HAMMER [D]  XAPHAN [V/G]  HAG [V]  NECROL [G]  ARMANEN [B]

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 1998, under the infernal name of Azazel. 1999-2001Hailing 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 proper distribution and a good budget to create their debut full length. In April of 2001, the much anticipated full length 2001was released in the form of "Triumph of Fire", an 11 hymn manifesto of evil and misanthropy that lived up to their motto "No Beauty, No Atmosphere, No Tranquility".

Shortly after the release of the debut album a permanent drummer was announced. With Hammer now behind the kit writing for the follow up began. In early 2002 it was decided that a second guitarist be incorporated into the band. With the line up of Xaphan (guitar/vocals), Xul (bass/vocals), Nocturath (guitar) and 2002-2004Hammer (drums), the band entered the studio to record. In March 2003 Kult ov Azazel released their second full-length "Oculus Infernum".

2004 saw Nocturath take leave from the band being 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 2004-2005Nuclear 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" with Erik Rutan mixing and mastering the album. Upon release the album gained top reviews with many claiming it as the bands best material. It was also named as one of the top black metal releases in 2005 by many critics. To support this release the band took their blasphemies out on the road on the Hellstorm of Unholy Legions Tour.

2006-2007After the completion of the tour VJS left the band. 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.

On September 15, 2007 Kult ov Azazel returned to headline a show in Toronto, Canada and a week later was scheduled to play the Autumn Equinox Festival. Situations arose preventing Xul and Hammer from playing the festival. Instead of cancelling, Xaphan performed with session musicians. This one time lineup included members of Krieg, Engorge, Tenebrous & Malevolent Creation. It was this festival Valac entered the band replacing Necrol as session guitarist.

2008-2009 During the beginning of 2008, a decision was made to take Kult ov Azazel back to its original form keeping the core of the band a 3 piece and utilizing session members for live occasions. Writing for the new album was finalized and in late October 2008 the band entered Mana Studios again to record "Destroying The Sacred". Released June 2, 2009 through Arctic Music the album, as with past releases, has received excellent reviews from both the US magazines/zines as well as international ones.

Support for the album kicked off on July 5th, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA when Kult ov Azazel co-headlined the Hostile City Death Festival with Valac as session guitarist. Then when rehearsing for upcoming shows in October 2009 Kult ov Azazel brought Armanen in to cover guitars for live performances. That same month the band headlined the Milwaukee Blackened Festival and one one off show in Los Angeles, CA on Halloween night. While in Los Angeles Xaphan and Hammer entered Black Static Studios and within a few hours banged out a cover of "In League With Satan" for a Venom tribute to be released as a split endeavor with Teratism. December 12, 2009 Kult ov Azazel took their blasphemy to the island of Puerto Rico. With this performance the band also made history by being the first 2010 national/international black metal to play Puerto Rico. This was filmed to be compiled with other live footage for a future DVD release in 2010. However, this DVD has never been released.

At the beginning of 2010 the band was hit with Xul’s decision to take an indefinite hiatus. With scheduled dates for 2010 already confirmed Xaphan and Hammer were forced to make the decision to make adjustments to the lineup. Armanen was given a permanent position on guitars and former/session member VJS was brought back to play bass. With this lineup Kult ov Azazel embarked on a mini tour billed as the Nihilistic Terror Across Texas headlining the West Texas Death Festival and then joining up for two shows with Teratism and Witchaven. Due to certain circumstances Hammer was unable to do the Texas tour so Tony Laureano (Angel Corpse/Nile/Dimmu Borgir) filled in on drums. Then in May they completed the Nihilistic Terror Across Florida mini tour, having filmed their hometown show for a future DVD release. However, after the Florida shows complications arouse that put the band on complete hold from the month of June until October when the band began rehearsing as a 3 piece with Armanen on bass for their appearance at the Samhain Black Metal Festival MMX in South Carolina. After this festival appearance the band began writing for a new album but again that was put on hold due the contract with Arctic being up with no renewal.

Fast forward, February 2011 at which time Negativity Records approached the band with interest to release future recordings. With this new offer the flame had been lit again. Since the beginning of March Xaphan has resumed writing with contributions from Armanen, who as of May 2011 has moved to bass guitar and Necrol was back in the band to fill the guitar position.2008-2009 The end months of 2011 were spent writing for "Violators of the Covenant". Also in December of 2011 Forbidden Records re-issued the bands first recording "Order Of The Fly: The Ultimate Edition" with new cover art and previously unreleased tracks.

2012 began with Kult ov Azazel co-headlining a show in their hometown of Fort Lauderdale, FL with Cannibal Corpse. Also in January of 2012 Negativity Records released the split 7" between Kult ov Azazel and Teratism titled "In League With Satan". In February Xaphan was interviewed for the black metal documentary "Out of The Black" and the band announced the addition of Amduscias to handle future guitar/vocal duties. It was announced in June 2012 that Xul had returned to the band. Kult ov Azazel returned to Puerto Rico to headline the Metal Demolition Festival which saw the band playing as a 5 piece with the addition of Armanen back on guitar. By 2013 Xul once again took leave from the band and Amduscias was replaced by former session guitarist Necrol. The bass position was filled by Vastator and Kult ov Azazel continued on as a five piece. With this lineup the band headlined the only show for the year in Miami, FL during the month of October at the first annual Black Kvlt Fest.

2014The year 2014 was spent on further writing of the new album and more pre-production on it. The band headlines both Wrath of the Goat III & IV with Archangel Sin Scythe (Secrets She Kept) filling in on drums for the WotG III Festival in Wilkes-Barre, PA and with Paul Collier (ex-Angel Corpse) filling in drums for the WotG IV held in Chicago, IL. In October of 2014 Kult ov Azazel announce that Hag (ex-Pact) had joined the band as vocalist.

On January 1, 2016 Kult ov Azazel revealed a new pre-production demo track of "Corpus Edimus, Sanguinem Bibimus" on their Facebook page. The pre-pro demo track featured a guest solo by Phil Fasciana of Malevolent Creation. Another demo track, “Dawn of Luciferian Enlightenment”, was unveiled a few weeks later. The band then decided to release the two previous songs along with two other new tracks on February 27th, 2016 as “The Dawn of Luciferian Enlightenment” demo to be shopped to labels for a future contract deal and made available publicly on their Bandcamp page for the fans that have anxiously been waiting for new music from the band. With the demo getting good reception from the band’s legion, gaining great reviews from a few underground media outlets, and metal stations debuting or showcasing the new music, the time seemed right for Kult ov Azazel to take the next logical step in their progression and inked a management and booking deal with Alpha Omega. 2016Wasting no time, Alpha Omega began booking a two part headlining tour with Kult ov Azazel, titled “Archons ov Darkness”, that would kick off May 4th in Nashville and ended in Tampa, FL on May 8th. The second leg will begin in August for another two weeks throughout the mid west and west coast of the United States.

At this time, the band has the majority of the album recorded as a pre-production demo and continues to forge forward with the pre-production sessions. “Violators of the Covenant” will be the first album recorded with the new lineup and will be the first recording appearances of Hag (vocals), Necrol (guitar), Armanen (bass), along with longtime members Xaphan (guitar/vocals) and Hammer (drums). The album will be recorded at S.B.S. Studio in Fort Lauderdale, FL and will include ten tracks.

To be continued...

Over the past seventeen years Kult ov Azazel has either toured or played alongside such acts as Abazagorath, Absu, Abyssmal Nocturne, Adumus, Against The Plagues, Alcoholicaust, Amon Amarth, Anal Cunt, Angel Corpse, Baphomets Horns, Bhavachakra, Black Mass, Black Witchery, Blood Feast, Blood Storm, Cadaver Inc., Cannibal Corpse, Catholicon, Cattle Decapitation, Celtic Frost, Cephalic Carnage, Chronzon, Cold Northern Vengeance, Crimson Moon, Cryptic Winds, Cyberchrist, Deeds of Flesh, Deicide, Demoncy, Demonhammer, Devastator, Decieverion, Diabolic, Dimentianon, Disgorge, Dismember, Divine Empire, Druid Lord, Engorge, Eviscerator, Exhumed, Ezurate, Faethom, Fleshtized, Gnosis, Gnostic, Goat Horn, Goatwhore, Goreaphobia, Gorguts, Grand Belial's Key, Grue, Harvist, Hate Eternal, Hateplow, Havohej, Hellgoat, Hellwitch, Hibernus Mortis, Hod, Horde of Worms, Horn of Valere, Hraesvelger, Immanifest, Immolation, Imperial Conquest, Incantation, Inebriated, Infernaeon, Infernal Conquest, Infernal Oak, Infinitum Obscure, Inquisition, Insatanity, Inverted Trifixion, IV Never More, Khaotika, Kataklysm, Kommandant, Krieg, Koroidia, Krisiun, Legions Of Astaroth, Lord Almighty, L.O.R.E., Luciferum, Malacath, Manticore, Masticator, Martyrvore, Master, Mayhem, Melechesh, Mictlantecuhtli, Morbosidad, Morgion, Mortal Decay, Mysteriarch, NakHiel, Neldöreth, Nightbringer, Noctuary, Nocturnus, Nodens, NosVrolok, Oakmoon, Obeisance, Orbweaver, Ouroboros, Pact, Panzerfaust, Plagues, Premonition, Promethean Horde, Ptahil, Putrid Pile, Reapermanser, Resuscitator, Ritual Combat, Ritual Decay, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Scorched Earth, Scytherium, Sivad, Sperm Of Antichrist, Stormcaller, Sumeria, Suns of the Morning Star, Teloch Vovin, Tenebrous, Teratism, Promethean Horde, Terrorkult, The Crown, Thornspawn, Thou Shalt Not, Thy Flesh Consumed, To Scale the Throne, Toxic Holocaust, Thrash Or Die, Tribulation, Unholy Grave, Vader, Vesterian, Vile Desecration, Witch Tomb & Withered Earth, Wormreich.