Sunday, December 26, 2010

Uma entrevista com Vebjørn de Haust

Here's an interview Vebjørn of Haust did with some Brazillians. If you speak Portuguese, read the original here. If not, here's the whole thing in English.

1 - Ride The Relapse got a a re-release in 2008 with some new songs, was there any remixing/remastering of those songs? I'm just asking this 'cause i have this version of White Trash Extravaganza that sounds lower than the one on MySpace.

The first version of ride the relapse was mainly just a demo. We hadn't really started as a serious band yet when we recorded the first stuff. But we put it out on our webpage as a release because we thought it looked cool . The first version is with programmed electronic drums (our drummer didn't join the band until 2005, and then started the Haust as you know it today ) and it's just recorded in Ruben's bedroom with shitty equipment. Our debut album Ride the relapse was released in 2008, everything before that is just Ruben and me fooling around.

2 - Although HAUST mixes influences from hardcore/punk/black metal. you guys definitely stand out making a completely different sound than the other bands working with the same principles and that fit into this same group. It could be said that HAUST has more punk roots than any other acts around. Do you think that's what makes HAUST stand out?

Yeah. We have a punk background. We were small-town crooks in Notodden, Telemark. That is also the hometown of the black metal band Emperor. We were really influenced by Vegard/Ihsahn when we were kids and he also recorded our first demos with our shitty punkbands in the 90s. When we started Haust it was just Ruben and me trying to mix black metal with the punk attitude, not that we wanted to make BM more catchy.. We just wanted it more up front and in-your-face. We're of course also really influenced by noiserock like Jesus Lizard , early Earth, early Sonic youth and Dinosaur.. stuff like that.
We also wanted to point out the obvious punk qualities of the early norwegian BM scene (Burzum, Emperor - wrath of the tyrant era, Mayhem - Deathchurch etc) and highlight it.

3 - In an older version of your MySpace page, there were lots of influences mentioned, from Sunn o))) to Darkthrone and some weird shit in-between, mixing all kinds of bands and genres and you're actually wearing a Poison Idea t-shirt in one picture. Catching a glimpse of the bands imagery and influences, two thoughts crossed my mind: "These kids know what they're doing" or "These old fucks know their shit and look like really young folks". Just spill it out, who are you? How the band came together?

Ha ha. I guess we're not that young anymore. I'm 26 myself, and the other guys are 25. People always say that we look like we're in our late teens.. that's funny. I have my musical upbringing from the Oslo-based recordstore Tiger in the late 90s and early 00s, that now also runs a label called Fysisk Format. We are three guys that met in Notodden in our teens, drinking bad homemade liquor, listening to Misfits and skating in the streets. When we got serious we teamed up with a drummer from Kvinesdal in the south of Norway.

4 - HAUST seems to touch on more socio-political subjects, but still mantaining some sick humor, sometimes tackling heavy matters, in songs such as Anti-Reproductive. On the other hand, there's Skate Rock, that seems basically about hanging out with your buddies, getting wasted, listening to some records,etc. Do you like to keep your lyrics kinda "freestyle", not making any commitment to being a joke or an over-the-top too serious band? (Based on what I can make out of the lyrics, since I don't have 'em)

Yeah. I like to mix the trashy and catchy with the bleak and serious. We're not a political band, but for me it would also be uninteresting to write lyrics that are just plain silly. Anti-reproductive is about being pushed out of the so-called including norwegian social democracy because you are gay or simply have an alternative take on what a family should be like. I think the metal and hardcore punk scene is very conservative in may ways when it comes to sexual politics, and i don't want to be a part of this romantic macho bullshit that most punk and metal bands celebrate. Skate Rock is about being punk in a small town like Notodden. The local hillbillies and macho jocks always told me to cut my hair and get a job, and i still get this screamed after me when i come back there once in a while.

4 B - About the Anti-Reproductive video, it's pretty shocking. Every single element on this video is pretty sick: the scene of the guy crawling on that disgusting fluid, that huge nazi flag, the guy on the bathub with his guts exposed,'s really impressive! How the main idea of the video was conceived? how it went and how long it took for the production of the video?

I really wanted to have a horror music video for this album. The album title is not really about horror movies but from an essay of philosopher Julia Kristeva. The powers of horror is everything that disgusts you. It's about the abject. Not an object or a subject, but stuff like vomit, corpses, shit and even stuff from history, like f.ex Holocaust. I contacted a young filmmaker that i new had the guts to work with shit like this. The only thing i told was that i wanted a mix of Jörg Buttgereit and Kenneth Anger. I didn't know about the actual content until it was finished. But I'm really satisfied with the result (at least for being a blind date) and i think it fits well with the title of the album. The video was shot in one night (i think) and edited in a couple of days. It was shot on 16 mm and the directors name is Fredrik Hana. He's really great, watch out for him in the future.

4 C - The band seem to have a strong connection with horror movies. Recently I`ve watched a Norwegian slasher (Fritt Vilt) and some time ago, the acclaimed survival Dod Sno. Do you like any of these movies? Do you think that Norway may be among the major producers of horror movies? And still about movies, would you like to recommend the last ones you've watched?

I'm really into horror. I've seen Fritt vilt and i didn't like it that much. It follows the formula for a slasher to close and don't have anything special to it. I haven't seen Død snø yet, but i will. My favourite norwegian horror film is "De dødes tjern" (death in the blue lake) from 1958. It's really creepy and beautyful. These days you should check out "Black Christmas" (the original from 1974) and "Christmas evil" AKA "You better watch out". My favourite horror movies are old stuff like The Wolf man and Island of lost souls, but i also like some newer films like "Antichrist" and "the kingdom" series from Denmark, and "Pontypool" and "Dagon". Another film you have to see is "Possession" from 1981, I love David Cronenbergs films and this one is just like Cronenberg but better.

5 - Still about songwriting, I think this laid-back atittude actually reflects on the way you sing and interpret those songs. Actually, most people remember HAUST as "that band with that peculiar vocalist" . Is there any person that inspired you, as a vocalist and front-man? Did you have this posture since the beginning? (Basically antagonizing 99% of the vocalists in the norwegian metal scene)

Some vocalists that i'm influenced by is:

Screaming jay Hawkins
Captain Beefheart (R.I.P)
Ihsahn from early emperor days
Varg "Count Grishnach" Vikernes
David Bowie
Jussi Björling
Attila Csihar
Johnny Rotten

6 - Recently, I've saw that you'll be touring with Trap Them and Rotten Sound in April/2011. How'd that happen? Any plans for an american tour?

Yeah. Avocado started booking for us, and then suddenly we were going to tour europe. We've actually never played outside of norway before, so that's going to be great! I don't know about america yet, but it would be really nice to play overseas.

7 - How's HAUST's relationship with Fysisk Format? How's their distribution on "Powers of Horrors"? Any label tried to reach you after the CD's release?

We love the guys in Fysisk Format. They're our friends and we don't want to sign anything else unless it's a hell of a deal. Cargo records distributes powers of horror in europe.

8 - Dag Otto also plays in a band that's the complete opposite of HAUST, Skitliv... And by opposite, I mean, it's band that plays SUICIDAL BLACK METAL, while HAUST's outlook is completely different. Kinda hard not to notice this in HAUST's sound. We'd like you to comment on that, Otto's relationship with both bands.

Dag Otto plays with them and they are nice guys, but the music has nothing in common with the Haust sound except that it's hard. Dag Otto likes the challenge of playing different styles of drumming, and that's cool.

9 - Dude, as brazilian blog, we gotta ask you, do you know any bands or anything from this part of the world?

Sepultura, Mystifier and Sarcófago has been really important bands for me. I also really like the film Pixote by Hector Babenco that was shot in Brazil. And of course the almighty Coffin Joe!

10 - Could comment the last 5 albums you´ve been listening?

These last days I've been playing Captain Beefheart - Trout mask replica a lot, since he died. Other records I've been playing is the latest Okkultokrati 7" called "Ingen veit alt" (The title is from this great norwegian poet called Tarjei Vesaas), Cult Ritual LP, Emeralds - does it look like i'm here? and Summon the crows - Scavengers feast.

11 - Vebjørn, thank you so much for your time! This space is your, wrap this up as you see fit.

Thanks for the interview. I would really like to go to Brazil, and i really enjoy that you find our cold norwegian music interesting. Support your local punk scene, and play loud!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Haust to tour Europe in April with Trap Them, Rotten Sound, Gaza, and The Kandidate

That's right! 24 days of horror partying awaits Oslo's crazy nekro punks Haust when they go on tour all over Europe this coming April.

Cursed to Tour: Rotten Sound, Trap Them, Gaza, Haust, The Kandidate.

01.04.11 Germany Karlsruhe @ Stadtmitte
02.04.11 Germany Köln @ Underground
03.04.11 Germany Rosswein @ Juha
04.04.11 Czech Rep Prague @ Exit Chmelnice
05.04.11 Slovakia Bratislava @ Randal
06.04.11 Germany München @ Feierwerk
07.04.11 Austria Salzburg @ Rockhouse
08.04.11 Italy Mezzago @ Bloom
09.04.11 Italy Rome @ Init
10.04.11 Switzerland Zürich @ Dynamo Werk21
11.04.11 France Paris @ Glazart
12.04.11 UK London @ Underworld
13.04.11 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
14.04.11 UK Colchester @ Arts Centre
15.04.11 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
16.04.11 Holland Sneek @ Bolwerk
17.04.11 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
18.04.11 Denmark Lyngby @ Templet
19.04.11 Sweden Gothenburg @ Henriksberg
20.04.11 Norway Oslo @ Blå (Inferno)
21.04.11 Sweden Stockholm @ Debaser Slussen
22.04.11 Finland Turku @ Klubi
23.04.11 Finland Jyväskylä @ Lutakko
24.04.11 Finland Helsinki @ Nosturi

We just added a few old HAUST releases to the Ormeyngel Store so go buy some Anti-Christmas presents! "Ride the Relapse" on both CD and LP, as well as the two splits with NEXT LIFE and THE WHITE TIGER PREPADE.

Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 end of the year round up lists

People like making lists. Pitting one sorry record against another. 2010 was a pretty good year for music. Although you wouldn't have guessed it reading some of these lists. Ha ha.

Here are some of the "Best albums of 2010" that happened to mention the Okkultokrati and Haust albums. Thanks to every single loner, loser, druggie, misfit, degenerate and problem child who picked them up and enjoyed them.

It's a Trap:
"Apocalyptic visions set to a soundtrack of the rawest metal/punk sludge. A zeitgeist-defining album of unmatched ugliness."

Harald Fossberg knows how to party.

Radio Nova:
Okkulto in the Top 3 - Not too shabby

And some others too.
Ny Musikk

Bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus:

Verminscum's top 10 list for 2010 (made for It's A Trap):

- Black Hole Crew: The "Nekromantik Norway" shows with Haust, Årabrot and Okkultokrati around Norway, the latest Haust and Årabrot LPs, releasing two Okkultokrati records this year, Dark Times, Sumar, Drugged SS pissing off Oslo hipsters, the new band some of us just started, Ormeyngel Records.

- Getting the news on the Pulp reunion shows happening next year.

- Seeing Unbroken + Ceremony in London with my friends.

- Everything Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League, 4th place in PL 2009/2010 season, Gareth Bale, van der Vaart.

- Notodden in the summer.

- The current state of OCHC (Oslo City Hardcore).

- Integrity - The Blackest Curse being the best Integrity album ever.

- Breaking edge.

- Hot Mamba @ "Best i smaken"

- Family and friends doing OK.

Black Qvislings's top 10 ragers and future bonzers (no weak sauce):

Nekromantheon – Divinity of Death
If you haven't picked this up yet you are missing out. Some of the finest, most distorted thrashing metal featuring Arild and Sindre from Obliteration.

Kriegshog - s/t
Japanese total killer maniac hardcore ripper. Just as good as their seveninches. If not better.

Double Negative- Daydreamnation
Expending on their Bad Brainian fastcore sound to new heights and adding noisy, swirling bits and unrelenting plummeting grooves.

Furze - Reaper Subconscious Guide
What the fuck is going on with this album? Total genius! That's what! Jangly stoner doom glockenspiel rocking black metal madness makes this an instant classic.

Knuste Ruter - Gjennom Veggene
Taking the best aspects of classic Norwegian hardcore and improving them. Dazzling guitar work and sharp, poignant lyrics. Fuck Jokke, fuck Raga, and fuck you for not owning this record.

Masakari – The Prophet Feeds
Although the world does not need more bands doing this style for a while, the power and onslaught of this record can not be denied. Ultra-vicious and pissed off!

Haust - Powers of Horror
The only way this record could be any better is if it featured all the songs from the Next Life split and the "No Christmas" song as well. Haust could be the biggest band in the world and still be underrated.

Årabrot - Revenge
Darker, slower, deadlier. Just listen to "The Pilgrimage". It doesn't get much more demented and disturbing than this. Another slap in the face of correctness and good taste.

Deathhammer - Phantom Knights
Those shrieks!!! I love it.

Bastard Priest - Under The Hammer of Destruction
The most hard-hitting, soul-crushing, just plain awesome record of the year!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Both the CD and vinyl version of the new OKKULTOKRATI EP are now in stock and ready to ship. Fysisk Format has done all the heavy lifting on this one, and Odio Sonoro and Lilla Himmel will have copies shortly. But you can head over to the ORMEYNGEL SHOP for some great deals right away. We also printed some t-shirts with the same motif as the front cover. Available in sizes Small to XL.

Okkultokrati interview in Ox Fanzine

Okkultokrati were interviewed by Katharina Gille for Ox fanzine via email back in September, and it was just published in their latest issue. For all of you who don't speak German, here is the entire conversation in English in all its unedited glory.

1) Maybe not all the readers know Okkultokrati or the meaning of the name, so what does it mean?

Black Race: Okkultokrati is a band from Norway. We reside in Oslo,
playing dark and heavy punk/hardcore. A translation of the name into English would be "Occultocracy". As in an occult upper class or an occult form of government.

Black Qvisling: the fundamental, ultimate mystery - the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets - is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.

2) Your debut album No Light for Mass is out now. How would you describe the album?

Black Race: The album is harder than our previous stuff, both musically and production wise. Ruben Willem who recorded the album is the best producer around these days, we really enjoy working with him.

Black Qvisling: To sum up the album in one word: illuminating. 9 songs to expand the mind, push your buttons and your pressure points, elevate the soul, snuff out all hope and breathe fire into your personal demons.

3) I read that you call your kind of music True Norwegian Metaphysical Black´n´roll. Can you say something about that? It sounds really pure and raw. Or is it more about the lyrics?

Verminscum: The music is black as in dark, NOT as in black metal. People seem to put a "black metal" label om Okkultokrati at times, but I can't really see why. We're all fans of the Norwegian black metal classics, but we have never claimed or intended to have an element of black metal in our music. I guess you could say though, that we sort of have the same mindset as the pioneering Norwegian black metal bands, and a similar approach to making music. As for the "roll" part, we like to rock. Everyone these days seem to wanna include more and more "extreme" genres in their music, even though they all end up sounding like some shitty generic myspace-core.

Black Qvisling: TNMBNR is more an inside joke. Never mind that tag. A more fitting term would be "end of days motivational soundtrack" or "dream state rock". We like it raw, we don't care if it's pure or real. Those words mean nothing to us.

4) Where did you record No Light for Mass?

Verminscum: In Oslo at Caliban Studios with Ruben Willem doing everything from engineering to mixing to mastering. It's a great studio, the lastest Haust stuff is done there as well.

5) As I can say Okkultokrati get signed pretty fast to the well known Fysisk Format. How come? Because I thought that this is a more hardcore oriented label.

Black Qvisling: About Fysisk Format; they already released Haust, Obliteration, Årabrot and Next Life who are some of our favorite current artists and we gave it the recording and they said "This is the greatest music that has ever existed" and that was that.

6) What can you tell me about your own label called Ormeyngel? Do you have a fixed schedule for the releases?

Black Race: We've had Ormeyngel since we started out the band. The Okkultokrati demo tape was the first r‎elease, the Knarkskog 7" the second. All Okkultokrati releases on Ormeyngel are co-releases with other labels (Lilla Himmel, Fysisk Format, Odio Sonoro), but we do Ormeyngel-only stuff as well. We have some planned releases, so stay tuned for that. It's hard to find quality stuff though, most music in Norway these days disappoint us, unfortunately.

Black Qvisling: Ormeyngel is our own little hellspawned baby and is done by us to release stuff by us and our friends. All people should have their own label, even if only to press 5 copies and document their own output and surroundings. We have stuff planned, but we don't set a date on things. Releases come out when volcanoes aren't erupting and the pressing plant finds it convenient to press some records.

7) Sebastian Rusten has given Okkultokrati a very special visual language. Is he going to join the team for releases on Ormeyngel too?

Black Qvisling: Sebastian Rusten is a mountain of a man and is part of our band in a huge way.

Black Race: We're really happy with having Sebastian do our artwork. Everything he's done is killer, and he's currently working on the new 7" which will look insane! As far as him doing other Ormeyngel stuff, I don't really know. No plans there, but it's obviously a possibility. As of now though, we're kinda happy he's working exclusively for us!

8) You have recorded in a short time your demo tape, 7 " and now released your debut album. Would you say that this is a very creative period, or is it sometimes difficult to produce new songs?

Verminscum: None of us had known each other for that long prior to starting this band, and we created the band when we realized we all had sort of the same perspective on music. So when we all finally got together, I guess years of plans just came to life.

Black Qvisling: We like writing and recording and being prolific. Not everything makes the cut and makes it all the way to be properly recorded, but we do write a lot of songs. Weeding out the unworthy stuff and rearranging it until it becomes good is a grueling process, but ultimately necessary. We have a new EP coming out soon called "Ingen Veit Alt" and we are also writing songs for an upcoming split-release. Writing songs have both been hard and easy. Just like meditating in a room full of noisy children, you have to phase out the static and focus on reaching your power center.

9) You have recorded an EP a long time ago. Are there any differences in your music style? Development?

Black Qvisling: Both yes and no. Small nuances within the grand design, but still a steady course of headbanging, fist-pumping, skullkrushing heavy shit.

Black Race: The The Knarkskog 7" was recorded November 2008, and is more weird and unconventional in my eyes. That whole recording session, the demo and the 7", was all we had produced during our first few months of existence. Also, the sound probably affects the whole record, as it's quite different then what we did for the LP. I've recently fell in love once again with those songs and recordings, they sound really cool.

10) And what about your new bass player. Are there any changes in the music because of him?

Black Qvisling: Le Ghast bring his unique energy, vision and flow. And he always has the best medicine. Greasing our machinery and working his black magic to amplify the sonic wall of death.

Verminscum: We created and recorded the LP and everything before that with our old bass player, but he surely takes our songs to the next level. He's a terrific bass player who knows how to keep it heavy as fuck, and I'm really glad we got around to record a new 7" with him.

11) Are there differences or special features for CD and vinyl edition?

Black Qvisling: just slightly different cover art and the all CDs so far have come with a poster.

12) Do you have plans of touring? Where?

Black Qvisling: We are playing some shows around Norway this fall and planning one in Stockholm, Sweden in January. Beyond that we hope to do a longer tour around Europe sometime during 2011.

Black Race: Of course, we wanna tour now that the LP is out. I wanna go everywhere. Europe, US, Giza, Stonehenge, Easter Islands. It will happen.

13) Some of you play in different bands, for example in Haust. Are these bands equal (or is one band more important than the other one?) or is there sometimes a conflict of interests?

Black Qvisling: So far things have gone very smoothly. Haust have their own rhythm and way of doing things, and so have Hombre Malo and so have Problems. As soon as one band winds down another takes over.

Black Race: Never really a conflict of interest. This summer and fall most of our shows have been with Haust and it feels like the most natural thing to do. We're the Black Hole Crew.

14) The OX Fanzine is mainly a hardcore and punk fanzine. How do you relate to the punk scene and the metal scene for instance?

Verminscum: Oslo is so small, that scenes tend to merge together. Or, at least there are people on both "sides" who merge and meet at the middle, we're one of those people. Obliteration, the best metal band in Norway, is on Fysisk Format as well and we love playing shows and hanging out with them. We also have a close tie with the hardcore scene, bands like Common Cause, Death is Not Glamorous, Problems - and the more punk related scene with bands like Knuste Ruter and SummonThe Crows. We all go to the same shows, play in different bands together, hang out. Sure there are hardcore kids who never go to metal shows/crust punk shows and metal lords who hate hardcore punk, but you'll find narrow minded people everywhere. There's a solid core who get along with each other and make Oslo what it is these days. If people wanna stand on the sideline clinging on to their Youth of Today or Carcass records, I don't care. I don't mean to talk shit on other people, I just think that some people are too loyal to certain bands
or venues. Why the fuck wouldn't you go to a show with bands/type of bands you like just because it's at a specific venue? I feel this is a problem with the hardcore scene here in town, as there's always the same people showing up to every single show, even if the bands playing are of all kinds of genres. Common people think hardcore is elitist and narrow minded, but it's they who won't come on in. They're more than welcome to come to any show.

Black Qvisling: We like punk, we like metal. All metal dudes should start a punk band, and all punkers should start a metal band. It is also important to adapt to your own personal hardcore lifestyle, no matter what path is takes you down. Good or bad.

15) Norway is known for its wide (Black Metal) scene. Do you think you can establish your band for a long time or is it a very hard way to the top? Will you ever go this way or is the Underground the better option?

Black Qvisling: We don't fucking care. I mean who gives a shit? I mean we are already at the top. Selling copies or jerking off into a sock screaming your mother's name, either way is good. We'll do our worst and what happens happens.

Black Race: There will never be new Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum or whatever, and most new "successful black metal bands" suck, so I don't really feel we need to challenge their position. I have nothing against bands trying to "reach the top", but Okkultokrati will obviously never be there. You'll need catchy choruses and stupid gimmicks to do that. We're not like that, underground is where we belong. That being said, being a band for a long time certainly doesn't mean you need to "make it big". Our plan is to play hard, fast, and heavy as long as we have something new to bring to the table, and I see no reason why we wouldn't be doing this for a long time.

16) What is your opinion on downloading music? In Germany, there is a debate about the fact that it harms the music industry more and more. What is your opinion about that? Or do you also sell music via internet, so as other bands did it already. Is it a rising problem in Norway, too?

Verminscum: We've got more important problems to deal with in our lives, and I believe others have as well. Lawyers who devote their time to catch kids enjoying music should use their professional skills on other, more concerning matters. Needless to say, we all support independent record stores and spend a lot of our spare money on records, but I don't oppose file sharing/downloading. This debate is growing old, and people can talk for hours about how they discover music through downloading and bla bla bla, and others can talk about how artists and labels should be respected and deserve to get paid. Doesn't take much brains to realize both sides have good arguments, but the fact is; downloading is like graffiti - it will never be stopped. All the bands we're in/have been in have been active in the "age of downloading" so I guess we don't really feel the damage the way that say U2 would, but it obviously doesn't affect small bands like us. Sure, it would be cool to turn back time 25 years and be a band in the mid 80s when you could sell 3000 seven-inches in a week (read the Hüsker Dü chapter in "Our band could be your life", those sales figures for their first releases blew my 21st century digital mind), and you could make good money releasing records, and girls actually liked guys who play in bands, but being in a band in 2010 isn't really that bad. We still sell out our records, and everyone in punk rock know that they have an expensive hobby and are down with that fact. Keep buying records, keep going to shows, keep on checking out music online. And most importantly, go start a band of your own.

Black Qvisling: I dunno. People are always going on about how this is the end of the middlemen and how it allows the artist to get directly out to it's audience, but unfortunately it's all just contributing to elevate the information flow and making it harder to filter through all the crap to get to the good stuff. No band has the time to be their own publicist full time and still be creative. Downloading is great for hobby bands and all things mediocre to spread their fecal matter, but ultimately probably bad for the full time artists. Unless you want to make your rent by making music for laundry detergent- and car commercials or something. Downloading is cool for checking out new stuff but in the end I don't believe anybody has the right to get every piece of music throughout the history free of charge by the click of a button. I don't even know if it makes you a better person or just a douchebag. Sometimes I miss the slow world of no internet and no hassle. I guess nuclear war is the only way we're going back.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Download the new HAUST song "NO CHRISTMAS" for free!

Update: This show is tomorrow Oslo yobos! It will be packed, get there early. You should be able download the new Haust track "No Christmas" HERE.
It's an instant classic. Probably the best song made all year.

Here is a seasonal greetings from Haust too:

In late December it's perfect to shut yourself in in a dark room and watch movies. Some recommendations: Black Christmas (the original from 1974), Silent Night, Deadly Night, Silent night, bloody night, You better watch out aka Christmas Evil and of course, Gremlins, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For who hasn't felt like Boris Karloff in the animated Grinch costume around these times? The grim Christmas, with its assumed good mood and arrogant rich man's escapism can scare away even the best. So banish evil with evil. Watch a good horror movie and enjoy the holidays!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This Friday in Oslo

Summon the Crows celebrate ten years in existence and Nekromantheon and Okkultokrati will join the party. Okkultokrati will perform "No Light for Mass" in its entirety.

(photo by Jay)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ormeyngel update

(photo by Mia Söderberg)

The black Okkultokrati UFO shirt is finally back in print! A true Oslo classic for sure, haha. These are now available in all sizes once again. The white Mountain shirts are almost gone, I don't think this will be reprinted so get it or don't.

We've only got a handful of copies left of the first press of the No Light For Mass LP, and the second pressing of the Knarkskog 7" is gone as well. Both of these will be repressed shortly - Knarkskog will probably available some time during December, while a repress of the LP should be here some time early next year. We just got the second pressing of the No Light CD, so that one's still available. Both the LP and the 7" is probably still available from other distros and stores in this world so just look around if you want them.

Up next is the new Okkultokrati 7"/CDEP Ingen Veit Alt. Look for this as well as some kick ass new shirts to be released along with that record in December.

To give us all your money, click here to visit the Ormeyngel Webstore.

Here's a video of "Tomb City Rockers - Pungent State" from Bodø Hardcore Festival this weekend. Thanks for coming out, we had a bl'ast.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Okkultokrati in Sweden and Bodø this weekend

Friday November 26th, Gothenburg Sweden
Black Bug
Fredag den 13:e
Seeds in Barren Fields
Kulturhuset Underjorden
Brahegatan 11
50 kronor

Saturday November 27th, Bodø Nord-Norge
It's fucking free.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Okkultokrati - Ingen Veit Alt EP

Okkultokrati's upcoming new 5 song EP called "Ingen Veit Alt" is now sent to the pressing plant and is slated for a December 13th 2010 release and available both on CD and 7" vinyl as a collaboration between Fysisk Format, Ormeyngel, Odio Sonoro and Lilla Himmel.

Topics for this new EP touch upon mind-expanding drugs, physical decay, witch hunts, intricate torture, the forging of metal, unveiling deity, exposing eternal life and stating once and for all that "I ain't no performance art".

Listen to the track "Triumph of Meth" on ShitSpace.

Sebastian Rusten canceled all appointments for 3 months and sat down and feverishly drew the very detailed artwork for this release, and he has outdone himself and raised the bar for quality craftsmanship yet again. The band and everyone involved is beyond happy with the outcome and can't wait to show everybody this insane piece of work.

Also in the works on Ormeyngel (out late November/early December):
*Dark Times Tape
*Blackest Woods Tape
*Drugged SS Tape (Repress with new artwork)

Bring on the night!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Drugged SS on the front page of Natt&Dag

Lynch and Drugged SS? Didn't see that coming. 3 page interview with Norway's most hateful band in this months issue of Natt&Dag where they talk shit about everyone in Oslo... including us, Orymeyngel. Get your ass out on the street and pick up an issue.

Entire interview online in Norwegian here.

There's also a few copies of the long gone Drugged SS tape to be found at Tiger in Oslo, get them while they're available. Some copies in the Ormeyngel Webstore as well. EDIT: SOLD OUT.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Squirming back to the old age

Sunday November 7th:
Black Breath
At Garage, Oslo

For this show we've dug out some old songs we'll be performing, as well as some new stuff we've never played live before. We'll play all the songs from the Knarkskog 7", as well as most of the songs from the upcoming 7" "Ingen Veit Alt". Lots of songs we've never played live before, and few of the regulars. Doors open at 21:00.

Now, off to MF DOOM.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Powers of Horror tapes

Powers of Horror (Ormeyngel 07) is now out goddamnit!!! Well it's been for sale for unofficially since august since we have been slow with finishing the inlays, but now it's finally out and everything. And you know it's good already. Crazy good! Like next level shit-house-rat-good. Darker and more menacing than "Ride The Relapse" (which was pretty darn dark) and more noisy and discordant too. Let's face it, this is Haust's finest hour yet. Heavy, angst-ridden and hate-driven music all the way through without missing a beat. All hits, no filler.
You can buy them here if you are outside Norway.
And here if you are a local yokel.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hard weekend

Oslo is filled with good shows this coming weekend:

Friday 29th:
Hårda Tider (SE)
Death Is Not Glamorous
At Humla, Hausmania

The new Hårda Tider record is ripping! Go buy it!
Saturday 30th:
Bane (US)
Trapped Under Ice (US)
Alpha & Omega (US)
Knuste Ruter
Common Cause
At Blitz
On Sunday 31st, 17:00 at Blitz, Nettverk for Dyrs Frihet (Animal Liberation) are celebrating 3 years in existence. Join in for a good time, good cause, good food, and to participate in the traditional bingo lottery, where you can win tickets to lots of killer shows with bands like Black Breath, Summon The Crows, Okkultokrati, and Integrity!

Later on Sunday evening, Black Hole Crew members Dark Times are playing Cafe Mono together with Gun Outfit!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Okkultokrati + Haust interviews in Close-Up

There are two small but not insignificant separate interviews with both Haust and Okkultokrati to be found in the latest issue of Swedish, glossy metal-mag Close-Up (the one with Phil Anselmo on the cover) as a part of a bigger feature on Fysisk Format (including both Obliteration and Årabrot). Worth checking out.

Also: Okkultokrati and Årabrot are now confirmed to play at the Bodø Hardcore festival in the last weekend of November. So get your warpaint on!

And if you live in the UK make sure to catch Obliteration playing the following dates:
Oct 21 2010 - Trillians, Newcastle
Oct 22 2010 - The Asylum, Birmingham
Oct 23 2010 - The Underworld/LIVE EVIL FESTIVAL, London

Finally: Drugged SS said they had made some t-shirts and that they would send us a bunch for sale. So watch out for those.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You crawl in numbers

People of the world: go to a show.

Euros: Årabrot are on your continent NOW! Tour dates here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New INTEGRITY show Sunday 16th of January in Oslo. ALL AGES!

The first show on Saturday sold out in 24 hours, so there will be an extra show the following day, Sunday 16th! This show will be all ages! OCHC represent + a super surprise act - not to be announced until the day of the show! Get you tickets at Elm Street this Saturday before they're gone!

By the way, Okkultokrati made Darkthrone's "Band of the week"! Pretty damn cool. Thanks!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Okkultokrati show tomorrow, Integ-show sold out.

Don't forget the show at Humla/Hausmania in Oslo on tuesday. Okkultokrati, Weekend Nachos, Common Cause, Wojczech. Starts early, first band at 20:30. No idea who first band will be, could be anyone.

The Integrity/Lash Out/Okkultokrati show in January sold out in a day or two. Congrats to those who got themselves some tickets.

Oh, and Sweden's DEADFEST just announced a shit load of new bands, and we're stoked that Okkultokrati will play that fest. It's in Stockholm January 28th and 29th.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Haust at Rockefeller tonight + DING in Germany/Holland this weekend

First of all, go see Haust and Obliteration playing at Rockefeller TONIGHT! Last Oslo show for Obliteration this year they say, so don't miss out. The Ormeyngel distro will be there.

Secondly, Death is Not Glamorous are going to Germany and Holland this weekend, and my man Christian aka poster boy for Okkultokrati shirts brought some Okkulto vinyl with him, so that you Euros can get our records without paying the Norwegian Postal Service three times the value of the record. Go see them play at these places:

Friday Oct. 8th - Rote Flora, Hamburg DE
Saturday Oct. 9th - Willemeen (This Is Europe Fest), Arnhem, NL
Sunday Oct. 10th - Mülheim an der Ruhr, DE

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Integrity show

Tickets for the Integrity show in Oslo January 15th will be available for purchase from Saturday October 9th through Elm Street. Head down there and buy your tickets during opening hours, or call/e-mail the venue. Information here.

This is an exclusive European show and it will sell out quick so don't sleep on this one. Get your tickets before they're gone. Okkultokrati will play, so will hardcore legends Lash Out who are reuniting for this show only.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ormeyngel in Bergen this weekend

Come to the Fysisk Format show at Hulen in Bergen tomorrow, Friday! Three kick ass bands, and we'll bring the Ormeyngel distro as well, so this is your chance to pick up what we sold out last Saturday at the Okkulto/Haust show. Come say hi, and show us where the party is.

Hulen, Bergen 24. september

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nekromantik weekend

Haust, Okkultokrati and Årabrot all had a blast playing Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen this weekend. Thanks to everyone who showed up and made this a memorable trip for us.

Oslo's finest photographer Thomas Dedekam took some killer pictures at the John Dee show, check them out at Puls (featuring a review in Norwegian) and Nö Music (features a review in English).

Thomas Dedekam:

Oh, and the new Okkultokrati shirts are up in the Ormeyngel Store. The black ones are all gone except for size small.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Someone got it right

Sputnik Music


Pick up the latest issue of Maximum Rock'n'Roll (Cocksparrer on the cover) for some cool reviews of Knarkskog and No Light for Mass. Feel the knarkness.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bring your money

New Okkultokrati shirts, Haust tapes, and a special Nekromantik Norway edition of Knarkskog limited to 15 copies. These, and more records/shirts/tapes available at the Haust, Årabrot, Okkultokrati shows this weekend. Dates to your right.

(Henry Rollins flyer not included)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A note from Drugged SS

The guys in Drugged SS asked us to post this:

To all bloggers: Stop posting the Drugged SS tape on the internett. The rips people have made SUCK, and sound like shit. If the tape is sold out then too bad for you, we make music for your car stereo not your ipod. There will be a new version of the tape out soon, and we want our music to stay on tape ONLY. If you post crappy mp3s on the net, we will just stop making music. We have a new release recorded and ready but if all people do is upload a shitty rip online, we wont release these songs. If you want there to be another Drugged SS release, stop posting the old one on the net.


Note from Ormeyngel:
The Drugged SS tape is now sold out. However, there will be a new, limited pressing of this tape with a much cooler packaging and design out during the fall. We also hope to release the new Drugged SS material, so please don't piss them off anymore by uploading digital rips of the cassette.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Behind the scenes - Anti Reproductive

The Blæst crew posted a video from the making of the video for Haust's Anti Reproductive.
watch it here:


Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Yes the rumours are true. Årabrot, Haust and Okkultokrati are embarking on a trip around Norway playing under the banner NEKROMANTIK NORWAY to celebrate the coming of the new age of darkness. Rejoice in unholy union!

The following places will be invaded in a few weeks.

September 16th - John Dee, Oslo
September 17th - BrukBar, Trondheim
September 18th - Kvarteret, Bergen

More dates being added later for November.
Download a high-res version of the tour poster here

In other news concerning the upcoming Okkultokrati EP it will be called INGEN VEIT ALT and artwork is currently being painstakingly hand drawn and assembled by non other than genius savant and all round renaissance man Sebastian Rusten. We are glad and proud to get to use the talents of mister Rusten once more and are really excited about his art complementing our music yet again. More details the about specifics of printing and distribution later, but suffice to say that it will be absolutely great and that it will set the mood for some swamp-ridden, foggy, outdoorsy and mountainous experiences. Man conquers nature and nature conquers god.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Drugged SS reviewed in Maximum RocknRoll

The real valley boys of Norway are reviewed in this months issue of Maximum Rock'n'Roll. Check out what they wrote:

- This is one of the most ominous and threatening hardcore demos I've heard since POLLUTION'S tapes. Hailing from the land of fjords and second-wave black metal, DRUGGED SS (great band name for a Norsk band, eh?) play raw, dirty, no-frills hardcore and they play it well. Early Rollins-era BLACK FLAG, NEGATIVE APPROACH and RORSCHACH would all be good reference points for their sound. I wish there were some lyrics here; the writing in the insert is just dripping with venom and disgust, and from what I can make out the songs are pretty hateful as well. I would strongly advice obtaining this by hook or by crook (xYosefx)

There are less than 5 copies left of this tape at the Ormeyngel Webstore, so get them while they're still available.

Photos from the Haust/Okkultokrati show Friday the 13th

Haust and Okkultokrati release show, Mandelbrot Friday August 13th. Sold out, super hot! Thanks to everyone who dropped by, everyone who helped out, and to Trash Talk for doing a surprise set!

NattOgDag just posted a series of pictures taken by Thomas Rodahl Dedekam. See the all photos here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Knarkskog repress

First pressing of the Okkultokrati debut release is sold out. Some distros might still have some, but Ormeyngel and Lilla Himmel are out of copies of the black vinyl so we did a new pressing on clear red vinyl, and it looks killer. Only 100 copies available, still through Ormeyngel and Lilla Himmel.

We're also running low on the Okkultokrati t-shirts, with very limited quantities left of some sizes. Get yours while you can, and cut of the sleeves:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Okkultokrati interview in Necromance

Up now, just go here

This one was done in English and then translated to Spanish for Necromance's readers. But since internet-translation devices are kind of flaky (for people who may not speak Spanish) here is the original conversation:

Welcome NECROMANCE! Who are answering to this interview?

Answering for Okkultokrati is Black Qvisling (BQ). I do the vocals,
throaty growls and howling wails and I am also responsible for all the lyrics in the band.

If we want to start rightly, we have to present OKKULTOKRATI to our readers. What’s the meaning of your name? From when you are working on? Did you play in any previous band of relevance?

BQ: Okkultokrati pretty much means two different things. It is an
occult rule or an occult upper class. Whichever you prefer. the band has been around for almost two years now but we have all been playing in other bands and various constellations for the last 10 years all leading up to the stars aligning up to the right time when we could congregate and form this group that resets the past and stakes out the course for the future. The only other bands worth mentioning are Haust (our guitarist Black Race plays bass there) and Hombre Malo (our bassist Le Ghast plays guitar there).

This interview is about your debut album, “No Light For Mass”, which will be edited by various labels, one of them is Odio Sonoro of Cantabria (Spain). How did you make the contacts for it? Do you know any other releases of this label? Please tell us something about the others labels that will release your work.

BQ: Via black channels we got word that Odio Sonoro was interested in working with us. Knowing they were well versed in the trade of releasing dark and menacing music it was a logical step to form a union-ship to unleash our holistic hell spawned recording through them.

How would you present this album to our readers, who could don’t know anything about you, so they could be interested about you, and listen to your Myspace?

BQ: Nine diverse tales of deceitful Norwegian metaphysical black 'n roll of the harshest degree that makes you pump your fist in the air and meditate upon nothingness and the black void.

“No Light For Mass” will be release also in vinyl. What will be the difference between CD and Vinyl releases? How many copies will be of each format?

BQ: To quote the late great Men's Recovery Project: "All music is shit to God". So there won't be much of a difference between the two, except for slightly different artwork. Both will be kept in print as long as there is interest, but first press will be out of 1000 CDs and 500 LPs.

I love the album art, the cover isn’t very typical, like 70’s, when I saw it I remember some about BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. Who is the album illustrator?

BQ: All the artwork is by genius and killer artist Sebastian Rusten who has gone out of his way to present our vision for the music on this album and our debut EP. It has been a very fruitful
collaboration, so i see no reason not to continue working with him on future projects as well.

Lyrics are about some conceptual things? It looks like you are interested in ufology, isn’t it?

BQ: On a larger scale "No Light For Mass" is about the dark edge of new age spirituality and how everything can be twisted and shaped into something grim, and that behind every shiny hopeful prophecy and healing prayer there is the black equivalent or its evil twin.

If I say truth, I’ve never listened something about your music previously, but I see that you’ve recorded something, a cassette and an EP some time ago. What’s the difference between this material, and the new album?

BQ: The new album is more heavy. We like doing different stuff, but we are writing a lot of heavy songs right now, so expect more of that for our next album. But a punkish kind of EP will be out later this summer too.

Norway is known over the World for their Black metal Scene. What do you know about Spanish music? Do you have, like much more people, “Volumen Brutal” of Baron Rojo?

BQ: I was going through my record collection and the best Spanish records i could find were of Ekkaia and Orthodox. Other than that my knowledge is somewhat limited.

Several things are cyclical. One of them are the “Fanzines”. In Spain are appearing a lot of new publications in a small time period. Probably, this interview will be also published in a paper edition. In Norway is the same with this type of publications? Do you buy any “Fanzine”, or you prefer another kind of music publications, like “Metal Hammer”, for example?

BQ: Fanzines are always great. Pure, unsupervised, freethinking food for though and much cooler than any glossy magazine or internet-blog. But then again I am old so what do I know?

Here, in Spain, a lot of record and music stores are closing because the download of albums through Internet. In some of the most important cities of Spain you couldn’t find any store selling metal albums, you have to find it in webs. This is a problem in Norway too?

BQ: I guess as in Norway, people don't appreciate a good thing until it's gone. People can sit there with their dick in their hand and their Spotify-subscriptions scratching their head wondering what happened when all the stores are gone. People are dumb.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Brotherhood of the Black Hole

Okkultokrati and Haust don't play together as much as we should, but for the next two weekends we've lined up two special shows. On Saturday 7th, we'll head to Haust's hometown of Notodden to be a part of the legendary Bluesfestival happening that weekend. We'll play an "alternative" stage in the city center - located across the street from Carbiden pub according to Vebjørn. Get ready for some white trash extravaganza.

Friday the 13th of August is the release show for both "Powers of Horror" and "No Light for Mass" - the two recent full lengths we put out during the summer. The show will happen at Mandelbrot in Oslo, around midnight - after the action at the Øya Festival is done. Doors open at 23:00, and it only costs 50 kroner. Both Haust - "Powers of Horror" and Okkultokrati - "No Light for Mass" will be available on CD, vinyl, and tape this night. It's gonna be one hell of a party so make sure to be there in time. Click here for a map showing the location of the venue.

Contrary to what was announced earlier, Okkultokrati will NOT play the Camp:Indie stage at Øyafestivalen Wednesday 11th due to some unfortunate misunderstandings. Sorry for this cancellation, but the show at Mandelbrot will make up for it. If you're going to the Øyafestival, make sure you catch killer acts like Fucked Up, Obliteration, The Stooges, Trash Talk, and The Specials.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nekromantik Norway Podcast

Olympia, WA based music blog It's a Trap just posted a podcast playlist entitled Nekromantik Norway, featuring several tracks from crew'd acts like Haust, Årabrot, Obliteration, Nekromantheon, and Okkultokrati, as well as some songs from the latest Darkthrone album and other Norwegian nekro hits.

Listen and download here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"No Light For Mass" cassettes are in

Ormeyngel number 6 just arrived - the tape release of Okkultokrati - No Light for Mass.

As always - worldwide shipping from the Ormeyngel Webstore. $11 ppd overseas, $9 in Europe. Norwegians, get it at Tiger or by e-mailing us at ormeyngel (@) Wholesale inquiries can be sent to this address as well. '

Sacred Tapes will have a few copies of this available in the US, as well as the upcoming Haust tape. That tape should be out at the start of August.