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Band Photo: Nazxul (?)

Formed: 1993
From: Sydney, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Nazxul News

Below is our complete Nazxul 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.

Nazxul Reissues Early EP and Demo

Sydney black metal band Nazxul's 1998 "Black Seed" EP has been repackaged alongside their 1994 demo release by Seance Records. The rerelease comes with bonus live tracks, and an eight page booklet including all of the lyrics.

“Nazxul are legendary in forging early Australian Black metal & these two works are the culmination of heavy sonic black destruction and morbid symphonic darkness.”

As previously reported, Nazxul has been tapped to perform at Australia's Armageddon Festival 2011 before the band holes up to record their next album.

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Lineup Announced For Armageddon Festival

As was previously announced, the Black Mass Festival in Sydney was canceled after protests by a religious organization. Seance Records has now issued the following announcement about resurrecting the show as the Armageddon Festival:

"From the ashes of Black Mass festival Armageddon Festival rises like the phoenix to unite Australia’s black metal underground and as a testament to the rights of artists to freely express their full artistic views without censorship or opposition.

"Australia’s black metal & extreme metal forces join once more in the ultimate union of musical black metal art over two huge nights in Sydney. They make no excuses for their ideologies nor the creation of extreme noise but only stand obstinate in the face of those who would challenge their musical freedom.

"Friday night will begin the blackening of souls at The Bald Faced Stag Hotel. Pestilential Shadows burning with ire shall reunite for an exclusive live performance on the dawn of their fourth album soon to be unleashed! Another truly rare performance ensuing shall be that of Arkheth who have risen to new heights of Neo Classical, Symphonic Black Metal composition on their recent opus, ‘IX & I’. A true gem of the AUBM underground, Arkheth states that this shall be their last show for all eternity.

"Naetu from Perth join the libations with their dark misanthropy alongside Sydney’s Bleakwood, who featuring members of Ironwood will be making their live debut which is not to be missed! Friday Night celebrations will be closed by an exclusive & secret guest performance which shall only be revealed to those eyes who bear witness to what shall come. More...

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Drowning The Light To Play Armageddon Fest

Drowning the Light has announced its only Australian live show of 2011 will take place at Sydney's Armageddon Fest, which occurs on February 4th and 5th, 2011. The currently announced lineup for the festival is as follows:

February 4th -The Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Pestilential Shadows

February 5th - The Factory Theatre
Drowning the Light
Erebus Enthroned

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Religious Protest Cancels Sydney's "Black Mass"

Metal Obsession reports that a Sydney-based religious group on Facebook has seemingly successfully protested against the running of a Black metal mini-festival at Sydney venue Newtown RSL. It is understood that the venue pulled out from the event, and the promoter, Séance Records, has currently postponed the event until another date/venue can be found.

The protesting Facebook group has the following statement as their description, on a profile that has limited public content available to non-members.

This coming Sat 27th November a satanic “Black Mass” celebration is to occur at Newtown RSL – it is simply disgraceful. The advertising which features the insignia of the Church of Satan and an inverted crucifix is encouraging people to come and partake in an “unholy spell to be cast upon the city of Sydney” featuring the “ultimate of soul possessing occult revelations…unbridled blasphemy… [and] a union of all things unholy.

Promoter, Séance Records, has subsequently announced the postponement of the event until another date/venue can be found. They commented in a press release posted on Brisbane based metal forums Brismetal…

Less than two weeks out from the show The RSL board has pulled the plug on Black Mass Festival. They have blatantly cancelled with no prior notice and with no option of negotiation or compromise. They have sadly bowed under pressure from Christians who have lobbied them to cancel the show.

The Christians have launched the full scale of their campaign at the last minute, I believe in a calculated manner to sabotage us to the fullest extent possible. They have done so via a series of facebook pages organized to have the event cancelled. From their website we can tell that these are the same people who lobby against gay & lesbian rights, womens reproductive rights & contraception.

Their actions will cause large scale hurt not to a secret den of Satanists as they may imagine but to normal hard working, tax paying, law abiding Australians. Young people who have taken time off work, rearranged their schedules and family life, then spent money that they probably can’t afford on flights and tickets to the event in the pursuit of a shared love for heavy metal & live independent Australian music.

In response to this turn of events, a rival Facebook group “AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS PROTESTING AGAINST “BLACK MASS” MUSIC FESTIVAL.”

Bands that been announced for the Black Mass festival included Spire, Moon, Astriaal, Sanguinary Misanthropia, Erebus Enthroned, Wardaemonic, Nazxul, and Drowning the Light.

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Nazxul Cancels European Tour

Australian black metal act Nazxul has checked in with the following brief update about canceling the band's previously scheduled European tour dates:

"Nazxul must regretfully announce the cancellation of the 20210 European Tour. This is due to unforeseen complications that have led to the entire tour being canceled. Nazxul are very disapointed in this outcome and look forward to seeing all the European maniacs again soon."

No information has been given at this time as to whether the dates will be rescheduled. You can still check out the band's music via the Nazxul MySpace page.

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Austere Calls It Quits

Depressive black metal band Austere recently called it quits. Here's the vague update from the band:

“It is with much sadness that today, May 19th, 2010, we announce the end of Austere. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us over the years, and we hope you’ll continue to support us in our current and future endeavors.”

Tim Yatras and ‘D’ have two other bands on the go; black metal band Woods of Desolation and mellow rock band Grey Waters, while Mitchell Keepin is presumably focusing on Nazxul.

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Nazxul Announces North American Shows

Australian black metallers Nazxul have announced a string of upcoming North American tour dates in June. The band's complete list of European and North American tour dates is as follows:

5/28 2010 Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, Maryland, US
6/1 2010 PUBLIC ASSEMBLY Brooklyn, NY
6/4 2010 Gathering of Shadows Green Mountain Falls, Colorado , US
6/8 2010 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, Utah
6/9 2010 The Lucky Lady Bar Las Vegas, Nevada
6/10 2010 The Drunken Lass Prescott, AZ
6/11 2010 Oasis Club Compton, California
6/12 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California
10/8 2010 K17 Berlin Berlin, Berlin , DE
10/9 2010 Festung, Bitterfeld Bitterfeld, DE
10/10 2010 Willemeen Willemsplein Arnhem, NL
10/16 2010 Waldeshall festival Seebach, DE

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Australian Musicians Honor Miika Tenkula

Marking to the exact day the death a year ago of talented Finnish guitarist Miika Tenkula, admirers of his work from past and current line ups of estblished Australian metal bands: Nazxul, Lord, Darker Half, Anno Domini and Rampage will be performing a set of Sentenced covers on February 19th in Sydney, Australia in rememberence.

Under the banner of Frozen, named after one of their land mark releases, a set of over an hour of classic Sentenced songs will be performed to honour and pay tribute to Miika. Sentenced never performed on Australian soil so this show is a chance for Australian fans to experience these classic songs live.

All involved in this project are fans of Miikas work and are all eager to pay tribute to an artist taken well before his time was due. Support for the show will be The Veil and Requiem of the Damned.

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Nazxul Announces First New Gig Since 2004

Australian black metal band Nazxul has announced the band’s first live appearance since 2004. Presented by Obsidian Records, Nazxul will be playing at The Manning Bar in Sydney on October 17th, and will be joined by The Veil and Erebus Enthroned.

Doors 8pm | 18+ | Licensed
Tickets on sale here.

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Nazxul Sets "Iconoclast" Release Date

Seminal black metal act Nazxul has set a release date of September 27, 2009 for their new album, "Iconoclast," along with more details surrounding the release. The album marks both the final recordings and first release since long time guitarist Greg Morelli passed away in a traffic accident in Novemeber 2008. The band’s press release follows:

“Fools rush to the feet of statues to pray- they have much to lose.

“We bring new messages and crush all icons with our voice and deeds- we have much to gain”.

“Nazxul’s rise and raison d’etre has borne a singular vision for the brutal reality of this life. The underground will never rise, but it will swallow up the true villains that lurk above. They tumble to the ground and scurry away. We are kings of the slum, and lords of hell.

“'Iconoclast' CD Album, is a torrent of angular and unfamiliar visions that stirs the dark soul to emancipation and inspiration; and provides torment to the pitiful remainder.

“10 years in formulation, the majestic array has returned, stronger. Bleak and furious! More...

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Nazxul Posts New Music Online

Austrailian black metallers, Nazxul, have issued the following update on their MySpace page:

"2009 will see the black sun of the Iconoclast rise. Many years in the making the magnum opus will see official release in 2009. In the face of tragedy and adversity this album will stand as a monument to the memory of Greg Morelli and as his Swan song."

"For a short time only there are two unmastered tracks from the album online 'Dragon Disputious' and 'Oath (Fides Resurrectio).'"

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Nazxul Guitarist Greg Morelli Killed In Crash

Legendary Australian thrash metal band Mortal Sin has posted the following message online:

"Our long time friend Greg Morelli, guitarist of NAZXUL was tragically killed in the early hours of Thursday morning November 20th in a motorcycle accident. As many locals would know a huge storm hit Sydney last night and Greg was riding his motorbike home and hit a greasy wet patch on Parramatta road North Strathfield.

"Greg's death will be a huge loss to the Australian metal scene and of course the international black metal scene. The new Nazxul album had just been completed and Greg was really looking forward to getting back out on the road and we had also talked about the possibility of heading over to Europe for some shows next year. Greg explained to me that the new album was sounding like they finally wanted to sound like, and was really proud of what he had achieved.

"I hope all the black metal fans out there will raise their horns tonight for Greg. Rest in peace mate, you're a fucking legend."

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