Azaghal (FIN)

Azaghal (FIN)
Jani "J.L. Nokturnal" Loikas (Guitar [since 2001], Rutonkantaja, Svartkraft, Wyrd, ex-Hin Onde, ex-Medieval Art, ex-Nocturnal Winds, ex-Yearning), Joonas Pykälä-Aho (Drums [since 2012], live member, Hautakammio, Amberian Dawn, Dotma, Epicrenel, Sawhill Sacrifice, Thaurorod, ex-Lathspell, ex-Atheme One), Kai "Niflungr" Karpinmaa (Vocals, Bass [since 2008], Kingdom Of Agony, Wyrd), Tomi "Narqath" Kalliola (Guitar [since 1995], Rutonkantaja, Svartkraft, Vultyr, Wyrd, ex-Calm (FIN), ex-Hellkult, ex-Hin Onde, ex-Necromortum, ex-Oath Of Cirion, ex-Thoronath), Ville "Kalma" Pallonen (aka V-Khaoz, aka VRTX) (Drums [1995-2002], ex-Calm (FIN), ex-Druadan Forest, ex-Hellkult, ex-Hin Onde, ex-Noitavalkea, ex-Oath Of Cirion), Teemu "T.M. Blastbeast" Mutka (Drums [2004-2006], ex-Acabó El Silencio, ex-Cadaveric Incubator, ex-Carcase Inc., ex-Deep Red, ex-Jumalation, ex-Nerlich), Czernobog (Drums [2008-2011], Kingdom Of Agony, Rutonkantaja, Wyrd), Varjoherra (Vocals [1997-2010], Bapthomet, Black Blessing, ex-Necromortum, ex-Vultyr)

1995-2008: Azaghal was formed in 1995 by guitarist Narqath and drummer Kalma (later known as Vrtx and V-Khaoz).

Early on the band was called BELFEGOR, but the name was changed to AZAGHAL (because of Belphegor from Austria) when Varjoherra joined the horde as a vocalist in 1997. First demo was recorded shortly after that in late 1997.

2 more demos ("Noituuden Torni" and "Kristinusko Liekeissä") were recorded in 1998, as well as the debut 7" EP "Harmagedon" which was released by Aftermath Music. The debut full-lenght "Mustamaa" was released in summer 1999 by Melancholy Productions (later known as ISO666).

The album was originally released only on limited vinyl (300 copies), but was later re-released also on CD by ISO666. Only few months later the second full-lenght was recorded, titled "Helvetin Yhdeksän Piiriä".

The first 2 albums featured mostly re-recorded demo material, thus the quick space between the recordings and releases. "Helvetin Yhdeksän Piiriä" came out on Brazilian Evil Horde Records in December 1999.

The year 2000 saw the releases of couple of split CD's, "Helwettiläinen" 7" and a collection of rare & demo tracks "Deathkult MMDCLXVI". Azaghal tracks from the two split CD's (with Mustan Kuun Lapset and Beheaded Lamb) were also released on 12" vinyl called "Ihmisviha" by Blut & Eisen.

In early 2001 JL Nokturnal (whom had appeared on most of the earlier releases as a session member) joined Azaghal as a lead guitarist / bassist and we recorded our third full-lenght album "Of Beasts and Vultures" in March 2001. After some delays "Of Beasts and Vultures" was finally released over a year later in spring 2002.

After this album founding member and drummer V-Khaoz was kicked out of the band because of increasing conflicts both on an personal and musical level. In 2002-2003 we recorded more material for split releases and signed a deal with already familiar Aftermath Music for the release of a MCD and new full-lenght.

The result was the limited "Kyy" MCD and our most raw and nihilistic album to date, "Perkeleen Luoma". These two releases were also released as 2LP by finnish Hammer of Hate.

We didn't feel the need to find a new drummer at this time, so these releases were recorded with a drum machine (aka Unhuman Warmachine) to give the recordings colder and more unhuman atmosphere. After nearly 10 years of existence and a very negative approach towards gigs the whole time, we finally decided to start playing live in 2004, so TM Blastbeast (aka Teemu Mutka, ex-Deep Red, Nerlich etc.) was brought in to handle the drums.

Our first live appearance was at the Under The Black Sun Festival in Germany in summer 2004, the response was great to say the least and thus we have continued playing random gigs since then. Later in 2004 we signed with our current label Avantgarde Music, and as an contrast to our previous album, "Perkeleen Luoma", we recorded our most diverse and complex album "Codex Antitheus" and in support of it played a few more gigs in 2005 (in Switzerland and Italy).

In 2006 we recorded our second album for Avantgarde Music, "Luciferin Valo". This album saw more of an back to basics approach both in simplified song writing and rawer production.

After the recordings we replaced TM Blastbeast behind the drumkit with Chernobog (also in Kingdom of Agony). The next full-lenght "Omega" was recorded in early 2008 for Moribund Records.

Niflungr (Kingdom of Agony, Wyrd) joined the band as a bassist / vocalist in 2008, completing the current line-up. Full discography: Rehearsal-Demo I Demo 1998 Noituuden Torni Demo 1998 Kristinusko Liekeissä Demo 1998 Mustamaa Full-length 1999 Harmagedon EP 1999 Helvetin Yhdeksän Piiriä Full-length 1999 Uusi Suomalainen Black Metal Tulokas Split 2000 Black Terror Metal Demo 2001 Helwettiläinen EP 2001 Suicide Anthems / Dark Blasphemous Moon Split 2001 DeathKult MMDCLXVI Compilation 2001 Ihmisviha Compilation 2001 Of Beasts and Vultures Full-length 2002 Black Metal War Split 2002 Kyy EP 2003 Omenne Split 2003 Unholy Terror Union Split 2003 Perkeleen Luoma Full-length 2004 None Shall Escape... Split 2004 Krieg / Azaghal Split 2004 Neljä Vihan Vasaraa / Four Hammers of Hate Split 2004 Codex Antitheus Full-length 2005 Azaghal Terror Cult / Wrath Split 2006 Luciferin Valo Full-length 2006 Omega Full-length 2008 Teraphim Full-length 2009 Bringers of Black Death Split 2011 Nemesis Full-length 2012 Baying of Lycanthropes Split 2014 Arvet I Compilation 2015 Arvet II Compilation 2015 The Will, The Power, The Goat Split 2015 Madon Sanat Full-length 2015 Azaghal / Oath Split 2015 Valo Pohjoisesta Full-length 2018 .

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