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Black metal
Stylistic origins Speed metal, thrash metal, hardcore punk
Cultural origins First Wave:
Early-mid 1980s, Europe
Second Wave:
Early 1990s, Scandinavia
Typical instruments Vocals - Electric guitar - Bass guitar - Drums - Synthesizer
Mainstream popularity Underground
Subgenres
Symphonic black metal - Viking black metal
Fusion genres
Blackened death metal - Black doom - Gothic black metal - Industrial black metal - Blackened crust
Regional scenes
Major scenes found in parts of Europe (particularly in Scandinavia and France), Asia and South America
Other topics
List of bands - Black Metal Inner Circle - Les Légions Noires
.Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal.^ I used to love heavy/death/black metal when I was a kid.
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^ Black, Death, Grind, Thrash, Speed, Heavy…it all has one word in common….METAL. We can all debate which is better forever.
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^ I don’t deny that practically every heavy metal band ever will cite Black Sabbath as a major influence.
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.It often uses fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, blast beat drumming, and unconventional song structure.^ The riffs are blown out and buzz like swarms of tiny spiked insects, the drums, a seemingly relentless pound, the vocals a wild hysterical shriek.
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.During the 1980s, certain thrash metal bands formed a prototype for black metal.^ They are considered as a Thrash Metal band.
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^ Death is a Thrash Metal band” .
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^ Death is a Thrash Metal band .
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.This so-called "first wave" included bands such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost.^ If you are going to include Between the Buried and Me in such a list, there are far better bands that could be included on this list.
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^ These aren’t “DEATH METAL”, but they helped make it VENOM CELTIC FROST SLAYER and of course KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE .
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^ Here I am again…As for the list…there are obviously bands that I would not have included but I understand the criteria that Mr. I will also admit that I was highly irritated when I first read the list.
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[1] A "second wave" arose in the early 1990s, mostly of Norwegian bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Immortal and Emperor. .This scene developed the black metal style into a distinct genre.^ By: wong℃ Eindig - Doodschrift (2008) 2008-11-11 00:19:00 Country: Netherlands Genre: Black Metal Label: Galgenstrang Prod.
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^ Since half the bands you mentioned are Black Metal and not Death metal I am going to presume you know nothing about the genre.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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.Black metal has been met with great hostility from mainstream culture, mainly due to the misanthropic and anti-Christian standpoint of many artists.^ ABIGOR Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom) (Napalm) cd 16.98 Third disc from this great folk/black metal band.
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Moreover, a handful of musicians have been linked with church burnings, murder or National Socialism. .For these reasons and others, black metal is often seen as an underground form of music.^ OK, maybe it doesn't seem that off the wall, Diamatregon definitely dabbled in strange rhythms and distinctly non-black metal sound forms.
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^ As black metal goes, these guys are the absurd and intelligent gods of the genre, which they transcend anyway into avantgarde realms unknown to most mortals -- heck, with their magickal role-play they transcend music itself.
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^ These Austrian black metal gods return with their upteenth effort of expertly wrought epic evil.
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Contents

Characteristics

Instrumentation

.Black metal guitarists usually favour high-pitched guitar tones and a great deal of distortion.^ Egg : Dimmu and Satyricon = Black Metal, a bit too high pitched for me… .
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^ Death metal guitarists are usually the most talented: ever heard of Dimebag Darrell?
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^ Paulb : Agreed, Black Metal isn’t quite my thing – I like the crunchy, downtuned guitar sound.
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[2] .Typically, the guitar is played with much use of fast tremolo picking.^ Yeah, and one day Hendrix will rise from the dead and drop all of those pesky guitar solos he used to play and start using a synthesizer… .
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[2][3][4] .When writing music, guitarists often use scales, intervals and chord progressions that yield the most dissonant, fearful and ominous sounds.^ Okay, all you guys need to remember that the term “death metal” is typically used to refer to all forms of metal with harsh sounds and screaming by laypersons, similar to how most people refer to all electronic music as “techno”.
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.Guitar solos and low guitar tunings are rare in black metal.^ Paulb : Agreed, Black Metal isn’t quite my thing – I like the crunchy, downtuned guitar sound.
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[4]
The bass guitar is rarely used to perform stand-alone melodies. It is not uncommon for the bass guitar to be inaudible[4] or to homophonically follow the bass lines of the electric guitar. .Typically, drumming is fast-paced and uses double-bass and/or blast beat techniques; although basic drumming is not uncommon.^ They have brutal riffs and blisteringly fast blast beats with spectacular guitar solos interspersed (listen to the solo in “Homage for Satan”).
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^ You mentioned the presence of blast beats and growls, which is good, but many of those bands never use them.
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^ Death metal is real fast, has blast beats, and has lower vocals than black metal.
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.Black metal songs often stray from conventional song structure and often lack clear verse-chorus sections.^ The chaotic song-structures imply that the Abigor guys have made Cryptopsy and Dillinger Escape Plan part of their listening diets, along with the usual keyboard-laden epic blasting black metal that represents their roots.
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Instead, many black metal songs contain lengthy and repetitive instrumental sections.

Vocals and lyrics

.Traditional black metal vocals take the form of high-pitched shrieks, screams and snarls.^ Egg : Dimmu and Satyricon = Black Metal, a bit too high pitched for me… .
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^ Black metal has vocals that are shrieked and its just different, listen to Darkthrone or something and you will get it haha.
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^ Hmm, Children Of Bodom, with their gothy influences, raspy vocals, and listing on iTunes as black metal, can’t possibly be disputed as black metal.
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[2][4] .This is in stark contrast to the low-pitched growls of death metal.^ I actually think it’s relatively easy to grasp the difference between Death and other extreme metals – low guttural/growled vocals, really low, downtuned guitar and blast beats, simple as that.
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^ There’s a lot more to death metal than just blast beats and growls.
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.Most black metal singers are male, although there are a few notable exceptions (for example the all-female bands Astarte and Gallhammer).^ The adolescent and male Black Widow spider is harmless; leaving the female as the only one that is venomous.

^ There are several differences in appearance between the male and the female Black Widow spider.

^ I have also been studying them the last few years and discovered that the females do kill the males sometimes right after the egg sacs are made and sometimes right before the sacs hatch.

.The most common and founding lyrical theme is opposition to Christianity[4] and other organized religions (called "Right-Hand Path" religions by some).^ And the thing is, while some of us have problems with religion being so dogmatic, this particular sonic representation of Christianity is anything but dogmatic.
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As part of this, many artists write lyrics that could be seen to promote atheism, antitheism, paganism and Satanism.[5] Other oft-explored themes are depression, nihilism, misanthropy[5] and death. .However, many modern black metal lyrics have begun to focus more on the seasons (particularly winter), nature, mythology, folklore, philosophy and fantasy.^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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^ Maelstrom : It can only be objective to an extent, obviously you hear more Black Metal in it.
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^ Personally I love black metal as well, sometimes even more than death metal.
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Production

.Low-cost production quality was a must for early black metal artists with low budgets, where recordings would often take place in the home or in basements; a notable example of such is the band Mayhem, whose record label Deathlike Silence Productions would record artists in the basement of the shop Helvete.^ Black metal record of the year!
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^ By: wong℃ Pripegal - Ziemia Gromadzi Prochy (2008) 2008-09-09 22:44:00 Country: Poland Genre: Pagan/Black Metal Label: Eastside Records Filesize: 71.8 MB Tracklist: 01.
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^ By: wong℃ Gergovia - Memento Mori (2008) 2009-02-24 01:10:00 Country: France Genre: Black Metal Label: Endless Sound Records Filesize: 63.6 MB Tracklist: 1.
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[2] .However, even when they were able to raise their production quality, many artists chose to keep making low fidelity recordings.^ However this adds to their “metalness.” The members of the band have admitted that there are mistakes in their recordings but they don’t care because they are that cool.
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[4][5] .The reason for this was to stay true to the genre's underground roots and to make the music sound more "raw" and "cold".[5] One of the better-known examples of this is the album Transilvanian Hunger by Darkthrone – a band who "represent the DIY aspect of black metal" according to Johnathan Selzer of Terrorizer magazine.^ Finnish black metal band's third album.
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^ From inspiring young people to tracing your family roots or developing a neighborhood garden -- share your innovative ideas to help make black America better.
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^ But don't let all the folk throw you off, Altar Shadows are indeed a black metal band, who offer up some gorgeously grim black buzz, blast beats, furious riffing, it's just that their black buzz is infused with the spirit of the past, and informed by the folk music of their ancestors, which more than anything, makes their blackness all the more unique, and their sound something special.
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[5] .Many have noted that, originally, black metal was not meant to attract listeners.^ Black metal has vocals that are shrieked and its just different, listen to Darkthrone or something and you will get it haha.
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^ In saying that they have retained some – if not many – of their Death Metal roots and they’re still a very enjoyable listen.
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[5] Vocalist Gaahl claimed that during its early years, "black metal was never meant to reach an audience, it was purely for our own satisfaction".[3]

Imagery and performances

Gaahl performing live in 2009.
.Unlike artists of other genres, many black metal artists do not perform concerts.^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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^ This band is historically important for metal (thrash metal really) and definitely has the popularity, but when it comes down to it the musicianship is not as good as many of the other bands on this list.
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^ Since half the bands you mentioned are Black Metal and not Death metal I am going to presume you know nothing about the genre.
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.Bands that choose to perform concerts often make use of stage props and theatrics.^ Half the bands on your list don’t use Tremelo Picking, which is what makes a death metal band death metal.
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.Mayhem and Gorgoroth among other bands are noted for their controversial shows; which have featured impaled animal heads, mock crucifixions, medieval weaponry, and band members doused in animal blood.^ And what about Gorgoroth (at least back when Ghaal was in the band), come on, covering themselves in lamb’s blood and crucifying naked people during live shows is enough to earn them a spot!
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^ Plus, so many great other DM bands, to name a few, Skinless, Torture Killer, Fonldecorpse, The Berzerker, impaled and carcass!
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[6]
Black metal artists often appear dressed in black with combat boots, bullet belts, spiked wristbands,[5] and inverted crosses/inverted pentagrams to reinforce their anti-Christian or anti-religious stance.[1] .However, the most stand-out trait is their use of corpse paint – black and white makeup (sometimes mixed with real or fake blood), which is used to create a corpse-like appearance.^ And most of the slow tracks sound like that, like pretty and poppy painted pitch black.
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^ I like most of the ones on your list so I’ll leave those out: .
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^ Most have been unmistakable, however, some have had either white and yellow markings.

.In the early 1990s, most pioneering black metal artists used simple black-and-white pictures or writing on their record covers.^ Black metal record of the year!
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^ But then band go and follow up with an Ildjarn cover, total raw and primitive buzz drenched black metal d-beat pound.
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^ AT ALL. Which is in no way a bad thing, it's just perplexing that black metal folks have been touting this as one of the best metal records of the year, even ever.
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[7] .Some believe this was a reaction against death metal bands, who at that time had begun to use brightly-colored album artwork.^ If its a Death Metal list, shouldn’t it be Death Metal bands?
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^ Death is a Thrash Metal band” .
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^ I’m not a fan of Death Metal nor am I against this genre.
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[7] Most underground black metal artists have continued this style. .Bands that do not use this style usually have album covers that are either atmospheric or provocative; some feature natural or fantasy landscapes (for example Burzum's Filosofem and Emperor's In The Nightside Eclipse) while others are violent, perverted and iconoclastic (for example Marduk's Fuck Me Jesus).^ Apart from water, you can try having her drink Pedialyte or Gatoraide or some other fluids that have electrolytes in them that will help restore the natural balance in the blood too.

^ You've ever used an album cover or old envelope for a dustpan.

The First Wave

.The first wave of black metal refers to those bands during the 1980s who influenced the black metal sound and formed a prototype for the genre.^ Both of those bands are metal right?
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^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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^ Ok, so who’s up for a list of black metal bands?
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.They were often speed metal or thrash metal bands.^ They are considered as a Thrash Metal band.
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^ Death is a Thrash Metal band” .
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^ Death is a Thrash Metal band .
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[1][8]
Venom's album entitled Black Metal inspired the name of the genre.
.The term "black metal" was coined by the British band Venom with their second album Black Metal (1982).^ Finnish black metal band's third album.
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^ Four tracks 39 minutes 21 seconds of EVIL. That's what this so-long-awaited-it's-unexpected cd from Swedish black metal improvisors Abruptum provides.
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^ Black Album comment, but then agian, im assuming any of you know about real metal, something of which this list contains non of…besides slayer.
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.Although considered thrash rather than black metal by modern standards,[5] the album had lyrics and imagery that focused more on anti-Christian and Satanic themes than had any released before it.^ I consider them more thrash than anything) .
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^ They are considered as a Thrash Metal band.
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^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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Their music was unpolished in production and featured raspy grunted vocals. .Venom's members adopted pseudonyms, a practise that would become widespread among black metal musicians.^ Venom are much more closely attributed to Black metal more than anything .
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.Another pioneer of black metal was the Swedish band Bathory, led by Thomas Forsberg (under the pseudonym Quorthon).^ Four tracks 39 minutes 21 seconds of EVIL. That's what this so-long-awaited-it's-unexpected cd from Swedish black metal improvisors Abruptum provides.
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^ And if Abruptum aren't already your favorite black metal band they sure should be.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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.Not only did Bathory use low fidelity production and anti-Christian themes, but Quorthon was the first to use the "shrieked" vocals that came to define black metal.^ Black metal has vocals that are shrieked and its just different, listen to Darkthrone or something and you will get it haha.
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^ Maelstrom : It can only be objective to an extent, obviously you hear more Black Metal in it.
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^ Hmm, Children Of Bodom, with their gothy influences, raspy vocals, and listing on iTunes as black metal, can’t possibly be disputed as black metal.
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.The band exhibited this style on their first four albums, beginning with Bathory (1984) and ending with Blood Fire Death (1988).^ I guess their first albums were more on the Death Metal side of things than since Leviathan.
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^ Entombed-Their first two albums influenced an entire countries (Sweden) way of playing death metal.
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^ First of all if you were going to include bands that even you admitted were not death metal why would you title the list the way that you did?
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.At the beginning of the 1990s, Bathory pioneered the style that would become known as Viking metal.^ If we can include Viking Metal on the list, then Amon Amarth would have to be included.
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.Other artists usually considered part of this movement include Hellhammer and Celtic Frost (from Switzerland), Von (from America), Sodom and Destruction (from Germany),[9] Bulldozer and Death SS (from Italy), Tormentor (from Hungary), Root (from Czech Republic) , Mercyful Fate (from Denmark),[citation needed] Sarcófago (from Brazil) and Blasphemy (from Canada).^ Possessed Death Morbid Angel Carcass Entombed Celtic Frost At The Gates Atheist Dissection Autopsy .
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^ These aren’t “DEATH METAL”, but they helped make it VENOM CELTIC FROST SLAYER and of course KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE .
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^ Nice lists, except, why is Celtic Frost on the death metal list?
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Furthermore, King Diamond and the members of Sarcófago were allegedly the first musicians to sport "true" corpsepaint.[10]

The Second Wave

.The Second Wave of black metal emerged in the early 1990s and was largely centred on the Norwegian black metal scene.^ Four tracks 39 minutes 21 seconds of EVIL. That's what this so-long-awaited-it's-unexpected cd from Swedish black metal improvisors Abruptum provides.
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^ Replacing a light fixture on the side of the house one day, a large, shiny, plump black spider emerged.

^ Burzum isn’t even CLOSE to being DM. The early stuff is Black Metal, and the later stuff is ..Black Ambient I guess.
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.During 1990–1994 a number of Norwegian artists began performing and releasing black metal music; this included Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Enslaved, Emperor, Thorns, Ildjarn, Gorgoroth, Ulver and Carpathian Forest.^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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^ Black metal has vocals that are shrieked and its just different, listen to Darkthrone or something and you will get it haha.
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^ Try looking up skinless ,carpathian forest, mortician, graveland, grinded nig ,psyclon nine , and enslaved .
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.As seen below, some of these artists would be responsible for a rash of criminal controversy, including church burnings and murder.^ Also, note the theme of including some variation or implication of death or dying in these band names.
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.Musically, these artists developed the style of their 1980s precursors as a distinct genre that was separate from thrash metal.^ Different tunings, differences in vocal styles, differences in tempos…all of these are part of the things that separate the two from each other.
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^ He spawned multiple sub-genres of the music, and is ultimately inspiration for any death metal band who would come after.
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^ That being said, death metal is the worst sub-genre of metal; black, thrash and doom metal are much better.
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Philosophically, an aggressive anti-Christian sentiment became a must for any artists to be finalized as "black metal". Ihsahn of Emperor believes that this trend may have developed simply from "an opposition to society, a confrontation to all the normal stuff."[11] A dark, misanthropic mentality was complemented visually with the use of corpsepaint, which was also most prevalent during this period as a statement to separate black metal artists from other rock bands of the era.[5]
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.A few bands in neighbouring Sweden adopted a similar sound, usually with inspiration from the Norwegian scene.^ All the usual adjectives apply, this was long before the band streamlined their sound, so these tracks find the band raw and grim and frosty.
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This included Marduk, Dissection, Lord Belial, Dark Funeral, Arckanum, Nifelheim and Abruptum. .In Finland, the late 1980s saw the emergence of black metal bands who often included traits similar to those found in death metal such as Beherit, Archgoat and Impaled Nazarene.^ If its a Death Metal list, shouldn’t it be Death Metal bands?
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^ Both of those bands are metal right?
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^ Dude to be honest most of those bands arent death metal.
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.Black metal scenes also emerged on the European mainland during the early 1990s - again inspired in large part by the Norwegian scene.^ A quick look online reveals a crazy amount of negative feedback and terrible reviews for this, the newest record from Norwegian black metal supergroup 1349.
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In Poland, a scene was spearheaded by Graveland and Behemoth. In France, a close-knit group of musicians known as Les Légions Noires emerged; this included artists such as Mütiilation, Vlad Tepes, Belketre and Torgeist. .Bands such as Von, Judas Iscariot, Demoncy and Profanatica emerged during this time in the United States, where thrash metal and death metal were more predominant among extreme metal enthusiasts.^ That seems a lot more Death Metal to me… .
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^ If its a Death Metal list, shouldn’t it be Death Metal bands?
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^ They are considered as a Thrash Metal band.
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By the mid 1990s, the musical style of the Norwegian scene was being adopted by bands across the globe. .Newer black metal bands also began raising their production quality and introducing additional instrumentation such as synthesizers and full-symphony orchestras.^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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^ Don’t do a top 10 bands with (sometimes minor) DEATH METAL elements list (unless you name it as such).
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^ I read Daniels post and he made a good point because he prefer’s Newer Death Metal whereas I hate it and prefer Older bands because to me that was what Death Metal was.
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This expansion and diversification marked the end of the Second Wave.

Helvete and Deathlike Silence

During May–June 1991,[12] Øystein Aarseth (aka 'Euronymous') of Mayhem opened an independent record store named Helvete (Norwegian for hell) in Oslo. .Musicians from Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor and Thorns frequently met there, and it became a prime outlet for black metal records.^ Black metal record of the year!
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^ AT ALL. Which is in no way a bad thing, it's just perplexing that black metal folks have been touting this as one of the best metal records of the year, even ever.
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^ Hellfire was SO fast, and SO relentless, so much so that in many places it just became a furious black blur, which is fine, and we do love that record, but where does a band go from there?
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[13] .In its basement, Aarseth founded an independent record label named Deathlike Silence Productions.^ Keyword Artist Title Label Exact Keyword --( Search Tip )-- Keyword searches will also scan record descriptions, which is great for finding artists who record under multiple names!
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.With the rising popularity of his band and others like it, the underground success of Aarseth's label is often credited for encouraging other record labels –that previously refused black metal acts– to then reconsider and release their material.^ Black metal record of the year!
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^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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^ But I think he was meaning Best Death Metal loosely and included other bands that he likes.
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Ohlin's suicide

On 8 April 1991, Mayhem vocalist Per Yngve "Pelle" Ohlin (aka 'Dead') committed suicide in a house shared by the band. Fellow musicians often described Ohlin as a quiet and introverted person, while his performances involved cutting himself, carrying around a dead crow, and wearing clothes that had been buried weeks prior to the event.[3][14]
He was found with slit wrists and a shotgun wound to the head; the shotgun was owned by Mayhem guitarist Øystein Aarseth (aka 'Euronymous'). Ohlin's suicide note read "Excuse all the blood" and included an apology for firing the weapon indoors. Before calling the police, Aarseth went to a nearby store and bought a disposable camera to photograph the corpse, after re-arranging some items.[15] .One of these photographs was later stolen and used as the cover of a bootleg live album entitled Dawn of the Black Hearts.^ I learn to live with them and the number one rule is not to disturb them….if you are afraid of them, just make sure you use a bug spray to dispose of them.

^ I have killed one in our garage and a few in So Cal where I used to live.

^ You've ever used an album cover or old envelope for a dustpan.

[16]
Eventually, rumours surfaced that Aarseth made a stew with pieces of Ohlin's brain, and made necklaces with fragments of Ohlin's skull.[5] The band later denied the former rumour, but confirmed that the latter was true.[5][14] Additionally, Aarseth claimed to have given these necklaces to musicians he deemed worthy.[1] .Mayhem bassist Jørn Stubberud (aka 'Necrobutcher') noted that "people became more aware of the [black metal] scene after Dead had shot himself ...^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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^ Maelstrom : It can only be objective to an extent, obviously you hear more Black Metal in it.
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^ It’s people like you that give metal – especially the more extreme varieties like Death – its pretentious and elitist image.
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I think it was Dead's suicide that really changed the scene."[17]

Church burnings

The Fantoft stave church.
.Members and fans of the black metal scene claimed responsibility for over 50 arsons directed at Christian churches in Norway from 1992 to 1996.[13] Many of the buildings were hundreds of years old, and widely regarded as important historical landmarks.^ Many outraged metal fans.
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^ Black metal record of the year!
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^ This band is historically important for metal (thrash metal really) and definitely has the popularity, but when it comes down to it the musicianship is not as good as many of the other bands on this list.
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.One of the first and most notable was Norway's Fantoft stave church, which the police believed was destroyed by Varg Vikernes of the one-man band Burzum.^ Oh I do like how the first one is named simply “death” however I bet more than one band has a variation of this .
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^ They are the one of the most progressive band I’ve ever heard (progressive meaning complex and technical as well as moving through various genres).
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^ Next to Death, MA was one of the most influential bands to come out of Florida.
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[13] However, Vikernes would not be convicted of any arson offences, until his arrest for the murder of Øystein Aarseth, widely known as Euronymous, in 1993 (see below). The cover of Burzum's EP Aske (Norwegian for ash) portrays a photograph of the Fantoft stave church after the arson; however it is unconfirmed if Varg took this picture himself or not. The musicians Samoth,[18] Faust,[18] and Jørn Inge Tunsberg[13] were also convicted for church arsons.
.Today, opinions differ within the black metal community concerning the legitimacy of such actions.^ Black metal has vocals that are shrieked and its just different, listen to Darkthrone or something and you will get it haha.
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^ No one cares about all the different cores, grinds, doom, prog, black, hardcore… So what if BTBAM is not strictly Death Metal.
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^ Even if it isn’t true that they’re black metal (They have a lot of melodeath), and it might not be, I don’t see how that justifies such a condescending and pointless response.
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.Guitarist Infernus and former vocalist Gaahl of the band Gorgoroth have praised the church burnings in interviews, with the latter also opining "there should have been more of them, and there will be more of them".[1] However, Necrobutcher and Kjetil Manheim of Mayhem have disapproved of the church burnings, with the latter claiming "It was just people trying to gain acceptance within a strict group (the black metal scene) ...^ Matticus : Black Metal… What is with all these people suggesting Black Metal bands?
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^ Q: What do you call a group of black people.

^ If there are more people like you in the world who think like that, then what are we doing for our children?
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they wanted some sort of approval and status".[19]

Aarseth's murder

Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas features Aarseth's last recordings; his murderer (Vikernes) performs alongside him.
On 10 August 1993, Varg Vikernes of Burzum murdered Mayhem guitarist Øystein Aarseth (aka 'Euronymous'). On that night, Vikernes and Snorre Ruch of Thorns travelled from Bergen to Aarseth's apartment in Oslo. Upon their arrival a confrontation began, which ended when Vikernes fatally stabbed Aarseth. .His body was found outside the apartment with twenty-three cut wounds – two to the head, five to the neck, and sixteen to the back.^ So I go another day, back to work, the pain is still in my head but it had also moved down into my neck, back and arms.

[20]
.It has been speculated that the murder was the result of a power struggle, a financial dispute over Burzum records, or an attempt at "out doing" a stabbing in Lillehammer committed the year before by another black metal musician, Bard Faust.^ Black metal record of the year!
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^ In fact it points out just how cookie cutter the majority of black metal really is.
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^ Hmm, Children Of Bodom, with their gothy influences, raspy vocals, and listing on iTunes as black metal, can’t possibly be disputed as black metal.
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[21] .Vikernes claims that Aarseth had plotted to torture him to death and videotape the event – using a meeting about an unsigned contract as a pretext.^ Death metal is used in a loose sense because only about .187238% of the people in the world actually know a good bit about the different types of metal.
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[22] On the night of the murder, Vikernes claims he intended to hand Aarseth the signed contract and "tell him to fuck off", but that Aarseth attacked him first.[22] Additionally, Vikernes has stated that most of Aarseth's cut wounds were caused by broken glass he had fallen on during the struggle.[22]
.Regardless of the circumstances, Vikernes was arrested within days, and a few months later was sentenced to 21 years in prison for both the murder and church arsons.^ This area dramatically faded and the inflammation went away within a few days leaving only a red streaky area where the black area had been.

^ They were very influential in their early days and their album Testimony of the Ancients was a phenomenal album, even if they did stray in their later years.
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In a controversial display, Vikernes actually smiled at the moment his verdict was read, an image that was widely reprinted in the news media.[22] In May 1994, Mayhem finally released the album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, which features Aarseth on electric guitar and Vikernes on bass guitar. While granted a brief leave in 2003, Vikernes attempted to escape his bonds in Tønsberg, but shortly thereafter he was re-arrested driving a stolen vehicle and carrying various firearms.[23]

Conflict between scenes

.Many recall a strong rivalry between Norwegian black metal and Swedish death metal scenes.^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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^ Four tracks 39 minutes 21 seconds of EVIL. That's what this so-long-awaited-it's-unexpected cd from Swedish black metal improvisors Abruptum provides.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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.Fenriz and Tchort have noted that Norwegian black metal musicians were "fed up with the whole death metal scene"[7] and that "death metal was very uncool in Oslo" at the time.^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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^ I’m sorry to disagree with most people, but Death is THE best death metal band of all time.
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[19] .On a number of occasions, Euronymous sent death threats to the more commercialized death metal groups in Europe.^ That seems a lot more Death Metal to me… .
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^ I guess their first albums were more on the Death Metal side of things than since Leviathan.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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[19] .Allegedly, a group of Norwegian black metal fans plotted to kidnap and murder certain Swedish death metal musicians.^ And I’m not even a huge fan of death metal.
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^ I’m not a fan of Death Metal nor am I against this genre.
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^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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[19]
.A brief "conflict" between Norwegian and Finnish scenes gained some media recognition[citation needed] during 1992 and 1993. Part of this was motivated by seemingly harmless pranks; Nuclear Holocausto of the Finnish band Beherit started to make prank calls in the middle of the night to Samoth of Emperor (in Norway) and Mika Luttinen of Impaled Nazarene (in Finland).^ If you’re going to make a list of “top death metal bands” do some research and put actual death metal bands in it.
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^ Hellhammer Venom Bathory Darkthrone Emperor Gorgoroth Satyricon Impaled Nazarene Beherit Windir .
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.The calls consisted of senseless babbling and playing of children's songs,[24] although Luttinen believed them to be death threats from Norwegian bands.^ You guys know why I called the list top DEATH METAL bands?
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^ Although Between The Buried And Me are phenomenal (one of my favourite bands), they’re not death metal in the slightest.
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^ You have a good list but calling it “Top 10 Death Metal Bands” is quite too much though and I wouldn’t use popularity as a criteria to judge bands.
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[citation needed]
Notably, the album cover of Impaled Nazarene's Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz contains texts like "No orders from Norway accepted" and "Kuolema Norjan kusipäille!" ("Death to the assholes of Norway!"). .The Finnish band Black Crucifixion criticized Darkthrone as "trendies" due to the fact that Darkthrone began their career as a death metal band.^ If its a Death Metal list, shouldn’t it be Death Metal bands?
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^ Finnish black metal band's third album.
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^ Death is a Thrash Metal band” .
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Stylistic divisions

Symphonic black metal

.Symphonic black metal is a style of black metal that uses symphonic and orchestral elements.^ I used to love heavy/death/black metal when I was a kid.
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^ I vote this worst list of the year – wait, I just realized that Rod Stewart, as he uses drums and sings in his music, also has ‘elements’ of death metal in his tunes.
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.This may include the usage of instruments found in symphony orchestras (piano, violin, cello, flute and keyboards), 'clean' or operatic vocals and guitars with less distortion.^ But also simple and melodic, with swirling keyboard textures and vocals alternating between harsh screeching and clean sort-of-chanting.
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.Symphonic black metal is often confused with melodic black metal and gothic metal, as the styles overlap.^ Definitely not composing legendary slabs of grim melodic black metal.
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Folk and Viking black metal

.Folk black metal and Viking black metal are terms used to describe black metal bands who incorporate various kinds of folk music.^ Ok, so who’s up for a list of black metal bands?
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^ Okay, all you guys need to remember that the term “death metal” is typically used to refer to all forms of metal with harsh sounds and screaming by laypersons, similar to how most people refer to all electronic music as “techno”.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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.Viking black metal bands focus solely on Nordic folk music and mythology.^ And if Abruptum aren't already your favorite black metal band they sure should be.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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^ But then band go and follow up with an Ildjarn cover, total raw and primitive buzz drenched black metal d-beat pound.
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These bands typically seek to create an epic or romanticized atmosphere.[26] .Their harsh black metal sound is "often augmented by sorrowful keyboard melodies,"[27] acoustic guitars and folk instruments.^ A loping riff, underpinned by strummed acoustic guitar, while over the top guitars keen and soar, melodies intertwine, harmonies drift and shimmer, even the black metal shriek starts to transform into something less evil becoming more just another element of the blissy poppy buzz.
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^ AT ALL. Which is in no way a bad thing, it's just perplexing that black metal folks have been touting this as one of the best metal records of the year, even ever.
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^ And I just want to articulate this a bit – at the huge risk of sounding pretentious – the difference between Black and Death Metal is akin to the difference between the Blues and Jazz.
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[28] Vocals are typically a mixture of high-pitched shrieks and 'clean' choral singing.[29] .The origin of Viking metal can be traced to the albums Blood Fire Death (1988) and Hammerheart (1990) by the Swedish band Bathory.^ I guess their first albums were more on the Death Metal side of things than since Leviathan.
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^ Ripping Corpse’s Dreaming with the Dead, for example, is probably a top 10 death metal album, but it’d be tough to justify putting the band in a top 10 list as a band because they broke up after its release.
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^ Having at least two albums with death metal elements in it” What are these elements you are talkin about?
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[30] .In the mid 1990s, Irish bands such as Cruachan[31] and Primordial[32] began to combine black metal with Irish folk music, while the Jerusalemite band Melechesh incorporated Middle Eastern music.^ Don’t do a top 10 bands with (sometimes minor) DEATH METAL elements list (unless you name it as such).
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^ And if Abruptum aren't already your favorite black metal band they sure should be.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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Ambient black metal

.Ambient black metal is a style that combines elements of black metal and ambient/dark ambient music.^ I think Death Metal should be measured on the music, not their style or the theme of their songs.
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^ What we're getting at here, is this is some totally demented, freaked out, blissed out and drone-y, haunting and hypnotic ambient experimental black metal.
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^ They combine the aggression of death metal with the complexities of classical music.
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.Typically the electric guitar is played together with synthesizers and keyboards, or simply in an 'atmospheric' style with much use of reverb.^ But watching them both play however, Hendrix overall style and in particular his fret work just looks to me much more fluid, effortless (again, not that Page’s is “poor”).
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^ Bob Dylan going electric changed what a young generation thought of electric guitars, if you were a guitarist you’d know he revolutionized modern guitar much more Hendrix.
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^ Yeah, and one day Hendrix will rise from the dead and drop all of those pesky guitar solos he used to play and start using a synthesizer… .
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.The Norwegian band Burzum may be considered a pioneer of black ambient, as demonstrated on a few of his early songs and on the album Filosofem.^ Burzum isn’t even CLOSE to being DM. The early stuff is Black Metal, and the later stuff is ..Black Ambient I guess.
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Other prominent artists who have performed in this style include Velvet Cacoon (US), Wolves in the Throne Room (US), Xasthur (US), Leviathan (US), Darkspace (Switzerland), Manes (Norway), Summoning (Austria) and Striborg (Australia).

Black doom

.Black doom (also known as blackened doom metal) is a style that combines elements of black metal and doom metal.^ That being said, death metal is the worst sub-genre of metal; black, thrash and doom metal are much better.
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^ They’re generally considered blackened thrash/doom, I’ve never heard of them being categorized as death metal.
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^ No one cares about all the different cores, grinds, doom, prog, black, hardcore… So what if BTBAM is not strictly Death Metal.
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.Typically, vocals are in the form of high-pitched shrieks and guitars are played with much distortion, which is common in black metal.^ Egg : Dimmu and Satyricon = Black Metal, a bit too high pitched for me… .
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^ Black, Death, Grind, Thrash, Speed, Heavy…it all has one word in common….METAL. We can all debate which is better forever.
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^ Death metal is real fast, has blast beats, and has lower vocals than black metal.
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.However, the music is played at a slow tempo with a much 'thicker' guitar sound, which is common in doom metal.^ But watching them both play however, Hendrix overall style and in particular his fret work just looks to me much more fluid, effortless (again, not that Page’s is “poor”).
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^ Much of the rest of the time they slow things way down, the high end buzz becoming murkier and more malevolent, complete with strange guitar harmonies, and croaked demonic vocals, resulting in what almost sounds like a black metal Brainbombs.
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^ That being said, death metal is the worst sub-genre of metal; black, thrash and doom metal are much better.
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The style was pioneered in the early work of Barathrum (Finland) and Bethlehem (Germany). Pure blackened doom bands are fairly rare, but Dolorian (Finland), Unholy (Finland), Ajattara (Finland), Forgotten Tomb (Italy), and Gallhammer (Japan)[33] have performed in this style.

Blackened death metal

.Blackened death metal is a style that combines elements of black metal with death metal (and occasionally grindcore).^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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^ Black, Death, Grind, Thrash, Speed, Heavy…it all has one word in common….METAL. We can all debate which is better forever.
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^ The only omission that I’ve found is the godfather of death/black metal… King Diamond.
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.When compared with 'traditional' black metal, there is more usage of down-tuned guitars, palm muting, and complex blast beats.^ The next two tracks are straight ahead D-beat black thrash, furiously frenzied blasts of buzz and howl, veering from full on black metal, to more of that sort of blackened crusty punk.
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^ Much of the rest of the time they slow things way down, the high end buzz becoming murkier and more malevolent, complete with strange guitar harmonies, and croaked demonic vocals, resulting in what almost sounds like a black metal Brainbombs.
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^ But then band go and follow up with an Ildjarn cover, total raw and primitive buzz drenched black metal d-beat pound.
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Vocals are often a mixture of shrieks and death growls. .Bands of this style often focus on themes common in black metal, such as anti-Christianity, Satanism and occultism.^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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^ Don’t do a top 10 bands with (sometimes minor) DEATH METAL elements list (unless you name it as such).
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^ I think Death Metal should be measured on the music, not their style or the theme of their songs.
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.The style was influenced by bands such as Blasphemy (Canada), Beherit (Finland) and Impaled Nazarene (Finland).^ Hellhammer Venom Bathory Darkthrone Emperor Gorgoroth Satyricon Impaled Nazarene Beherit Windir .
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In the mid 1990s it was developed further by bands such as Belphegor (Austria), Behemoth (Poland), Akercocke (England), Angelcorpse (United States) and Zyklon (Norway).

Industrial black metal

.Industrial black metal is a style that combines elements of black metal with industrial music.^ It's a confusional combination for sure, but it works, it really sounds like it could be the black metal soundtrack to an Alfred Bester novel.
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.The first group to experiment with this style was Mysticum (Norway),[34] which formed in 1991.[35] Other artists who have performed in this style include Blut Aus Nord (France),[36] The Axis of Perdition (England),[37] Aborym (Italy),[38] and ...And Oceans (Finland).^ I wouldn’t be the first one to choose this form over the other.

[39] .Hecate, a musician from the breakcore scene, eventually delved into industrial black metal as well.^ Personally I love black metal as well, sometimes even more than death metal.
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^ They are very industrial and have elecronica influences, only their recent works having hints of black metal.
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^ Vaami : There’s some sick Black Metal going down in Scandinavia as well.
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[34] .In addition, The Kovenant,[40] Mortiis and Ulver emerged from the Norwegian black metal scene, but later chose to experiment with industrial music.^ They are very industrial and have elecronica influences, only their recent works having hints of black metal.
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^ Although I got out of the death metal scene ten years ago, I’m still a lover of all music, and am quite familiar with all of these.
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^ Burzum isn’t even CLOSE to being DM. The early stuff is Black Metal, and the later stuff is ..Black Ambient I guess.
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Blackened crust

.Blackened crust or blackened punk is a style that combines elements of black metal with crust punk.^ The next two tracks are straight ahead D-beat black thrash, furiously frenzied blasts of buzz and howl, veering from full on black metal, to more of that sort of blackened crusty punk.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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^ It's a confusional combination for sure, but it works, it really sounds like it could be the black metal soundtrack to an Alfred Bester novel.
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.The earliest crust punk groups, such as Amebix, were also inspired by bands such as Venom and Celtic Frost,[43] while Bathory was initially inspired by crust punk as well as metal.^ Don’t do a top 10 bands with (sometimes minor) DEATH METAL elements list (unless you name it as such).
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^ Possessed deserves top 5, AT LEAST, their demo entitled Death Metal essentially laid the foundation for what was to come and they inspired countless bands.
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^ These aren’t “DEATH METAL”, but they helped make it VENOM CELTIC FROST SLAYER and of course KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE .
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[44] .In the 1990s, some crust punk groups began to incorporate elements of "Norwegian black metal". Examples include Iskra,[45] Gallhammer[46] and Skitsystem.^ They have songs that definitely include death metal elements.
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^ It's almost like some slowcore track given a black metal makeover.
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^ They definitely have some death metal elements and the musicianship.
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In addition, Norwegian band Darkthrone have incorporated crust punk traits in their more recent material. As Daniel Ekeroth described in 2008:
.In a very ironic paradox, black metal and crust punk have recently started to embrace one another.^ One that embraces the Metal side, and one that embraces the -core side.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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^ Paulb : Also Black Metal, we should start keeping count of all of the BM bands mentioned by ignorants… .
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.Members of Darkthrone and Satyricon have lately claimed that they love punk, while among crusties, black metal is the latest fashion.^ They bring a black metal influence to this list (just look at the costumes they have).
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^ Even if it isn’t true that they’re black metal (They have a lot of melodeath), and it might not be, I don’t see how that justifies such a condescending and pointless response.
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^ Slayer?????Love Slayer but they aren’t Death Metal.Influential to Death Metal yes but not Death Metal.If it was top 10 Extreme Metal bands Slayer could be on their.
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.In fact, the latest album by crust punk band Skitsystem sounds very black metal—while the latest black metal opus by Darkthrone sounds very punk!^ Any Metal historian will tell you that the Gothenburg sound is the very ROOT of Melodic DM, In Flames and At The Gates exemplified this sound very early on.
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^ Morbid Angel, what the fuck is up with that Morbid Angel are a very important band in Death Metal!!
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^ Black Album comment, but then agian, im assuming any of you know about real metal, something of which this list contains non of…besides slayer.
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This would have been unimaginable in the early 90's.[47]

Ideology

.Any attempt to lay out the ideology of a musical genre is bound to generalize to the extent that some traits are unfairly emphasized, while others are laid out which do not apply to all.^ Did I want to imprint on some girl who hung out in a mall all day?

Nonetheless, black metal is generally opposed to Christianity and supportive of individualism.[1] .Arguably, this is the only coherent sentiment among black metal artists.^ The only omission that I’ve found is the godfather of death/black metal… King Diamond.
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^ Maelstrom : It can only be objective to an extent, obviously you hear more Black Metal in it.
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^ They are very industrial and have elecronica influences, only their recent works having hints of black metal.
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.In a Norwegian documentary, Fenriz stated that "black metal is individualism above all".[48] Artists who oppose Christianity tend to promote atheism, antitheism, paganism, or Satanism.^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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^ THIS LIST IS NOT ONLY GOING TO BE DEATH METAL IN THE STRICT SENSE! In fact those of you who are expecting the most brutal list of all time are probably going to be disappointed.
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^ And I’m not talking about an extreme metal guitarist who recognizes that Jimmy’s good – there’s been plenty of them – I’m talking about an extreme metal guitarist who’s favourite guitarist OF ALL TIME is Page.
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[1] Some musicians – such as Euronymous, Infernus and Erik Danielsson – have insisted that Satanism should be first and foremost.[49][50] Occasionally, artists write lyrics that appear to be nihilistic and misanthropic,[5] although it is debatable whether this represents their mentality. .In some cases, black metal artists have also espoused romantic nationalism, although the majority of those involved are not outspoken with regard to this.^ I don’t deny that practically every heavy metal band ever will cite Black Sabbath as a major influence.
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^ Vaami : There’s some sick Black Metal going down in Scandinavia as well.
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^ Tatiana : I hope that was a personal top 10, those are all pretty obscure – even for Black Metal.
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Nonetheless, many black metal artists seek to reflect their surroundings within their music. The documentarist Sam Dunn noted of the Norwegian scene that "unlike any other heavy metal scene, the culture and the place is incorporated into the music and imagery".[1]
.Regarding the sound of black metal, there are two conflicting groups within the genre – "those that stay true to the genre's roots, and those that introduce progressive elements".[5] The former believe that the music should always be minimalist – performed only with the standard guitar-bass-drums setup and recorded in a low fidelity style.^ A: There are only two handles on a garbage can.

^ What makes them either of those genres and not progressive metal?
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^ Q: Why are there only two paulbears at a black guys funeral?

One supporter of this train of thought is Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, who has rejected labelling his band black metal for its departure from the genre's typical sound.[51] A supporter of the latter is Snorre Ruch of Thorns, who stated that modern black metal is "too narrow" and believes that this was "not the idea at the beginning".[52]
.Some prominent black metal musicians believe that black metal does not need to hold any ideologies.^ Don`t know much about Death Metal either,but some of you guys need to lighten up.
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^ Vaami : There’s some sick Black Metal going down in Scandinavia as well.
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^ Sure *some* “metal” may have taken more from Ritchie – hair being the most prominent I can think of off the top of my head .
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For example, Jan Axel Blomberg said in an interview with Metal Library that "In my opinion, black metal today is just music."[53] Likewise, Sigurd Wongraven stated in the Murder Music documentary that black metal "doesn't necessarily have to be all Satanic, as long as it's dark."[5]

National Socialist black metal

.National Socialist black metal (NSBM) is a term used for black metal artists who promote National Socialist (Nazi) beliefs through their music and imagery.^ Okay, all you guys need to remember that the term “death metal” is typically used to refer to all forms of metal with harsh sounds and screaming by laypersons, similar to how most people refer to all electronic music as “techno”.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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^ He spawned multiple sub-genres of the music, and is ultimately inspiration for any death metal band who would come after.
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.NSBM is not regarded as a distinct subgenre, as there is no method to play black metal in a National Socialist way.^ Entombed-Their first two albums influenced an entire countries (Sweden) way of playing death metal.
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^ No one cares about all the different cores, grinds, doom, prog, black, hardcore… So what if BTBAM is not strictly Death Metal.
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^ I was the natural path your life would have taken… If the world was the way it was supposed to be, if there were no monsters and no magic… Jacob Black , Eclipse , Chapter 26, p.599 .

.Some black metal bands have made references to Nazi Germany for shock value, causing them to be wrongly labelled as NSBM. Due to his writings,[54] Varg Vikernes is regarded as the prime inspiration for the NSBM movement.^ I read Daniels post and he made a good point because he prefer’s Newer Death Metal whereas I hate it and prefer Older bands because to me that was what Death Metal was.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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^ He spawned multiple sub-genres of the music, and is ultimately inspiration for any death metal band who would come after.
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Vikernes, however, has recently tried to distance himself from Nazism and the NSBM scene, preferring to refer to himself as an odalist instead of a "socialistic", "materialistic" Nazi[54].
NSBM artists are a small minority within black metal, according to Mattias Gardel.[55] They have been criticised by some prominent black metal musicians – including Jon Nödtveidt,[56] Tormentor,[57] King ov Hell,[58] Infernus,[59] Lord Ahriman,[7] Emperor Magus Caligula,[7][60], Richard Lederer[61], Michael W. Ford[62] and the members of Arkhon Infaustus.[7] They categorize Nazism alongside Christianity as authoritarian, collectivist, and a "herd mentality".[56][57]

Unblack metal

.Unblack metal (also known as Christian black metal) is a term used in reference to black metal bands whose lyrics and imagery depict Christianity positively.^ Okay, all you guys need to remember that the term “death metal” is typically used to refer to all forms of metal with harsh sounds and screaming by laypersons, similar to how most people refer to all electronic music as “techno”.
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^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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^ Behemoth can be argued as they are blackened death NOW but started as a black metal band.
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.Such bands are controversial, primarily because they contradict the anti-Christian and individualistic sentiment of most black metal.^ This is what has caused the new strain of incurable TB, because the bacteria that causes these things have the natural selection to make it through most of the anti-biotics.

^ Most people I have talked to about this say they have lived in this area their whole life and never been bitten by a black widow, though plenty are around here.

.Like National Socialist black metal it is not regarded as a distinct subgenre, as there is no distinct method to play black metal in a Christian way.^ A: No one likes the black ones.

^ Yeah, it’s not like they played on the Progressive Nation tour with Dream Theater and Opeth, or anything like that.
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^ Entombed-Their first two albums influenced an entire countries (Sweden) way of playing death metal.
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.The first black metal albums to promote Christianity were Antestor's Martyrium (1994) and Horde's Hellig Usvart (1994) – the latter coined the term unblack metal.^ Black Album comment, but then agian, im assuming any of you know about real metal, something of which this list contains non of…besides slayer.
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^ I guess their first albums were more on the Death Metal side of things than since Leviathan.
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^ Metallica’s not death metal but listen to their first album and tell me their lyrics aren’t about killing people.
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[63] A number of such bands have emerged since then.

Media

Documentaries on black metal:
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  • Det Svarte Alvor (1994).
  • Satan Rides the Media (1998).
  • Norsk Black Metal (2003) was aired on Norwegian TV by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).
  • Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) touches on black metal in the early 1990s, and includes an extensive 25-minute feature on the DVD release.
  • True Norwegian Black Metal (2007) was aired as a five-part feature by the online broadcasting network VBS.tv.^ Black Metal has satanic influences not Death Metal.
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    ^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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    ^ Even if it isn’t true that they’re black metal (They have a lot of melodeath), and it might not be, I don’t see how that justifies such a condescending and pointless response.
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    It explores some of the aspects of the lifestyle, beliefs and controversies surrounding former Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl.[64]
  • Black Metal: A Documentary (2007), produced by Bill Zebub, explores the world of black metal from the point of view of the artists. There is no narrator and no one outside of black metal takes part in any interview or storytelling.
  • Murder Music: A History of Black Metal (2007).
  • Once Upon a Time in Norway (2008).
  • Until The Light Takes Us (2009) explores black metal's origins and subculture, including "exclusive interviews" and "rare, seldom seen footage from the Black Circle's earliest days".[65]
References in media:
  • A mockumentary was created in 2006 titled "Legalize Murder," wherein a satire is made by having two main characters create and discuss a band and the black metal scene.
  • The cartoon show Metalocalypse is about an extreme metal band called Dethklok, with many references to leading black metal artists on the names of various businesses such as Fintroll's convenience store, Dimmu Burger, Gorgoroth's electric wheelchair store, Carpathian Forest High School, Marduk's Putt & Stuff, Burzum's hot-dogs and Behemoth studios (as well as the man who owns Behemoth studios, whose name is Mr. Grishnackh). .In the episode Dethdad they travel to Norway to visit Toki's dying father, and visit the original black metal record store.
  • A Norwegian commercial for a laundry detergent once depicted black metal musicians as part of the advertisement.^ But since releasing their full length stuff they’ve been more typecast as Black Metal.
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    ^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
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    ^ They bring a black metal influence to this list (just look at the costumes they have).
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  • Black metal bands such as 1349, Emperor, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved and Satyricon have had their videos make appearances on MTV's Headbangers Ball.
  • Comedian Brian Posehn made a visual reference to Norwegian black metal bands in the music video for his comedy song "Metal By Numbers".[67]
  • A Canadian commercial by KFC in 2008 featured a fictional black metal band called Hellvetica.^ Death Metal” being called music!
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    ^ Egg : Dimmu and Satyricon = Black Metal, a bit too high pitched for me… .
    • Top 10 Death Metal Bands - Listverse 10 February 2010 12:21 UTC listverse.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Remember this is commercial in terms of the death metal/black metal genre.
    • Top 10 Death Metal Bands - Listverse 10 February 2010 12:21 UTC listverse.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The band's vocalist engages in a fire-eating trick during a show (like Abbath from Immortal usually does). Once backstage he takes a bite of the spicy KFC chicken product and declares "Oh man, that is hot".
  • An episode of Bones featured the discovery of a human skeleton at a black metal concert in Norway. The episode was called "Mayhem on a Cross". It was the 20th episode of the 4th season.

See also

Literature

  • Ekeroth, Daniel (2008). Swedish Death Metal. Bazillion Points Books. ISBN 978-0-9796163-1-0
  • Moynihan, Michael. Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Venice: Feral House, 2006. ISBN 0-922915-48-2
  • Kahn-Harris, Keith. Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. Oxford: Berg, 2006. ISBN 9781845203993
  • Christe, Ian. .Sound of the Beast: the Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal.^ Sabbath “wrote the book on heavy metal”, but IMO that’s more from their overall typically down-tuned fuzz and distortion sound (i.e.
    • Top 10 Death Metal Bands - Listverse 10 February 2010 12:21 UTC listverse.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

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Simple English

Black metal is a style of metal music that started in the early 1980s. Lyrics are often against religions such as Christianity. Various black metal bands have relations to satanism in their lyrics and even in outlook. Lyrics may also have subjects such as Paganism. The majority of black metal vocalists are male, although there are a few notable exceptions – for example Cadaveria, Astarte and Lucifugum.

Black metal is often divided into two waves. The first wave began in the early 1980s by bands such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Mercyful Fate. Venom's first albums, Welcome to Hell and Black Metal are usually said to be the first black metal records. Second wave is the most popular wave of black metal and it started in the early 1990s. It started from Norway and includes bands such as Darkthrone, Enslaved, Burzum, Satyricon, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Immortal, and Emperor.

Black metal is also very controversial, especially in Norway. During the early 1990s, certain black metal musicians burned old churches in Norway. One of the people who was found guilty for burning churches, Varg Vikernes, was also found guilty for murdering Øystein Aarseth, a fellow black metal musician.[1]

National Socialist black metal

National Socialist black metal (also known as Nazi black metal or NSBM) is a title used to refer to black metal acts with an emphasis on Nazi beliefs in their music. For example Absurd and Nokturnal Mortum are National Socialist black metal bands.

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