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