Grand Belial's Key

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Grand Belial's Key
Origin Oakton, Virginia
Genres Black metal
Years active 1992–2006, 2009–present
Labels End All Life, Drakkar, Wood Nymph

Grand Belial's Key (GBK) is a black metal band founded in Oakton, Virginia in 1992 by guitarist Gelal Necrosodomy and vocalist Lord Vlad Luciferian.[1] Lord Vlad Luciferian was later ejected from the group due to internal differences.[2] The band says their lyrical themes are "anti-JewishChristian and/or anti-religion", while "the band’s detractors claim the contrary, mixing the individual members' personal beliefs or opinions with the simple anti-religious message GBK is trying to promote".[2]

Career[edit]

The band started in 1992 with Gelal on guitars, bass guitar and keyboards, and Bestial Luciferian on drums and vocals. By the end of the year, they recorded their debut demo, Goat of a Thousand Young. The next year, they played their first concert with Kommando on bass (from Arghoslent) and Tom Philips (from While Heaven Wept) on keyboards as guests. After the show, Gelal quit the band due to his animosity toward Bestial Luciferian. The band soon split up, but Bestial Luciferian (now Lord Vlad Luciferian) tried to reform GBK, bringing with him Demonic on bass. Tom Philips was set to replace Gelal before Demonic convinced him to rejoin. This lineup then recorded the Triumph of the Hordes demo in 1994.

After the release of the demo, Gelal and Demonic learned that Lord Vlad Luciferian added female voices to one of the songs without asking, and that he had messed up deals with several record companies. Gelal, now even more angry towards Lord Vlad Luciferian, fired him from the band. After this, Demonic quit the band due to lack of time, so Gelal asked The Marauder (guitar player of Arghoslent at the time) to play bass, and recruited The Black Lourde of Crucifixion on drums/vocals (Cazz Grant from Crucifier). This was the lineup which recorded the A Witness to the Regicide EP in 1996.[citation needed]

The next LP made GBK one of the most controversial underground black metal acts in the United States. Bassist Der Sturmer (Der Stürmer was the name of a Nazi newspaper published 1923-1945) replaced the Marauder, and the new lineup recorded the LP Mocking the Philanthropist on the Belgian record label Wood-Nymph. The CD booklet contained pictures of the band wearing shirts of far-right bands (Bound for Glory and Spear of Longinus), leading to tour boycotts and other problems. In their first nine years, GBK had only played nine gigs. The album was refused distribution in Germany due to the allegedly offensive booklet. Wood-Nymph refused to print a new booklet and, as a result, the label soon folded due to the poor distribution of the album. The CD would later be repressed by Morbidund Cult and Drakkar Productions in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The follow-up to Mocking the Philanthropist was Judeobeast Assassination, released in 2001. The album's lyrics focused on the inseparability of Judeo-Christianity, mocking both the New Testament and the Old Testament (Mocking the Philanthropist had focused only on the New Testament). The lyrics were much more provocative and sexually perverse than the ones on Mocking the Philanthropist. The music on the album had a more bass-heavy mix and a thicker sound, something relatively uncommon in Black Metal. The album was almost twenty minutes shorter, in order to fit onto a piece of vinyl.

In 2002, The Black Lourde of Crucifixion left GBK to focus more on Crucifier, and he wasn't interested in touring Europe. The lineup for the "Pimps of Gennesarret Tour" was Grimnir Wotansvolk on vocals, Gelal Necrosodomy on guitar, Demonic on bass, and the Gulag on drums; the same lineup that would record Kosherat in 2005. Kosherat was released in 2005 on Drakkar Productions, and would be the band's final album before their disbandment. The album featured the new lineup of Grimnir Wotansvolk (later changed to Grimnir Heretik) on vocals, Gelal Necrosodomy on guitar, Demonic on bass, and the Gulag on drums. The album's central focus was on pre-Christian Judaism, mocking such rituals as the Red Heifer and male circumcision. The album also featured three re-recorded tracks from their vinyl EPs, as well as two Chaos 88 covers.

Vocalist Richard P. Mills died in 2006. Mills, who also went by the names Grimnir Wotansvolk and G. Heretik, was the grandson of horse breeder Alice du Pont Mills[citation needed], and was the owner of the National Socialist black metal record label and distributor Vinland Winds.[3] He released Pantheon's Ergriffenheit 10" vinyl record as well as Spear of Longinus and Graveland vinyl records. The label's last release was an exclusive US release of Russian thrash metal band Corrosia Metalla in 2008. The same year, the last GBK recordings were released as a split album with Absurd from Germany and Sigrblot from Sweden; the tracks were recorded during the same session as the Kosherat album and were "exclusively planned for this split".[4]

The band became active again as of 2009. In December 2009, they played Chicago's Hooligan Black Metal show, along with Heathen Hammer, Martial and Absurd.[5]

Members[edit]

  • Grimnir Wotansvolk (Richard Mills) – vocals (deceased) 04-06
  • Lord Vlad Lucerferian - vocals 92-95
  • Gelal Necrosodomy – guitar 92-? 94-present
  • Tom Phillips - keyboards 92-?
  • Demonic – bass guitar 94-96 01-present
  • The Marauder - bass guitar 96-?
  • Kommando - bass guitar 92-?
  • The Gulag – drums 05-08
  • Der Sturmer - bass guitar 96-99
  • Black Lourde of Crucifixion (Cazz Grant) - drums/vocals 96-02
  • Sven “Unhold” Zimper - vocals (live) 09-10 ?
  • Lilith - Keyboards 96-99

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Mocking the Philanthropist (1997)
  • Judeobeast Assassionation (2001)
  • Castrate the Redeemer (2001)
  • Kosherat (2005)
EPs
  • A Witness to the Regicide (1996)
  • The Tricifixion of Swine (2000)
  • On a Mule Rides the Swindler (2005)
Demos
  • Goat of a Thousand Young (1992)
  • Triumph of the Hordes (1994)
Split releases
  • Satan Is Metal's Master / Sperm of the Antichrist (2001) – split with Nunslaughter
  • Hobo of Aramaic Tongues / Le Royaume Maudit (2003) – split with Chemin de Haine
  • Weltenfeind (2008) – split with Absurd and Sigrblot

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