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.