Black metal is an extreme subgenre and subculture of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieking (sometimes growling or both) vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere, though many other characteristics and techniques may be employed.
Known for fast tempos, shrieking vocals, distorted guitars and lo-fi recordings, black metal has emerged as one of the top heavy metal genres. Similarly to avant garde metal bands, black metal bands also feature unconventional song structures and lyrical emphasis on atmosphere.
Blood Fire Death (1988)
Bathory is a Swedish first-wave black metal band.
In a genre as insular and niche as black metal is, it stands to reason that the eschewing of live performance and interviews in favor of reclusive mystique leaves the door wide open – almost insists upon – recordings created entirely by the efforts of a single person.
A list of essential black metal albums from About.com Heavy Metal.
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Band - Immortal. Album - At the Heart of Winter. Year - 1999. Genre - Black Metal. All rights go to Immortal.
Immortal is a Norwegian second-wave black metal band.
Judging by the reader comments on some of the recent metal articles here, it seems like many of you love black-metal as much as we do.
Black metal means many things to many people. The longevity of the genre is due in no small part to the malleability of its musical tenets.
Treble unearths all that is unholy with a list of the 10 best black metal albums, featuring Mayhem, Darkthrone, Immortal and Enslaved.
"The Pagan Winter" by Darkthrone
Darkthrone is a Norwegian second-wave black metal band.