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

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