Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often uses fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking,
blast beat drumming, and unconventional song structure.
During the 1980s, certain thrash metal bands formed a prototype for black metal. This so-called "first wave" included bands such as Venom, Bathory,
Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Sarcófago. A "second wave" arose in the early 1990s, mostly 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 great hostility from mainstream culture, mainly due to the extremity of the genre. Moreover, a small handful of
musicians have been linked with church burnings, murder or National Socialism.
Here's a link showing the genre gaining in popularity slightly:
I don't know much, but I do know Opeth kicks me right square in the nuts. Ghost Reveries is one of my favorite albums from the last decade. It's not
Bach's cello music but it's pretty complex if you ask me. Heck, all the good drummers nowadays are in death metal bands because everything else is
boring except prog and there's no money in prog.
I don't get what constitutes a "third wave" of black metal. That song by Burzum didn't sound any different than a hundred other bands I've
To me, it's all just music. Whether it;s Prokofiev or Korn, John Denver or Mastadon - it's just sound - some I love, some I don't, others just
depending on what my mood is.
I'd never head Opeth before, they really are talented! Thanks, I'll be checking them out.
My metal faves would be - Black Sabbath, Sepultura, Lamb of God, Older Megadeth & Metallica, Mastadon and Judas Priest. And Iron Maiden of course!
I posted a link to a Facebook site called "New England Black Metal." I thought that at least one of those bands fit the bill for 3rd wave.
They're called Adrift, from Connecticut. It's nautical themed black metal that is somewhat ambient. It's true a lot of so-called 3rd wave is more
experimental and influenced by post-rock, I would even dare to say influenced by shoegaze, although I know I'll receive flack for making such a
Sorry about being off topic, but I really don't listen too much new black metal. And if people can post Opeth and Meshuggah(which aren't even black
metal by the way, but everyone hates a genre snob), then I can post Hellhammer!!!
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I love Bach as well, and wouldn't you know it, Black Metal is influenced by certain classical, at least that's how it sounds to me. For a real
grasp of the genre, check out this guy's videos: www.youtube.com...
Some of the posts on this thread aren't the greatest examples of good Black Metal.
Black Metal is associated with church burnings. While some church burnings in the South have been directed at black Baptist churches and are linked
to the kkk, Black Metal church burnings differ in motive. The church Varg burned was a historic christian church that was built on a pre-Christian
pagan holy site. Pagans see the Christian take over as akin to war, as people were killed if they did not convert. Today Christian churches are
associated with rampant pedophilia:
Black Metal is just an easy way to categorize a certain set of musical components typically associated with the genre. I don't think there should be
"waves". I do think there should be qualifiers. Such as Satanic Black Metal or Pagan Black Metal or Viking Black Metal.... you know?
With Black Metal there is a theme behind the music... it could be Satan, it could be Paganistc, it could be Nationalistic or Culturistic or in few
cases, the music is Anti-thematic but still classified as Black Metal.
In some cases, a band could appropriate all the characteristics of other Black Metal bands and be classified as Black Metal. This means the sound of
the genre is - for lack of a better term - generic.
Trebley guitars. Screeching or high pitched growling vocals. Blast beat drumming. The charisma of the band, as a unit, is portrayed as "anti"
something. There are few Black Metals bands who are "pro" anything! That is why the term Black Metal is very appropriate for this sound of music.
Negativety should be the ultimate goal of all Black Metal bands. Otherwise, they are not doing their job correctly! I don't know what I'm saying
here but it's Christmas and I'm drunk on the internet Happy Hollidays!
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