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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.   Nathicana
  5.   Atomic Chapel
  6.   Sculptor of Flesh
  7.   Psalm 7:77
  8.   Liberation
  9.   Tunnel of Set XV
  10.   Horns
  11.   Beyond the Apocalypse
  12.   Manifest
  13.   The Heretic
  14.   Deathmarch
  15.   I Breathe Spears
  16.   Set the Controls for the Heat of the Sun
  17.   Godslayer
  18.   Legion
  19.   Mengele's
  20.   Postmortem
  21.   Cauldron
  22.   Rapture
  23.   Tunnel of Set XVI
  24.   Tunnel of Set II
  25.   Tunnel of Set I
  26.   Uncreation
  27.   Solitude
  28.   Serpentine Sibilance
  29.   Invocation
  30.   At the Gate
  31.   Hellfire
  32.   Slaves To Slaughter
  33.   From the Deeps
  34.   To Rottendom
  35.   Celestial Deconstruction
  36.   I Am Abomination
  37.   The Blade
  38.   Blood is the Mortar
  39.   Perished in Pain
  40.   Aiwass-Aeon
  41.   Buried By Time & Dust
  42.   Tunnel of Set IV
  43.   Satanic Propaganda
  44.   Riders of the Apocalypse
  45.   Chained
  46.   Tunnel of Set XI
  47.   Tunnel of Set VI
  48.   Pandemonium War Bells
  49.   Pitch Black
  50.   Tunnel of Set XIV
  51.   Strike of The Beast
  52.   Slaves
  53.   Internal Winter
  54.   Golem
  55.   Tunnel of Set V
  56.   Exorcism
  57.   Demonoir
  58.   Nerves
  59.   Singer of Strange Songs
  60.   Evil Oath
  61.   Misanthropy
  62.   Nekronatalenheten
  63.   Maggot Fetus
  64.   The Devil of the Deserts

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