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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  • TheHeavyMetalCat

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CRADLE OF FILTH Existence Is Futile

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There are few bands over the years who have generated so many as extreme reactions as Cradle of Filth, from being arrested by armed police at the Vatican in Rome for wearing ‘I Love Satan’ T-shirts in the Holy City to collaborating with Ed Sheeran, Dani has led this band through numerous line-up changes in their 30-year existence (and since the release of this album towards the end of last year there have been even more). He has always been at the heart of a metal beast which has its roots in black metal but over the years has embraced (darkly) many more styles, and here we find the band again bringing plenty of symphonic modes into their sound. Have they moved more towards Dimmu Borgir with this release, or vice versa? Discuss.

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"World Suicide Machine" is the second full-length studio album by UK, London based black metal act Skaldic Curse. The album was released through Dark Essence Records in February 2009. It´s the successor to "Pathogen" from 2006.

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Featuring 6 tracks which are all between 6 and 7 minutes long Skaldic Curse also make room for their creative songwriting ideas to develop in a natural way, and upon conclusion it´s a highly intriguing progressive black metal release and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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Stylistially the material on "Pathogen" pretty much continue the harsh and cold, but also atmospheric black metal style of the 2004 "Contagious Psychic Misery" EP, but adds even more atmosphere and progressive songwriting ideas to the compositions. Sure some of the progressive moments include acoustic sections and other relatively standard progressive features, but Skaldic Curse often disguise how adventurous they are in the chords they use or the way they transist from one part of the song to the next. In other words it´s a subtle progressive touch and it´s seldom rubbed in your face, so to those who want their black metal undiluted, harsh, and cold, "Pathogen" still delivers plenty of that.

The sound production is as harsh as the music, but it´s detailed and suiting the material well. Upon conclusion "Pathogen" is an adventurous, progressive inclined black metal release by Skaldic Curse and a good quality debut album. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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EP · 2004 · Black Metal
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"Contagious Psychic Misery" is an EP release by UK, London based black metal act Skaldic Curse. The EP was released through Forgotten Wisdom Productions in 2004. The original release was limited to 500 cassette tape copies. Skaldic Curse formed in 2001 and were active until 2011, releasing a couple of demos, this EP, and two full-length studio albums in that period, and also released the posthumous third album ("Devourer") in 2013.

while the 2001 "Funereal Eclipse" demo wasn´t anything out of the ordinary, Skaldic Curse began showing more progressive ideas on the 2002 "Hated by Matter Itself" demo, although their core sound was still black metal. That approach is continued on the 4 tracks on the 25:40 minutes long "Contagious Psychic Misery" EP. It´s reverb laden, razor sharp, trebly, harsh, and fast-paced blasting black metal, but Skaldic Curse also add atmospheric features and progressive ideas to their music, making "Contagious Psychic Misery" an intriguing release throughout. The vocals are predominantly raw snarling and hateful black metal vocals, but the EP also features spoken sections, and a couple of clean vocal moments.

The production values are harsh, but not murky, and suits the rawness of the material well. So while it is certainly a bit lo-fi and unpolished, "Contagious Psychic Misery" is a relatively interesting release by Skaldic Curse and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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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.

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