Viking Crown was a side project started by Phil Anselmo in the mid 90's. The first Viking Crown release was an EP recorded in 1994 titled Unorthodox Steps of Ritual which featured Phil, credited as Anton Crowley, on guitar, bass, drums and vocals. The two later Viking Crown releases would feature Necrophagia frontman, Killjoy on vocals and Phil's now ex-wife Opal on keyboards. Killjoy would later go on to describe Viking Crown as, "A selfish band in which we recorded without regard for conventional methods, songwriting, or any goals except to make truly dark depressing, lo-fi black metal that we (the band) liked." Following an interview in which Philip regarded the project as a joke, there was a fallout between himself and Killjoy that would culminate in Philip leaving all Baphomet Records related projects altogether.