There is a new OKKULTOKRATI song unveiled from the upcoming "Snakereigns" album up at Invisible Oranges and a small interview as well:
I guess roughly translated it would mean something like Occultocracy.
Meaning occult rule, or occult upper class. We wanted a powerful and
elite sounding name, and something that a hundred bands weren’t already
What motivated you to play a combination of black metal and hardcore? Which artists from each genre inspire you?
From punk, it’s mostly really classic bands like the Ramones, the
Stooges, Black Flag, Misfits, Rudimentary Peni and Poison Idea. From
metal, Black Sabbath, Ildjarn, Emperor and Judas Priest. I mean, there
is just tons and tons more, and not limited to those narrow genres that
inspire us. But those are the big ones we keep coming back to. I know
there is seemingly a black metal/hardcore hybrid genre or a “blackened
hardcore” style or whatever you want to call it that is popular out
there, but we never intended to make anything that could fit in that
category. We don’t sit around trying to make the guitars sound like
“Wolverine Blues” or that whole schtick. We’re on an entirely different
trip. “Feel the Darkness” sounds so much more bleak and menacing to us
(to be clear, I like early Entombed/Nihilist fine, I just don’t see the
point in any more bands sounding like that). We’re driven by another set
What does it mean to you to be included in Norway’s “Black Hole Crew”?
Black Hole Crew is our very informal, small circle of people drawn to
each other for a somewhat similar musical philosophy and tastes to hang
out and be creative and destructive. We weren’t happy with a lot of
music coming out in our town so we felt we had to do something about it.
So far the other active bands are Haust, Dark Times and Problems. Then
you have smaller side-projects like Night, Blackest Woods, Sumar, etc.
who might suddenly become more active and release more stuff. And then
you have smaller, even more obscure things like Necrolust, Drugged SS,
and other unnamed affiliated things that we have no control over and
don’t even know what they’re going to come up with next. All I know is
that it’s all an outlet. We need to keep busy or else we’ll go stir
What are your thoughts on Norway’s metal scene? Likes/dislikes? How has your music been perceived there?
I have no idea how we are perceived. People can love or hate us, it
makes no difference. Norway has a great legacy of excellent metal bands.
But it seems everything is pretty settled and established. I hate it
when people reduce a genre to simply being a musical export or a tourist
attraction. It just completely kills any hint of mystique or danger.
That kind of attention has a tendency to bring a lot of lame cultural
aspects on the side: you know, the industry types that cater to the
lowest common denominator of metal stereotypes. That stuff annoys me to
no end, and it never seems to go away. But I do like a lot of Norwegian
metal and I get excited about younger bands like Töxik Death,
Nekromantheon, and Obliteration who just throw out all the distracting
bullshit and go straight for the jugular and just kill it every time!