Many Russians, and in particular Polish black metal bands, has managed to bring some sort of mystique through several decades. One of the more known mysteriums that flourished around the 90s in Poland  among others was Infernum. A duo consisting of Anextiomarus and Tom Balrog. These two managed to keep themselves anonymous pretty decently a few years and it was first when the infamous artist Robbie Draken from Graveland became a part of Infernum that the remaining elite members chose to step out of the darkness. 

Another band was Mastiphal, who were most active in 1993. They splitted up after their demo ”Nocturnal Landscape” and have never been heard of again. But whom I felt to write about and what this chapter will deal with is the Russian/Polish band Gzaalheim. A duo whose material only recently surfaced on the internet from seemingly nowhere and that still many are perplexed about.

I just got in touch with Kzoltar Kryvisz, a user who chose to publish their rehearsal demo ”Into the Crypt of Demon Lord” from 1994 on YouTube. From here (which seldom happens nowadays) my abnormal interest to find out more information on the band - a project that popped out like a malignant abscess and disappeared like a heron behind dim rainy clouds never to be seen again.

According to Kzlotar (who personally seem to know the men) Gzaalheim was created by Król Praag who were born and raised in Poland, but later moved to Murmansk Oblast in Russia. Król never did put any emphasis on studies, but chose in an early age to go deeper into the world of music. In the beginning of the 90s he met his future band comrade Nana Cataha, that he had a bunch of different musical projects together with (among others Полностью мудак) before they four years later formed Gzaalheim.

Kzoltar told that neither of them were really musicians, but mostly wanted to stand out in the new black metal wave that flushed through nordic waters. Their inspiration was foremost gathered from the Czech band Master’s Hammer, but they wanted to do something more primitive and different for their time, so the nordic bitterness was also a part of their inspiration, not to mention Mayhem and Burzum that easily spread over storming shores on bootleg cassettes to Russia.

Because of that Król came from Poland, they kept the polish language for Gzaalheim, despite that the band came originally from Russia. They decided to do this, unusually, for the purpose of standing out in a way that they thought was clever. The lyrics were very trollish and dealt with demons as well as occultism, blood sacrifices and black magic. The material was recored on a 4-track portable recorder at Król’s home in his basement, which ment that they had to record two instruments at a time - the lyrics had to be added at the very last which also resulted in that the cassette became very wobbly and the sound even worse.

In connection to Gzaalheim, Król also started Necrodeath Solution, a studio that was ment to release a whole row of similar material through. The first press was a sloppy put together CD of their even worse rehearsal demo. The pictures that exist on the internet is the remains of what is left from Gzaalheim and their demo (Król did a hasty photo shoot session outside the courtyard he lived on) was something that Kzoltar himself chose to publish now in retrospect. This demo was limited to 50 copies that solely was spread around friends in Russia, and when the demo got a reputation Król decided to press a hundred copies of the cassette and sell through the magazine "Ад, огонь и смерть".

Gzaalheim recorded and should have released a five track EP during the autumn of 1995, but this was put on ice after that Cataha lost his interest and chose drugs in front of the music. Kzoltar also put in that Gzaalheim abyssal silence foremost was because of life crisis and diverse circumstances.
Król was born in Wrocław, Poland and used to visit Gdańsk which led him in to good contact with Asmon from Mastiphal during some years and he was a part of Króls gateway to harder stuff in life which led him into jail in 1993. And during a visit to Wrocław, Cataha was in short contact with Grzegors Jurgielewicz. It was rumored that Grzegors had  severe delusions and behaved threateningly against Cataha and lately confronted him. Therefore, he interrupted the contact fairly promptly in fear to draw him into shit. Grzegors had a whole truckload full of bunch of sick ideas that later led to his own suicide.

Kzoltar told us that Cataha sadly was murdered in a knife fight back in 2001 and Król has steadily gone in and out from prisons because of heavy drug offense throughout the years. Despite that, Kzoltar have tried to publish Gzaalheims material on different metal sites, but here has been some difficulties. Metal Archives has black listed the band because of their doubtfulness because there was no larger recognition that the band even existed (regardless of the picture evidence).

Kzoltar finds this very sad because of that both Król and Cataha wanted to reach further with the band. Early in the 2000, when the black metal genre again got a revival the guys had planned to reunite, but because of Cataha’s death, that never happened. Kzoltar have thought about to release the remaning material from 1995 and hopes that the band get recognition.