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