Black Metal

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Black Metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often employs fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, double-kick drumming, and unconventional song structure.

During the 1980s, certain thrash metal bands established a prototype for black metal. This so-called "first wave" included bands such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. A "second wave" emerged in the early 1990s, which consisted primarily of Norwegian bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Immortal and Emperor. This scene developed the black metal style into a distinct genre.

Black metal has been met with considerable hostility from mainstream culture, mainly due to the misanthropic and anti-Christian ideology of many artists. Additionally, some musicians have been associated with church burnings, murder or National Socialism. For these reasons and others, black metal is often viewed as an underground form of music.

Black Metal Sub-Genres

Atmospheric Black Metal

Depressive Black Metal

Melodic Black Metal

Pagan Black Metal

Symphonic Black Metal

War Metal

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_metal

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  • 666sharon666
  • TheHeavyMetalCat

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THE ORDER OF APOLLYON Moriah

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This album may start with strummed acoustic guitars, but there is a feeling of menace contained within it, and soon the guys are blasting off into the blackened death metal with which they have built their reputation. Originally formed in 2008 by then-Aborted members, guitarist/vocalist BST (ex-Aosoth, VI) and drummer Dan Wilding, the band built a strong reputation with their first two albums, but Wilding was asked to join Carcass in 2012 and later decided to leave The Order Of Apollyon to concentrate on that band. With the other members also having conflicting schedules it was left to BST to restart the band, and to do this he recruited veterans of his native black metal scene, including members of Temple Of Baal, Hell Militia and Merrimack.

So, some three years on from ‘The Sword and the Dagger’, the new band is back with the third album, and shows no sign at all of moving away from their roots. The main issue for me is that the mix means that it really is a solid wall of sound, which means that there just isn’t enough in the way of dynamics, and it comes through all very much at one level, which is a real shame, as there is actually quite a lot going on in here. If would have liked the lead guitar to have been higher, and for the band to come through with more contrast. As it is, it is an enjoyable example of the genre without being essential.

GAYLORD The Black Metal Scene Needs to Be Destroyed

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In the lexicon of homophobic playground insults, "gaylord" is one of the more comical-sounding. Whereas other slurs retain a certain viciousness, "gaylord" just comes across as a little juvenile; you can imagine other insults being yelled at someone in the midst of a violent assault, but "gaylord" sounds like something a goofy kid sniggers at you but won't back up if you confront them about it.

Lord Gaylord and his pals probably chose that name for their antifascist black metal project precisely for that reason - to depict the bigoted parties they rail against as juvenile kids relying on absurd playground insults. This debut mini-album of theirs is very much inspired by the likes of Neckbeard Deathcamp (they even give the Neckbeards a shout-out on All Hail the New Wave), but Gaylord don't quite deliver as amusing an experience as Neckbeard Deathcamp do. It's a solid 24 minutes of well-realised black metal, but they fall back more on direct rhetorical attacks and less on biting satire than Neckbeard Deathcamp, and as a result whilst I largely agree with their lyrical stance I find the delivery somewhat less interesting.

ASTARTE Quod Superius Sicut Inferius

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This is the last hurrah from the original Astarte trio of Kinthia, Tristessa and Nemesis; Tristessa would keep the band going after this for a couple of albums before succumbing to leukemia complications. Whereas those later releases had Tristessa working with a clutch of allies, the early Astarte releases stood out from the black metal pack by having a woman-dominated lineup, which was uncommon in metal in general and just about unheard-of in black metal.

Not content with kicking down gender barriers in black metal, on Quod Superius they also kick down musical barriers, with a melodic black metal sound which deftly works in a few symphonic elements here and there, with pieces like the instrumental Sickness showcasing the band's technical capabilities whilst still remaining emotionally engaging and atmospheric. Black metal bands who shift from a raw style (as Astarte had on their earliest albums) into a more clean style of production are taking a bit of a risk, because that's when their true instrumental capabilities become apparent, but in this case Astarte are unveiled as a more than competent trio. It's something of a shame that Kinthia and Nemesis seem to have dropped out of the scene after this, and we can only hope to hear more from them in the future.

CARPE NOCTEM Vitrun

Album · 2018 · Black Metal
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Formed in Reykjavík in 2005 and featuring members of several Icelandic bands such as Misþyrming, Árstíðir lífsins and Naðra, Carpe Noctem have earned a reputation as one of Iceland's leading acts in black metal. The music shows various influences and expresses extreme opposites, forming a raw, chaotic and apocalyptic soundscape combined with Icelandic lyrics referencing Norse mythology, occult writings, apocalyptic prophecies and Icelandic black magic rituals. Although they released their debut through Code666 as long ago as 2013, it is only now that they have returned with the follow-up, perhaps not too surprising given that they are also involved in other bands.

One can’t imagine music like this coming from a warm climate, as it is bleak and uncompromising, as they blast through the frozen wasteland. This is dramatic music which is completely over the top, and completely epic. This is music on a brand scale, a terrible vision of inhumanity and rage, being brought to bear by hordes of riders on black stallions. This is music of swords and shield, fury and vengeance. The promo photo of the band is cinematic, showing the five musicians with their backs to the camera, staring at a mountain in the distance, set within the snowy landscape. That is their quest, their passion, and it comes through this in spades. One of the finest examples of the genre one is ever likely to come across.

NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP White Nationalism Is for Basement Dwelling Losers

Album · 2018 · Black Metal
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NSBM is a miserable and self-contradictory affair - based as it is on a philosophy based around authoritarianism and an appeal to a false sense of traditional purity trying to leech off a musical movement rooted in rebellion, defiance of authority, disdain for normality and extreme stylistic experimentation.

Nonetheless, a certain neo-fascist presence has existed at the margins of the black metal scene for absolute years - thanks a bunch, Varg Vikernes - and whilst in years past they could have been laughed off as irrelevant clowns, the rise of far-right and fascist-leaning movements worldwide risks making the joke no longer funny any more.

Along come Neckbeard Deathcamp, then, who thankfully prove on this debut release that you can call out fascists on their shit whilst still also making it funny. Taking the dark kvlt ethos of black metal - particularly the corners of black metal which NSBM assholes like to appropriate - they turn their guns not just on NSBM but on all those who are trying to promote far right nonsense through mass media and Internet platforms like 4Chan these days.

This is conducted with the accompaniment of some pretty damn excellent hardcore black metal, with a certain amount of flair and imagination involved too. For instance, vocalist Kreigmeister Hatestorm steps goes quiet on closing track The Fetishization ov Asian Women Despite a Demand for a Pure White Race in order to allow a (synthesised?) voice to deliver what's a rarity in black metal an actually cogent and coherent political argument, making the point that the supposed "rebellion" represented by alt-right nonsense online is nothing more than agitating on behalf of the privileged status quo.

In short, White Nationalism is for Basement Dwelling Losers does for black metal what the Dead Kennedys' Nazi Punks Fuck Off did for the hardcore punk scene, in terms of standing up and pointing out that the ethos of far right elements in black metal is entirely incompatible with the freedoms that the black metal scene is supposed to celebrate. (Anyone who seriously expects a fascist government to look kindly on an underground extreme metal scene is absolutely fucking kidding themselves.) On top of that, it pours all the anger and sardonic disdain that the black metal format can muster all over the sacred cows of 4Chan fascism.

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ENSLAVED Live Retaliation

Movie · 2003 · Black Metal
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No reviews yet & only 3 ratings for the great ENSLAVED's 1st video production? To quote Will Smith, "That...is unacceptable." Live Retaliation is a very worthy representation of ENSLAVED live. The concert itself is a bit short, but the band shows its skill in playing their varied and fairly complex music. They play a good mix of their oldest songs and more recent ones; Monumension was the band's most recent album at the time.

The audio tracks are a very nice addition, for folks who don't own a lot of their records. Grutle doesn't interact extensively with the audience in concert, beyond introducing the songs & band members. However, that's a problem I have with the great majority of live concerts. The audio quality could be clearer at times, but I'm quibbling. If you love some progressive rock along with your extreme metal, nobody does it better than ENSLAVED. This is well worth your time and money!

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