20 Years Ago: WARLOGHE record The Black Tower demo

…there is no distinction. The arts are my life, I spend my days perfecting my art, Warloghe is just one part of it, it is the conduit through which I channel, the sigils turning into sound. But like you may have already guessed, the music itself is not the pinnacle, it is nothing compared to the ideas it is based upon. But when you combine those two, it is no longer music, it is life and death itself, the human microcosm spilled on the floor. A living, ever transforming ritual.
– Glaurung / Warloghe interview, Final Solution zine #2

Recorded during this month in 1996 at Troll’s Lair rehearsal place.

Glaurung: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Morath: Battery

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…The shadow will fall upon the land, and even the dead shall be envied by the living…

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Interview: 359 (Raw Black Metal from Finland)

Raw unholy black metal from southern Finland! An idea that has germinated since 1999, with one demo in 2008. This August, 359 (explained below) unleashed a new EP: The Path of Ayin.

Listen to the official band sample below, although my highlight is the punchy final of the three, Ajna Satan Anahata.

Interview with Sunken, 11 October 2016

On the credits 359 are listed and Sunken separately for lyrics – does 359 include other members?

The band consists of three other members in addition to myself. Due to various problems we decided to combine old projects, which started back in 1999, under the monicker of 359, mainly because of great chemistry within the band…

I’ve read one guess that the name is referring to a historical date. Are you willing to explain the name, 359, and the meaning?

359 derives from the Gematric value of Hebrew word “ShTN” (Opposer, Satan). It also has its connections to Crowleyan tradition, as the values of Set and Horus are also 359.

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On your official page is says the band formed in 1999, is that right? What were some of the earliest activities and ideas?

Well, the band is musically rooted to the year -99, even though back then we didn’t have any clue about the number 359. In 2008 I did a demo called “Denied Virginity of Mary” by myself, because I and the guitarist lived in different cities. After that the project started to take its form and evolved into a band. In 2013 we started to compose songs of the upcoming full length, working remotely. Early 2013 another member joined the ranks. Nowadays we all live in the same area, so the rehearsing is MUCH easier.
The basic ideology behind the band was based on Satanism. Or worshipping Satan – To express my anger against the christian doctrine, or better said, against the Demiurge – Hate against the doctrines, Jesus dying on the cross because of our sins… I don’t want that kind of things in my life. Later on, I’ve left these subjects almost completely, as hate ties you to its object, just as Love of Satan ties you to Satan.

You worked with Zetekh (SATURNIAN MIST) on the mixing of the new albums, did you also record at Blackvox? How was the recording and mixing/mastering cooperation?

The initial tracks were recorded at our rehearsal place, Zetekh recorded his guest vocals at Blackvox. The EP was mixed and mastered there, though. The Process of mixing was really painful experience and I have to say that Mr. Zetekh is really a patient man with nerves of steel! The guitars were originally recorded back in 2004 (which actually tells that the songs on the “Path Of Ayin”-EP are older than the demo 2008), and it was a challenge to make them sound decent, hence we decided to add couple of new guitar tracks to make it sound better.

It has been several years since the last 359 release, but you are not silent with other bands. What activities have you been involved with since 2008?

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I am the one behind the industrial/noise/power electronics band CONTORTUS. With CONTORTUS I’ve released a cassette via Freak Animal Records in 2013 and in 2015 a split cassette with HYGIENIA was released. I am also an visual artist and that’s been keeping me busy too. Besides those, I practice martial arts (Kendo) and take long rides with my bicycle.

Was 359 your first “solo-band”?

Yes.

Why did you decide to move from drums to other instruments, have you always been writing/playing guitar?

When I was younger, I used to play guitar and drums actively. After the demo 2008 I haven’t touched the drums and my guitar playing has become really shabby. I “Compose” more noise songs nowadays and in 359 I sing and do the lyrics.

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Do you consider 359 the most personal band in terms of exploring your own philosophy. Also asking as the lyrics often refer to “me” (His echoing voice, inside my skull)

The lyrics on the “Path Of Ayin” are based on my experiences on the path I’ve chosen, and it was rather easy to write the lyrics based on cognition – about Satanism and “The Conflict”.

Continuing the above, does the title (The Path of Ayin) refer to your own Kabbalistic beliefs? Are you involved in a specific group/sect in Finland or read works by certain groups?

The name is just a detail in the bigger picture, I do of course delve deep into different areas of esoteric subjects, but especially Kabbalistic thoughts are close to my heart. I’d rather not talk about the groups I’m involved with, let’s just say I am connected…

Is the cover photography a reference to the tree of life?

Yes, among other connotations. It is a negative picture of it, the Tree Of Death and the tunnels of Set.

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Any interest or plans to make 359 a live band?

None whatsoever.

Last words are yours!

Thanks for the interview! The CD version of “Path Of Ayin” EP is out now on Schattenkult Produktionen (GER), get it while you still can. Cassette edition of the EP will be out as a Co-release between Atavism Records (FRA) and BloodRock Records (ITA). We’re planning to start recording our first full length in December 2016 and it will be released later on.

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22 Years Ago: UNHOLY release The Second Ring of Power (And what about those Shapes…)

First of all, there are different kind of shamans: some of them can SEE (like I do), some of them can change their shape, some of them can fly, some can heal etc. I can’t change my shape, but I really can see&hear Allies when they arrive. At first it will scare you to death when you meet an Ally, but later you will accept their appearance as “natural” as this text you’re reading now. Some day there is a possibility that you can make an Ally as your helper…It is pretty useless to describe true sorcery with words. You have to experience it yourself so you understand that world is really something else as you see it in normal consciousness.

After leaving Lethal Records, UNHOLY released their second album on Avantgarde on this day in 1994. We have the latest reissue (Second Ring of Power CD/DVD set) in stock.

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Well anyway AVANTGARDE MUSIC is ready to give huge budget for our next album, so we can spend a whole month in a studio. The recordings of our next album will start at 1 March and the album should be out in about 3 months.

Our new composition have more feeling and also our lyrics are very serious & not so much fictional like in “FROM THE SHADOWS”.

– Jarkko, Pagan Kalewala zine #1, 1994

20 Years Ago: BARATHRUM complete Infernal (Jetblack Doom Metal from Finland)

I don’t think that our music is any kind of Death Metal. I gotta tell you that I haven’t ever been interested so much into Death Metal..maybe some bands like old MORBID ANGEL. I think that our music is more Doom than Death…it’s not total Doom and it’s not total Black Metal — it’s Jetblack Doom Metal…
– Demonos Sova, 1993

BARATHRUM recorded and mixed their third album Infernal between July and August 1996 and released it through Nazgul’s Eyrie Productions during May 1997.

20 Years Ago: AZAZEL release The Night of Satanachia (Finnish Black Metal)

Ave! Yeah you have heard right. We have MCD deal with Miscarriage records from Italy. We get this deal follow Riccardo Figiaconi write to Teemu (Darkwoods My Betrothed) and ask him would they do cd to Miscarriage, but Teemu told him, that they have record deal with Hammerheart prod. Then he write to me and ask to record deal. I agree the deal. I hope our Mcd is out at November. Mcd are recorded in June ’95 and mixed August ’95.

Miscarriage Records released The Night of Satanachia on this day in 1996. Miscarriage was an Italian label run by Luigi Coppo and released about nine titles between 1993 and 1996.

In the distro: we still have the debut album Jesus Perversions in stock and the split with GOATMOON

Session members on this EP were Sarakmyal (bass) and Adramelech (guitar), both went off to form a new band after this EP:

5 Years Ago: IMPALED NAZARENE live at Under the Black Sun (Full Set Video)

Official bootleg, an unreleased live recording (intended for a DVD). Full show, multiple cameras, excellent quality!

1. Intro
2. I Al Purg Vonpo
3. My Blessing (The Beginning of the End)
4. In The Name of Satan
5. Goat Perversion
6. Let’s Fucking Die
7. 1999: Karmageddon Warriors
8. Condemned to Hell
9. The Day of Reckoning
10. Ghettoblaster
11. Quasb/The Burning
12. Corpses
13. Motorpenis
14. For Those Who Have Fallen
15. Enlightenment Process
16. The Horny and the Horned
17. Tentacles of the Octagon
18. Penis et Circes
19. Armageddon Death Squad
20. Sadhu Satana
21. Total War – Winter War

20 Years Ago: IMPALED NAZARENE release their classic Latex Cult

A classic IMPALED NAZARENE record filled with hate and crust influence (NAPALM DEATH, EXTREME NOISE TERROR!)

Certainly there’s some humour on our first three CDs, but on Latex Cult there’s none. We were pissed off when we wrote it, and I think it shows. Lots of shit went down two months before we entered the studio, and it fucking shows.

Full interview at Chronicles of Chaos.

DN: 12 Years Today: VULTYR – Suicide Propaganda

This was a great EP!! The first Sabbath’s Fire release. One of several bands formed by the extremely prolific Narqath (WYRD, AZAGHAL), Spectre/Wircki (HIN ONDE) and Naakka/Varjoherra (AZAGHAL) during the early-mid 2000’s. In the four years of their existence VULTYR released four album, two splits and this EP.

DN: 13 Years Today: Satanic Warmaster – Strength & Honour (A New Black Order)

The glare of churches burning in the night…

SATANIC WARMASTER created a modern classic with Strength & Honour. A perfectly timed resurgent raw primitive attack. Distinct riffs and CRUSHING production (especially the drums) this was a pivotal release at the turn of the millennium when it was needed (NH’s multiple reissues in 2003/4 prove the hunger!) and remains an album that returns us to the roots.