Monday, 1 June 2020

Okkultokrati - La Ilden Lyse (Album Review)

Release date: May 15th 2020. Label: Southern Lord Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

La Ilden Lyse – Tracklisting

1.Thelemic Threat 03:44
2.Grimoire Luciferian Dream 05:40
3.Loathe Forever 04:38
4.Freezing Vortex Death Dreamer 04:02
5.Cold and Cruel 04:35
6.Kiss of Death 06:14
7.Mother Superior 05:18
8.Lunatics - Mondsüchtig 05:07
9.The Dying Grass Moon 07:02


La Ilden Lyse is the new album from Black Metal/Hardcore/Sludge Metal Mob – Okkultokrati – and their first new material in four years. The band continue their punishing and brutal blend of pitch black music that combines Crust Punk, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Black Metal with a blistering Hardcore edge. The band are now 5 albums into their 12 year career and the band are just as hungry as ever.

La Ilden Lyse is an uncompromising listen with it’s fair share of Blackened Sludge Metal Grooves and vocals to match. Okkultokrati have got their blend of music down to a fine art but this is perhaps the bands most nightmarish and surreal offering to date with the Black Metal vibes leading the way from despairing journey to the next with 9 songs listed on the album.

The vocals are quite volatile from start and the band play a fast-paced of music which is perhaps down to the Crust/Hardcore Punk influences that Okkultokrati use for this album. This is quite a challenging album and one that is more technically impressive compared to their 2016 offering Raspberry Dawn. The music is more abrasive here with the lead vocals having a classic Thrash/Punk/Death based feel to them.

Standout songs on this album include: Grimoire Luciferian Dream, Loathe Forever, Cold And Cruel, Kiss Of Death and The Dying Grass Moon. - with these songs containing the heaviest and bleakest grooves on the entire album.

La Ilden Lyse shows Okkultokrati on truly inspired form especially when they bring their Hard Rock/Heavy Metal style of music to the album and offer a more heavy stylized version of Crust Punk/Blackened Sludge Metal that has quite a few head-banging moments along the way.

This is without a doubt Okkultokrati best album to date.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Lauren at Rarely Unable PR for the promo. La Ilden Lyse is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Southern Lord Records.