Actually, “Deathkey” has become something of a minor internet meme in the past few years -- a meme received with both sincere interest & support, and with mockery & derision. It’s become slightly more possible in this time that a casual web surfer would encounter references to Deathkey outside the “extreme” black metal ghettos (heh) and noise-music subcultures. But still, those are relatively microscopic subcultures, to be sure.
While I initially, and to some extent still now, view Deathkey and its ilk as parodies and marketing gimmicks, some of these acts and audio labels have been staying in character for so many years now the majority of them might actually be painfully sincere about the whole thing, and not just built upon cynical sales ambitions. It reminds me to some extent of the Temple of the Black Light. As has been discussed in the past here at 600C, apparently TotBL, along with things like Satanic Skinhead Propaganda are cobbled together, often naively or ignorantly, from a raft of “cool, evil, extreme, kvlt” components that bear little or no resemblance to each other individually. The results seem to inevitably end in unintentional self-parody.