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

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