Okkultokrati – La Ilden Lyse

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label [URL] Southern Lord
Released: 2020
Buy Album [URL] https://okkultokrati.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/okkultokrati

Band line-up:

Boris Leaf – Bass, Guitars
Verminscum – Drums
BlackRace – Guitars, Keys
Erik Svarte – Guitars
Black Qvisling – Vocals
Fredrik Severin Lindstrøm Torvik – Keys

Tracklisting:

1. Thelemic Threat
2. Grimoire Luciferian Dream
3. Loathe Forever
4. Freezing Vortex Death Dreamer
5. Cold And Cruel
6. Kiss Of Death
7. Mother Superior
8. Lunatics-Mondsüchtig
9. The Dying Grass Moon

Review

Norway is the home of black metal music, and has many a strong band contributing to other genres such as sludge metal and hardcore punk – as is the case with the group, Okkultokrati and their fifth studio album “La Ilden Lyse.”

This is a band who say they want to be original by using multiple themes of satanism and the occult in their sound. “La Ilden Lyse” will please anyone who wants to add more groups of that ilk to their record collection.

It is a mix of the older, more primitive history of Scandinavian metal, with lots of riffs reminding you of Bathory and the street punk and d-beat which influenced that early sound. I was expecting high quality when I put this on, but I felt this was an average release on a personal level.

For those listening to this who love songs about taboo topics but want them long and weighty, this might not be the one for you, but check it out all the way. There is a fair amount of old school black metal available too, but I can’t say any of the songs stood out for me.

Mediocre at best is how I would describe this Nordic record because of my high expectations and my bias towards black metal when it comes to talking about anything from Norway. Though this is the first time I have seen a group take sludge, black, some mild stoner and punk elements and mash them together, so if that mix tickles your fancy give this record a spin.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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