1998 - Nexus Polaris.
1999 - Animatronic.
way more Helter Skelter.

March 24, 1998 - 2023: 25 years of: Nexus Polaris.

Blackmetal's ultimate supernova.

Gathered for a sacred rite in Norway. This unholy project started in 1993 and saw the light of night on silver-disc in '97 with the cold-blackmetal In Times Before The Light CD (recorded in '95). From misanthropic to trendsetter, ex-DIMMU BORGIR hyperactive Stian Hinderson AKA Nagash was fully in charge of this updated mega-project, the game was about to change, forever.

Following a long line of metal supergroups: S.O.D., TERRORIZER, DEATH, BRUJERIA ...the evil supergroup of COVENANT was about to break the bank. Those to blame:
    - Nagash, vocal and bass (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CARPE TENEBRUM, TROLL)
    - Blackheart, guitars (COVENANT)
    - Astennu, guitars (ex-LORD KAOS, CARPE TENEBRUM, DIMMU BORGIR)
    - Sverd, keyboards (ARCTURUS)
    - Sarah Jezebel Deva, back-vocals (CRADLE OF FILTH)
    - Hellhammer, drums (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS)
Instant black-magic fills the room as this unique mixture of "The Sulphur Feast" takes us hostage. Beauty in darkness from above as Sarah sings on the opening notes of "Bizarre Cosmic Industries", where mid-paced blackmetal and piano clashes into a posh metal alloy.

Take a trip into the cosmic chaos of "Planetarium" and the ethereal land of "The Last Of Dragons". Powermetalled blackmetal with progressive undertones, this new signature has it all under one roof. More aggressive grit attacks on "Dragonheart", yet always supported by heavenly keyboards, while the rock influenced closer "Chariots Of Thunder" is a simple effective / addictive darkmetal tour-de-force.

Produced by Siggi Bemm, the space-metal Nexus Polaris CD led the way into a new branch of the blackmetal empire: symphonic-blackmetal. Winning a Norwegian Grammy in late-98, this would prove to be one of the highest event in Black-Metal's Third Wave, the explosive years: 1996 to 2000 approximately.

Initially named COVENANT, with the rise of their popularity, they had to alter their moniker due to another synthpop band from Sweden with rights to the name. They shall now be known to us Earthlings as: THE KOVENANT.

To global praise and success, in an unexpected twist of hate, the quintet-turned-trio shall shatter new sonic barriers and shatter the extreme-metal fashion status-quo, with 1999's maniacal mechanical mayhem Animatronic CD.

Nexus Polaris = full CD
Live at Dynamo in 1998
Documentary in 1998
Receiving a Grammy Award in Norway in 1998

November 16, 1999 - 2019: 20 years of: Animatronic.

Industrial blackmetal: how can these two genres remotely fit together ?
Listen and learn, Nagash has the answer !

Hot on the majestic symphonic space-blackmetal masterpiece 1998 Nexus Polaris CD, the man is also a pivotal piece in DIMMU BORGIR's two massive jaw-dropping: 97's Enthrone Darkness Triumphant and 99's epic Spiritual Black Dimensions CD. And just before the end of the millennium, while some blackmetal acts where toying with the industrial elements and created experimenting tracks and EPs, THE KOVENANT went all the way, a full 90° make-over: both musically and visually.

Evolution and revolution.

A different approach, taking hints from MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS, SLIPKNOT and MARILYN MANSON, please think outside of the box and go beyond the look, as the music lays some serious industrial rhythmic patterns and futuristic metal explorations ...moving away, far, far, far away from the blackmetal pond. Animatronic is that drop of oil that just won't dissolve !

"Time is running out, for the planet Earth" is uttered and "Mirrors Paradise" kicks the beat into motion. Cold and calculated, the pace is set by drum-legend Hellhammer from MAYHEM. This ain't symphonic-blackmetal, yet in some twisted ways, it is. The new world is here, as the military-march of "New World Order" captures the audience and submits into total metal-worship. Eeriness reaches another level on "'Mannequin" where haunting chants harmonizes to perfection.

Switching-gear into overdrive with "The Human Abstract" where the shouted lyrics "We shape the future - We rape the world - Fallen icons left to burn - The depiction of a naked deformity - Another long lost tragedy" rings aloud into rock / metal apocalypticness. The story-telling "Prophecies Of Fire", again featuring accompanied female vocals and piano is a clever mix of feelings and metallic-lava. The closing-track "The Birth Of Tragedy" sums-up the album: mechanical-beats, electronic-samples, dry-guitar riffing, keyboard-soundscapes and that menacing dark blackmetal-cloud overhead ...beautiful and monstrous !

20 years ago the scene drew it's last breath, before morphing into symphonicmetal, powermetal and other variations. Somewhere between musical-visionaries and commercial-suicide, Animatronic remains light-years ahead of the then and even current times. Victims of the saturated scene or mere black (metal) sheeps, THE KOVENANT did leave an indelible mark inside the blackmetal history-books.

Open your mind and explore the unique digital metal-fusion of: Animatronic !

Animatronic = full CD
Receiving a Grammy Award in Norway in 1999
Live in Holland in 2000
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