Hoe down - Okkultokrati style
It was searching for more blackened hardcore like Kvelertak that led me to Okkultokrati. Some kvlt nong on last.fm was shouting about how Kvelertak were childish amateurs compared to the might of Okkultokrati. Sounds promising, thought I.
Unfortunately, this expectation for debut No Light for Mass to sound like Kvelertak +1 hobbled my appreciation for some time. The two bands may mix punk and black metal but the results couldn’t be more different.
Much as I have finally fallen for this record, it’s by no means “fun”. Rather than mead, wenches and Norse mythology, Okkultokrati have crafted a record of “necro spirituals” exploring the dark side of atheist metaphysics. Not that I care particularly – they could wail and growl about cute kittens or the finer points of auto-repair as long as the music is good. Which it is.
I’m not in the habit of linking to mp3 blogs but Kvelertak’s 2007 demo Westcoast Hardcore is not exactly readily available down your local HMV.
I stumbled across From This Swamp through excellent blog Illogical Contraption’s Trappy Awards when it scooped the best mp3 blog gong.
I’m a huge fan of Kvelertak’s self-titled debut so despite the expectedly rough quality, it was a fascinating listen.