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Nazxul

Nazxul is a black metal band from Sydney, Australia. The group was formed in 1993 by guitarist Adrian Henderson, keyboardist/guitarist Lachlan Mitchell, drummer Steve Hughes and vocalist/bassist Dalibor Backovic. A demo appeared the following year and with the addition of guitarist Greg Morelli from Sydney thrash band Grungeon, Nazxul began work on an album called Totem that was released in 1996. Originally envisioned as a mysterious studio-bound project, the group only appeared in publicity photos as shadowy figures or draped facelessly in cloaks. Further material was written, during which ti ...read more

Nazxul is a black metal band from Sydney, Australia. The group was formed in 1993 by guitarist Adrian Henderson, keyboardist/guitarist Lachlan Mitchell, drummer Steve Hughes and vocalist/bassist Dalibor Backovic. A demo appeared the following year and with the addition of guitarist Greg Morelli from Sydney thrash band Grungeon, Nazxul began work on an album called Totem that was released in 1996. Originally envisioned as a mysterious studio-bound project, the group only appeared in publicity photos as shadowy figures or draped facelessly in cloaks. Further material was written, during which time Backovic departed and two new members joined, singer Morte from an avant-garde black metal group called Bestianity, and guitarist Kriss Hades from the notorious Sydney death metal band Sadistik Exekution. This line-up produced the EP Black Seed in 1998 and late in the year played live for the first time at a show in Sydney, with Henderson moving to bass guitar.

Hughes left the group after this to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and soon left Australia to live in Ireland. His replacement was Peter Kostic from Sydney rock band Front End Loader. Almost immediately, Nazxul was booked to support a Finnish extreme metal group Impaled Nazarene on their Australian tour. In a remarkable turn of events, Kostic’s other band was then approached to tour with British rock group Skunk Anansie over the same period but declined due to the drummer’s commitment to Nazxul; the Skunk Anansie tour was in turn cancelled when the group suddenly split up. Morte was fired after this tour and Backovic returned for Nazxul’s appearance at the Metal For The Brain festival.

After playing a final show for the year all activity from Nazxul then appeared to cease abruptly. Kostic joined Regurgitator in 2000 and the Hard Ons in 2001. Hades recorded two more albums with Sadistik Exekution before embarking on a solo career. Mitchell continued his work as a professional sound engineer and in late 2001 formed a nu-metal band with several former members of Canberra group Henry’s Anger. In 2003, a Nazxul track called “Apostasies Legions Arise, Xul!” appeared on a compilation release from Hiberica Records along with tracks from an American band Krieg, Necroplasma from Sweden and Goat Semen from Peru.

The band was not over however. Four tracks of dark ambience, recorded primarily by Henderson, were released on a split EP with Melek Tha in 2004. The same year, Nazxul regrouped with a new line-up that included Henderson, Morelli and Mitchell plus two former members of Wollongong black metal band Secretain, Daniel Lomas (vocals) and Luke Mills (guitar). They also added a new drummer Tim Yatras from another Wollongong band called Battalion. Originally booked to tour with Dimmu Borgir, the Norwegian band cancelled its visit but several months later Nazxul undertook a tour with Adelaide based Gothic metal band Virgin Black instead. After that, Nazxul once again became dormant. Mills continued to play in various black metal bands and Yatras was focusing on Lord.

Their guitarist Greg Morelli was killed during a motorcycle-accident on November 20th 2008.

The band re-emerged in 2009 to release a second full-length album. Line-up since then is: Henderson (bass, guitar, keys), Mitchell (keys, guitar), Mills (vocals), Petar Peric (guitar), Mitchell Keepin (guitar) and John (drums). The 2009 album was called Iconoclast and was released on july 27. On May 28th, 2010, the band released an exclusive 7" called Quickener Of The Dead. « hide

Similar Bands: Dimmu Borgir, Keep of Kalessin, Wodensthrone, Austere, Glorior Belli

LPs
Iconoclast
2009

3.3
13 Votes
Totem
1995

3
2 Votes
EPs
Black Seed
1998

4
2 Votes

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