Throughout his numerous and prolific projects,
Sweden's composer Henrik "Nordvargr" Bjorkk (1971) always
specialized in melodrama.
His first major project was Maschinenzimmer.412, better known as
MZ.412 (originally a trio, but later a duo with Drakh).
Malfeitor (Cold Meat Industry, 1989), containing
1 Virus 6:42
2 Malfeitor 5:47
3 The Death Of Lasarus 5:13
4 Cold Face 4:17
5 Auguste Piccard's Nightmare 5:03
6 Introspektion 5:27
7 Public Worship 4:14
8 Ecaf Dloc II 6:50
9 Still... 1:02
10 Fire 4:55
11 Untitled 6:33
12 Dead Broadcast 1:43
Macht dur Stimme (Cold Meat Industry, 1990),
In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi (Cold Meat Industry, 1995),
perhaps their apex,
helped define metal-industrial music in the 1990s.
1 In Nomine Dei 9:04
2 Salvo Honoris Morte 11:27
3 Necrotic Birth 6:22
4 Black Earth 6:53
5 Daemon Raging 6:30
6 God Of Fifty Names 6:00
7 Regie Satanas 4:47
8 Paedophilia Cum Sadismus 5:17
9 Hail The Lord Of Goats 2:24
The MZ.412 saga was continued by
Burning the Temple of God (1996), containing
1. Deklaration Of Holy War 9:42 X
2. The Winter Of Mourning 5:19 X
3. Feasting On Khristian Blood 7:41 X
4. Taking The Throne (Act I: Storming The Gates; Act II: Proklamation Of The New Order) 11:23 X
5. Burning... (Gods House) 6:56 X
6. Submit And Obey 6:21 X
7. Nebulah Frost 0:40 X
8. Vampiir Of The North 4:56 X
9. De Ondas Vandring 9:26
Nordik Battle Signs (1999),
1. Hz 412 / Introduktion 1:24 X
2. Algiz - Konvergence Of Life And Death 7:38 X
3. Satan Jugend 3:26 X
4. Der Kampf Geht Weiter 9:53 X
5. Satan Jugend II: Global Konquering 7:55 X
6. Tyranor 3:40 X
7. NBS Act I: Begravning 6:36 X
8. NBS Act II: 1 4W 6:25
Domine Rex Infernum (2001), with the 40-minute Ritual Summ Nv.
His most celebrated project was the band
Folkstorm (dissolved in 2001), well represented by the
Information Blitzkrieg (1999), containing
1. Einleitung 3:03
2. This Is War 6:22
3. Haus Betula 7:03
4. Alle Sagen Ja 5:39
5. T6 Revisited 1:43
6. Violent Strain 4:46
7. Epilogue 1 1:13
8. M.H.S.M. 6:46
9. We Control You (1989) 1:49
10. Beendigung: Opus Rex 7:29
the live Hurtmusic (2000),
Victory or Death (2000), containing
1. Stoltz 7:58
2. Epilogue 2 2:42
3. Feldgeschrei 7:33
4. Epilogue 3 0:29
5. Harsh Discipline 6:44
6. Propaganda 3:10
7. We Are The Resistance 6:54
8. Leben Ohne Dasein 4:21
9. Funeral Force 6:30
10. Social Surgery 1:37
the EP Noisient (Old Europa Cafe, 2001),
For the Love of Hate (2002),
the brutal eleven-movement electronic symphony Sweden (2004)
and Folkmusic (2005).
Each is a romantic collage of wartime soundbites:
martial tempos, military fanfares, national anthems, rumbling drones,
tolling bells and radio broadcasts,
interspersed with industrial beats, operatic vocals, chanting monks and soaring strings.
Folkstrom's martial sound was resurrected (just a bit less violent) for the next
project, Toroidh, represented by
Those Who Do Not Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It (2001),
Europe is Dead (2001), Testament (2002),
later collected as the triple-CD European Trilogy (War Office Propaganda, 2006),
Now the influence of the abstract dadaistic industrial music of
Nurse With Wound is more relevant.
The violent side of Folkstorm surfaced in the parallel project,
Hydra Head 9, represented by
Power Display (Old Europa Cafe, 2002), a devastating wall of noise, and
In the meantime, Bjorkk had also restarted a collaboration with Drakh (basically a reunion of
MZ.412) that yielded:
Cold Void of Nothing (2002),
Infinitas In Aeternum (Cyclic Law, 2004),
The Betrayal Of Light (tUMULt, 2007), containing the eleven-minute Vessel.
Bjorkk then began to release (under his own name) bleak and terrifying electronic music, that, ultimately, aimed at concocting the sound of fear:
Awaken (Eibon, 2002);
the 8-cd box-set Sleep Therapy (Old Europa Cafe, 2003) for altering sleeping patterns;
On Broken Wings Towards Victory (Old Europa Cafe, 2003);
Partikel (2004), a collaboration with Merzbow;
L/A/B's Psychoacoustics (Gound Fault, 2004), live electronic improvisations in a trio;
I End Forever (Horch, 2004).
The Dead Never Sleep (Old Europa Cafe, 2005), containing
4- Noma Klaw
Vitagen (Essence Music, 2005), on which he mastered the techniques of musique concrete,
applied the same philosophy of terror to post-industrial droning music.
Drakh's own project is Beyond Sensory Experience, that released
three albums in 2003,
Korrelations (Old Europa Cafe, 2004) and
Pursuit Of Pleasure (Cold Meat Industry, 2005).
Nordvargr and Drakh also collaborated with Japanese sound artist Kenji Siratori
on the double-disc Hypergenome666 (Old Europa Cafe, 2007), each disc
pitting one of the two against Siratori.
In Oceans Abandoned By Life I Drown... To Live Again As A Servent Of Darkness (Essence, 2007) marked a return of sorts to guitar-based black metal.
Goatvargr (Cold Spring, 2006) was a collaboration with
Goat (Andy O'Sullivan).
Vargr was Bjorkk's "traditional" black-metal project, that yielded
Wehrmacht Satanas (Eternal Pride Productions, 2007)
Northern Black Supremacy (20 Buck Spin, 2007), two albums full of
noise a` la
Nordvargr returned with Helvete (Eternal Pride, 2008), an album that
harked back to his original droning music
(Dronevessel), adding demonic shrieks by guest vocalists.
All Hail The Transcending Ghost (Cold Spring, 2009) was a collaboration
between Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk and Tim Bertilsson of Fear Falls Burning,
a work that evoked the creepiest ambience of industrial and psychedelic
Evolution (Old Europa Cafe, 2009) marked a retreat into cryptic ambient music.
Drakh released Bethlehem (2010).
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