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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 amongst 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, Secrets of the Black Arts, reached their fans. 1996 was a big year for Dark Funeral. 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. The band then brought their stage show to the U.S. for the first of two tours, supported by Metal Blade records, who released 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 rotating door. The EP Teach Your Children to Worship Satan was released just before the band was signed to Necropolis Records. In 2000, Caligula and Dominion also released an album by their side project band, Dominion Caligula, for No Fashion Records. ~ Kevin Odle
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  2.   My Dark Desires
  3.   Unchain My Soul
  4.   Satan's Mayhem
  5.   Pagan Fears
  6.   My Funeral
  7.   When Angels Forever Die
  8.   King Antichrist
  9.   Ineffable King of Darkness
  10.   Thy Legions Come
  11.   Remember the Fallen
  12.   Slava Satan
  13.   Demons of Five
  14.   The Legions Come
  15.   666 Voices Inside
  16.   Watain
  17.   Thus I Have Spoken
  18.   An Apprentice of Satan
  19.   Vobiscum Satanas
  20.   The Secrets of the Black Arts
  21.   Nail Them to the Cross
  22.   The Birth of the Vampiir
  23.   Stigmata
  24.   In My Dreams
  25.   Declaration of Hate
  26.   Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus
  27.   Angel Flesh Impaled
  28.   Atrum Regina
  29.   Godhate
  30.   Attera Totus Sanctus
  31.   Christ Fire
  32.   Devil Pig
  33.   Heart of Ice
  34.   Armageddon Finally Comes
  35.   Diabolis Interium
  36.   Goddess of Sodomy
  37.   Hail Murder
  38.   The Arrival of Satan's Empire
  39.   Call From the Grave
  40.   Equimanthorn
  41.   Open the Gates
  42.   Evil Prevail
  43.   Enriched by Evil
  44.   Satanic Blood
  45.   Shadows Over Transylvania
  46.   The Dawn No More Rises
  47.   Temple of Ahriman
  48.   An Apprentice of Satan 2000
  49.   The Trial
  50.   The Black Winged Horde
  51.   Lamb
  52.   Dark Are the Path to Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal)
  53.   Dead Skin Mask
  54.   Bloodfrozen
  55.   Ravenna Strigoi Mortii
  56.   My Latex Queen
  57.   The Fire Eternal
  58.   Feed on the Mortals
  59.   The End of Human Race
  60.   The Dark Age Has Arrived
  61.   Final Ritual
  62.   In the Sign of the Horns
  63.   My Darkness
  64.   Secret of the Black Arts
  65.   Call from the Gave
  66.   Heinen
  67.   Headtuck
  68.   Don
  69.   Intro
  70.   Atrium Regina
  71.   Veinen
  72.   Veadtuck
  73.   Von
  74.   Slaba Satan
  75.   Black Winged Borde
  76.   The Blacked Winged Horde
  77.   Thy Legion Come
  78.   Shadows Over Translyvania
  79.   Where Shadows Forever Reign
  80.   As One We Shall Conquer
  81.   Beast Above Man
  82.   As I Ascend
  83.   The Eternal Eclipse
  84.   To Carve Another Wound