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

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