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Dark Funeral

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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Dark Funeral

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

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