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Gorgoroth have had many line up changes and periods when various members were in prison, but their albums have been consistently good over the past 16 years, and their live shows have been pretty spectacular. Recommended track Â Sign of an Open Eye.
Named after the year that the plague hit Norway, 1349 are a band from Oslo, formed in 1997, whose music is a total barrage of brain scrambling pure black metal (apart from 2009’s Revelations of the Black Flame, which went off in a more atmospheric direction). Their drummer, Frost, is better known for being in Satyricon, and is possibly the best drummer ever. Hellfire is their best album. Again, an intense experience live. Recommended track ââ Nathicana.
Probably the most notorious band in black metal. Formed in Oslo in 1984, one singer committed suicide, the guitarist was murdered, churches were burned down, and they still managed to come up with the classic album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and they still have a punishing tour schedule. Recommended track ââ Deathcrush.
Formed in 1987, Darkthrone made melodic and necro sounding classic black metal albums until a few years ago when they went in a more punk direction. 1994’s Transilvanian Hunger is a high point. They have refused to play live for many years, and are totally opposed to slick studio techniques and copyists. Recommended track ââ In the Shadow of the Horns.
Ragnarok formed in 1994 but only the drummer is original, the current line up is only about 2 years old, but they are a good live band and last years Collectors of the King is a cracking album full of good tunes. Recommended track ââ Resurrection.