Seven Visions Into the Epoch of Holocaust
The insidious war machine Dark Monarchy was spawned in 2001 under the guidance of Imperator Oktober to be a weapon against humanity and an expression of anti-life philosophy. The original incarnation included Purgatoria (bass) and Nekross (guitar) and the original sounds were a combination of Bathory-worship and atmospheric terror noise. Various session members contributed their input and essence including; Erech Morgoth, Diabolis, Holocaust, Bellicose (Death in Xstacy), Thorgil (Blackthorn), Mortegrim, and Wrathos. The name Dark Monarchy is meant to be a tribute to the honorary Vlad "Dracula" Tsepes and his "Ordo Draconis" terror regime. The bands early lyrics serve as homage to the Counts legacy and he remains a source of constant influence over Dark Monarchy's art in the true spirit of warfare, death and vampirism. In addition to the bands moniker and message, Dark Monarchy adopted the encircled Septagram (or seven pointed star) as their official sigil. It is a representation of superiority, otherworldliness and occult wisdom which is demystified and depicted throughout their lyrics. After two years of crafting their skills and maturing artistically the "Total F***ing War" demo was released in 2003. While a step forward from their more chaotic, partially improvised live performances, the first demo was still a straightforward assault of black metal terror. The second demo "Poisoned Thorns of Human Sorrow" expanded upon this idea reaching conversely more primal sickness, and advancing songwriting skill upon it's release in 2005. It was in these years the band became known for their live performances; blood-drenched rituals with the intensity and unpredictability of a riot. By 2006 Nekross and Purgatoria had both fallen to the wayside, and Imperator Oktober marched onward with various session/temporary lineups. 7-7-07 marks the release of "Seven Visions into the Epoch of Holocaust," Dark Monarchy's full length debut. The seven tracks, reaching nearly an hour in total length, tells the story of hellish and somber premonitions without the trappings of a full-on concept album. Each chapter unfolds the ungodly insight of man's end, and his predators rise. The horrors of enlightenment await all who accept the Seven Visions...