The CNK - Biography

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1996. After being fired from his first band MALVELIANCE as he was accused of being too bossy with his fellow band members - it seems that his charisma was already a problem for some people - Nicolas Saint Morand (best know under the Hreidmarr moniker) founded the COUNT NOSFERATU KOMMANDO, aka CNK, together with very close friend Jean-Sébastien Ogilvy (aka Heinrich Von B). The boys' goal was quite simple: to create the dirtiest, meanest and most borderline black metal band ever. CNK scoured the local bars and took part in a few underground festivals with haphazard performances, but they eventually got noticed thanks to the chaotic and quite dangerous atmosphere they delivered through their shows. After two rather badly produced demos and the recording of a track meant to appear on a compilation that would foresee their upcoming musical style, CNK was put aside in 1999, due to Hreidmarr's busy schedule as he just joined symphonic black metal act ANOREXIA NERVOSA.

The band's real rebirth came in 2002, with the release of properly entitled 'Ultraviolence Ûber Alles' album, on the late Kodiak Records label. This hard to describe and scathing first opus would spread the word about CNK in France, since nobody could be indifferent to it:

"'Ultraviolence' is not a phoney title, since the production and martial rhythms really hammer you to death. […] No one in France had ever dared to put out an electro metal album so full of surprises, so innovative and so violent. This unlikely but seemingly real meeting between Rammstein and Slayer, Skinny Puppy and Deicide, sounds like some "Jesus Christ Superstar"-era Laibach doped with electro black-metal."
Pierre Rossignol, D-Side Magazine.

"CNK depicts today's world and its stupidity with coldness, scorn and smartness. That's why this fucking new Baader-Meinhof Gang is so scary, and will most probably kick the national microcosm's ass, who seems to be yearning for it."
Philippe Lageat, Rock Hard.

Due to a lack of steady line-up, CNK wasn't able to support their album on stage. Then, because of several problems such as the label's demise, the band was once again put aside.

When Hreidmarr left ANOREXIA NERVOSA in December 2005, Heinrich and himself immediately came up with the idea of resurrecting CNK and making it their top priority. COUNT NOSFERATU KOMMANDO thus became COSA NOSTRA KLUB, and Heinrich locked himself in his home studio to write the rightful successor of 'Ultraviolence Über Alles'. Two new members then joined the fold: arty designer Jean-Emmanuel Artfield-Lautrec (aka Mr. Valnoir) on bass, known for his outrageous artworks with METASTAZIS, and French EBM star Sylvain Deslaves (aka Mr. Sylvicious) on drums, also a founding member of TAMTRUM and acting drummer in PUNISH YOURSELF.

By winter 2007, CNK entered the Drudenhaus studio with Stefan Bayle (ANOREXIA NERVOSA), to record sophomore album 'L'Hymne à la Joie', a more orchestral, more martial and more subversive opus, widely influenced by classic science fiction films and novels (e.g. Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, 1984, Farenheit 451, Soylent Green…). Back from the studio, the band signed a deal with Season of Mist.

New album 'L'Hymne à la Joie' was released in November 2007.

In November 2008, due to the very busy schedule of both CNK and Tamtrum, the band was unfortunately forced to part ways with drummer and brother Sylvicious. He was immediately replaced by new recruit Fabrizzio Volponi (ANTAEUS, HORRID FLESH, S.CR).

By the end of 2009, the long awaited reissue of CNK first album was finally released. Called 'Ultraviolence Über Alles Übercharged Edition', this enhanced version of the cult debut features a brand new kick-ass artwork and eight crazy bonus tracks (all the songs remixed or covered by bands such as HERRSCHAFT, TAMTRUM, HIV+, VARSOVIE or BLACKRAIN, from Glam-punk to harsch industrial black metal, from EBM to post-punk)!

While playing some gigs with bands such as QUEEN ADREENA, TAMTRUM, TREPONEM PAL or SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, it's been more than one year now since the band started working on its new scandal, to be hopefully released in 2011.

(Source : Facebook, 27/06/2012)