Black Metal

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Known for it's unconventional song structures, high-pitched vocals, fast speed and guitars that are heavily distorted, black metal is part of the heavy metal genre that has a strong underground following. Most musicians in this genre wish to remain obscure to avoid “selling out.” The music does not have commercial appeal due to the fact that it is so drastically different to mainstream music.

Bands like the British band, Venom, and the Swedish band, Bathory, pioneered the new black metal genre from thrash metal. Venom provided the name of black metal in 1982. Norway bands like Darkthrone, Mayhem, Satyricon, Burzum, Immortal, Emperor, and Enslaved, and Finnish bands such as Impaled Nazarene and Beherit picked up the mantle and carried the genre into the early 1990s.

Hostility surrounds black metal bands as a result of their anti-Judeo-Christian attitude. The difference between black metal and other forms of heavy metal is lyrics that glorify occult and Satanic themes. The imagery surrounding the bands have a heavy emphasis o­n the themes.

While many of the modern black metal bands have changed direction, at o­ne point murder, socialism, and church burnings were associated with and encouraged by black metal bands.

The raw aesthetic of black metal has continued to appeal to bands in Russia, Ukraine, France, Sweden, and France but each has injected its own elements.

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Several bands like the Czech band, Trollech, have injected the original elements of black metal with lyrics praising their pagan roots. Formerly relying o­n heavy synthesizer use, Ukrainian band Nokturnal Mortum now utilizes Slavic folk instruments. Negura Bunget from Romania injects a mix of Dacian and Latin elements. Other notable bands include Graveland (Poland), Svarrogh (Bulgaria), Antaeus, Naglfar, Ofermod Funeral Mist, and Watain.

One of the leading record labels for black metal is Norma Evangelium Diaboli in France.