Photo by Maren Sundt-Hansen
Norwegian outfit, Okkultokrati, will be reissuing their 2012 album Snakereigns and 2014’s Night Jerks LPs via Southern Lord this May. The pair of reissued 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 shares his thoughts on joining the ‘Lord family: “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.”
Okkultokrati makes it their business to tear apart the rock ‘n’ roll guidebook and mash it in to vicious combat music for fans of punk, d-beat, black metal and generally anyone with a penchant for unsavory anthems delivered with inimitable attitude. They have earned a ferocious reputation for siphoning elements of disparate genres in to their toxic, distorted brew, a trait that can be observed across the whole of the Black Hole Crew collective encompassing Haust, Dark Times, Blood Suckers, Drugged SS, and others. Once the sheer slamming force of their tunes has sunk in, the iconoclastic quintet has a tendency to pull the rug from under the whole contraption, sending their tracks tumbling in to experimental and industrial forays that further their capacity to ensnare the listener in their bear trap.
Watch live footage of “Snakereigns” and “Invisible Ley” from the Snakereigns album below, and stream Snakereigns, Night Jerks and more on Bandcamp.