scene report for Solitude Aeternus zine
By Katrinia Jerrett September 2002
As an introduction to
this scene report, there will be noticeable gaps regarding some other
bands, zines and labels, but I was asked to do a scene report
that mostly focuses on the black metal scene here in Australia. I hope
some of you find some interest in the Australian scene, we have some
great and very unique bands here, but we are relatively isolated here
so most of you may not know anything at all about Oz, hopefully this
will serve to enlighten you
Australia has a small but extremely
strong black metal scene, and for this reason I feel we have something
here that stands out. Below is also the few black metal, some crossover,
that Im aware of and that are the most active.
HATE is a fantastic Depressive Black Metal band in the vein of Burzum's
"Filosofem". Abyssic Hate was formed as a one-man project
back in the year 1993... and continues to be so to this day. The concept
of Abyssic Hate revolves around the incessant belief [which is proven
correct time and time again by the various sub-humans who exist on this
worthless planet] that '99.9% of humans should be terminated'. The human
race is the most absolute abomination in the history of creation, and
with an exceedingly small amount of redeemable features. After several
demo-tapes, the (one-man) band released a split-cd with Det Hendenske
Folk containing the demo "Cleansing of an ancient race", a
limited mcd "Eternal Damnation" and a full-length "Suicidal
Emotions" out for No Colours Rec.
Contacts : http://www.filosofem.com/abyssic,
e-mail : AbyssicHate@hotmail.com
ANARAZEL have been
part of the black metal underground since 1996, and released a demo
in 1998, Into the Abyss at Midnight, an MCD in 1999, Rise
of the Tempest that got a lot of great responses and another MCD
in 2000 called Devil Hymns, all of which have been released
independently. There have been plans to release a full-length, Undivine
for some time now that I certainly look forward to hearing. I understand
the band have undergone some line-up changes recently, but have a new
song coming up on the Barbaric Onslaught LP compilation
already mentioned and have also been playing a spate of live shows,
of which will include the opening for Germanys Destruction when
they get here in November.
PO Box 26, South Oakleigh
VIC 3167, Australia
ANATOMY are a very old black/death band, theyve been around
since 89 and the vocalist runs Bleed Records, their last release
was an album called The Witches of Dathomir in 1999, at
the moment the future of the band is a little in limbo as theyre
all involved in other bands.
ANWARIAD are a
band that Im almost completely unfamiliar with, but there appears
to be a huge fuss over them, Im not even sure when they formed,
but the MP3 I heard from their website is fucking raw black metal. Their
concept and lyrics are based on Paganism. They have a planned debut
album called Vae Victus which I understand they plan to
record sometime this year for release through Indomitus Productions.
They have covers on tributes for both Burzum and also for Graveland.
PO Box 335, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia
ASTRIAAL are by
far the most premier black metal band to emerge from Australia in the
last few years, erupting within the scene in 1998 with their first demo,
Glories of the Nightsky which was a great first effort and
was also released as an extremely limited CD. This they quickly followed
up with an MCD, Summoning the Essence of Ancient Wisdom
with Australian label, Dissident Records, in 2000, which received a
great deal of attention and acclaim, resulting in the offer to release
it as a vinyl that will be released through Dark Horizons next year.
After establishing themselves with these two releases and with little
trouble on the line-up side of things, they have not rested, playing
a large number of live shows, and last year (2001) releasing another
MCD, Somn ium Infinitus. Currentl y, Astriaal are preparing
for the next offering, this being a 7 EP called The Throne
to Perish An Icon on Disease through Dark Horizon Records
and also wait for news regarding their upcoming full-length, at the
moment titled Renascent Misanthropy, though I dont
know which label this will be released through, a track from which may
be featured, along with some live tracks and other exclusive
songs on another MCD that they plan to release soon, as they will be
supporting Dark Funeral if they do the expected tour here in October.
Those not yet familiar with this band would do well to check them out.
PO Box 729, Albion QLD 4010, Australia
BAALBERITH is the misanthropic side project of Bothorn from Urgrund
that released a demo, Storming Towards the Gate in 1996,
then the track In den Schatten des dunklen Nebel (In The
Shadows Of The Dark Mist) in 1998, he has a split CD release with
Denmarks Blodarv through Bleed Records coming up, hopefully later
this year and one that is believed to be the last well hear from
Baalberith, the reason I mention this is that these releases I recommend
you seek out. For any information youd best contact Bolthorn at
the same address as Urgrund.
CARBON are a new
band, a two-piece with session members for live situations, with a promo
2001 and now a 7 EP, March of the Golgothan Hordes
out through Decius Productions that was released quite recently, Carbon
will certainly be a driving force here, with their old style approach
to black metal. They will also have a song called Battle At Sarn
Gebir from the promo and 7, on the upcoming Decius Productions
compilation LP, Barbaric Onslaught.
CAULDRON BLACK RAM
are a long running black metal band from South Australia, members of
other bands of that region, that many, myself included, have only recently
heard about. Last year saw the release of the split cassette with Miserys
Omen through NecroSound Productions, this demo was previously released
in 1997. They have a new recording due, a 7 EP called Devil
Bellied that has new songs on it, a full length is also due out
that will be called Skullduggery, which should be good if
the demo is anything to go by.
PO Box 182, Inglefarm 5098, South Australia.
DARK DOMINION have been around since 1996 I think, under the
name The Grand Meeting they released about three demos, none of which
I was in time to get hold of, they changed the name a couple of years
back after everyone thought theyd completely quit, they then did
the spilt with Secratain though Ive heard nothing since and dont
know what they are currently doing .
PO Box 335, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia.
DARKLORD have only
recently re-surfaced into the black metal underground after remaining
more or less dormant after they first appeared way back in 1993 with
their fantastic demo CD,
And By the Force of Sacred Magick
Rites, though their beginnings before a release were at least
a year or two earlier. After a few years of no word on their movements,
mostly due to line-up difficulties, Darklord surprisingly came back
with a vengeance in 1999 with their new debut and highly anticipated
Satanik Symphony released earlier this year. As they now
have a steady line-up, it seems well be hearing more from this
brutal black metal machine. Ive also heard they are preparing
to start playing live which would be excellent.
PO Box 896, Glenelg 5043, South Australia.
DESTROYER 666 relocated
to Europe some time ago, but they are still Australian and as they are
not only a fucking excellent war/black/thrash band, but they have also,
I feel, shaped Aussie metal since they first formed in 1994 and went
on to release the Six Songs for the Devil demo that was
later re-released on MLP in 2001. In 1995 they released Violence
Is the Prince of this World on LP later put out on another format,
this time as a CD in 2001. Unchain the Wolves followed in
1996/97 on CD and then on vinyl also, 1997 also saw the Satanic
Speed Metal 7 EP, through Merciless Records. Since 1999,
when they released the Phoenix Rising album on CD/LP theyve
been with Season of Mist, which they have recently just released Cold
Steel For A New Age again on CD/LP. There was also the little
known two so ng vinyl called King of Kings/Lord of Wild
released in 2000, Im not sure if this was an independent release
or a label release though. They have on the way
War and Wolves 7 EP to be released in October through Satans
Metal as well as patches and a 10 picture disc through Invictus
Productions to be out by the years end. An interesting side note is
that KK Warslut (vocals) did a guest vocal appearance on Pentacles
Ancient Death MCD/MLP. Those in Europe keep your ears peeled
for tour news.
a really excellent War death band, that have been around since 96,
released a demo in 97, but nothing else until now due to line-up
problems, they now have a 7 out called Brutal Desecration
and have an MLP/MC and live split 7 with Nunslaughter coming out
DIAFOL GRIPPIUD is a new band of an ex Spear of Longinus member
that are only making its presence known in the last few months,
they are in the process of recording at the moment with no set schedule
for release though I feel theyll be a band to watch out for so
remember the name.
PO Box 538, Springwood QLD 4127, Australia.
ELYSIUM are another brilliant doom band, only more aggressive
and heavier, they have several demos and rehearsals, an album called
Dreamscapes and a new one on the way, theyve been
around since 93/94, and along with Mournful Congregation
are among the best doom bands ever.
GOSPEL OF THE HORNS
first invaded the Aussie metal scene in the upper regions of Queensland
when they formed in 1993, then made war again in 1994 with their brilliant
and still much loved first demo, The Satanists Dream,
that ended up being re-produced by a rip off label onto CD. In 1996
they split, then after re-locating to Victoria, where the heart of Oz
metal lies, and, as expected, a new re-formed Gospel of the Horns emerged,
in 1997, along with a new offering in the way of a second demo, titled
Sinners in 1998. The rare Monuments of Impurity
was recorded and released around the same time through now defunct label,
Morbid Productions. Once re-established from these two releases, they
went on to record an MCD/MLP, Eve of the Conqueror, through
Hollands Damnation Records in 2000, that was pr aised by pretty
much eve ryone and remains one of the best underground Australian releases
ever. The band even managed a European tour and word has it that theyll
do so again after the release of their debut and highly anticipated
full-length CD/LP release of Time to Strike through Invictus
Productions from Ireland that is expected will be out by the time this
goes to print. Its absolutely essential to check out this band.
No 141, 500 Centre Road, Bentleigh VIC 3204, Australia
MISERYS OMEN first came to our attention in 1999, though they
formed the year before, when they released their self titled demo that
was apparently made famous from the image of the pope being strangled
on the cover. Playing anguished, dark and obscure black metal, Miserys
Omen re-released their first demo as a split with fellow South Australians,
Cauldron Black Ram through newly established NecroSound Productions
last year, and a 7 EP through Hellflame Productions this year
called To Worship Stone Gods. An MCD featuring the demo
and 7 EP songs will be released through Bindrune Recordings quite
soon, they are set to appear on a few upcoming compilations and also
have plans to record an album early next year, will be one to look out
for. Miserys Omen are also label hunting.
PO Box 40, Highgate 5063. South Australia
MOURNFUL CONGREGATION are an absolutely brilliant doom band,
very slow, lots of depressingly slow songs, they have been around since
93/94, have three demos and have just released a double
CD with two of them on it and also the third one was pressed and released
Mournful Congregation: http://listen.to/MournfulCongregation
MYRDDRAAL, forming in 1999 in Australias capital of Canberra,
have not been idle for one instant, first releasing a demo on their
own called Black Construction, an excellent gift of underground
black metal. They then were part of a split demo with Germanys
Gernoth through At War Records also from Germany called Cold Moon
Over Kaltenburg in 2000, that gave them some international recognition.
Then came the debut full length in 2001 with local Australian label,
Decius Productions, which was excellent. Currently they have a promo
CDR from last year available and will be appearing on an LP compilation
through Decius Productions that will be one to await, they have submitted
a new song called Coming of Annihilati on for it with TSI
from Stargazer on drums after they recently suffered some line up changes
in that area. A second full length is on the horizon which they plan
to record later this year, and they are also label hunting. Also keep
an ear out for another band from one of these guys called Hellpitt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
that have just released a demo in the way of raw old-school thrashing
dirty metal, sounds interesting.
PO Box 71, Latham ACT 2615, Australia
are an extreme, symphonic black metal band that Ive only recently
come into contact with so I know very little of their history or if
they have any other releases besides the Southern Storms
CD I have. They hail from South Australia and might interest those into
more modern European black metal with keyboards but with a dark, brutal
21 Minyara Avenue, Salisbury North 5108, South Australia.
ONI are a really
good technical death band, new on the scene as well, and the bassist/vocalist
does our art for our zine, theres also a member from Martire
in the band, they are awesome live.
PSYCHRIST are an
excellent extreme death metal band, that have been around since 92/93,
they are very tight, very well played, have three demos I think, plus
an MCD, full length and a new one also, very good, melodic and heavy
band SADISTIK EXEKUTION was formed in 1986 by Rok and and Dave
Slave. From then on they have grown from one of the world's premiers
underground bands with a huge kult following to the undisputed most
extreme band in the world - with an even bigger kult following. They
are known for hardly ever playing live, piercing their flesh onstage
(guitarist Rev Kriss Hades performs with 80 pins through his skin) and
undertaking a constant campaign of outrageous publicity stunts and intimidation.
They have released some albums through Osmose and Shock Records.
around 1999 under a different name which I think they released at least
one demo as Ad Noctum, they changed the band name and released the Bound
In Blasphemy spilt CD with Dark Dominion that seemed to have more
or less a hot/cold attitude towards it judging by reviews. They have
played a few gigs, most recently a festival in June. I have no idea
what they are currently doing apart from rumours that first they split
then that they are working on new material that is less raw than what
Im familiar with and turning to more modern sounds. They are,
however, pretty good live and their half of the split CD was excellent.
PO Box 335, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia.
SITHLORD are not specifically a black metal band, as they lean
more towards thrash/black but I thought to include them as they do have
a black element. As far as I can tell, Sithlord began in 1999 and had
their first release in the form of an MCD through Bleed Records in 2000,
that resulted in being signed to Barbarian Wrath Records for some future
releases. After experiencing a line-up change, the band are now preparing
for the release of their debut full length called The Return to
Godless Times which will also feature the previous MCD. A new
release that will be called Defend the Faith is now being
written and should be recorded early next year. If you missed the MCD,
you can hear some MP3s for the new album at the Barbarian Wrath website
(http://www.ba rbarianwrath.org/EvilOff erings/sithlord.html) that would
be worth the time to check out.
PO Box 479, Melton VIC 3337, Australia.
STARGAZER are brilliant,
technical black/thrash/death is the only way to describe it though they
are pretty unique with their songs and their lyrics are excellent theyve
been around since 94 I think.
URGRUND have been around since late 1998, firstly under the guise
of Darkensphere, there was obviously a name change and shortly afterwards,
they put out their rehearsal demo, In Apocalyptic Ruins-The Rebirth
themselves in 1999, assaulting us with their black/thrash attack. Later
that same year, they released the mighty Warlore 7
EP through Bleed Records here in Australia, the tracks of which were
re-released with a demo track on the Drenched In Blood MCD
through the now RIP Spikekult Records in France in 2000. After signing
with Baphomet Records in the US that same year, and finally after a
two year delay, the newest and debut full length onslaught, The
Graven Sign is finally here with a new album, Unchangeable
Fate looking to be recorded later this year.
3317 Moggill Road, Bellbowrie QLD 4070, Australia, Email:
VRAG are a relatively
new band that I think have released a demo before the one I have that
was released in 2001, very raw and underground sounding, I understand
they will be recording again at the end of the year, one of the members
is also planning on releasing a compilation of underground Australian
bands, which could also be good to wait for as well as more developments
PO Box 655, Epping NSW 2121, Australia
I know that there are some other labels here, but I have very little
knowledge of them or any release information, so Im adding only
those I know of. Ive also limited this to those labels who deal
exclusively with only extreme and black metal releases, rather than
other stuff like grind, doom etc. Each of these labels have extensive
and quite large mail-order lists that may also be of interest except
for Decius Productions.
have only been around for about two years but have put out a steady
stream of great releases, both Australian and internationally, mostly
focusing on extreme and totally underground death and black metal.
Myrddraal (Australia) "Blood on the Mountain" CD (sold out)
Hellsermon (Denmark) "Brimstone, Sulphur and Blood" 7"
EP (sold out)
Lust (Canada) "Apocalyptic Torment" 12" Picture LP (sold
Lust (Canada) "Apocalyptic Torment" t-shirt (sold out)
Megiddo (Canada) "The Oath" t-shirt (sold out)
Rev. Kriss Hades (Australia) "The Wind of Orion" CD (available)
Nazxul (Australia) "Live" 12" Pic LP (available)
Destruktor (Australia) "Brutal Desecration" 7" EP (available)
Carbon (Australia) "March of the Golgothan Hordes" 7"
To be released:
Rev. Kriss Hades (Australia) "Damascus Orthodox" 12"
Megiddo (Canada)/Countess (Holland) Split 7" EP
Barbaric Onslaught - Australian Metal Attack 12" Compilation
LP (featuring Destruktor "Unholy Victory Massacre", Martire
"Puritans", Portal "Tempus Fugit", Atomizer "When
I Die I Wanna Die Violently", Urgrund "On Stones Marked Black",
Carbon "Battle at Sarn Gebir, Grenade "Hellsong", Oni
"Incantation Superstition", Stargazer "Magikkian",
Myrddraal "The Coming of Annihilation ", Anarazel "The
Red Rite" and Miserys Omen "To Worship Stone Gods")
PO Box 4120, Castlecrag NSW 2068, Australia.
BLEED RECORDS main focus tends to be Australian apart from
the upcoming split CD that features Denmarks Blodarv and they
also have a strong focus on some great underground bands and vinyl and
have been around since 1998.
Anatomy Dark Religion 7"EP limited to 200 (sold out)
Nomenclature Diablerie 7"EP limited to 200 (sold out)
Anatomy The Witches of Dathomir (sold out by Bleed Records
and repressed by Painkiller Records in Belgium in May 2002)
Urgrund Warlore 7"EP limited to 200 (sold out)
Sithlord Labyrinth to the Gods MCD limited to 700 (sold
Anatomy B.W.Attack t-shirt (sold out)
Anatomy Twisting Depths of Horror MCD (long deleted from
1993 but re-released on another label and available)
Long Voyage Back/Anatomy 7" EP (split label release, out now March
To be released:
Baalberith/Blodarv split CD
PO Box 211, Tullamarine Business Centre, VIC 3043, Australia
APOCALYPTOR RECORDS AND ARTS have only just spread their wings,
mostly extreme death metal, both internationally and locally and have
begun with more than just music as they have released beer coolers.
They also have some kind of art service as well as the label.
Slaughter "Strappado" t-shirt (available)
Slaughter "Chainsaw Corpse" t-shirt (available)
Destruktor "Brutal Desecration" t-shirt (available)
Slaughter "Surrender or Die" LP limited to 666 (available)
Nunslaughter/Destruktor "Satanic Salvation/Live Desecration"
Sp lit 7 EP (available)
PO Box 92, Mooroopna VIC 3629, Australia.
DISSIDENT RECORDS is more of an extreme death metal label, though
they have released the first Astriaal MCD, which is why I mentioned
them, and I think they are set to release another black metal album
at a later date but I dont know what or who it will be. They seem
mostly to focus on Australian releases at the moment but I think they
plan on extending their services to international bands at some time
in the future. They also have a subsidiary called Dead By Dawn.
Psychrist Embrace Rapture in Disgust CD (available)
Astriaal Summoning the Essence of Ancient Wisdom MCD (sold
Psychrist Debauching the Minions (available)
PO Box 333, Kelvin Grove DC QLD 4059, Australia
INDOMITUS PRODUCTIONS is, as far as I know, the only label to focus
entirely on NS, pro white, Aryan black metal, but not only Australian
bands I dont think. Aside from whats mentioned to be released,
they have also just signed two new bands, Rhune and Aryan Goddess. I
dont think they have anything released yet.
To be released:
Anwariad Vae Victus CD
Pagan Front The Path to Victory Compilation (featuring
Abyssic Hate, Gontyna Kry, Nokturnal Mortum, Anwariad, Pantheon, Absurd,
PO Box 335, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia.
HEKAL XUL RECORDS
is a label Ive only now found out about so I know practically
nothing except that they deal with black metal. Some of their releases
are sold out but I understand they plan on re-releasing those that are.
I think it might be run by the guys from Nazxul which is reason enough
to know about this label.
Dark Dominion / Secratain Bound In Blasphemy Split CD
Nazxul Black Seed (sold out)
The Grand Meeting Return to the Shadow Kingdom (sold out)
P.O Box 335, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia
Ive only decided to include print zines, rather than any
webzines at all, as I feel print zines are far more relevant,
important and better anyway, though there are a few webzines here and
not many in print.
SEASON DECAY has two previous issues, the first of which is sold
out and the second almost sold out. Issue #3 is planned for release
this year and will feature Autumn Tears (USA), Baalberith, Bestial Mockery
(Swe), Carbon, Darklord, Destruktor, Desaster (Ger), Excarnated, Jesus
Anal Penetration, Miserys Omen, Myrddraal, Oni, Psycroptic, Rain
Fell Within (USA), Reverend Kriss Hades, Sadistik Exekution, Sithlord,
and Spear of Longinus.
PO Box 413, Corrimal NSW 2518, Australia.
BLOODLUST has one issue out that is almost sold out with issue
#2 yet to be confirmed as the future of the zine is uncertain
at the moment, but I do think he still has some copies of issue one
remaining, which featured Armoured Angel, Atomizer, Desaster, Destruktor,
Entrails, Nunslaughter, Sabbat, Sadistik Exekution (tour journal), Stargazer,
Urgrund, Vomitor, and Worship.
PO Box 655, Epping NSW 2121, Australia
NECROZINE has one
issue out that I think may be sold out or almost, issue #2 is yet to
be completed but will feature Astriaal, Black Queen, FOB, Havohej, Jesus
Anal Penetration, Malevolent Creation, Malicious Onslaught, Miserys
Omen, Mournful Congregation, Psychrist, Volatile and Virgin Black.
PO Box 40, Highgate 5063, Australia.
HEATHEN FIST is yet to release their first issue, though I understand
that it is on the way this year and will feature Antaeus, Anwariad,
Arghoslent, Bathory, Dark Funeral, Desaster, Destroyer 666, Dream Upon
Tombs, Megiddo, Miserys Omen, Nagelfar, Necrozine, Nunslaughter, Secratain,
and Primordial. You'll need to email for postal details.
HELVETE MAGAZINE was supposed to release their first issue a
little while back, but I guess its still on the way and will feature
Abyssic Hate, Anarazel, Astriaal, Carbon, Destroyer 666, Forefather,
Gospel of the Horns, Hollenthon, Megiddo, Myrddraal, Nazxul, Secratain,
Shining, Slayer Magazine and The Syre. Another that you'll need to email
regarding postal details.
SENTINEL ZINE is another new zine, that has their first
issue due out very soon featuring Antaeus, Astriaal, Atomizer, Carbon,
Darklord, Destroyer 666, Destruktor, Diabolicum, Elysium, Fog, Khold,
Oni, Psychrist, Psycroptic, Reverend Kriss Hades, Shining, Zyklon and
PO Box 729, Albion QLD 4010, Australia
GODLESS MAGAZINE has just released its first issue featuring
Akitsa, Baal Gadriel, Graveland, Summoning, Veles, and some non-music
PO Box 335, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia.
EXTREME NOISE MAGAZINE is a new newspaper/street press type zine
that features mostly commercially known bands, they have, after many
delays, released their first issue in June, with plans to release another
each month though Im not aware of any new issues. Issue one featured
Absu, Avrigus, Bathory, Bloodthorn, Darkthrone, Destruction, Dissident
Records, Entwine, Finntroll, Gamma Ray, Hollenthon, Iced Earth, Witchery.
PO Box 1762, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia.