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Below is our complete Okkultokrati news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Okkultokrati is anything but a straightforward band when it comes to this signature brand of psych-singed, heavy rock, post-punk instrumentation, and so it should come as no surprise to find the group's lyrical output is just as difficult to define.
The band has unveiled a new video for the track "Hidden Future" - the longest track on new LP "Raspberry Dawn" -- and it draws upon 20th century sci-fi and cold war rhetoric to create a chilling, worldwide anti-war story.
Okkultorkrati vocalist Henning elaborates, "The inspiration to the lyrics of 'Hidden Future' are rooted in '50s and '80s cold war sci-fi like Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons' Rogue Trooper with its race of cloned enhanced humans bred for warfare and Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, or even better Paul Verhoeven's take on it. Now decades later, there are very few openly, hard-hitting dissenting voices to military engagements in pop-culture.
"You can go directly from playing Call Of Duty in your basement to piloting military drone strikes. Like something straight out of Ender's Game, safely bombing a foreign population from the other side of the planet. We are pre-programmed to fear the unknown and to dehumanize the enemy. And there next to no critical voices to question or dispute these matters. Just knee-jerk, empty slogans about supporting our troops and the deafening patriotic chanting in its wake."
Henning continues, "So 'Hidden Future' tells the tale of this sad, pathetic, fool who joins the army, never settles in and is stuck there with his own contradicting thoughts about revolting, killing his superiors, greats feats of heroism or deserting but just ends up self-destructing and losing his mind. It's about the harsh realities of the parasitic nature of the way military forces and military interests operate around the globe. It's about how in many communities the military have set themselves up as some kind of sheltering corner stone business and provides jobs and homes for thousands of people. Their future depending on the well-being of the military. More...
As Norwegian cult Okkultokrati takes off on an extensive European tour supporting Trap Them this week, the band now unloads another new video from the Southern Lord-issued "Raspberry Dawn" LP.
Created for the album track "Magic People," Okkultokrati states about the video, "Our friend Øystein Wyller Odden compiled and edited this video, which is a montage of various kinds of telekinesis practice. The found footage shows aerokinesis, hydrokinesis, electrokinesis, atmokinesis and pyrokinesis. This is practice level telekinesis, not master." More...
This week, Oslo's eerie punks from Okkultokrati will unveil the unruly "Raspberry Dawn," a fourth full-length album and the band's Southern Lord debut. Today the album comes online early - check it out below.
"Raspberry Dawn" sees release on CD and all digital formats via Southern Lord this Friday, September 30th. New tour plans in support of the album continue to mount as well.
Following the impending Crown Feral Europe 2016 tour across Europe with Trap Them and Venom Prison in October, Okkultokrati also now announces a large headlining tour in December. All upcoming dates can be found after the stream. More...
Norway's underworld quintet Okkultokrati unleashes another rabid new track from the "Raspberry Dawn" album as the record creeps up on its release through Southern Lord next week. Check out "Hard To Please, Easy To Kill" below.
Okkultokrati offers that the title of the track is, "directed towards the masters... your superiors." Giving more background on the song, the band states: "Feffe, our synthist, made this song. According to him, the sound is 'credible '70s synth meets non-cred 90's black metal synth.' Tangerine Dream, who everyone holds dear, being the former.
"But if you grew up as a metal kid in Norway in the mid-to-late '90s, you'll hear some hints to the likes of The Kovenant. This, along with the vocals getting more harsh and grim as the song progresses, adds up to the Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse feel we all love. As for the bass and drums, we just keep the Okkulto-beat through the whole thing. Like a futuristic Motörhead." More...
Norwegian quintet Okkultokrati just issued a video for the title track to the impending "Raspberry Dawn" album, which is nearing release through Southern Lord later this month.
"Raspberry Dawn" will be released on CD, LP, and all digital platforms via Southern Lord on September 23rd.
Okkultokrati will be touring Europe this autumn, including supporting Trap Them alongside Venom Prison on the Crown Feral Europe 2016 tour.
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10/14/2016 Underground - Köln, DE
10/15/2016 Bloodshed Fest - Eindhoven, NL
10/16/2016 Kavka - Antwerp, BE
10/17/2016 Boston Music Room - London, UK
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10/22/2016 Stadtmitte - Karlsruhe, DE
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10/24/2016 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
10/25/2016 Cyklopen - Stockholm, SE
10/26/2016 Bla - Oslo, NO More...
Okkultokrati's new album "Raspberry Dawn" is weird, wired, and quite possibly the holy grail for those seeking radical rock reinvention and new sensations in the current era. Hear the opening track "World Peace" below.
Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson said of the album, "Fucked up in all the right places! Super original and I can say that I've definitely never heard anything like this! Visions of Bauhaus and Dark Throne listening to Joy Division albums by torchlight in the dark forests of Oslo."
New album "Raspberry Dawn" will be released on all formats via Southern Lord on September 23rd and features the following track listing:
1. World Peace
2. Raspberry Dawn
3. We Love You
5. Hard To Please, Easy To Kill
6. Hidden Future
7. Ocular Violence
8. Magic People More...
In support of an upcoming fourth full-length album, the Norwegian mavericks from Okkultokrati shall be touring Europe this coming autumn. The first dates to be announced are support shows with Trap Them on the "Crown Feral Europe" 2016 tour. Dates are available below, with more to be added soon.
Okkultokrati is preparing to reveal the full details on a new album, the band's first for Southern Lord, in the next couple of weeks. The album was recorded at Malabar Studios, in Oslo with engineer Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh, who also recorded the "Snakereigns" LP.
The band recorded around the clock, capturing the tracks as they would be played on stage, void of click tracks or tutoring tactics. New member Feffe Severin also joins the lineup on synth, accompanying vocalist Henning, guitarist Erik Svarte, bassist Boris, and drummer Lars.
Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson said of the album: "Fucked up in all the right places! Super original and I can say that I've definitely never heard anything like this! Visions of Bauhaus and Dark Throne listening to Joy Division albums by torchlight in the dark forests of Oslo." More...
The Norwegian punk/hardcore killers from Okkultokrati are currently immersed in the completion of their fourth full-length album, and first for Southern Lord Recordings.
Okkultokrati has been occupying Malabar Studios, in Oslo, working closely with engineer Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh, who also recorded the "Snakereigns" LP, recording around the clock and capturing the tracks as they would be heard on stage, void of click tracks or tutoring tactics.
The band also announces a new member to the outfit, as Feffe Severin joins the lineup on synth. Severin becomes the fifth member of Okkoltokrati, joining vocalist Henning, guitarist Erik Svarte, bassist Boris, and drummer Lars. More...
Norwegian outfit Okkultokrati will re-issue 2012 album "Snakereigns" and and 2014's "Night Jerks" LPs via Southern Lord this May.
The pair of re-issued albums, which were originally released via Fysisk Format, will act as precursors to the band's impeding full-length, which will be recorded later this month, and released through Southern Lord later this year.
Guitarist and songwriter Erik Svarte comments: "Southern Lord acts like Earth, Velvet Cacoon, Gore, Sunn O))) and Winter have played a big part in shaping our approach to music both personally and in Okkultokrati. To me, a band like Sunn O))) represents something contemporary and we recognize ourselves in that. I can't think of a better home for our band and the new album we just finished writing." More...
Okkultokrati today premiere a new video online for “Snakereigns" through the Noisey Youtube Channel. Shot by Hai, the mainman in the electronic metal outfit Next Life, and Ildfar, band friend and video artist, the video is shot with the ethos of “what we do in life echoes in eternity” in mind. Check out the video through Noisey or in the player below.
The video was shot for the title track from Okkultokrati's "Snakereigns" album, set for North American release on Samhain 2012 via Oslo-based Fysisk Format label. The following press released was issued about the band:
"Building their anthems on straightforward punk beats with the filth of unholy black n’ roll running through their veins, Okkultokrati proudly let their influences from the masters of the genre bleed through, yet their spine-crushing anthems speak for themselves. With unique guitar atmospheres and a mix of high/low-end riffage busting through the thunderous percussion and gnarled vocals, Okkultokrati are part of the infamous Black Hole Crew scene, their local nihilistic brethren in Obliteration, Haust, Dark Times and a handful of other local henchmen, remain their only comrades. Snakereigns follows-up the band’s No Light For Mass debut, released amidst a handful of EPs, demos and split releases." More...
Oslo-based Okkultokrati today pummel the public with another auditory raping from their pending second LP, "Snakereigns," nearing North American release on October 30th via hometown label Fysisk Format. Check out the album's closing track "Nothing Awaits" through Invisible Oranges right here.
BrooklynVegan previously posted the album’s opening aggressor “No Ouroboros,” which can be heard here or in the player below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Building their anthems on straightforward punk beats with the filth of unholy black n’ roll running through their veins, Okkultokrati proudly let their influences from the masters of the genre bleed through, yet their spine-crushing anthems speak for themselves with unique guitar atmospheres and a mix of high/low-end riffage busting through the thunderous percussion and gnarled vocals. As part of the infamous Black Hole Crew scene, their local nihilistic brethren in Obliteration, Haust, Dark Times and a handful of other local henchmen remain their only comrades, purposely." More...
Oslo, Norway’s brutal punk quartet Okkultokrati has completed newest studio full-length release, "Snakereigns," and plan on jamming it into humankind’s back like a rusty prison shank this Fall.
BrooklynVegan today unleash the opening track from "Snakereigns," aptly entitled “No Ouroboros,” so quit dicking around and give it a spin right here or in the player available below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Building their anthems on straightforward punk beats with the filth of unholy black n’ roll running through their veins, Okkultokrati proudly let their influences from the masters of the genre bleed through, yet their spine-crushing anthems speak for themselves with unique guitar atmospheres and a mix of high/low-end riffage busting through the thunderous percussion and gnarled vocals. As part of the infamous Black Hole Crew scene, their local nihilistic brethren in Obliteration, Haust, Dark Times and a handful of other local henchmen remain their only comrades, purposely.
"Snakereigns follows-up the band’s No Light For Mass debut album, released amidst a handful of EPs, demos and split releases since their filthy 2008 induction. While their first album was produced by Haust's Ruben Willem, Okkultokrati asked Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh to record the follow-up."
"The recording was pretty much just a matter of getting mikes and valves on fire” Emil comments. “Just with one guitar down Okkulto sounded huge." Nearly forty minutes of the band’s putrid style seep through nine new tracks, set to be released worldwide via hometown label Fysisk Format, in Europe on October 22nd and in North America October 30th. The track listing is: More...
Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk has confirmed the group will be heading back to Europe this summer for a first ever European headlining tour. Support on the tour will come from Okkultokrati. The tour is scheduled to begin July 8th in Köln, Germany and run through July 20th in Tonsberg, Norway with an appearance at Slottsfjell Fest.
Black Tusk is currently on the road and will be joining back up with Municipal Waste's headlining tour, which will also feature special guests 3 Inches of Blood. The dates with Municipal Waste run from June 11th in Anaheim, CA and wrap up June 26th in New York, NY. A video trailer for all of the Black Tusk dates can be viewed below. More...