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Biography

Inspired by blasphemous and blackened metal, Kult ov Azazel spit forth their hate towards humanity and religion. The unholy birth cries were first heard in 1999, under the infernal name of Azazel. Hailing from South Florida, Xaphan and Xul decided to join forces, marching relentlessly towards a shared destiny with a grim vision.

June of 2000 marked a turning point for the entity formerly known simply as Azazel. The horde decided to distance themselves from other bands using the same name, and re-anointed themselves as Kult ov Azazel. After the 1999 release of the MCD "Order Of The Fly" and various split CD's, which established Kult ov Azazel as an unstoppable force upon the US Black Metal, they signed with Arctic Music Group, ensuring them proper distribution and a good budget with which to create their debut full length. In April of 2001, the much anticipated full length was released. "Triumph Of Fire", an 11 hymn manifesto of evil and misanthropy that lived up to the motto "No Beauty, No Atmosphere, No Tranquility".

In 2002, a decision was made to incorporate a second guitarist along with finally securing a permanent drummer after numerous studio/live fill-ins. With the line up of Xaphan (guitar/vocals), Xul (bass/vocals), Nocturath (guitar) and Hammer (drums), in the month of March 2003 Kult ov Azazel released their second full-length "Oculus Infernum" which proved to be a testimony of pure anti-christian hatred and blasphemy.

2004 saw Nocturath take leave from the band and would be replaced by VJS whom first appeared with the group when they co-headlined the Northern Lights Festival in Toronto, Canada. November of the same year, Kult ov Azazel embarked on The Swarm of Eternal Blackness Tour, a successful West Coast assault. Upon return they immediately entered Nuclear Soundlabs and recorded tracks for two splits "Feast Of Sacrilegious Impurity" and "Through War Or Suicide".

In February of 2005 the band entered Mana Studios in Tampa Florida and recorded "The World, The Flesh & The Devil". After its release the album gained top reviews many claiming it as the bands best material and as one of the top black metal releases in 2005. To support this release the band took their blasphemies out on the road on the Hellstorm of Unholy Legions Tour.

On completion of the tour the services of VJS were rendered. In December 2005 that void was replaced with Necrol. As this lineup Kult ov Azazel appeared in 2006 at the Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child 6 Festival, Night of the Black Pentecost and one Ft. Lauderdale, FL show securing the local slot for the Celtic Frost "Monotheist" tour.

During the summer of 2007, a decision was made to take Kult ov Azazel back to its original form keeping the core of the band a 3 piece while utilizing session members for live occasions. Currently the band is recording their fourth scheduled release through Arctic Music titled Destroying the Sacred at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida.

(Source: http://www.kultovazazel.com/bio.html)