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."

Band frontman Knjaz Varggoth (real name Yevhen Gapon, Ukrainian: Євген Гапон) is one of the foremost figures in Eastern European National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM) and has played in various NSBM bands, like Aryan Terrorism, Warhead and Temnozor. Nokturnal Mortum's albums "Weltanschauung" and "Live in Katowice" were released by No Colours Records, a German label associated with NSBM. In an interview with Frostkamp, Varggoth said that the album "Weltanschauung" is influenced by Miguel Serrano, a former Chilean diplomat, holocaust denier and major figure in Esoteric Hitlerism.[4]



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")