El «Inner Circle», Parte 4 — La mutación (1991)

Euronymous, Dead & Hellhammer, c. 1990

Mientras el death metal se tomaba la cultura subterránea en todo el mundo, una bestia acechaba en los abismos insondables del caos sonoro. Así se dio la mutación…

Iniciaba 1991 y Sigue leyendo

El «Inner Circle», Parte 3 — La irrupción (1990)

Contrario a la creencia común, la generación de adolescentes que desarrolló el black metal noruego no lo hizo de la nada; tras ellos había toda una historia de experiencia musical ampliamente documentada… ¡y aquí te la contamos!

Las ideas de Dead sobre cómo debía ser la imagen de una banda de black/death metal permearon y contagiaron tanto a sus compañeros de banda que Sigue leyendo

El «Inner Circle», Parte 2 — El embrión (1989)

Per Yngve Ohlin (1969-1991)

Después de lanzar «Deathcrush» , y sin poder hacer conciertos, y con los planes de una gira tirados por la borda, MAYHEM se mantuvo vigente por la reputación y la única manera de mantenerse vigentes fue crear expectativa enviando y respondiendo entrevistas a fanzines en todas partes del mundo.. pero les faltaba algo. Sigue leyendo

El «Inner Circle», Parte 1 — La prehistoria (1984-1988)

Conoces el suicido, el asesinato y la quema de iglesias, pero… ¿y el desarrollo musical de la escena noruega? Aquí encontrarás hechos, no rumores. Si quieres chismes y especulaciones, búscalos en otro lado. La historia del «Inner Circle», como nunca la has visto.

Manheim, Necrobutcher & Euronymous (c.1986)

Rìos de tinta y teras de video sobre este tema pueden saturarte. Sin embargo, casi todo lo dicho y hecho en derredor al black metal noruego se ha concentrado en sus actividades extra-musicales. así que no queremos repetir la misma historia. En realidad, poco es lo escrito respecto al desarrollo musical de sus bandas. La historia puede contarse de muchas formas: esta es nuestra manera de hacerlo.

LA PREHISTORIA

Entre 1986 y 1989, mientras MAYHEM desarrollaba su sonido y estilo, se formaban en Noruega bandas en varias ciudades del país que, con el tiempo, serían embrión y semilla del black metal noruego. Concentradas principalmente en Oslo y Bergen, pero también desarrollado en sectores rurales del país, integrantes de bandas seminales como BLACK DEATH, VOMIT, ABHORRENT, MORTEM, CADAVER, INFINITE DECAY, STIGMA DIABOLICUM, OLD FUNERAL y AMPUTATION Sigue leyendo

«Lords of Chaos» — (con Héctor Carmona de LUCIFERIAN)

En donde Héctor Carmona (LUCIFERIAN) y Daniel Meléndez comparten sus impresiones sobre la película dirigida por Jonas Åkerlund.

Caveat: lo primero a tener en cuenta que, técnicamente, la película Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part V: Recess and Resurgence

Between August 2001 and October 2009, all BLASPHEMY members answered interviews and did some collaboration projects with other projects in the underground scene, finally returning with full force in 2009 but… how and why?

BLASPHEMY, ensayando en el sótano de Ryan Förster, previo a su concieto en el Club Anza de agosto de 2001, En la fila superior, de der. a izq: Marco 'Sodomizer', Othalaz (GODLESS NORTH), R. Förster, Impurath (BLACK WITCHERY), Vaz & Tregenda (R.I.P.). Fila inferior, izq. a der: Sven (DOMINI INFERI) & Black Winds. [Foto tomada del Instagram de Nuclear War Now!].

BLASPHEMY, rehearsing right before their gig at the Anza Club in August 2001, Upper row, from left to right: Marco ‘Sodomizer’, Othalaz (GODLESS NORTH), R. Förster, Impurath (BLACK WITCHERY), Vaz & Tregenda (R.I.P.). Bottom row, from left to right: Sven (DOMINI INFERI) & Black Winds. [Photo taken from Nuclear War Now! profile on Instagram].

SATANIC SKINHEAD PROPAGANDA

Even though the band had plans for their immediate future, things did not go as they wanted. Band members were denied their entry to Europe for a while because of their legal record and, since they could not play in the States for the same reasons and were still vetoed from certain regions in their own country, BLASPHEMY had to Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part IV: Ritual Rebirth

On July 21st 2000, BLASPHEMY returned. But it took the collapse of a Canadian conqueror and the wizardry of a japanese-ancestry necromancer to accomplish their return. This is the necrosleezing, conquering chronicle behind the ritual rebirth. During the late 80s and before joining BLASPHEMY, and besides his previous band PROCREATION, Ace Gustapo had also played for a brief time in TUMULT with Bestial Savior, so he was no strange to the BLASPHEMY camp. Given this background, it was no surprise that Ace Gustapo joined forces with Black Hearts when he was released from prison. The duo started a new project called Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part III: Summoning the Gods of War

July 6th, 1993 marks the release of «Gods of War», the second full-length recorded by the Canadian cult. But if the spirits of the desecrated sepulchres had been haunting the band thus far, the coming disaster would be even worse...

BLASPHEMY - «Gods of War», Osmose Productions

BLASPHEMY – «Gods of War», Osmose Productions, 1993

The year was 1991. The fondness of BLASPHEMY members for iron-pumping and weight-lifting was well known in underground metal and Marco «Sodomizer», being the polymathe he is, quits the band to focus on his body-building activities, his career on radio and his work as a session musician. This is when Black Priest briefly returns to the ranks of the band and Black Winds leaves the four-strings to Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part II: Invoking the Fallen Angel of Doom

Once the «Blood Upon the Altar» demo spread the blasphemous plague all over the world, and just right after getting a modest record deal with the small yet somehow well known independent label Wild Rags in their hands, the Canadian Cult prepared to record their legendary debut opus. But the spirits of desecrated sepulchres would step in their path… (This is a continuation. You can read the first part here).

Eclectic in their music tastes, the members of BLASPHEMY never missed the opportunity to give the proper shoutouts to their major influences whenever the question was asked. And besides the usual suspects (you know, DISCHARGE, BATHORY, HELLHAMMER SARCÓFAGO and such), Black Winds always suggested pieces of classical music to fanzine readers everywhere such as Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part I: Thus it began…

[Since we have been asked to do this for quite a while, here is our first article in English! — This is our first attempt, so please excuse the typos].

Long before the Norse hippies started singing about snow and trees, taking over the tag ‘black metal’ for themselves, BLASPHEMY was a force to be reckined with in the early black metal scene. This is our story of the band. (Originally written in Spanish. You can read it here.)

Caveat: all this story would not be possible if it were not War Nib Born and his dedicated, devoted and FANTASTIC work on the Blasphemy Ritual fansite. Without him, all the information concerning BLASPHEMY would be disseminated all over the world ahd thus almost impossible to gather, read and elaborate upon. Hails and eternal gratitude!

For those not familiar with this Canadian cult, BLASPHEMY is one of the earliest black metal bands from the late 80’s. Formed by Gerry Joseph Buhl on bass and vocals and Sean Stone on drums. Friends since they were kids, they lived a block away from each other and always fantasized with the idea of having a band. This would be achieved in 1984 when Sigue leyendo