No matter if it’s for authentic fascination or tongue-in-cheek nostalgia, the memory of the only full-length record of December’s Fire lives on. Originally released in 1996 by Last Epitaph Productions from Germany, “Vae Victis” in many ways embodies the aspirations of the Polish metal underground in that period. Especially of those who sought new ways of expression on its fringes. Piotr Weltrowski, member of Hefeystos and BEHEMOTH! collaborator, was at the forefront of this current. December’s Fire was his solo undertaking.
Pathos, ceremonial aura and dark poetics on one hand, on the other – synth-based, marching compositions, strongly inspired by the works of Laibach and early Cold Meat Industry catalogue were the elements which made the December’s Fire debut stand out among the rest, yet at the same time complemented a specific Zeitgeist of those days. Verses of such songs as “Patrz jak płoną dzikie róże” (“Look How the Wild Roses Burn”) or the title one, given a passionate interpretation by Behemoth’s Adam Nergal Darski are now something which dozens of fans know by heart.