ბედნიერი დღე! I’ve finally found a really good traditional black metal band from Georgia! Heavy on synth and mood, and inaudible growls(in what I hope is Georgian). This is what I’ve been searching for the last 3-4 years! გამომყევი ქვესკნელში სამოგზაუროთ!
I’ve been thinking a bit about what makes a country produce black metal bands. A genre that almost solely revolves about a religion and the musicians distaste towards it. Sure there are lots of BM bands that has nothing to do about religion, but they are much more recent creations. Even with one of the first ever bands that you could call black metal, Venom, it’s all about Satan and everything evil according to Christianity. Later in Norway, where the classical black metal was conceived, the satanic and anti-Christian themes and lyrics stayed. The themes was even more intensified and focused, where as Venom stated that the satanic themes was mostly for shock value, the later true black metal bands genuinely subscribe to the satanic and blasphemous sentiment of their music.
Was the black metal musicians satanists from the start or did they become it to fit their artistic vision? Norway is a very irreligious country, most of their inhabitants don’t believe in god but think there is some sort of “spirit” or “life force”, and the major religion is protestant Christianity. So how come this very progressive and non-religious country produced so many evil Christian hating black metal musicians? Was it the openness of the culture, or the church’s weak grip on the people that made the heathens able to spring forth?
Let’s turn our eyes to another mountainous country, a continent away, where thy have had a tumultuous few decades. Georgia is and always have been a deeply religious country. One of the first countries to adopt Christianity as a state religion in the 4th century, and through many different occupations by Mongols and Arabs, and being in the middle of many different cultures, they have always hold on to their own Georgian Orthodox Christian Church. During the 80’s Georgian was under the Soviet rule and under the states iron curtains religious and artistic expression was firmly regulated and frequently censured. The communist state was officially atheist and dis-encouraged the inhabitants religious expression, and the media was under strict guidelines to what was acceptable to broadcast and be preformed at clubs and venues. During the fall of the Soviet union and Georgia’s independence, black metal had it’s hay-days, yet the Georgian metal scene never really took of until the late 00’s, and even then there has only been 9 black metal bands formed, most of which have disbanded or just started. Shouldn’t this period of social and political upheaval incite the creation of many bands who are fed up with the way the state and leaders mess with the country? Sure there were at least 6 bands that were active during the production of a metal compilation cassette from 1998, but they were just blips on the radar with barely more than one demo released. Was the new state in such upheaval to support the new musical venues, or did the Orthodox Church still have the population under it’s control even after the atheist rule of the Soviet?
ყორღანი or Kurgan is a two man melodic black metal band from Georgia, formed in 2006 with the release of a CD-r according to their Bandcamp. The album was called კავკასიონი or Caucasian, and was released in 2016 by the Russian label Shaitan Akbar. The members are called NeChrist and GoatHorns, in classic black metal fare. The band are set to release a new album later according to the label, and that pretty much all the information about the band that I have manged to find out.
კავკასიონი is a very soulful black metal with lots of synth melodies, which some may find untrve, but I find those who say that to be silly persons. The usual blastbeats are here and the riffs are good and just repetitive enough, think Burzum style but not looped to infinity. The synth melodies gives a hint of Georgian folk influence but I would have loved to hear Georgian polyphonic songs in a black metal form. Just think about it, several abyssal growls harmonizing with each other while the classical black metal blasts swept in moody mountainous synths set the mood! Oh, and just look at that logo! Gosh dang it, it looks awesome! I never even thought about how a black metal logo would look like in Georgian until I saw ყორღანი ! The multitudes of inverted crosses everywhere, the way the tail of the letter ghan becomes a pentagram, the axe and morningstar on the letter qar. Pure A E S T H E T I C !
Pure black metal bliss from start to finish(it ends on a dark ambient/dungeon synth track), and one of the truly hidden gems of Georgian music scene, which I truly hope will take this album in reverence when the black metal scene in Georgian finally will rise. Until then, I will continue searching and hope that I will one day find myself a copy of that CD-R of კავკასიონი.