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Formed at a time when the Scandinavian metal scene was becoming flooded with bands, all striving for "true" rather than "trend" status among fans and peers, Sweden's Dark Funeral emerged as one of the most exciting groups in the genre. Like most artists in the early black metal scene, Dark Funeral's music was raw and powerful with a strong lyrical emphasis on Satanic imagery and anti-Christian themes. When many of their peers were starting to rely on the use of keyboards to distinguish their "evil" sound, Dark Funeral stuck to the roots of metal, avoiding synthesizers. In 1993, guitarists Lord Ahriman and Blackmoon recruited fellow Swedes Themgoroth (bass) and Draugen (drums) to form the first incarnation of Dark Funeral. Together they recorded an EP simply entitled Dark Funeral, which established them as a one of the leading black metal bands of the time. No Fashion Records signed the band in 1994 and after replacing Draugen with drummer Equimanthorn -- like most black metalers he too lacked a last name -- they went into the infamous Abyss studios to start work on their next project. It wasn't until 1996 that their second release, The Secrets of the Black Arts, reached their fans. Dark Funeral had a big year in 1996. Secrets turned out to be a major seller by black metal standards, but the band suffered a major lineup change that would leave Ahriman as the only original member. So with Lord Ahriman and his new band -- Emperor Magus Caligula (bass/vocals), Alzazmon (drums), and Typhos (guitar) -- they embarked on a European tour, their first as a headlining act. Their stage act became quite a performance. They would emerge covered in blood and corpse paint while wearing long spikes and rivets and carrying ancient weapons. The shows also included a fire-breathing Emperor Caligula and pigs' heads impaled upon upside-down crosses -- kind of a low-budget Kiss concert. In 1998, No Fashion released their second full-length album, Vobiscum Satanas. Dark Funeral then brought their stage show to the U.S. for the first of two tours, supported by Metal Blade, who released The Secrets of the Black Arts and Vobiscum Satanas domestically. By 2000 the band saw more changes in the lineup, with Dominion taking a vacant guitar spot and the position of drummer becoming a revolving door. The EP Teach Children to Worship Satan was released just before the band was signed to Necropolis Records. Caligula and Dominion also released an album by their side project band, Dominion Caligula, for No Fashion Records in 2000. Under Wings of Hell, a re-release of Dark Funeral's and Infernal's first EPs, was issued by Hammerheart in 2001. Late that year, the band signed to Candlelight. De Profundis Clamavi ad Te Domine was a concert recording compiled from a South American tour and released in 2004. It featured new guitarist Chaq Mol. The studio offering Attera Totus Sanctus followed a year later. Dark Funeral's touring regimen was intense over the next two years. The video compilations Attera Orbis Terrarum, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 documented festival and headlining appearances over two years and were released at the bookends of 2008. A new studio effort, Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus, proved somewhat controversial as it contained love songs -- almost unheard of in black metal. The next five years saw global touring and unrest with a number of personnel changes, including the departure of vocalist Emperor Caligula. He was replaced by Nachtgarm (ex-Aeons Confer) in 2011, who was in turn replaced by ex-Diabolic Lust singer Heljarmadr in 2014. The limited cassette box set reissue In the Sign.../The Secrets of the Black Arts was issued the same year. The first new studio material by Dark Funeral in six years was the 2015 single "Nail Them to the Cross" b/w "Temple of Ahriman" in 2015, followed by the full-length Where Shadows Forever Reign on Century Media in June of 2016. ~ Kevin Odle
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Dark Funeral

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  2.   My Dark Desires
  3.   Nail Them to the Cross
  4.   Temple of Ahriman
  5.   Slava Satan
  6.   As I Ascend
  7.   Dead Skin Mask
  8.   Stigmata
  9.   Where Shadows Forever Reign
  10.   Unchain My Soul
  11.   Call From the Grave
  12.   Atrum Regina
  13.   An Apprentice of Satan
  14.   The Trial
  15.   The Dark Age Has Arrived
  16.   In My Dreams
  17.   Bloodfrozen
  18.   King Antichrist
  19.   Christ Fire
  20.   Heart of Ice
  21.   Goddess of Sodomy
  22.   When Angels Forever Die
  23.   My Funeral
  24.   Demons of Five
  25.   Lamb
  26.   Enriched by Evil
  27.   Shadows Over Transylvania
  28.   Satan's Mayhem
  29.   The Fire Eternal
  30.   Open the Gates
  31.   My Latex Queen
  32.   In the Sign of the Horns
  33.   Beast Above Man
  34.   An Apprentice of Satan 2000
  35.   The Birth of the Vampiir
  36.   Godhate
  37.   Pagan Fears
  38.   Armageddon Finally Comes
  39.   Thus I Have Spoken
  40.   Diabolis Interium
  41.   Hail Murder
  42.   The Arrival of Satan's Empire
  43.   Equimanthorn
  44.   Ineffable King of Darkness
  45.   Vobiscum Satanas
  46.   Evil Prevail
  47.   Dark Are the Path to Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal)
  48.   Satanic Blood
  49.   The Dawn No More Rises
  50.   The Secrets of the Black Arts
  51.   666 Voices Inside
  52.   The Black Winged Horde
  53.   Declaration of Hate
  54.   The Eternal Eclipse
  55.   Attera Totus Sanctus
  56.   Angel Flesh Impaled
  57.   Devil Pig
  58.   Thy Legions Come
  59.   To Carve Another Wound
  60.   The Legions Come
  61.   Remember the Fallen
  62.   Ravenna Strigoi Mortii
  63.   Feed on the Mortals
  64.   Watain
  65.   Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus
  66.   The End of Human Race
  67.   As One We Shall Conquer
  68.   Final Ritual
  69.   My Darkness
  70.   Secret of the Black Arts
  71.   Call from the Gave
  72.   Heinen
  73.   Headtuck
  74.   Don
  75.   Intro
  76.   Atrium Regina
  77.   Veinen
  78.   Veadtuck
  79.   Von
  80.   Slaba Satan
  81.   Black Winged Borde
  82.   The Blacked Winged Horde
  83.   Thy Legion Come
  84.   Shadows Over Translyvania