided keyboards for two more Polish classics, Veles’ “Night on the Bare Mountain” and the justly infamous Fullmoon “United Aryan Evil” – a more perfect example of nineties Polish underground Black Metal you will not find. Towards the end of 90’s intros were also created for Absurd‘s “Asgardsrei” and Thor’s Hammer’s “May the Hammer Smash the Cross”.
Included in this collection you will find Rob Darken’s main outlets: Graveland and Lord Wind along with releases that feature his various contributions and production work.
Graveland is my passion. The aim of my life. The sense of my life. Everything I do leads to Graveland. Graveland is essence of all values I am faithful to…symbol of my revolt and resistance against everything I think is a threat to my freedom and survival.