Haunting The Chapel

Blood Of Kingu – “The Gate Of Nanna” (Beherit Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s a classic song that’s been covered plenty of times, but it’s interesting hearing what Ukrainian quartet Blood Of Kingu do with “The Gate Of Nanna” off Beherit’s 1993 Drawing Down The Moon. Blood Of Kingu, which formed in 2005 after the split of Hate Forest, features Drudkh/Dark Ages mastermind Roman Saenko with fellow Drudkh players Thurios (also of Astrofaes, who’d joined him in Hate Forest), Krechet, and Yuriy Sinitskyi. It’s a different, more aggressive (see: fast, grim, burnt-church) monster than Drudkh’s current elegant expansiveness, but it does its own great imploded thing, nodding back to Hate Forest and going elsewhere. The first album, 2007’s De Occulta Philosophia, was a raw, ritualistic blast of shamanistic BM with a few coming-up-for-air hand-drum breaks and a focus on “Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, ancient Tibetan and Indo-Aryan mythology, demonology and astronomy.” The second collection Sun In The House Of The Scorpion doesn’t let up or shift the template, though it does spread its wings on the 10-minute “Incantation Of He Who Sleeps” and features a bigger, deeper sound than its predecessor. Start with the closer.

Blood Of Kingu – “The Gate Of Nanna” (Beherit Cover)

Sun In The House Of The Scorpion:

01 “Herald Of The Aeon Of Darkness”
02 “Those That Wander Amidst The Stars”
03 “Cyclopean Temples Of The Old Ones”
04 “Incantation Of He Who Sleeps”
05 “Guardians Of Gateways to Outer Void”
06 “Ceremonies To Awake Thy Ageless Hate”
07 “Morbid Black Dreams Bringing Madness”
08 “Gate Of Nanna”

Sun In the House Of The Scorpion is out 8/10 via Candelight. You can hear “Those That Wander Amidst The Stars” and “Ceremonies To Awake Thy Ageless Hate” at MySpace.