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

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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. release – Macabre Noize Royale – we present a digital collection of three separate creations. All newly studio remixed and remastered.

Earlier this year we began talking to NO ONE about a digital edition of the long unavailable Macabre Noize Royale – the black noise/black metal assault we released in 2008. A unique recording in T.O.M.B.’s history!
T.O.M.B.’s distinct field-recorded ambience, twisted industrial manipulations joined by members of the Pennsylvanian 80’s death/black underground (DETERIORATE, GOREAPHOBIA, HAZARAX). Only an album like Burning the Temple of God rivals the savage collision of raw noise and black metal on MNR!

Macabre Noize Royale will be a journey. It will combine unholy black metal with extreme nihilistic black noise.
This black noise is what many call my work.

With this digital release we intend to force a rediscovery and reappraisal of this powerful work, which is resurrected with punishing force after a lengthy remastering. We recommend headphones!!

The reissue began to expand with extra tracks until we decided to create the third T.O.M.B. collection. Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy III includes MNR, Nameless Spells and Incantations (2013), and a 2014 live recording.

Nameless Spells and Incantation was released by DumpsterScore Home Recordings on limited cd in 2013: Obsidian black drones and vocal chants lay the foundation for thick crushing walls of unrelenting harsh noise, primitive steel gate pounding and quite literal tombstone grinding. Listening to these recordings you get the feeling of being alone late at night, hooded figures loom in the shadows of a reverb drenched corridor. Distant pounding and indistinguishable voices draw closer and closer until a blinding surge of electricity fills the room and your bones are ground to dust.

The final part of this collection captures T.O.M.B. live. This ritual took place in Brooklyn, New York on June 15th as part of an evening headlined by WATAIN. The T.O.M.B. lineup was NO ONE, Panther Modern, Joseph Curwen (GHORAGEIST) and Samantha Viola (SKULSYR).
T.O.M.B. live is not ‘performance’ or a typical show. Through stone, metal, bone and blood they channel pure unholy energy and have a dramatic, physical effect on those in attendance:

…the guitarist began scraping an animal horn across a what looked like slab of slate amplified through a guitar pickup and subsequent PA system. The overwhelming but intriguing sounds caused several in the audience to buckle while others straight up blacked out. – 2012 w/ Sunn O)))

A video was captured of the June 2014 evening. The visuals, combined with our new audio recording – taken directly from the source, removing all extraneous sound and professionally remixed – recreates this powerful effect!!

Over the past year of remixing and remastering, this project has grown into an essential T.O.M.B. collection and presents NO ONE’s vision across different eras and settings.
T.O.M.B. has expanded it’s sound, experimented, explored sinister and dangerous new paths. Through it all the original manifesto has remained, since we first discovered the mysterious entity NO ONE in 2003 and the bond was formed. Still a unique force in underground art!

T.O.M.B. has been an experimental/spiritual journey in the development of myself as an artist and a person. The experiences from the disturbed places I have recorded, the influential people I have met and worked with, have stayed with me and are reflected in my material. The name Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, clearly defines this project’s divine intentions; TOTAL freedom and expression through OCCULTIC ritual, beliefs and invocations. This is captured using MECHANICAL recording devices and equipment, with a subconscious intent to open and unleash the diabolical audio effects and essence of pure BLASPHEMY.

Future T.O.M.B. —

I wrote my material based upon three fazes. My more industrial black metal/noise was the first faze. I used what abilities and resources I had during that creative time period. This was the beginning and birth of the project. Once I began the second faze, I had developed several new types of recording techniques and tactics. I also expanded on my equipment arsenal. Combined I wanted to create audio that when played together,effected the senses. Mind, body and soul. So we started conducting ritual practices of invocation, using instruments and objects associated with primitive ritual, and record this inside abandon hospitals or asylums were negative malevolent energy can be easily conjured. Conjuring was the second faze. Fury Nocturous marks the third faze of the project and exposes the results from the past fazes, cryptic occult audio experimentation and extreme black magic.

T.O.M.B. / Dreadlords Interview with Terrorizer Magazine

Terrorizer Magazine have just posted an excellent interview with No One of T.O.M.B. and Dreadlords! This is one of the only public communications from No One and finally gives a thorough insight behind T.O.M.B., details of recording locations (including Euronymous’ grave), recording (ritual) process, influences… It also covers Dreadlords – a new band formed by No One and two other T.O.M.B. collaborators: Panther Modern and Samantha Viola. Essential read.

I never know what is going to happen before recording at any location. It is a ritualistic approach, focused on resurrecting its tormented history, through site-specific sound structures, rhythmically combined with dark occult interaction and invocations. Once an area or element inside the building/structure has presented itself, I connect with it and allow myself to be suffocated by the ambient, unseen energies and record.

I wanted to create music that the listener could relate to other than a “studio” recording. Many artists write music in a studio about death, decay or the occult. I wanted to take death, decay and the occult and make music from those subjects. So I began using crypt doors as percussion, using tombstones with bones as instruments, and using elements or items in abandoned insane asylums to structure songs. Personally, this was a more authentic, challenging and rewarding way of writing music.

T.O.M.B. has been an experimental/spiritual journey in the development of myself as an artist and a person. The experiences from the disturbed places I have recorded, the influential people I have met and worked with, have stayed with me and are reflected in my material. The name Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, clearly defines this project’s divine intentions; TOTAL freedom and expression through OCCULTIC ritual, beliefs and invocations. This is captured using MECHANICAL recording devices and equipment, with a subconscious intent to open and unleash the diabolical audio effects and essence of pure BLASPHEMY.

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.

Video | Image Gallery

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.

[Updated] Emit to Perform Live in London – August 4 2012 – Support from T.O.M.B. Member

PANTHER MODERN
CONTENT NULLITY
HAL HUTCHINSON
EMIT
CEMENTIMENTAL feat. RAXIL4
DJ POISON CREEPER

4th August, 2012
£5 Entry, Doors 8pm, Live acts promptly 8.30 till 11, DJs till later

Ryan’s Bar
181 Stoke Newington Church St, London, N16 0UL
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Emit (Hammemit) will appear live for the first time in London on August 4th! The performance will be improvised by Unknown I, who is joined for this event by Antinomian (Subvertio Deus) as second guitarist.

Panther Modern‘s B.Z. (also part of recent T.O.M.B. recordings) is flying in from the US to spread black noise darkness!

Details are still being finalised, this post will be updated with a venue and other support acts as they are confirmed.

T.O.M.B. to Perform at Apocalypse Fest (Gathering of Shadows)

Gathering of Shadows (click here for the 2 DVD set GoS years 2004-2006) had to be cancelled this year due to the Colorado wildfires. An alternative event featuring most of the bands scheduled for GoS has been announced:

Apocalypse Fest
July 27th & 28th, 2012.
Blanton DIY Venue
2361 Platte Place
Colorado Springs, CO.
80909

Nightbringer
Velnias
Krieg
T.O.M.B.
The Flight of Sleipnir
Execration
Hellgoat
Maledicere
Ruines Ov Abaddon
Odium Totus
Mount Cairn
Blighter