Gospel of the Horns

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Gospel of the Horns
Origin Brisbane, Australia
Genres Black metal
Thrash metal
Years active 1993-present
Labels Invictus Productions
Morbid Productions
Damnation Records
Einstand Records
Associated acts Deströyer 666
Bestial Warlust
Nocturnal Graves
Sinister
Hobbs' Angel of Death
Destruktor
Members Mark Howitzer
Markus Hellcunt
Masochist

Gospel of the Horns is a black metal band that was formed in 1993[1] by guitarist Shane Transvaal D (also of Deinonychus) & Mark Howitzer. Originating from Brisbane, Australia,[1] the band released 2 EP's and 2 full-length albums.

History[edit]

Gospel of the Horns formed in 1993, consisting of Mark Howitzer (drums), Shane Transvaal D (vocals) (RIP 2011) and original bassist, Anton (who never recorded with the band) and later, Hellbutcher joined (guitars, bass). In late 1994 the band released their first tape demo, The Satanist's Dream, which led to a record deal with Einstand Records. The label intended to press the demo to CD, but the final product contained many mistakes, such as incorrect layouts and a photo of another band in the booklet.[2] To this day, the band refuses to include the CD version of the demo in their discography, because of the aforementioned mistakes by the record label.

In 1996, the band broke up, and founding member Mark Howitzer relocated to Melbourne. For a period of time, he played drums for fellow black metallers Deströyer 666, even featuring on their 1997 album, Unchain the Wolves.[3]

1997 saw Gospel of the Horns reform under Howitzer's guidance. The 1997 line-up consisted of Howitzer on vocals (and handling all lyrical matters), Ryan Marauder on guitar, and Warhammer playing drums. In May 1998 the band's second demo, Sinners, was recorded and released independently. At this stage, the band decided to sign a deal with Dutch label, Damnation Records, that would include a mini-LP and full-length release.

Shortly after the release of Sinners, Warhammer was replaced by Obliterator. A deal with the record label Morbid Productions resulted in the release of the 7" EP Monuments of Impurity. The EP contains three tracks, of which one is a cover of the Mortal Sin song "Blood, Death, Hatred".

Following the release of their first EP, in 1999 Obliterator was replaced by ex-Bestial Warlust drummer, Hellcunt. A year later, Gospel of the Horns had material to record their mini-LP, Eve of the Conqueror through Damnation Records.[4] In July to August 2000, the band embarked on their first tour of Europe,[5] playing alongside bands such as Pentacle, Enthroned, Primordial, and Thus Defiled. Countries included in the tour were the Netherlands, France, Belgium, England, and Ireland.[6] The band also participated in the Stonehenge Festival in the Netherlands.

Returning from the European tour, the band recruited a second guitarist, Chris Masochist. In September 2001, the band recorded their follow-up LP, A Call to Arms, at St. Andrews Studio. However, due to financial problems, the band could not fulfill their deal with Damnation Records, and so the album was released through Invictus Productions.

In June 2005, Marauder left to start his own band, Funerary Pit. An Australian tour for Gospel of the Horns with Swedish band Dismember followed. In 2006, Trench Hell guitarist, Hexx, joined the band. In 2007 the next full-length album Realm of the Damned was released.

In January 2007 the band split up, but reformed two weeks later. The new line-up was essentially the same except for Marauder's rejoining and Hexx's departure. In June 2008 the band performed in Seattle.[7] In September 2009 Gospel of the Horns played their "last ever shows in Europe" in the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland (Dublin).[8]

Though the band had announced that they will play their last show on 7 December 2008, supporting Swedish death metal band Grave, at Melbourne's Corner Hotel, they performed alongside Japan's Coffins in September 2010 in their Melbourne live show.

Reception[edit]

Elementalist described the band's early lyrical style as, "Gospel of the Horns' lyrical ideology confronts our most despised and traditional enemy and its conformist religion".[5]

Archaic Magazine reviewer, Julian Klaassen wrote, "Gospel of the Horns is another band that plays that typical Australian metal (plays this kind of music since 1993) and is definitively on of the bests in its genre (featuring members of Bestial Warlust)".[9]

Line-up[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Mark Howitzer - Vocals, Bass
  • Markus Hellcunt - Drums
  • Chris Masochist - Guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Hexx - Guitar
  • Obliterator - Drums
  • Warhammer - Drums
  • Shane Transvaal D - Vocals
  • Hellbutcher - Guitar, Bass
  • Tony Anton Valentine - Bass
  • Ryan Marauder - Guitar

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year of release Title Label
1994 The Satanist's Dream (Demo) Einstand Records
1998 Sinners (Demo) Independent
1998 Monuments of Impurity (EP) Morbid Productions
2000 Eve of the Conqueror (mini-LP) Damnation Records
2002 A Call to Arms Invictus Productions
2007 Realm of the Damned Invictus Productions
2007 Sinners/Monuments of Impurity (Compilation) Kneel Before The Master's Throne Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Encyclopaedia Metallum - Gospel of the Horns
  2. ^ "Gospel of the Horns". Australian Metal Guide. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Willems, Steven. "Gospel of the Horns". Voices from the Darkside. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Mouwen, Ricardo (02/08/2001). "Reviews - Gospel of the Horns (AUS) - Eeve of the conqueror". Archaic Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Biography : Gospel Of The Horns". Elementalist. Archived from the original on 2002. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Klaassen, Julian (06/04/2003). "Gospel of the Horns - (AUS) - It was the Bathory GodsT who helped influence the final decision". Vampire Magazine. Archaic Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Angelcorpse, Gospel of the Horns, Holocaust Wolves, Cemetery Urn, Sanguis Imperem and Scorched Earth". Grave Music. 01/08/2008. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Berith (2009-07-18). "Invictus 10th Anniversary w/ Gospel of the Horns". Black Metal. Retrieved 15 June 2011. "(event listing mentioning last Europe tour)" 
  9. ^ Klaassen, Julian (2003-01-21). "Reviews - Gospel of the Horns (AUS) - A Call to Arms". Archaic Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 

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