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22 Years Ago: NAZXUL release Totem (thy mark, my mark)

NAZXUL released their debut album on this day in 1995 through Vampire Records, the NSW label that first released SADISTIK EXEKUTION's The Magus in 1991. We have always considered our sound to be a part of the black metal cult and shall always remain that way. The authentic manner of our sound more than likely comes from each members contribution to our cause. This style of music / direction is what feels right to us and one cannot simply turn their back on this.- Nazxul interview, Lords of Metal

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20 Years Ago: ENSLAVED release Eld

In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the land of the Northumbrians, and the wretched people shook; there were excessive whirlwinds, lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and a little after those, that same year on 6th ides of January, the ravaging of wretched heathen people destroyed God's church at Lindisfarne. Ever since 1997 with Eld I think we have been going down that road more and more, towards a broader musical horizon, and not trying to repeat ourselves.- Grutle Kjellson / Enslaved interview, Cryptic Rock, 2015 ENSLAVED released their third album, Eld, on this day in 1997. Recorded at Grieghallen over the 1996/97 winter. They would not...

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24 Years Ago: ABRUPTUM release Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectere Me on Deathlike Silence Productions

Yeah, I see ABRUPTUM releasing LP's, and that is already planned. Our debut album will be released by OCCULTUS & EURONYMOUS (Only EURONYMOUS) but I don't think it will be release by D.S.P., and it will be absolutely not to get in any normal record store. The album will be total underground!!! By the way, the album is already recorded and it is 60 minutes of pure evil, dark, mysterious music.- Tony "It" Sarkka / Abruptum interview, Slayer zine #9, 1991 Eventually, on this day in 1993, that album - Obscuritatem Advoco Amplectère Me - was released by Euronymous; and it was on Deathlike Silence Productions. Anti Mosh 004. ...Euronymous did a great try when he said that "Abruptum is...

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33 Years Ago: HELLHAMMER complete Apocalyptic Raids (the future remains the past)

On this day in 1984 HELLHAMMER were putting the finishing touches to their only major release, the total cult Apocalyptic Raids, which began on the 2nd at Caet Studios, Berlin. Produced by Tom Warrior & Martin Ain, engineered by Horst Mueller. Tom Warrior - SATANIC SLAUGHTER - V- Axe Holocaust / Dambuster VocalsMartin Ain - SLAYED NECROS - Deadly Bassdose / Backing HowlingBruce Day - DENIAL FIEND - Hellish Crossfire on Wodden Coffins Released by Noise Records in Europe and Metal Blade in the US. Only death is real... ...Well it's basically a line from the song "Messiah" which we wrote in 1983 in Hellhammer and it is probably extremely difficult for young people nowadays to understand but this was...

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20 Years Ago: EMPEROR release Reverence

The first new material since the storms of 1993/1994 and the well received debut In the Nightside Eclipse, EMPEROR released Reverence during this month in 1997. Reverence t-shirts now available. A three song mini CD featuring "The Loss and Curse of Reverence" (acting as a single / preview for Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk which was released four months later, a video of this song was also included), "In Longing Spirit" (written in 1992), and a symphonic/orchestral arrangement of "Inno a Satana" titled "Opus a Satana": ...Thou Shalt Suffer (at least the first album) will be based only on classical instruments. "Opus A Satana" was kind of a tryout for that kind of arrangement. It was the first arrangement that I...

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