The CNK started as a raw black metal group, named Count Nosferatu in 1996 by Nicolas St Morand (aka Mr Hreidmarr) and Jean-Sébastien Ogilvy (aka Heinrich Von B). They shortly changed their name into Count Nosferatu Kommando. Hreidmarr joined symphonic black metal act Anorexia Nervosa in 1998 and due to he’s busy schedule with his new band, the project was put aside in 1999.
The band’s real rebirth came in 2002, with the release of properly entitled “Ultraviolence Über Alles” album, on the late Kodiak Records label. Merging Rammstein and Slayer, Skinny Puppy and Deicide, The CNK delivered a furious and merciless mixture of death and industrial metal with Laibach flavored gravity.
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 in 2003.
Hreidmarr left Anorexia Nervosa in December 2005, and the idea of resurrecting CNK came up instantly. Count Nosferatu Kommando thus became Cosa Nostra Klub, and Heinrich with Hreidmarr were determined 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, and “L’Hymne à la Joie” was released in late 2007.
In 2009, after the departure of Valnoir and Sylvicious, replaced by Zoé H on bass and Volponi on drums, came out the reissue of the sold-out first album. “Ultraviolence Über Alles Übercharged Edition”, featuring as bonus tracks the entire album covered or remixed by artists such as HIV+, Blackrain, Varsovie, Herrschaft, etc.
The CNK are back now with “Révisionnisme”, a cover album taking on some famous pop, rock and metal standards. Released on October 19, we’ve got a deadly coctail of twisted off songs by diverse artists such as Beastie Boys, Leonard Cohen, Emperor, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Slayer, Guns n’ Roses, Impaled Nazarene, Mötley Crüe, Rammstein and Gary Glitter.
01. Gadd Ist Gott (Gary Glitter Medley) (04:05)
02. Sabotage (Beastie Boys Cover) (03:15)
03. You Could Be Mine (G’N’R Cover) (05:39)
04. Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen Cover) (05:20)
05. Blood Is Thicker Than Water (Impaled Nazarene Cover) (04:12)
06. Seasons In The Abyss (Slayer Cover) (06:24)
07. Too Fast For Love (Mötley Crüe Cover) (03:42)
08. Weisses Fleisch (Rammstein Cover) (04:10)
09. Where The Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Cover) (03:55)
10. I Am The Black Wizards (Emperor Cover) (05:27)
11. Blood Is Thicker Than Snow (Impaled Nazarene Cover- Alternate Version) (04:16)
Although Rammstein sounds pretty much as Rammstein, it’s sick to listen Cohen or Nick Cave contorted into black metal fueled industrial butcheries. “Sabotage” it’s a killer track – definitively the best from this anyway murderous collection; love also “Seasons In The Abyss” while “Too Fast For Love” make more sense in this new clothes.
The album featuring super guest-star: Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil, Dimmu Borgir, Notre Dame, Therion, etc).
Dark and dangerous, can’t think of a better New Years Eve party playlist!