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