Immortal is a black metal band from Bergen, founded in 1991 by frontman and guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta and guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta. The pair worked with various drummers, were joined by current drummer Horgh in 1996. In March 2015, long-serving member Abbath announced his departure from the group following a dispute with the other members of the band, he went on to form a new band under his name called Abbath, it was reported that following Abbath's departure, the band would split up. However, In August 2015, Demonaz and Horgh said. Demonaz would return to playing guitar with the band for the first time since 1997, would do vocals as well. Northern Chaos Gods was released on July 6, 2018 under Nuclear Blast Records. Immortal arose from two short-lived bands, Old Funeral and Amputation, which were formed by Abbath and others in 1988. Immortal's original lineup consisted of ex-members from both of these bands. Old Funeral was founded by Abbath and Tore went through a string of guitarists until disbanding in 1992.
Abbath, Jørn formed Amputation, which released two demos with Demonaz on guitar and vocals, Jørn on guitars, Padden on drums, before disbanding in 1990. Members of Old Funeral and Amputation formed Immortal in 1991, with Abbath on bass and lead vocals, Demonaz on guitar, Armagedda on drums; the music on their early demo recordings was death metal, with lyrics influenced by Morbid Angel and Possessed. The band became influenced by Euronymous and bands like Bathory and Celtic Frost, they released their self-titled EP in 1991. This was followed by their debut album Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism in 1992. Immortal's early full-length releases were in traditional black metal style, but their most acclaimed album, At the Heart of Winter, marks the period when the band began to experiment with a complex fusion of black metal and German thrash metal, resulting in the sound of Immortal's works. In 1995, the band released two video clips directed by British artist David Palser, entitled Masters of Nebulah Frost, through Osmose Productions.
They featured many bizarrely-shot images of frozen landscapes and vast forests with the band performing two songs from the album Battles in the North, "Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms" and "Blashyrkh", on a Norwegian mountainside. The video for "Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms" features Hellhammer; these clips have become the template for many other bands producing such works to how "The Call of the Wintermoon" is highly influential. Apart from the two core members and Demonaz, Immortal did not find a stable lineup until 1996, when drummer Horgh joined the band and is credited on their album, Blizzard Beasts. A major turning point for the band was in 1997 when Demonaz suffered acute tendinitis in his arm and was unable to continue playing, Abbath took over for guitar. Despite this, Demonaz continued writing lyrics and has been a manager for the band, accompanying them on tour, releasing updates and giving interviews about how things are progressing with the band. Abbath and Horgh recorded the band's next album, At the Heart of Winter.
During the tours for this album, the band recruited Iscariah to stand in for bass duties, made him a full-time member. Grim committed suicide in 1999; the band headlines a festival held in his memory, the Hole in the Sky Festival. The next album, Damned in Black was more similar to their old style, it was well received, but is overlooked as it came between two of their classic albums, At the Heart of Winter and Sons of Northern Darkness. In 2000, the EP Immortal was repackaged as part of the True Kings of Norway compilation by Spinefarm Records. In 2000, Immortal signed a record contract with German label Nuclear Blast. Two months after this, Iscariah announced his intention to leave the band and was replaced by Saroth for the next few months. Immortal decided to split during the summer of 2003 for various personal reasons of the band members. However, in mid-October 2005, Abbath and original Immortal drummer Armagedda reunited, along with Gorgoroth bassist King ov Hell and Enslaved guitarist Ice Dale, they began work on a new project, dubbed I.
This new band entered the studio at the end of April 2006 to record their debut album, Between Two Worlds, released in November 2006. Demonaz features as lyricist for the band. In early June 2006, German magazine Rock Hard reported that Abbath and Horgh had decided to resurrect Immortal and start touring again in 2007. Abbath is quoted as saying: In 2007, Immortal reunited for a string of summer shows, they headlined the Inferno Festival in April, the Tuska Open Air festival in June/July, Metal Camp festival in July, the Wacken Open Air festival in August. They performed twice in the United States in July 2007. Filling in as bassist for these dates was Aura Noir bassist Apollyon. Immortal first toured Australia and New Zealand in March 2008. After the reunion and Horgh decided to reform the band on a permanent basis; this was confirmed by Demonaz in an interview with Eternal Terror. Apollyon was the permanent replacement for Iscariah, the three began working with Demonaz on material for their next album All Shall Fall.
All Shall Fall
Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It employs distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo and time signature changes, chromatic chord progressions; the lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, mysticism, philosophy, science fiction, politics, they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, torture, rape and necrophilia. Building from the musical structure of thrash metal and early black metal, death metal emerged during the mid-1980s. Bands such as Venom, Celtic Frost and Kreator were important influences on the genre's creation. Possessed, Necrophagia, Obituary and Morbid Angel are considered pioneers of the genre. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, death metal gained more media attention as popular genre. Niche record labels like Combat and Roadrunner began to sign death metal bands at a rapid rate.
Since death metal has diversified, spawning several subgenres. Melodic death metal combines death metal elements with those of the new wave of British heavy metal. Technical death metal is a complex style, with uncommon time signatures, atypical rhythms, unusual harmonies and melodies. Death-doom combines the deep growled vocals and double-kick drumming of death metal with the slow tempos and melancholic atmosphere of doom metal. Deathgrind and pornogrind mix the complexity of death metal with the intensity and brevity of grindcore. Deathcore combines death metal with metalcore traits. Death'n' roll combines death metal's growled vocals and distorted, detuned guitar riffs with elements of 1970s hard rock and heavy metal. English heavy metal band Venom, from Newcastle, crystallized the elements of what became known as thrash metal, death metal and black metal, with their 1981 album Welcome to Hell, their dark, blistering sound, harsh vocals, macabre, proudly Satanic imagery proved a major inspiration for extreme metal bands.
Another influential band, formed in 1981. Although the band was a thrash metal act, Slayer's music was more violent than their thrash contemporaries Metallica and Anthrax, their breakneck speed and instrumental prowess combined with lyrics about death, violence and Satanism won Slayer a rabid cult following. According to AllMusic, their third album Reign in Blood inspired the entire death metal genre, it had a big impact on genre leaders such as Death and Morbid Angel. Possessed, a band that formed in the San Francisco Bay Area during 1983, is described by Allmusic as "connecting the dots" between thrash metal and death metal with their 1985 debut album, Seven Churches. While attributed as having a Slayer influence and former members of the band had cited Venom and Motörhead, as well as early work by Exodus, as the main influences on their sound. Although the group had released only two studio albums and an EP in their formative years, they have been described by music journalists and musicians as either being "monumental" in developing the death metal style, or as being the first death metal band.
Earache Records noted that "the likes of Trey Azagthoth and Morbid Angel based what they were doing in their formative years on the Possessed blueprint laid down on the legendary Seven Churches recording. Possessed arguably did more to further the cause of'Death Metal' than any of the early acts on the scene back in the mid-late 80's." During the same period as the dawn of Possessed, a second influential metal band was formed in Orlando, Florida: Death. Called Mantas, Death was formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner, Kam Lee, Rick Rozz. In 1984 they released their first demo entitled Death followed by several more; the tapes circulated through the tape trader world establishing the band's name. With Death guitarist Schuldiner adopting vocal duties, the band made a major impact on the scene; the fast minor-key riffs and solos were complemented with fast drumming, creating a style that would catch on in tape trading circles. Schuldiner has been credited by Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia for being recognized as the "Father of Death Metal".
Death's 1987 debut release, Scream Bloody Gore, has been described by About.com's Chad Bowar as being the "evolution from thrash metal to death metal", "the first true death metal record" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Along with Possessed and Death, other pioneers of death metal in the United States include Macabre, Massacre, Cannibal Corpse,Obituary, Post Mortem. By 1989, many bands had been signed by eager record labels wanting to cash in on the subgenre, including Florida's Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide; this collective of death metal bands hailing from Florida are labeled as "Florida death metal". Morbid Angel pushed the genre's limits both musically and lyrically, with the release of their debut album Altars of Madness in 1989; the album "redefined what it meant to be heavy while influencing an upcoming class of brutal death metal." Death metal spread to Sweden in the late 1980s, flourishing with pioneers such as Carnage, God Macabre, Entombed and Unleashed. In the early 1990s, the rise of melodic death metal was recognized, with bands such as Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, In Flames.
Following the original death metal innovators, new subgenres began by the end of the decade. British band Napalm Death became associated with death metal, in particular, on their 1990 album Harmony Corruption; this alb
Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom, a volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien′s Middle-earth, their lyrics deal with Viking mythology and history, so they have been linked with viking metal, although the band themselves prefer to be referred to as melodic death metal. The band is composed of lead guitarist Olavi Mikkonen, vocalist Johan Hegg, bassist Ted Lundström, rhythm guitarist Johan Söderberg, drummer Jocke Wallgren. Amon Amarth has released ten studio albums, one compilation album, one EP, one video album, ten music videos, its first studio album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, debuted in 1998. Five more studio releases followed, before the band saw its breakthrough with the 2008 album Twilight of the Thunder God, which debuted at No. 10 on the Swedish album charts and No. 50 on the US Billboard 200. Three more albums, Surtur Rising, Deceiver of the Gods, Jomsviking followed in 2011, 2013, 2016, respectively.
On May 3, 2019 Amon Amarth will release their new studio album titled "Berserker". The band emerged from the previous death metal band Scum, founded in 1988 by Paul "Themgoroth" Mäkitalo on vocals, Olavi Mikkonen on lead guitar, Petri Tarvainen on bass and Vesa Meriläinen rhythm guitar. After a 1991 demo, Scum broke up and Amon Amarth formed in 1992. Hegg replaced Mäkitalo on vocals, Anders Hansson joined on guitar, Ted Lundström replaced Tarvainen on bass. Recorded its first demo Thor Arise. Raw and uneven in sound and execution, it was never released due to low quality standards, but the band caught the attention of extreme metal fans with its own "infectious brand of epic-sounding brutality and unadorned conviction". In 1994 another demo entitled The Arrival of the Fimbul Winter was recorded. In 1996, they signed with Pulverised Records, on which they released their first MCD, Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds, which sold 6000 copies, they signed with Metal Blade Records which released the debut album Once Sent from the Golden Hall.
Described as "a compelling fusion of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-crushing rhythms punctuated by Hegg’s callous black/death roar and accounts of Norse battles and treachery" it made sure Amon Amarth's popularity rose internationally. According to Allmusic, the song that bore the group's namesake was the most memorable, containing "the chaotic noises of battle, the screams of the dying, much sword-clashing to boot." Since they have performed at multiple Canada and US tours, festival appearances, eight music videos, appearances in over 100 metal magazines. In June 1998, as the band was about to commence a tour alongside Deicide, Six Feet Under and Brutal Truth, guitarist Anders Hansson left and was replaced by Johan Soderberg. After the tour Martin Lopez quit to join Opeth and Fredrik Andersson came in. With him in Spring 1999 the band released its second full-length, The Avenger; the release was supported by the X-Mas Massacre Festivals Tour with Morbid Angel headlining. The Crusher, released in 2001, was considered to be its most aggressive album.
In support of it the band went on tour with Vader, taking part in No Mercy Festival. Its first American tour in autumn 2001 though had to be cancelled and was held in January 2002, without Marduk, Amon Amarth headlining. In April 2002 the band toured Europe with Vomitory and in August performed at Wacken Open Air before 12.000 metal fans. In Berno Studio in Malmo Versus The World was recorded and came out, The Viking Edition comprising a bonus CD which included demos Thor Arise and Arrival Of The Fimbul Winter. Touring continued up until Spring 2004 when the band started working on Fate of Norns album, released on 6 September 2004; the follow-up, With Oden on Our Side, has shown that "Amon Amarth continue to be champions of the worldwide death metal tournament" and rose to number 26 in the US Top Independent album charts. The album's material though was not included in the DVD Wrath Of The Norsemen, released in May 2006, having turned gold in US since. In early January 2008, its first tour of Australia and New Zealand took place, supporting Dimmu Borgir, after finishing a US and Canadian tour with Sonic Syndicate and Himsa.
Amon Amarth extended its record deal with Metal Blade Records for three more albums. After extending its record deal, the band released Twilight of the Thunder God, which featured guest appearances by Lars Göran Petrov of Entombed, Roope Latvala of Children of Bodom, the cello metal band Apocalyptica. Accompanying the release of the album was an eight-page comic strip based on Norse mythology, released by magazines in Europe. Twilight of the Thunder God, considered its breakthrough album, reached number 50 in the US, number 6 in Germany, number 10 in Finland, number 11 in Sweden, number 14 in Austria, number 21 in Switzerland, it ended up at the number 7 position in Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums that year. Amon Amarth embarked on a North American headlining tour in October 2008, with support from Ensiferum and The Absence. In 2009 the band returned to the States for another successful series of dates with Goatwhore and Lazarus AD and in 2010 with Holy Grail and Eluveitie. In between, Amon Amarth were named "Best Breakthrough Act" at Metal Hammer's prestigious Golden Gods Awards.
The band supported Slayer in its Unholy Alliance Chapter III European tour. Amon Amarth played its first show in India, headlining the Deccan Rock Festival in Bangalore on 5 December 2009. On
Bo Martin Erik Eriksson, better known by his stage name E-Type, is a Swedish Eurodance musician. Eriksson was born in Uppsala, his father is Bo G. Eriksson, known for the science TV-show Vetenskapens Värld, his mother's name is Elisabeth and he has one sibling, a sister Erika. In his teens, E-Type and his family moved to Bromma, a borough in the western part of Stockholm, he is living in the heart of Stockholm, he started his musical career in the 1980s as a drummer in the speed metal bands Maninnya Blade and Hexenhaus. In 1991 he met up with Stakka Bo with two singles as a result of the partnership: "We Got the Atmosphere" in 1991 and "Numania 1" in 1992; this earned E-Type a job as a VJ on ZTV. His first solo single, "I'm Falling" did poorly commercially. E-Type's breakthrough came in 1994 with the collaboration with the producers from Cheiron on his debut album Made in Sweden. A single from this album, "Set the World on Fire", reached gold status in Sweden, #1 on the Swedish dance chart, #2 on the Swedish sale chart, #4 in Israel.
Four other singles were released from the album: the ballad "Do You Always?", "This Is the Way" and "Russian Lullaby". "This Is the Way" reached #15 on the Billboard Club Chart in the United States and #6 on the UK Club Chart. Most of the tracks feature the female vocalist Nana Hedin, featured on nearly all of E-Type's albums; the album itself made it up to # 2 on the album-chart. Over 100,000 copies were sold in Sweden and the album was listed for 26 weeks. During 1996, E-Type and the producer-team spent their time working on a second album The Explorer, released in Sweden on October 23; the album sold more than 20,000 copies. His third album, Last Man Standing, was released on the November 27, 1998 and went to #1 in Finland and Sweden, going double platinum and platinum respectively; the album remains E-Type's best-selling album with sales of 3 million copies worldwide and includes hit singles like "Angels Crying", "Here I Go Again" and "Princess of Egypt". E-Type recorded the official song, "Campione 2000" for the 2000 European football championship.
"Campione 2000" is played every time the English football team. In 2001, he released his new single "Life" on November 12; the forthcoming album release, entitled Euro IV Ever, was postponed until the end of 2001 and released on November 21. An album release party was held on the November 25. Max Martin, Rami and E-Type produced the album Loud Pipes Save Lives in 2004, released it on March 25. It's so far the last E-Type album to feature Nana Hedin on vocals. At the beginning of April, "Paradise" reached #11 in Finland and entered the Finnish Dance chart at position #28. On May 14, 2007, E-Type released a new single called "True Believer". There was a new album in 2007, released on October 31. It's an album that features E-Type's new female vocalist, Sanne Karlsson. In the spring of 2008, E-Type appeared in Melodifestivalen 2008 and performed the song "Line of Fire" together with the rock band The Poodles, they advanced to a second chance heat, held in Kiruna on March 8 where they lost to Sibel. The UK record label All Around the World released "True Believer" to the UK market in late 2008, in mid-2009, "Rain" from Loud Pipes Save Lives was unexpectedly released as a single and music video.
In August 2009, a promo single and a new music video for "Life" was released, with newly shot scenes of Nana Hedin intermixed with the original 2001 video. E-Type released the single "Back 2 Life" in January 2011. "Back 2 Life" was written by E-Type & Johan "Shellback" Schuster and Savan Kotecha who wrote the lyrics. The producers are Serban Ghenea who mixed the track. For gym-goers, E-Type's music has become synonymous with Les Mills International's group fitness class BodyPump; the structure, lyrical content and soaring crescendos suit well the "back track" of the class. E-Type tracks used in this context include "Africa", "Set the World on Fire", "Eurofighter", "True Believer" and "The Tide"; the music of E-Type follows the typical Eurodance formula of synthesizer music built up to a dance floor crescendo, accompanied by his own vocals, a chorus sung by Nana Hedin. Hedin provided vocals for more than half of all E-Type's songs, she made her last appearance on record with E-Type on his 2004 album Loud Pipes Save Lives.
In 2009 she was told by doctors that she has cancer in her tongue and she is therefore not performing. E-Type's 2007 album, featured his new vocalist, Sanne Karlsson. Much of E-Type's success in the 1990s was built on dancer Dilnarin "Dee" Demirbag, who lip-synched to Hedin's vocals in several of E-Type's music videos such as "This is the Way", "Calling Your Name", "Angels Crying", "Here I Go Again" and "Life", appearances on TV shows and concerts. "Dee" left the band in 2001 to pursue a solo career. However, she got back together with E-Type in December 2006 for a concert in Russia, is still touring with the band occasionally, she appeared in the 2007 music video for "True Believer". E-Type participated in the Swedish Dance Music Awards in March 1995, he won three awards: Best Artist and Newcomer. In 1999, E-Type was nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the category'Modern Dance', along with Dr. Bombay, Richi M and Black Moses. List of Eurodance artists Swedish singers Music of Sweden Official webs
Grangärde is a locality situated in Ludvika Municipality, Dalarna County, with 351 inhabitants in 2010. Grangärde Court District, or Grangärde tingslag, was a district of Dalarna in Sweden; the court district served as the basic division of the rural areas in Dalarna, except for one district, a hundred. The entire province had once been a single hundred, called Dala hundare. Heavy metal musician, Peter Tägtgren, was born in Grangärde
Marduk is a Swedish black metal band. The group formed in 1990 in the city of Norrköping and released their first album in 1992, their name is derived from patron deity of Babylon. Marduk was formed by Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson in order to form the "most blasphemous band in the world", their musical style was that of a straightforward death metal influenced take on black metal music, but as the years progressed their style and imagery became more of a fast and intense form of black metal. Marduk's predominant lyrical topics are Satanism, anti-Christianity, death, Third Reich history, World War II; the latter two are a addition to their lyrical/conceptual themes, stemming from their 1999 release Panzer Division Marduk. Marduk have recorded further songs relating to those chapters of human history, such as "The Hangman of Prague", "Night of the Long Knives", "Deathmarch" and others. On the Nightwing album the band samples a march by the fascist and anti-semitic Iron Guard in Romania; the band's fixation on Nazi-era Germany has caused a great deal of controversy, leading to multiple performances being cancelled, leaving the band unable to tour multiple countries in various parts of the world.
Much of this controversy stems from a 1995 interview with Nordic Vision Magazine, in which guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson was quoted as saying "in Germany, where magazines as “Rock Hard” and “Metal Hammer” have decided that we are a facistic band and refuse to print any ads with Marduk the reason for this is that in a German magazine I said that we in Marduk want to prevent immigration to Sweden and that I was proud over the fact that my grandfather was a serving German officer during the second World War” and that “immigrants – who poison our environment” should not be allowed into Sweden. In September 2016, The band was supposed to tour the U. S with Carach Angren, Rotting Christ, Necronomicon but was forced to drop out, leaving the other three to continue on, due to unresolved delays in obtaining visas. Due to that, the band was forced to postpone the tour to early 2017. In late February their planned Oakland show was cancelled by the venue for fears of security issues after a local anti-fascist group targeted the band and threatened the venue staff.
In April of 2018, vocalist Mortuus and drummer Fredrik Widigs were accused of purchasing items from the Nordic Resistance Movement, a Swedish neo-Nazi organization, after sale records for various purchases were uncovered, including Mortuus and Widigs' real names, personal email addresses, shipment records confirmed the material was shipped to the members' home addresses. The items included stickers and flyers promoting the NMR and the books "Our Way - The Nordic Party Movement Party Program" and "National Socialism - The Biological Worldview". Marduk denied these claims on their official Facebook page stating, "No Marduk member has ordered anything from the website in question, or had any form of interaction with the organisation operating it; this is all we have to say about the matter." On April 26th 2018 the band released their first single "Werwolf" off their latest album Viktoria, released on June 22nd. Morgan "Evil" Steinmeyer Håkansson – guitars Mortuus – vocals Magnus "Devo" Andersson – bass, guitars Andreas Axelsson – vocals Joakim "Af Gravf" Göthberg – drums, vocals Erik "Legion" Hagstedt – vocals Fredrik "Froding" Andersson – drums Emil Dragutinovic – drums Lars Broddesson – drums Rikard Kalm – bass B.
War – bass Fredrik Widigs – drums Kim Osara – guitars Peter Tägtgren – guitars Simon "BloodHammer" Schilling – drums Timeline Dark Endless Those of the Unlight Opus Nocturne Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered Nightwing Panzer Division Marduk La Grande Danse Macabre World Funeral Plague Angel Rom 5:12 Wormwood Serpent Sermon Frontschwein Viktoria Live in Germania Infernal Eternal Blackcrowned Warschau Fuck Me Jesus Glorification Here's No Peace Obedience Deathmarch Iron Dawn "Slay the Nazarene" "Hearse" "Souls for Belial" "Werwolf" Funeral Marches and Warsongs Blackcrowned Blood Puke Salvation Official website Marduk on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com Marduk at Encyclopaedia Metallum
Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, a shrieking vocal style distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw recording, unconventional song structures, an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms. During the 1980s, several thrash metal and death metal bands formed a prototype for black metal; this so-called first wave included bands such as Venom, Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost. A second wave arose in the early 1990s, spearheaded by Norwegian bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor and Gorgoroth; the early Norwegian black metal scene developed the style of their forebears into a distinct genre. Norwegian-inspired black metal scenes emerged throughout Europe and North America, although some other scenes developed their own styles independently; some prominent Swedish bands spawned during this second wave, such as Marduk and Dark Funeral. A synonym for "Satanic metal", black metal has sparked controversy, due to the actions and ideologies associated with the genre.
Many artists express extreme anti-Christian and misanthropic views, advocating various forms of Satanism or ethnic paganism. In the 1990s, members of the scene were responsible for a spate of church murders. There is a small neo-Nazi movement within black metal, although it has been shunned by many prominent artists. Black metal strives to remain underground, inaccessible to the mainstream and those who are not committed. Although contemporary black metal refers to the Norwegian style with shrieking vocals and raw production, the term has been applied to bands with differing sounds. Norwegian-inspired black metal guitarists favor high-pitched or trebly guitar tones and heavy distortion; the guitar is played with fast, un-muted tremolo picking. Guitarists use dissonance—along with specific scales and chord progressions—to create a sense of dread; the tritone, or flat-fifth, is used. Guitar solos and low guitar tunings are rare in black metal; the bass guitar is used to play stand-alone melodies. It is not uncommon for the bass to be muted against the guitar, or for it to homophonically follow the low-pitched riffs of the guitar.
While electronic keyboards were "not heard in type of music", Dimmu Borgir say they started using keyboards "in the background" and started using them as a "proper instrument" for creating "atmosphere". Some newer black metal bands began raising their production quality and introducing additional instruments such as synthesizers and orchestras; the drumming is fast and relies on double-bass and blast beats to maintain tempos that can sometimes approach 300 beats per minute. These fast tempos require great skill and physical stamina, typified by black metal drummers Frost and Hellhammer. Still, authenticity is still prioritized over technique. "This professionalism has to go," insists well-respected drummer and metal historian Fenriz of Darkthrone. "I want to de-learn playing drums, I want to play primitive and simple, I don't want to play like a drum solo all the time and make these complicated riffs". Black metal songs stray from conventional song structure and lack clear verse-chorus sections.
Instead, many black metal songs contain repetitive instrumental sections. The Greek style—established by Rotting Christ and Varathron—has more traditional heavy metal and death metal traits than Norwegian black metal. Traditional black metal bands tend to favor raspy, high-pitched vocals which include techniques such as shrieking and snarling, a vocal style influenced by Quorthon of Bathory. Death growls, common in the death metal genre, are sometimes used, but less than the characteristic black metal shriek. Black metal lyrics attack Christianity and the other institutional religions using apocalyptic language. Satanic lyrics are common, many see them as essential to black metal. For Satanist black metal artists, "Black metal songs are meant to be like Calvinist sermons. Misanthropy, global catastrophe, death and rebirth are common themes. Another topic found in black metal lyrics is that of the wild and extreme aspects and phenomena of the natural world the wilderness, mountains, winter and blizzards.
Black metal has a fascination with the distant past. Many bands write about the mythology and folklore of their homelands and promote a revival of pre-Christian, pagan traditions. A significant number of bands write lyrics only in their native language and a few have lyrics in archaic languages; some doom metal-influenced artists' lyrics focus on depression, introspection, self-harm and suicide. Many bands choose not to play live. Many of those who do play live maintain that their performances "are not for entertainment or spectacle. Sincerity and extremity are valued above all else"; some bands consider their concerts to be rituals and make use of stage props and theatrics. Bands such as Mayhem and Gorgoroth are noted for their controversial shows, which have featured impaled animal heads, mock crucifixions, medieval weaponry and band members doused in animal blood. A few vocalists, such as Dead and Kvarforth, are known for cutting themselves while singing onstage. Black metal artists appear dressed in black with combat boots, bullet belts, spiked wristbands and inverted crosses and inverted pentagrams to reinforce their anti-Christian or anti-religious stance.