Black Metal - United States
Black Funeral was founded in 1993 by Akhtya Nachttoter with the aim of creating cold, haunting black metal with themes of vampirism, Luciferianism, Satanism and the Left Hand Path ritual practice in general. The band recorded several demos and soon issued their debut in 2005, “Vampyr Throne of the Beast”.
Black Funeral began as a seminal black metal band in the early 1990’s. Formed by Michael Ford, the band quickly became known for their cold and raw productions, aggressive attitude and focus on vampirism. “Empire of Blood” followed in 1997 and then “Moon of Characith” in 1998, demonstrating a complete ritualistic and black ambient atmosphere.
Black Funeral recorded “Belial Arisen” in 1996 before releasing other ritualistic recordings. “Belial Arisen”, which is reminding of early Emperor, Bathory and Mayhem, was a cold and very raw recording focused on the blood rites of Bathory and the demonic sorceries practiced by Coven Nachttoter, an extension of a black magical guild founded by Michael Ford.
In 2003 Black Funeral decided to continue, while not in a live situation, but in a new presentation of Sonic Black Magick. Behemoth Productions from Italy has released now worldwide “BELIAL ARISEN”, the last pure black metal recording from the band to the masses. An Ensorcelment of Sound, the vampyric essence is being unearthed again from its grave. “Az-i-Dahak” was recorded after “Belial Arisen” and was one of the most experimental albums next to “Moon of Characith”. “Ordog” was recorded and was more chaotic than “Az-i-Dahak”.
In 2007 Dan of Vrolok worked with Akhtya on a new Black Funeral album on the Qlippoth and workings based from LIBER HVHI – Magick of the Adversary and more. “Waters of Weeping” is considered by Akhtya to be one of the best Black Funeral recordings. “Waters of Weeping” presents the cold and ancient aspects of black metal with the experimental darkness of Hellhammer and even Thorns. Soon after Dan went back to the cult band VROLOK and continued creating darkness…
Marchozelos of Grauen Pestanz joined Black Funeral in 2008 and the band has been stronger than ever.
In late 2009 and 2010 Black Funeral is moving forward with new albums and projects which will further establish and refocus the band as a force of the abyss, the very manifestation of vampyric darkness. The band has returned with VUKOLAK and has recorded a split CD with Grauen Pestanz. Black Funeral also still records experimental musick, “Abomination Storm”, one of the darkest and most chaos-inspired Black – Industrial Metal records will be released when it is possible. Black Funeral while are recording their Vampyric Black Metal Khaos sound are also “Remixing” other Black Metal bands, specifically with ghostlike soundscapes, ritual droning and human bones.
- Akhtya Nachttoter (Michael Ford) : Vocals, Bass, machine sounds
- Marchozelos : Guitar, Bass and Drums
This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.
Available territory: North America.