21 Years Ago: SUMMONING release Minas Morgul

…the lyrical and musical concept behind Summoning is based on Middle Earth, the mind world created by Tolkien, dealing with descriptions of landscapes, battles and great events of Tolkien’s books just like “Lord of the Rings” or “The Silmarillion”.
My musical influences are lots of metal bands from the 80’s just like Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Sacrilege and of course Bathory. Nowadays I just listen to Dark Wave and Ritual music just like Quntal, Sopor Aeternus, Shinjuku Thief, just to mention a few and of course everything from the Swedish cult label Cold Meat Industries.
– Silenius / Summoning interview, Psicoterror zine 1996

SUMMONING’s second album, Minas Morgul, released on this day in 1995.


Record of the Week: Mortiis – Født til å Herske (Review)

Record of the Week

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MORTIIS released his debut through Malicious in 1993. An early release by the label, home to several Norwegian legends until around 96.
These two 25+ minutes songs, recorded with nothing more than a JV30, lack the bombast and scale of later albums or the previous demo. Instead it’s power comes from the sombre, drifting atmosphere – dark, mysterious, ancient… entirely solitary and plaintive.
Intentionally repetitive, not unlike BURZUM‘s ambient (a direct influence), variations emerge gradually, each Part ending in emergent crescendo. Built by layering, evolved and expanded, the result is an hour of excellent dark “dungeon” ambient without the high drama of later albums.


REMMIRATH Album Preview #4: Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of Shambhala village

vicarann ashuna kshaunyam hayenapratima-dyutih nripa-linga-cchado dasyun kotisho nihanishyati… …After all the imposter kings have been killed, the residents of the cities and towns will feel the breezes carrying the most sacred fragrance of the sandalwood paste and other decorations of Lord Kalki, and their minds will thereby become transcendentally pure. …this was one of our […]

Out Now: T.O.M.B. III: Digital Collection (Macabre Noize Royale, Nameless Spells and Incantations, Live Ritual 2014)

United by Blakk Blood!! T.O.M.B. returns to Todestrieb Records with a new digital collection The resurrection of Macabre Noize Royale   Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy III Macabre Noize Royale (2008) Nameless Spells and Incantations (2013) Live Ritual – Brooklyn, June 15 2014 Full tracklist, images and video at the distro Six years after our last T.O.M.B. […]

T.O.M.B. Live Review, Gallery Updated

Review of T.O.M.B.’s live ritual in Brooklyn at Cryptic Rock.

More photos added to the gallery here.

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The next abomination to possess the stage was Pennsylvania’s mysterious spellbounders T.O.M.B. (Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy). Considered a black noise project, T.O.M.B. far exceeds the parameters of a typical band and is more of a ready-made dark performing art. Working with field recordings from cemeteries, abandoned insane asylums, crematories, morgues and other rotting places of a hollow and torturous past, T.O.M.B. brings something unique and terrifying to the stage. Fans watched in confusion and disarray as the autonomous and gloomy harvesters of sound began to mesmerize them with non-conventional metal instruments, conducting a series of spells and rituals such as “Jaw Bones”, “Birth”, “Ram Horn” and “Summoning.”

T.O.M.B. continued entrancing and terrifying the audience, with the smoke from incense rising up through a pile of various skulls within a wall of disorienting rabid sound. The blood letting rituals had begun. Incinerating their set T.O.M.B. cast the last spell “Ram Skull Sacrifice.” Many non-conventional items were used to create sound during the show such as the amplifying scraping of horns, jawbones, and a hand-held scythe across a tombstone to create disorienting and haunting sounds. This unique approach to metallurgy is an unusual and rare subgenre of black metal and made for a very interesting experience, to say the least.