“‘Snakereigns’ is sonic excess in its bleakest form.” The Sonic Shaman
Okkultokrati spawned from the Black Hole Crew in 2008 and has been with Fysisk Format ever since, spreading their own unique take on metal-fueled hardcore punk.
2014 will see the release of Okkultokrati’s third album, Night Jerks. Whereas their previous albums were produced by Ruben Willem (No Light for Mass, 2010) and Emil Nikolaisen (Snakereigns, 2012), Night Jerks is produced by the band. Recorded at Årabrot HQ Djura Misionshus and Tåkeheimen studio, this is a monotonous master piece, where chilly, modern reality gets its musical counterpoint.
Aside from a series of 7″ EPs and splits with fellow crewmates Årabrot and Haust, they have so far released the two full-lengths “No Light For Mass” in 2010 and “Snakereigns” in 2012, each release delving deeper into the subterranean crypts of the underground and returning with more of all that genre-exceeding darkness which Fysisk Format loves. Here, have a knockout cocktail-mix of 80s hardcore, the same era’s metal underground and the ever-present ghost of Black Sabbath. Or as Brooklyn Vegan put it: “Okkultokrati is definitely rooted in punk, but in the same way that Venom and Motorhead is. Slithering, metallic black rock and roll with moments of crushing doom is the central theme.”
Okkultokrati operate with a broad definition of “the occult”; though the cover artwork for their first releases are clad in uncompromising black and white, Sebastian Rusten’s illustrations on No Light for Mass and Ingen Veit Alt represent everything from sci-fi, extraterrestial themes to Theodor Kittelsen-inspired nordic folklore. In this, the visual aesthetic mirrors the musical one: varied sources of inspiration, but all dirty and leaving no stone unturned in terms of old school nihilism.
Night Jerks LP/CD/MC – 2014
Snakereigns LP/CD – 2012
Black Hole X-mas with Haust & Okkultokrati – Split 7” – 2011
Hellebou Vol. 3 – 7” – 2011
Årabrot/Okkultokrati – Split 12” – 2011
Ingen Veit Alt 7”/CD – 2010
No Light For Mass LP/CD/MC – 2010
Knarkskog 7” – 2009
Demo tape – 2008