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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.   Ineffable King of Darkness
  4.   An Apprentice of Satan
  5.   Angel Flesh Impaled
  6.   Thus I Have Spoken
  7.   Pagan Fears
  8.   Armageddon Finally Comes
  9.   Vobiscum Satanas
  10.   Open the Gates
  11.   Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus
  12.   The Fire Eternal
  13.   My Funeral
  14.   Remember the Fallen
  15.   Bloodfrozen
  16.   Final Ritual
  17.   Watain
  18.   Dead Skin Mask
  19.   Dark Are the Path to Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal)
  20.   In the Sign of the Horns
  21.   An Apprentice of Satan 2000
  22.   Nail Them to the Cross
  23.   Stigmata
  24.   Demons of Five
  25.   Atrum Regina
  26.   Godhate
  27.   King Antichrist
  28.   Heart of Ice
  29.   Diabolis Interium
  30.   Goddess of Sodomy
  31.   Hail Murder
  32.   The Arrival of Satan's Empire
  33.   Satanic Blood
  34.   Shadows Over Transylvania
  35.   Satan's Mayhem
  36.   The Dawn No More Rises
  37.   The Secrets of the Black Arts
  38.   My Latex Queen
  39.   Devil Pig
  40.   Call From the Grave
  41.   Lamb
  42.   In My Dreams
  43.   Temple of Ahriman
  44.   Feed on the Mortals
  45.   The End of Human Race
  46.   Christ Fire
  47.   Attera Totus Sanctus
  48.   666 Voices Inside
  49.   When Angels Forever Die
  50.   Equimanthorn
  51.   The Trial
  52.   The Dark Age Has Arrived
  53.   Declaration of Hate
  54.   The Birth of the Vampiir
  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