Magickal Destruction: Venezuelan Black Metal from Veldraveth, Selbst, and Funebria

I have been studying the arcane since I was a kid. Now I am trying to uncover a major conspiracy in my country, a conspiracy with extreme metal manifestos.

Journal. January, 2016:

Living in danger made me realize that the greatest ability a human has while in peril is to dissect the impossible, to think beyond the words and to know what dwells behind the curtain of reality that our eyes cannot see.

My country is being ravaged by unknown forces; I have been tracking the darkness in every corner of my land and now I have a better view of this situation, based on the little data recollected during my nocturnal walks on the spiritual side. But these anemic results made me fear the worst. Beyond the economic plunge, severe drought season and political struggles, there is an uprising of chaotic forces, unseen, hiding in the invisible line that divides the physical and the other world.

Torturing some lesser demons and infiltrating myself into nasty pubs, I identified three high rank generals that are spreading the seeds of despair on our soil; they are using three distinct forms of the music manifesto called Black Metal.

I will pass this information to my Crusade Guild, hoping that some of them realize the danger we have ahead. In the end, I will resume my unexpected conclusion of this work.


Subject name: an entity called Veldraveth.

Magick plane in which they work: chaotic magick.

Last incantation: Malformations of God (2016).

Organization they belong: Engulfed in Darkness Records.

San Félix is in the edge of the Venezuelan rain forest region. In this city, a secret covenant arose in 2001 in which five practitioners of an ancient war against sacred institutions decoded a secret speech of atheistic venom. They named themselves Veldraveth.

Their upcoming full length, Malformations of God, is a script that describes a fractured world without a hope high above. In this sonic torment, the restless drum shots crush the rocks, and the stormy guitar tone cuts the flesh of the infidels. For more than 10 years, this group has practiced to master their weapons of choice and to craft ten hymns of destruction.

Veldraveth, now a three-piece band, shifted from sloppy black metal to a fully equipped war machine, employing their newly mastered blackened death metal propaganda as a tool to communicate the impending demise of this society. Some converts to their school are declaring that Veldraveth are apostles of destruction.

Cuts like “In Chaos Born” or “In Terms of Violence” are dangerous neck-breaking spells. I experimented a little with this magical paradigm, and I must recommend its usage to overcome the difficulties of social apathy. This magick will be cast this March 26th. Beware!


Subject name: a two-headed beast called Selbst.

Magick plane in which they work: individualistic dark mysticism.

Last incantation: An Ominous Landscape EP (2015).

Organization they belong: Sun & Moon Records.

A young nameless duo planted a thought bomb in 2011, crafting with hard work some controlled explosions that detonated after mind to mind in a dominó effect, to spread their wild fire of individual conversion to their philosophies. Since then, they fused into a bestial specter known as Selbst, paying homage to Carl Jung’s concept of the “self”.

Members of the Crusade Guild would like to explore this concept of anti-dogmatic and self-centered explorations of the darkness. I argue that this would go against our organization’s teachings, but the detailed orthodox black metal magick that this duo composes has a high-quality resolution, and it leads to the terrains of meditation states.

The difficult ethos in which Selbst operates makes them a worthy opponent to the light. They work unmasked, with no face paint, and they impose thoughts of auto-reflection with tremolo-driven melodies and anguished wails. Their three-song recollection of their studies is entitled An Ominous Landscape EP and summarizes perfectly my appreciation of their art. I would proceed with caution; these chants to the dark within the corners of our soul might be alluring.

I fell into their trap and realized that the meticulously structured melodies of their magick are, indeed, a matter of listening and analysis.


Subject name: a lethal elemental fury named Funebria.

Magick plane in which they work: satanic necromancy.

Last incantation: Dekatherion: Ten Years of Hate and Pride (2015).

Organization they belong: Sathanath Records.

From the wasteland known as Maracaibo, I have been following this major act for a while. The embodiment of this elemental spirit of violence is known in these lands as Funebria, and I must warn that they have been destroying stages for ten years.

This destructive force pummels bodies and triturates the bones of their victims; the ugly part of this affirmation is that they enjoy doing it. Invoking Satan and their cohort of bloodthirsty emissaries, they have developed a large cult around the necromantic practices.

They have collaborated with Veldraveth in the past, but their last opus, Dekatherion: Ten Years of Hate and Pride, invokes destruction upon the flesh and tortures the souls of the enemies of this sect. The maddened shrieks of the priest Seth Aum Xul command this legion with terror propaganda, and the rhythmic components, comprised of Iblis, Daemonae and Ed Thorn set the foundations for the black pestilence they transmit to the unwary masses.

Their cult of the dead operates under the pulsation of their blackened death metal style. Their guitar tone resembles a carefully sharpened axe that cuts limbs, and their bass and drum duo reminds me of the old bone crusher tortures of the ancient ages.

Their bestial side is tied up with the destructive attitude. I confess that the violent disposition of their magick made me channel some negative energies of my arcane torrent, so I can include these Dekatherion spells unto my future studies.

My analysis is done. And I was fooled by our blinded dogmatism in the Crusade Guild. We must remake our organization, hoping to include a dual approach to the magick. The enemy was not the black metal cults of this country; the enemy is right beneath our very people and we must cleanse them.


  • Dubs

    Link, this was a really fun article. Plus, I learned a word. I had to look up triturate.

    • Thanks a lot 😉

      I’m really honored you liked my explores on the spiritual world.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        This is my favorite Link article to date.

  • Haha, I was just listening to the newest Selbst EP earlier this week Link! Underrated band.

    • From these lands, I must say that Selbst and Neo Noir are making black metal that is pleasing my elfic eyes.

      Veldraveth and Funebria are killing it in the blasty side, though.

      • I think I shared Selbst with you last year when that EP first came out. It looks like they are finally making some movement which is good.

        • I think you did with Funebria, can’t remember.

          But, yes. They are doing a great job. I was checking their Facebook and they are selling some casettes too. It is very interesting that they are trying to promote their music like bands on other countries like yours do.

          The CDs and Casettes are a little bit expensive to my current monetary incomes, but I must respect them. I’m sure it must cost a fortune to record and release something in this hole.

          • Yeah, the very reason I listened to Selbst again earlier this week was because some other metal site/blog did a write-up on them. I remember last year wondering why they were not more well know. Good songs, strong artwork, and decent production was all there. I’m sure we’ll be seeing them get signed to some more well know label here within a year or two.

            Funebria is alright. I can dig it, certainly punishing.

          • They are signed now with Sun & Moon Records. The production quality is very good to be a band from these lands and the concept is very interesting. Most of the black metal bands from here try to copycat Norwegians or Polish bands, so I tried to rescue a more “unique” act. Funebria and Veldraveth evolved in a good way, too. They are right now, references to our scene. They have shared stage with most well known acts, that’s probably how Funebria got signed with Satanath Records, a good label in my opinion.

            The singer from Funebria have some killer extreme metal records. I will check out for an interview with him when I finish some Master works I have to complete.

          • Awesome Link! By the way it was No Clean Singing that wrote about Selbst. The same article included Altarage from Spain.

          • Rob M

            Fucking Altarage kills…that full length is supposed to drop any day now

          • Boss the Ross


          • Dubs

            It’s streaming right now.

  • Like I claimed a while ago on my first coverage of Venezuelan music on the blog:

    If you truly dig these Venezuelans bands, throw a couple of bucks to their Bandcamp accounts. Venezuelan metal scene is mostly dead due the economic inflation, so any dollar means to our people a lot of money when is converted to Bolívares.

    Help your brothers! They will reward you with more tropical goodness 🙂

    • I’d like to get my hands on a physical Selbst copy. Shipping would cost more than the CD though. I’ll add them to my MDF shopping list. Some distro there will have it.

    • Flying Hairy Uvula Of Doom

      That’s been the case with a lot of South American metal up until about 2000. So many good death metal, black metal and thrash bands only ended up releasing demos and breaking up due to the lack of support, inflation and social issues (especially with Chile under Pinochet). Outside of Brazil, it seems fuck near impossible to make a living playing metal in South America.

    • Óðinn

      $1.00 USD = 6.34961 VEF

      • Right now, we have three exchange rates.

        6.3 Bs./dollar is the rate set by the goverment to import goods and medicines, they are the only ones that can use that exchange.

        205 Bs./dollar is the SIMADI rate, a kind of free auction set by the goverment for the regular population.

        Around 1000 Bs./dollar is the black market exchange rate, set by the market on the border with Colombia.

        The minimum wage of Venezuela will be setted by the goverment next week in 11.577 Bs. (without the rise of the Alimentation Ticket, that I can’t remember how will be). That means that you can say, with official rates that the Venezuelan minimum wage is 56,54 $ and with black market rate is 10,81 $.

        (I used the calculator of DolarToday, a webpage that is accused by the goverment to induce an “economic war” against the country; and yes, our goverment claims that a webpage is producing our inflation. DolarToday isn’t innocent either, they work for opposition political parties and the news they published are biased and alarmist; but their numbers truly show how bad our economy in a more basic level).

        • Óðinn

          Thanks Link. I’ve heard that the exchange rate on the black market is actually much different than the official exchange rate.

  • Waynecro

    Awesome writing, Link! Thanks! I’m particularly digging that Selbst.

  • Boss the Ross

    Good one Link, I like your style.

  • Rob M

    In order…Selbst kills
    Veldraveth is more than solid
    Funebria has some cool riffs, but the vocals arent working for me, and they need a bit of fuzz in their sound

    • Funebria vocals made me cringe a bit. Loving that drumming though. Savage!

      Veldraveth reminds me of Masacre (Colombia)

      • Rob M

        Yeah..that vocalist is a bit rough on the ears. If theyre going to keep him they should bury him a bit more in the mix

        ..and yeah, I can definitely hear a bit of Total Death era Masacre in Veldraveth

        • Did you catch Masacre at MDF? I thought they killed it. Can’t remember which year it was though.

          • Rob M

            That was last year, and No…I missed them and Prosanctus Inferi.

            My group was even there with plenty of time to catch them too, but 8% ABV beer in the parking lot seemed far more important at the time. I regret my decision

          • I know this feeling far too well.

      • Flying Hairy Uvula Of Doom

        My ex fiance (from Colombia) was huge into Masacre, and was friends with a couple of the members. Apparently, they’re sorta big over there.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Selbst was the best in execution and sound.

  • “comprised of Iblis, Daemonae and Ed Thorn”
    Fucking get with it, Ed.

  • Óðinn

    The coat of arms on those cabs makes me think of Orange Amplification.

    • Boss the Ross

      That’s a tasty tone.

    • Flying Hairy Uvula Of Doom

      I’m guessing those are specifically made for stoner and doom bands, judging by the decal.

      • Boss the Ross

        Not specifically made for, but definitely specifically used by

      • Óðinn

        Orange Amps are popular with that crowd, yes. Although, I think they’ve gained some popularity with bands in other genres in the last few years as well.

    • The cover coat of arms is the Venezuelan one 😀

      • Óðinn


  • Selbst is pretty sweet. Thanks for the jams, Jambro.

    • Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon is in stock over at Hells Headbangers now.


        i saw it. also that wehrhammer and ruins of beverast.

        fucking just go broke

        • I picked up that HORNA / BEHEXEN split. Shit is essential! Also picked up “Cursed, Scarred And Forever Possessed”. Been holding out on that one for too long.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            what were your thoughts on the newest Horna?

            i dont think youre a big fan but they have Cul of Fire’sमृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान on picturedisc id love to grab.

          • New Horna was very meh. Cult of Fire doesn’t do much for me either. “Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne” is probably my favorite Horna Full-Length. The “Hiidentorni” demo is classic too.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i havent spent a lot o time with Horna but their newest certainly didnt impress me

          • Yeah, not a good spot to start from. That split from last year was fucking shit. Stay away from that one too. Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne, Ääniä yössä, and Sanojesi äärelle are 3 of the better albums from the recent years. Start with those, if you don’t dig then start from the very beginning. The Sudentaival album has Werwolf from Satanic Warmaster on vocals.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            ill just add it to the list man lol

          • RJA

            I’ve never really given Horna my attention – thanks for giving me a few to start with. I think their discography looks a bit overwhelming, that’s maybe why I haven’t tried.
            I’ve been listening to a ton of Judas Iscariot this week and was curious your thoughts on them – can you get past some of the laughable drumming?

          • You won’t hear me say a bad thing about Judas Iscariot. Some of the early shit is sloppy but who cares.

          • RJA

            Moribund Records has a 3 for 2 sale going on so I though about picking some up – Been listening to them all week. I definitely dig it and can get past the drumming but was curious about a drummer’s perspective.

  • Flying Hairy Uvula Of Doom

    Awesome article, as usual, el rey de metal Venezuelero!

    Lol, though, the guys in the second pic look like they’re propping the guy’s hands up. I’m guessing that skull is made of lead or something.

    • Boss the Ross

      Boogie Down Productions Metal?



  • Óðinn