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Until they began taking chances with their sound later on in their career, 1349 were a traditional Norwegian black metal band -- both musically and visually -- that took their name from the year in which the black death arrived on Scandinavian shores…need we say more? Well, if you must know, the band originated in the city of Oslo, in 1997, born of the ashes of an earlier group named Alvheim featuring vocalist and drummer Olav "Ravn" Bergene, guitarist André "Tjalve" Kvebek, and bassist Tor Risdal "Seidemann" Stavenes. Second guitarist Idar "Archaon" Burheim would join two years later, in time to perform on 1349's second demo (named "Chaos Preferred") and ensuing eponymous 2001 EP, which established the band's sound as a single-minded throwback to the devastating style of black metal that made Norway the movement's focal point in the early '90s (with the help of some rather illicit behavior extensively chronicled elsewhere). 1349 made another connection to that seminal period in time when they recruited Satyricon drummer Kjetil Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad to allow vocalist Ravn to roam free on-stage, which contributed to the band's burgeoning reputation both as players and as performers, thanks to the usual black metal accoutrements (ghastly corpse-paint, leather and spikes, fire breathing, etc). A trio of career-affirming albums followed, namely 2003's Liberation, 2004's Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005's Hellfire, paving the way for a U.S run supporting the reunited Celtic Frost and a few years of dedicated touring and major European festival appearances. 1349 finally got back to the business of recording via 2009's Revelations of the Black Flame album; a radical departure produced in partnership with Celtic Frost icon Thomas Gabriel Fischer, who replaced much of the band's old-school black metal with slower, ambient, and semi-industrial sounds, outraging most of their fans. The following year's Demonoir made only token efforts to redress the situation (with numerous atmospheric pieces sprinkled amid the more typical black metal songs) and further polarized 1349's audience, leaving many unanswered questions as to the band‘s future prospects. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  2.   Chasing Dragons
  3.   When I Was Flesh
  4.   Sculptor or Flesh
  5.   Psalm 7:77
  6.   Nathicana
  7.   Atomic Chapel
  8.   Tunnel of Set IV
  9.   Slaves
  10.   Riders of the Apocalypse
  11.   Nekronatalenheten
  12.   Evil Oath
  13.   Postmortem
  14.   Strike of The Beast
  15.   Invocation
  16.   Hellfire
  17.   To Rottendom
  18.   The Blade
  19.   Internal Winter
  20.   Perished in Pain
  21.   Satanic Propaganda
  22.   The Heretic
  23.   Tunnel of Set XVI
  24.   Tunnel of Set VI
  25.   Tunnel of Set I
  26.   Pandemonium War Bells
  27.   Demonoir
  28.   At the Gate
  29.   From the Deeps
  30.   Blood is the Mortar
  31.   Aiwass-Aeon
  32.   Liberation
  33.   I Breathe Spears
  34.   Manifest
  35.   Tunnel of Set XIV
  36.   The Devil of the Deserts
  37.   Rapture
  38.   Horns
  39.   Nerves
  40.   Deathmarch
  41.   Set the Controls for the Heat of the Sun
  42.   Chained
  43.   I Am Abomination
  44.   Godslayer
  45.   Mengele's
  46.   Buried By Time & Dust
  47.   Exorcism
  48.   Tunnel of Set II
  49.   Beyond the Apocalypse
  50.   Tunnel of Set XI
  51.   Misanthropy
  52.   Singer of Strange Songs
  53.   Celestial Deconstruction
  54.   Tunnel of Set XV
  55.   Golem
  56.   Tunnel of Set V
  57.   Uncreation
  58.   Pitch Black
  59.   Slaves To Slaughter
  60.   Cauldron
  61.   Serpentine Sibilance
  62.   Maggot Fetus
  63.   Legion
  64.   Solitude
  65.   Haunting the Chapel
  66.   Satani Propaganda
  67.   Majhicanalenheten
  68.   Nekronath
  69.   The Ursurper
  70.   Naticahna
  71.   Sculpture of Flesh
  72.   Necronatalenheten
  73.   Maggot Fetus...Teeth Like Horns
  74.   The Usurper [ive] (Celtic Frost cover)
  75.   The Usurper featuring Tom G Warrior
  76.   End of All
  77.   Antichrist Warzone
  78.   Chaos Within

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