HistoryThe band was formed in 1991 by singer Fornicator and guitarist Blacksoul. They were soon joined by Beherit's Sodomatic Slaughter and Wennström. Beherit's Holocausto Vengeance would also contribute to the recording of the debut tape. With this demo called The Fallen One of Flames and a 1993 EP called The Promethean Gift on Lethal Records of Austria, Black Crucifixion made its only marks on the scene. After the turn of the century, SoulSeller Records re-issued the demo on CD. The Dutch label also announced plans to issue unreleased material from the mid-'90s as the Faustian Dream CD. America's Paragon Records issued The Fallen One Of Flames MCD in 2005. The band’s debut full-length album Faustian Dream would see the light of day in February of 2006. Black Crucifixion would release a new album, Coronation Of King Darkness, in March of 2013. Spinefarm was the band’s label.
BLACK CRUCIFIXION - THE FALLEN ONE OF FLAMES - PARAGON
Black Crucifixion is obviously not a new band. The Finnish band, long departed, issued the recording at hand in the winter of 1992 as a demo tape. Having received help and inspiration from Beherit's Holocausto, Black Crucifixion succeeded in composing and immortalizing a piece of true black metal history that is clearly inspired by the works of one Quorthon complete with whispered vocals and even more clearly emanated from an era where slick production, twenty thousand dollar photo shoots, lame keyboard players as members and multi-album contracts were not part of the (supposed) scene. That is the era that The Fallen One Of Flames represents. This five-song re-release comes with a short memoir penned by the band's guitarist/bassist Fornicator. The disc calls the music Hell-Fi and who could argue? - Ali "The Metallian"
BLACK CRUCIFIXION - FAUSTIAN DREAMS - PARAGON
Faustian Dreams’ release had indeed been a dream for the band for nearly ten years, with the members returning to activity in 2005 in order to complete the record and work on its release. Whether the members had to sell their soul or make a similarly nefarious pact as part of the bargain is unclear.
The band’s sole full-length thus far is a strict departure from the band’s extreme underground and black metal roots. The resulting music is closer to gothic music a la Sisters Of Mercy or the more avant-garde moments of Celtic Frost depending on the particular song. The production is relatively clean with the drums faring the best sound-wise. The vocals are brooding, dismal and clean. The keyboards have their fair share of activity in this newer music. Despite all this, Black Crucifixion still harbours heavier moments and elements and has not completely shed its usefulness to metal fans. Overall, despite promising titles like Wrath Without Hate, Bible Black Tyrant and the title track Faustian Dreams is really meant for fans of bands like Type O Negative, Dark Seed and Bauhaus. - Ali “The Metallian”