DARK FUNERAL — The Secrets of the Black Arts

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Album · 1996

Filed under Black Metal
By DARK FUNERAL

Tracklist

1. The Dark Age Has Arrived (0:16)
2. The Secrets of the Black Arts (3:42)
3. My Dark Desires (3:47)
4. The Dawn No More Rises (3:59)
5. When Angels Forever Die (4:07)
6. The Fire Eternal (3:55)
7. Satan's Mayhem (4:53)
8. Shadows Over Transylvania (3:41)
9. Bloodfrozen (4:20)
10. Satanic Blood (2:11)
11. Dark Are the Path to Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal) (5:59)

Total Time: 40:53

Line-up/Musicians

- Themgoroth / Bass, Vocals
- Blackmoon / Guitars, Vocals (on track 10)
- Lord Ahriman / Guitars
- Equimanthorn / Drums

About this release

No Fashion Records, January 28th, 1996

NFR 011.

Originally recorded at Dan Swanö's Unisound Studios but the band did not like the dull sound so it was re-recorded at Peter Tägtgren's The Abyss in June 1995.

Also released in 1996 by No Fashion Records as limited edition Digipak.

Released in the US by Necropolis Records on gatefold vinyl albums limited to 500 copies, printed by them under the label name Necrohell.

The 2007 Regain Records reissue (limited to 3000 copies, catalog number REG-CD-1013) and 2007 reissue by the band in Digipak (catalog number DF001) comes with a bonus disc containing the original recording of the album at Unisound Studios:

Tracklist:
1. Shadows over Transylvania 3:22
2. The Dawn No More Rises 3:35
3. The Secrets of the Black Arts 3:23
4. Satans Mayhem 4:36
5. Bloodfrozen 3:34
6. My Dark Desires 3:11
7. Dark Are the Path to Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal) 5:29
8. The Fire Eternal 3:41
9. Call from the Grave 4:31.

The 2010 Back on Black vinyl-reissue comes with a bonus 12" containing the same Unisound Recording but without track 9 "Call From the Grave".

A music video was made for "The Secrets of the Black Arts".

Thanks to UMUR for the updates

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Being one of the most popular swedish brutal black metal acts, Dark Funeral sure has their speed and stamina. Playing each song as fast as they possibly can is pretty damn impressive, especially since they do it throughout the whole album. Themgoroth's rasp is one of my favorites in black metal. Becuase of its low tone and its brutal sound it fits perfectly with the music as a whole. Blackmoon and Ahriman's guitars sound awesome, with a nice high trebly tone, while Equimanthron pounds out some blazing drum beats. And all this is put together VERY well with some nice production.

One of the only problems with brutal black metal bands (like Dark Funeral) is their way to make their songs sound alot alike. This can make some people crazy and not bother others as much but such is brutal black metal.

Overlooking all the song titles and lyrics about summoning dark spirits, etc. this album is one of the best brutal black albums of all time and should defineately be in any black metal fan's collection. The Dark Age has arrived!

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