scrollwork top

Rites of Death

curl left 25thday ofAugustin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border
( played 9 times )

            

Cloth, “Afterglow”
Cloth, 2014

curl left 19thday ofJulyin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border

nocturnal-iridescence:

36 Posts Christian Black Metal, day 42: "Occult Moon" by Sorrowstorm

A song denouncing and rebuking the occult. Lyrics:

Fear, guilt, anxiety…
How do you banish these dark images from the soul?

Crushing angst to find a better way

To live a life without pain
The portal opens, and the gate cannot be shut

The room is filled with shadows
And skin begins to burn
How do you stop this power of the occult?
Devices of the age when Christians were disgraced
The blasphemy must end. It must end

Human beings admired the mystical
Since fallen man was born
Creating Voids not filled with God
Creatures of the darkness roamed about
Inspiring our idolatry
Civilization under the soulless moon

The stars guide our lives
Cursed cards, crystal spheres
Reading palms, spewing savage lies
Satan lives to rule his realms

The blindness of our godless eyes
Instilling greed and fueling pride
Millions killed for simple earth
Kings betrayed and widows stoned to death

Betrayed the Godless man
Walking so in demons you will reign

The room is filled with shadows
And skin begins to burn
How do you stop the power of the occult?

Did you know that the one you adore
Is hateful and wretched beyond your control
I rebuke the power that binds in the name of Christ

The moon awaits the spells and chants, all etched in stone
Your veins crave the presence of the unholy one
YOU ARE DECEIVED, YOU ARE DECEIVED,
The CHRIST is your only hope
YOU ARE DECEIVED, YOU ARE DECEIVED,
The CHRIST is your only hope

The pain, let it end
Binding spells will lead your being astray
The hurt swept away
You reject the lies
Searching for souls to tempt,
Satan lives to rule his realms
Satan lives to rule his realms
Satan lives to rule his realms

curl left 11thday ofJulyin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border

nocturnal-iridescence:

36 Posts Christian Black Metal, day 35: "Skapelsens Krona" by Parakletos

Lyrics:

I
Du förlorade son, du fallne vän
Hur kan du säga att du älskar mig än?
Du har sargat hjärta, förmörkad själ
Hur kan du säga att du menar mig väl?

När du Människosonen förråder med en kyss på hans kind
Genom Paradisets lustgård det drar en mörk kall vind

Inga jordiska makter kan hindra vad som ske
Mörkret nu faller, onskan mot mig le
Skulle jag ej dricka kalken Fadern mig räckt
Du ej ur syndens dödsvila kunde bliva väckt
Bind mina händer, för mig fram
Till mitt bittra slut på korsets stam

II
”Så judarnas konung framför mig stå?
Vad har du gjort för att denna väg gå?”
”Så judarnas konung framför mig stå?
Vad har du gjort för att denna väg gå?”

”Mitt rike är inte av denna värld
Legioner av änglar ej hindra min färd”
”Mitt rike är inte av denna värld
Legioner av änglar ej hindra min färd”

”Jag kan ej finna dig skyldig till något brott
Lidande och död kan ej vara din lott
Jag kan ej finna honom skyldig till något brott
Jesus eller Barabbas, ni ert val nu har fått!”

”Barabbas, Barabbas, låt Barabbas gå!
Korsfäst Jesus, låt oss Barabbas få”
”Barabbas, Barabbas, låt Barabbas gå!
Korsfäst Jesus, låt oss Barabbas få”

III
Världsalltets konung dödens törnekrona bär
Han som ej någonsin synden kommit när
En mantel röd som blod judarnas konung ha
När skapelsens krona Skaparens liv ta
En mantel röd som blod judarnas konung ha
När skapelsens krona Skaparens liv ta

Gisslad och sargad Frälsaren är
Bort har de flytt som hållit honom kär
Ensam han stå i den ondes stund
Ensam han stå vid dödens avgrund

curl left 9thday ofJulyin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border
( played 19 times )

Through the Thorns, “Full Moon Wonder”
Woodland Horizons, 2012

Featuring the founding member of Armath Sargon, Through The Thorns brings unblack metal right to the boundaries of that airy Cascadian sound, with round, gentle synth textures saturating the stereo field as guitars and bass play the accompaniment.   Tranquil and serene, the ambience of the track smooths out its metal edge, inducing what the lyrics have as, “a pure feeling of rest in the arms of Your Grace.”

curl left 5thday ofJulyin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border
( played 9 times )

Equinox, “From Beyond the Neverending”
Ceremony of the North Winds, 1998

I awaken from the chill in the land of eternal mourning
Sleepy eyes will cease to see
Until all the questions have lost meaning

As is typical of most unblack metal that predates the new millennium, American band Equinox infuses black metal with copious amounts of thrash and death metal, with a few hard rock-esque vocals thrown in for good measure.  This track is off their last recording, subsequently re-released under the name “Draco”.  You can find a re-mastered version of this song on youtube.com [click through the link].

curl left 3rdday ofJulyin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border
( played 9 times )

                     

Black Landscapes, “Infernal Damnation Forever (I.D.F.)”
Shred Them For They Might Escape, 2004

Black Landscapes is band that many would probably not expect to fit the “unblack metal” descriptor.  A one-man project from Israel, they only released one demo in 2004.  Frontman Evox is not a Christian, but a Jew, and Black Landscapes’ songs include a rendition of Israel’s national anthem “Hatikva” as well as a hymn entitled “It Is For You To Walk, My Lord”.  

In the slew of inverted crosses and pentagrams in black metal’s visual culture, it might be easy to forget the extent to which black metal is rooted in explicit anti-semitism.  From it’s second-wave Norwegian incarnation, to subsequent NSBM movements, and up until today’s Orthodox Black Metal crusade, anti-semitism runs deep in bm psychology.  Gaahl of God Seed has even disparaged Christianity as being a “Jewish” religion worshipping a “Jewish” God, insinuating that it’s the Judeo- aspect of Judeo-Christian religion that makes it shameful. 

In light of this, black metal with Jewish lyrics seems perfectly congruous with the concept of unblack metal.

curl left 1stday ofJulyin the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border

nocturnal-iridescence:

36 Posts Christian Black Metal, day 26: “War Delcaration” by Eternus

Sorry for missing yesterday, guys. And I actually feel like I’m talking to somebody. Fun fact: before I turned this into a Christian metal blog, I got 6 notifications over a period of 157 days, 3 of them being friends following me. Since I started posting Christian black metal less than a month ago (I think), I’ve gotten 9 notifications, 4 of them being new followers. Food for thought.

curl left 27thday ofJunein the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border

Eulogium, “Odium Theologicum”
In Hoc Signo Vinces, 2014

curl left 26thday ofJunein the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border
( played 21 times )

Order of Splendour, “The Royal Priesthood”
The Royal Seat, 1998

In this post, I mentioned how I have been trying to digitize the songs from this extremely rare tape.  Doing so has been a herculean task, due to the fact that when I received the tape, it was too tightly wound to play in my portable cassette-to-mp3 device.  Luckily, I happen to have an tape deck built into my car, which I thought I’d never get use out of.  That tape deck is designed to handle bumps on the road, and so played this cassette with ease.  After playing through it many times for over a month, the actual tape in the shell was stretched enough to play in my portable device, and with a little remastering I got the above result.  I think I might have one more go at digitizing, since my device produces a lot of flutter in the playback, which you can hear in this mp3.  A friend of mine also agreed to let me use his high-end tape deck.  Until then, here is my personal favorite off The Royal Seat.

Recorded within a decade of the fall of soviet style communism in Bulgaria, the synths sound almost comically outdated, like an educational video in late 60s or 70s America.  Sometimes brooding, sometimes bombastic, they largely determine the trajectory of the song, the guitars content to follow wherever they lead.  Towards the middle of the song we hear a clean guitar interlude that sounds like it could have been lifted off an Alcest album.  As the volume picks back up around the 3:45 mark, the black metal vocals return with a mixture of DSBM style howling/wailing and yelling.  The guitars come through strongly, meandering off in a kind of cold melancholy that finishes the song. 

In many ways, this track rehearses all of the symphonic black metal tropes set up by Emperor, Gehenna, and Dimmu Borgir.  In other ways, it has elements hitherto unprecedented in unblack metal, and rarely replicated since.  We would not see another band like this from the Balkans until almost a decade later with Romania’s Cromleh.

curl left 25thday ofJunein the year2014 curl right
¤
top border
bottom border

nocturnal-iridescence:

36 Posts Christian Black Metal, day 23: "Jesus Christ Glorified" by White Throne

scrollwork bottom
Theme by Robert Boylan   //   Driven by Tumblr.com