By now, BLACK FUNERAL require no introduction. One of the very first American black metal bands, BLACK FUNERAL have been long led by the magickal hand of Michael Ford AKA Akhtya Nachttoter, who has concurrently garnered international respect as a leading author on Luciferianism and occultism. Although many lineups have come and gone since the band’s pioneering days of the mid ’90s, BLACK FUNERAL found its strongest formation yet with Ankou and the Death Fire – released in 2016 by longtime fans IRON BONEHEAD – which includes Drowning the Light mastermind Azgorh Drakenhof handling guitar, bass, and keyboards. Two years later followed the mini-album The Dust and the Darkness, also courtesy of IRON BONEHEAD, showing that this partnership truly brimmed with the fires of creation…and destruction.
Now arrives Scourge of Lamashtu, a Black Magickial sonic invocation of the Seven Udug-hul, Vampyric Deities and Lil-demons of ancient Babylonia. May our kišpe (witchcraft) call forth acasual and abyss-dreaming powers and the pandemonium of Lamashtu, Pazuzu, Nergal, lilû, lilitu, kiskilili and vampyric demonic dead, the emmu. BLACK FUNERAL aligns in a underworldly wave of cacophonic disharmony uniting cold black metal with dark ambient soundscapes composed from sounds of desert winds, sands, wilderness, mountains, storms, owls, wolves, and ravens to authentically represent the demons, deities, and ghostly dead within this album.
BLACK FUNERAL opens ancient, sand-worn tombs and reconstructs the rituals of kaššaputu (sorcery, black magic), demonology, and vampyrism of the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and the Ur III (Sumerian) periods of Mesopotamia. The entirety of this recording is centered around malefic demons, rebel-deities, and the vampyric ghosts which still haunt this world. Incantations and spells translated from 8th Century B.C.E. Akkadian compose the core of lyrics. The Seven Udug-hul (utukku) Demons and rebel gods are structured in incantations of seven names, interconnected with Lamashtu, Lilith, and the malicious types of Udug-hul (translating “evil,” “hul” is also formerly spelled as “xul”) demons whose number is legion and drinks the blood (and souls) of human prey.
Boundless, eternal, defiant as ever: BLACK FUNERAL call forth the Scourge of Lamashtu!
Babylonian Incantations, Hymns and Howling by Akhtya Nachttoter
Recorded in Australia and USA in 2019
Produced by Black Funeral
Cover art by Scourge Art
BLACK FUNERAL lineup 2020
Akhtya Nachttoter – Howling, Incantations, Black Ambient Soundscapes
Azgorh Drakenhof – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
An Unnamed Spirit – Drums