27 Years Ago: NECROMANTIA release their first promo tape

Late 1989… I knew Baron Blood before and we shared similar likings in music and ideas so we decide to express them in a musical form. The Promo Tape 1990 was recorded in one night from 6 in the afternoon until 5 in the morning! LIVE! We did some overdubs afterwards but it was mainly done live! I really love this feeling when were dead-exhausted but really satisfied in the morning! That recording has a lot of mistakes and an average sound but it was genuine. Also the lyrical procedure was really mystical. The lyrics were written in a deserted house, under the candlelight with incense, alcohol etc
– The Magus / Necromantia interview, Metal Temple, 2007

Recorded very soon after forming in late 1989, NECROMANTIA released (whatever that really means, or however precise you can be, with a promo tape given out to friends, zines etc) on this day in 1990.

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22 Years Ago: ROTTING CHRIST released Non Serviam (Hellenic Black Metal masterpiece)

Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, neither is My fear in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands, and thou saidst: ‘I will not transgress’; upon every high hill and under every leafy tree thou didst recline, playing the harlot.

Released on this day in 1994 by Unisound Records – an important label in the history of Greek metal.

Just one of several supreme albums by ROTTING CHRIST. There are a handful of bands so important and influential many consider their sound to embody an entire country, ROTTING CHRIST are one.

HIEROPHANT’S DESCENT interview excerpt (Greek Black Metal)

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In the emptiness of the Americanized civilization of the West we live in, every thinking individual who respects oneself is obliged to fight for his self-advancement on all fronts. The words of Heraclitus – the Pre-Socratic philosopher – are here to show us the way; «Τα παντα ρει» / Everything flows, everything is changing. You cannot remain the same in a world that is constantly changing. Life is full of challenges but you must be awake in order to perceive the messages and be able to learn from your own faults. Self-development in body and soul is necessary if you desire to reach the Faustian spirit and conquer your destiny.

Interview excerpt from The Sinister Flame, Issue V: Aristocracy of Wolves (Summer 2016 e.v.)
This issue of The Sinister Flame, previous issues and many other zines are in stock now at the distro

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To the beautiful sound of cracking skulls, The Sinister Flame proudly presents its fifth issue, further exploring the abyss with ABIGOR, MARE, MORDOR, NASTROND, HIEROPHANT’S DESCENT, Temple of Them, XANTOTOL and Jarl Flagg Nidhogg of Darker Than Black. Aside from interviews, the issue also includes review sections and a special article by Northern Heritage that focuses on the connection of nature and Black Metal. DEAD REPTILE SHRINE, SATANIC WARMASTER, MUSTA KAPPELI, PHLEGEIN and VORDR all discuss the relevance of natural surrounding to themselves and their artistic work.

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Record of the Week: MACABRE OMEN – Gods of War – At War (Review)

Record of the Week

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I shall want to proclaim my message for them, the widely powerful race of Heracles, and tell correctly from the beginning, from Tlepolemus, the story that concerns all.

Quickly, justly, gaining a reputation as one of the best album of this year. For some of this decade!
A glorious return after many years in the shadows. No less involved supporting underground music it should be known! Preparing, planning for this moment. A patient approach which usually leads to inflated expectations. If this was even considered, it had no impact. And the record excels all hopes. Gods of War arrives as fresh and dramatic as anything MACABRE OMEN has recorded.
Within seconds the recording makes clear Alexandros is the singular force behind MACABRE OMEN. With all supporting players replaced, Gods of War is still a seamless continuation of the atmosphere and ideas presented on The Ancient Returns. MACABRE OMEN has lost none of its impact over the past ten years.
A colossal album, a new peak for the band. Surely all that needs to be said. If not, expect epic Hellas-imbued Black/Pagan Metal with a musical connections running through BATHORY, ROTTING CHRIST, VARATHRON, GRAVELAND.

Macabre Omen Returns! New Album Samples: Gods of War – At War

 

…and to all Hellas will I publish a glorious fame of thee; yea, we are ready now to pay thee a swift recompense in war…

MACABRE OMEN has just released a new album, ten years after The Ancient Returns! Gods of War – At War continues the epic sound first heard over twenty years ago and perfected on The Ancient Returns. Iconic Hellenic Black Metal with some influence from ROTTING CHRIST, BURZUM, VARATHRON. Killer guitars, barbaric howls, epic choruses; all steeped in history, mythology and Rhodian culture.

MACABRE OMEN only deliver when a work is complete – listening, it’s clear that has always been a deliberate decision – these albums are building a personal legacy, honouring those lost, and paying respect to (in one song atoning for) the past. We’ve all had to wait another decade; but with this project, patience is always rewarded!

Hear the title-song above. We will have CD copies in the distro very soon!

For to the descendants of Ἡρακλῆς belongs dominion over sea and land…

All my life, I have been sailing through the seven seas,
trying to discover, eager to find the Utopian Me.
And when the ship completes full circle,
docking will be at the harbour of the Colossus,
where the journey begins.

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Daily Noise: Rotting Christ – Transform All Suffering Into Plagues (Live 1996) (TMC 21 Years Today)

ROTTING CHRIST live in Kraków, 1996. SAMAEL also possibly played that night (at least, they also played this venue the same year).

21 years since the release of their debut album Thy Mighty Contract! A foundation of the Hellenic sound and a classic in Black Metal!

North Black Metal bands are all influenced by BATHORY. The South Europeans make a different sound of black metal, there are more creative and technical bands!
Jim (Mutilator), 1993 – Tales of the Macabre zine

Daily Noise: Macabre Omen – An Ode to Rhodes

Taken from MACABRE OMEN‘s studio album The Ancient Returns. Amazing to think that record celebrates its 10th anniversary in three months!!

A dedication to a place, a time and a sense of self divined through this understanding.

There’s a reason for someone, to gain the power to become The One.

This video includes photos taken all around the island of Rhodes.

Daily Noise: Varathron – Unholy Funeral (and New Album Announced)

Blasphemous warcries, leper sound
Miasma of a damned soul
The graves are opened…

VARATHRON have announced their new album, Untrodden Corridors of Hades. You can hear a very short sample here.

For now let us return to the ancient Hellenic days! Worship the ancient godz and play the cult sounds crafted for His Majesty at the Swamp and Walpurgisnacht!!

We are also releasing a full CD on CYBER MUSIC (Dutch label). I think it will be out in April of ’93!! The title of our LP may be THE LAMENT OF THE GODS. No, I don’t want to put any demo songs on our LP. Our style is the same, but we are more occult and dreaming souls than ever. There will be more slow parts with atmospheric sound and dark lyrics!!
– Varathron, 1993, Exume zine