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

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