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