Over 20 years of Northern Darkness!

"Looking back, I guess it’s fair to say the year 1993 changed my life. Thoroughly and, it seems, irreversibly. Being awfully young at the time, it was mind-blowing to discover the Black & Death Metal underground in its full triumphant blaze. People across the world trading news, thoughts, ideas, art and flyers via hand-written letters, feeling genuinely united in a war against white light religions and the modern world. The underground was mysterious and addictive. It was magic.

It didn’t take long to realize the only “public” voice for those involved was the underground fanzine. ISTEN, SLAYER, BLASPHEMOUS, DAEMONIUM AETERNUS, VITAL WOUND, HELLSPAWN, BLAZING CORPSE, FALLEN PAGES, STREGOICA, HAMMER OF DAMNATION… And an exhaustive number of others. I initiated myself quickly into the clandestine realm, devouring fanzines night in night out, and realized very early on that there was little choice but to try to do something similar.

And so I did. Issues were published, years passed, scars grew deeper, and the magazine - called I CAME FROM DARKNESS in its prime 1993-1997 e.v. - became well recognized, especially within the Scandinavian Black Metal scene.

Fast forward to late 2015 and the world’s changed, the scene’s changed, and I've changed. But my conception of Black Metal has not changed. In the right hands, Black Metal will always be more than “just” music and more than “just” Metal. As a certain JFN has so well put it, Black Metal is "Art that makes the archetypes wake and rise, command and conquer”. This is its eternal spirit and essence, no matter how hard the mainstream Metal media or hipsters try to convince you otherwise.

THE SINISTER FLAME magazine exists to explore this spirit and essence, while providing in-depth interviews with serious Left Hand Path artists. We will not let you forget."

In November 2015 e.v.

- NorthWind -

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Northern Crown #1 (1993 e.v.)
I Came From Darkness #1 (1993 e.v.)
I Came From Darkness #2 (1994 e.v.)
I Came From Darkness #3 (1995 e.v.)
I Came From Darkness #4 (1996 e.v.)
I Came From Darkness #5 (1997 e.v.)
I Return To Darkness #6 (1998 e.v.)
Ad Arma! #2 (2002 e.v.)
The Sinister Flame #1 (2004 e.v.)
The Sinister Flame #2 (2008 e.v.)
The Sinister Flame #3 (2012 e.v.)
The Sinister Flame #4 (2014 e.v.)
The Sinister Flame #5 (2016 e.v.)

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