22 Years Ago: GRAND BELIAL’S KEY release Triumph of the Hordes

Released on tape by Pagan Records on this day in 1994. The second GBK demo, recorded at The Dungeon, Arlington, Virginia.

In Rapture by the Fenrir Moon was re-recorded for the debut album, Sleeping Princes of the Arges was forgotten, and When Darkness Rears Itself a Throne was never re-recorded but you can definitely hear some riffs which made their way onto future GRAND BELIAL’S KEY (and maybe ARGHOSLENT?) material.

This was the second and last demo with Bestial Luciferian (later of ANCIENT and THOKK) who was replaced by Cazz (Black Lourde of Crucifixion – CRUCIFER) for the Witness to the Regicide EP and albums.
There is a lot of acrimony about this time, as you can see in the interview below, but these demos are still great pieces of US black metal history and the origin of GBK – a band that has since released three classic albums and of course Gelal has continued the equally masterful ARGHOSLENT!

NO, I’m not fond of this release at all. This showed Lord Homo’s true ways and his hidden desires to be a fucking poser. The lyrics hinted at some vampire shit and the whole idea of being mistaken for a fucking gothic vampire Nordic black metal band sickens me to this day. Yeah., I’m totally sick of talking about it, GBK has been a force since 1996 since I recruited The Black Lourde of Crucifixion to sit on Belial’s throne and do justice to our band. We have no ties to that queer from ANCIENT, or his little followers. I detest any fantasy, I don’t believe in ghosts, and I’m not a fucking hypocrite. I don’t accept the existence of that bastard GOD and I don’t believe in the divinities of his supposed son JEWSUS CHRIST, why would I believe in witches and devils? The second demo was not entirely written by me. Not only that, but the sound was awful, and Lord Fag inserted this slut’s voice over one of the songs without our approval. He was fascinated with this image. He is a lonely person with a trapped desire to be someone special, he needed the feedback from the underground to boost his ego and develop a little embryo of a personality.

– Gelal / GRAND BELIAL’S KEY interview, Dark Moon zine

20 Years Ago: JUDAS ISCARIOT records Distant in Solitary Night (US Black Metal)

During this month 20 years ago JUDAS ISCARIOT recorded the material which would eventually become the fourth LP (1999’s Distant in Solitary Night). Two songs from that session were released in ’96 by Breath of Night as the Arise, My Lord… 7″.

Judas Iscariot as a project will eventually be put to rest, when I believe that it has served its purpose and has made its point. But as for my own personal war against the feeble light of god, I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!!! Let the fires of hell continue to burn in your heart. For those with an understanding of black metal, as long as it lives inside of you the integrity of this art will never fade… TOTAL WAR!!!

Judas Iscariot patches, Judas Iscariot tapes, Judas Iscariot CDs

Daily Noise: Urzeit – Entmannen (US Black Metal)

Savage Black Metal with a sound that draws from traditional black metal, the thick driving guitar of current Satanic Death Metal, some punk rawness  and tempo (ILDJARN). Incredible atmosphere and perfect production. Formed in 2013 by members of MIZMOR and ASH BORER. Following their two demos and demo collection, URZEIT will be releasing a split with […]

Daily Noise: Toil – Moth with Fractured Wings

Official video for the opening song on TOIL‘s mini-CD Lullabies for Insects. The MCD followed their two Meurtre Noir demos released in the mid-2000’s. Always an interesting band, on Lullabies they explored post-punk further than before – including a CURE cover. Lurker plays all instruments in TOIL but contributed drums to many other bands including VROKLOK, RAW HATRED and […]