Monday, September 28, 2009


The mighty Aversionline did a review of the Knarkskog 7":

"Following their now out of print seven-song demo tape, "Knarkskog" is the first proper release from Oslo, Norway's Okkultokrati, as well as the debut release for the label, Lilla Himmel. Cranking out four songs in a very succinct six minutes, expect a peculiar blend of frantic hardcore/punk with sick vocals and plenty of chaotic dissonance and "skronk"-laden riffing that has an unusual noise rock sort of aesthetic to it – especially in terms of the spacious textures utilized by the recording. The band has referred to their approach as "True Norwegian Metaphysical Atheist Black 'n' Roll", while the label loosely defines it as "somewhere between Black Flag and Darkthrone". Me? I have no fuckin' clue, but there's a killer sense of energy throughout, so I don't give a shit what you'd call it. It's totally great, and the band deserves all the attention they may well receive."


Be sure to check out the other reviews on that blog as well.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Our first shirt is soon to be launched into the void. Made by our fifth member Sebastian Rusten.

In the woods of Telemark

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Musings about Knarkskog

It's A Trap wrote some nice things about us. They compare us to some cool current bands which we aren't really inspired by, but that are flattering none the less. They also heard some intriguing similarities to Brainbombs that we were unaware of, but Brainbombs are excellent so who cares.

"Okkultokrati share members with Haust and more than a slight resemblance soundwise, but they are definitely way more on the current pessimistic hardcore zeitgeist tip than the latter. Haust mix hardcore aggression with black metal nihilism, Okkultokrati are just aggro. If you dig on the contorted sounds of Sex Vid, Total Abuse, Cult Ritual or any other like-minded negative creeps (overused Brainbombs references are a surefire tip-off), you'll probably dig this too, especially if you wish those bands had a heavier rhythmic integrity. The debut "Knarkskog EP" (free d/l here) won't usurp "Communal living" as the subset standard-bearer, but it's way better than some and bodes well for the future."

Read it here

"Dopecradle" was A-listed by Radio Nova and they had this to say about it:

"Oslobandet Okkultokrati slapp sin debut ”Knarkskog EP” 25. august. Bandet som har medlemmer fra bl.a Common Cause og Haust overøser deg med en klassisk miks av hardcore, pønk og svartmetall. ”Dopecradle” skifter fra å gå i et høyt hardcore-tempo til å roe ned til repetative gitarriff i black metal-stil. Uansett stilart, er dette både melodiøst og rytmisk, med et nihilistisk tankesett som utgangspunkt for det aggressive uttrykket. Svart, er forøvrig ordet som kanskje best beskriver bandet som helhet. I tillegg til navn på bandmedlemmer som Black Death og Black Qvisling, referanser som Black Flag og Black Sabbath, fronter de Knarkskog EP med en heftig, syk og mørk covertegning. (EP’en er ute på vinyl i bare 200 kopier!) "