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