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Old Funeral

Although they split up in 1992 with out a record with their name — simply demos and an EP’s worthy of of unreleased materials — Norway’s Old Funeral enjoy an unusually lofty standing in black steel history because they housed a number of important members of the neighborhood black steel scene’s so-called “inner circle” at onetime or another. These included vocalist/bassist Olve “Abbath” Eikemo and guitarists Harald “Demonaz” Nævdal and Jørn Inge Tunsberg (all eventually of Immortal) aswell as the notorious Varg “Count number Grishnackh” Vikernes (afterwards of Burzum and a 20-season word for murder!), but many of them weren’t also in Aged Funeral at exactly the same time — simply long more than enough to donate to their meager discography and disproportionate legacy. This, ironically more than enough, consisted mainly of death steel prior to the band’s late-career transformation to black steel, and was generally noted posthumously, in 1999, by method of two catchall anthologies from the band’s 1989-1992 oeuvre called Sign up for the Funeral Procession as well as the Older Ones, offering the above-named music artists plus vocalist/drummer Padden (Amputation, Immortal) and guitarist Tore Bratseth (Desekrator). An array of natural 1991 live shows was also exhumed for 2001’s Grim Reaping Norway, but that evidently scraped underneath from the Aged Funeral musical mausoleum, permitting them to rest — or even better, haunt — in serenity.

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