The official Nocturnal Breed
made by: Happy never after Management
During the spring of 1996 “Destroyer” formed what had been his “brainchild” for a long time. Having just left “Satyricon” and “Gehenna” to search out new grounds, he teamed up with his long time friend and fellow hellraiser “Ed Damnator” to form “Nocturnal Breed”. After presenting “Ed” with some material “Destroyer” had recorded at home, they decided to record. “Gordon Studio” got the honour. Recording started in August 1996...
general idea behind the music was to create, not just fast vivid aggression and
atmosphere, but also generate explosive and pulsive madness in the minds of the
with them were “C. Demon” and “Bitch
Molester” as session-members. After a three days of alcoholic frenzy,
the first “Nocturnal
the angels” hit the streets of Oslo.
The demo was made just for the purpose of being party-inspirement for
friends, fellow headbangers and hellraisers. It was printed in an extremely
limited quantity only.
headed for the studio to record their second demo, this time without “C.
Demon” and “Bitch Molester”, but bringing on ex. “Dimmu Borgir”
to do the drums. The Norwegian
Records” offered to release the two tracks “Dead dominions” and “Rape
the angels” on the label compilation “Rape of the holy trinity”.
The decision to do so was made out of pure curiosity, to see if there was any
interest for this kind of music in the broad masses. The feedback was, needless
to say wild!
Records” sampler became a party artifact, just as important as beer
and chicks around the steady growing legion of “Nocturnal
fans, the “Black
cult” demo was finished. (Though never yet to be released) This was
back in February 1997.
was offered a two album record-deal by Dutch label, “Hammerheart Records”.
The band went for the deal...
April 1997 they once again went to “Gordon Studio” to record their debut album “Aggressor”, with the
help of session musicians “Astennu”,
“C. Demon”, and “Rick
Hellraiser” they hammered the album in amazing three weeks.
summer was spent drinking and looking for the right people for the forthcoming
European tour with “Emperor” and “Bal-sagoth”.
After searching, and searching, the hunt finally gave results. Two guys with the
right attitude and inspiration, namely “I. Maztor” (Guitars) and “Andy
Michaels” (Drums) were hired to do the European tour as session
the autumn, the same year (just before the tour) “Aggressor”
hit the world with storm. Radio stations and magazines went nuts over the raw
energy and the timing was perfect when the tour started.
a bonus for the tour they released a 300 limited tour 10” picture disc
Europe ’97” that featured the classic “Screaming for a leather
bitch”, (this was also the only studio recording that featured “Andy Michaels” on
a very successful tour “I.
Maztor” was made permanent member of the band, due to some truly magic
guitar skills. “Andy Michaels” was replaced with the new permanent drummer “Tex
Terror”, and for the first time in the history of “Breed” the band was a
a winter of interviews and some well deserved rest the MCD, “Triumph of
the blasphemer” was released in may 1998, featuring the title track, a
few live-tracks from the last tour, and some of the tracks from the tour picture
disc. It was a new experience to release, some of the raw live energy that
erupts during “Nocturnal Breed” concerts. Though poor sound quality, the
live songs on this MCD, reveals pretty much what “Nocturnal
about, those days.
a summer, and autumn of promotion activities and a fair amount of interviews the
band recorded a third demo,
“Armageddon Nights” to experiment a little in advance of a studio
session, and to see if there were any riffs or sounds suiting the upcoming
time was right and hence they once again turned to “Gordon
Studio” for the recording of their third album “No retreat…No surrender”. As with most “Nocturnal
recordings, all the music is made while in the studio, as they feel this
captures more of the energy and excitement in creating new music...
these five weeks of recording, “Ed Damnator” was sadly forced to leave the band, in order
to concentrate on his other band “Dimmu
Borgir”. He left a huge gap, and for some time the band was a trio.
as the first words on a new European tour with label mates “Aura Noir” and “Aeturnus”
came about, “Ben Hellion” was hooked up with the “Breed” and due to his
attitude, and musical skills joined the band as fulltime member in September
tour with “Aura
Noir” and “Aeturnus” was a wild beer and bitch soaking two week party,
that left the clubs of Europe, never to quite be the same. After touring, and a
lot of local shows in Oslo “Nocturnal Breed”
chose to leave “Hammerheart
Records” in April 1999.
the first time in over two years “Nocturnal Breed”
was standing on their own eight feet, and without hesitation they decided to run
their own show.
The next months were spent writing material and preparing for a new
time, the guys had to finance it themselves, and In September ’99, they came
back to “Gordon
studio” again, to spend three months making songs and experimenting
wildly, with ideas the members had come up with individually.
The result was “The
tools of the trade”
a long time searching for the right label, they ended up signing with American
tools of the trade” went through a complete changeover; it was mixed
twice and mastered for a whole month, all to achieve the ultimate result of one
year of determined work.