Nokturnal Mortum

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Nokturnal Mortum
Nokturnal Mortum live
Background information
Origin Kharkiv, Ukraine
Genres Symphonic black metal
National Socialist black metal(early) [1]
Folk metal
Years active 1994–present
Labels No Colours
Nuclear Blast
Oriana Music
Associated acts Temnozor, Astrofaes, Drudkh, Hate Forest
Website Official Myspace
Members Knjaz Varggoth
Past members Karpath

Nokturnal Mortum is a Ukrainian black metal band from Kharkiv.


Nokturnal Mortum started as a death metal band called Suppuration in 1991,[1] then turned to black metal and changed name to Crystaline Darkness but "had to change the name back in 1993/94 to Nocturnal Mortum because there already existed a band with that name in western underground."[2] Then the band "changed the letter so that we wouldn't find a band with the same name again like it was the case with Crystaline Darkness."[2] Nokturnal Mortum gained their first Western recognition with the release of their album Goat Horns, their second full length album, notable for having two keyboardists play on the album, often on the same song, and for mixing traditional Ukrainian music with black metal.

The band's first albums were released through The End Records and (as licence pressings) through Nuclear Blast,[3] but the label and band separated after releasing the album Nechrist and a re-release of the Lunar Poetry demo due to a disagreement. According to Varggoth, "We had a contract with The End Records but it was broken. We have different points of view. They didn't like our policy, we didn't like the way they do business. They owe us some money. That was enough for a conflict." The band is currently writing and recording a new album. According to the official site, "The year 2013 has started, so we would like to share our plans for it with you. This year we plan to release new album entitled “Істина” (“The Truth”). There are six songs almost complete. Most likely there will be eight tracks plus intro/outro. Soon we shall start the recording of material. We have chosen the studios already, so now we prepare for studio work. Also we aim to start concert activity. Besides that we’ve got agreement with Graveland concerning split EP. You will be glad to hear the news about some interesting re-editions. This will happen soon, that’s why I shall not reveal anything right now – let it be a pleasant surprise for you. Stay tuned! I’ll keep you informed about all the news as soon as possible."[2]



Live Albums[edit]



  • 1992 – Ecclesiastical Blasphemy (as Suppuration)
  • 1993 – Mi Agama Khaz Mifisto (as Crystaline Darkness)
  • 1995 – Twilightfall (re-released on CD in 2003)
  • 1995 – Black Clouds over Slavonic Lands (re-released as bonus tracks on 2005 CD re-release of Lunar Poetry)
  • 1996 – Lunar Poetry (re-released several times in different formats)


  • 1997 – Path of the Wolf / Return of the Vampire Lord (Metalagen Records). Split tape with Lucifugum.
  • 2007 – Eastern Hammer (four-way split EP with Graveland, North and Temnozor featuring a new version of "Kolyada")