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