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Enslaved

EnslavedEnslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson in Haugesund in June 1991. Though the band’s lineup has changed many times over the years, Bjørnson and Kjellson have been the sole constant members, and the lineup has remained the same since 2004. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway. To date they have released thirteen full-length studio albums, the most recent of which, In Times, was released in 2015 on Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s music draws heavily on the Viking cultural and religious heritage of their home country of Norway for inspiration, and most of the band’s lyrics relate to Norse mythology.

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Celtic Frost

Celtic FrostCeltic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on the extreme metal genres. Formed in 1981 as Hellhammer, the band became Celtic Frost in 1984 and was active until 1993. It re-formed in 2001 and disbanded following frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer’s departure in 2008. The band was inspired by heavy metal groups such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Venom, but also by gothic rock acts like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Christian Death, and by the hardcore punk group Discharge.

disc_celtic-frostTheir music included elements of various extreme metal styles. Their earlier music was sometimes classified as thrash metal, black metal and death metal and their later work as doom metal and gothic metal...

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Hellhammer

HellhammerHellhammer was a Swiss extreme metal band from Nurensdorf, active during 1981–1984. They are regarded as a key influence on black metal, and one of the founders of death metal. In June 1984, Hellhammer became Celtic Frost.

disc_hellhammerInspired by the music of Black Sabbath, Venom, Raven, and Motörhead, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. “Tom Warrior”), bassist/vocalist Urs Sprenger (a.k.a. “Steve Warrior”) and drummer Pete Stratton formed Hammerhead (later Hellhammer) in early 1981.

After the exit of Stratton and drummer Jörg Neubart (a.k.a. “Bruce Day”) joining in the ranks on autumn 1982, Hellhammer attempted to find proper rehearsal spaces, which proved difficult due to either exceedingly high rents or unavailable studio hours...

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Bathory

BathoryBathory was an extreme metal band formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory. The band’s frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Considered to be one of the most influential acts in heavy metal, Bathory’s first four albums are considered to be “the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal”. The band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to thrash metal with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.

Disc_BathoryThe band Bathory was formed in Vällingby in 1983...

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Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s

10 Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s

Best Black Metal Albums from 1980sBlack metal famously exploded with spectacular effect in the early 90s, with countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Greece all picking up the torch. Nevertheless, the roots of the genre lie firmly in the 80s, and even though it was a sparser and less clearly defined movement back then, there are still plenty of classic albums that deserve your attention. Here’s 10 of the Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s.


Venom – Black Metal (Neat Records, 1982)

Some say that Venom merely gave the black metal genre its name, others argue that this is a retrospective view and point out that the bands and fans who got into the scene prior to the 90s ‘second wave’ explosion viewed the trio as black metal through and through...

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Mercyful Fate

Mercyful FateMercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, they were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band’s inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.

Mercyful Fate was originally formed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1981, following the dissolution of the band Brats...

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Songs that Forged Metal-II (1979-1989)

Songs that Forged Metal : Part-II (1979-1989)

Songs that Forged Metal 2As metal entered its third decade, MetalRulz guides you through the Songs that Forged Metal 2 (1979-1989) and bands that shaped it – from AC/DC and Motorhead to Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses.


Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (1980)

Steppenwolf might have sung about ‘heavy metal thunder’ first, but the song that illustrates it best has gotta be Lemmy’s relentless ode to cards, dice and dancing with the Devil. Gambling may be for fools, but with a soundtrack like this, it’s the way we like it, baby…


AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

With a riff that launched a thousand identical-riffs, the title track of AC/DC’s first record with Brian Johnson at the helm was a terrifying statement of intent...

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Slayer

SlayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame with its 1986 release Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the “big four” thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Since its debut album in 1983, the band has released twelve studio albums, two live albums, a box set, six music videos, two extended plays and a cover album. Four of the band’s studio albums have received gold certification in the United States. The band has received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song “Eyes of the Insane”, and one in 2008 for the song “Final Six” (both from 2006’s Christ Illusion)...

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Double Bass Drumming

DOUBLE BASS DRUMMING

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Basic double bass drum pattern

In many forms of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, as well as some forms of Jazz, Fusion and Punk, two bass drums are used, or alternatively two pedals on one bass drum. One of the first people to popularize the use of the double bass drum setup was jazz drummer Louie Bellson, who came up with the idea when he was still in high school. Double bass drums were first used initially by jazz artists such as Ray McKinley and Ed Shaughnessy in the 1940s and 1950s, and popularized in the 1960s by rock drummers Ginger Baker of Cream, Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Keith Moon of The Who and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.

Double Bass Drumming later became an integral part of Heavy Metal, as pioneered by the likes of Carmine Appice, Ian Paice, Co...

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Swedish Extreme Metal

SWEDISH EXTREME METAL (1990-present)

Swedish Extreme Metal is a Death Metal music scene developed in Sweden. Many Swedish Death Metal bands are associated with the Melodic Death Metal movement, thus giving Swedish Death Metal a different sound from other variations of Death Metal.

Swedish Extreme MetalUnlike American Death Metal groups, the first Swedish bands were rooted in Punk Rock. Although Norway is known for its quantity of Black Metal, Gothenburg in Sweden has a large Melodic Death Metal scene, while Stockholm is known for its more raw Death Metal scene.

History

Precursors – Unlike American groups, the Swedish Death Metal scene’s earliest originators were influenced by Punk Rock, especially the D-beat Hardcore Punk scene...

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