Posted by Imperator on 17th July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 17-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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Returning to our "Kings of Black" series of articles, this week we check out Emperor, one of the Norwegian pioneers and the band that single-handedly created a whole sub-genre by themselves.

Kings of Black III: Emperor
Kings of Black III: Emperor

In our third installment of the Kings of Black series, we take a closer look at one of the pioneers of Norwegian Black Metal and the architects of Symphonic Black Metal, Emperor.

Since their creation in 1991 until their dissolution in 2001, Emperor have proven to be not only one of the key progenitors of the Second Wave of Black Metal that originated in Norway, but also one of the most inspirational, with their influence being found within the music of literally thousands of Symphonic Black Metal bands across the globe.

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Posted by Imperator on 16th July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 16-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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We proudly present our brand new BestBlackMetalAlbums channel on YouTube, where you can check out sample tracks from all the best Black Metal albums.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel
Subscribe to our YouTube channel

We proudly present our Official YouTube channel, where you can find an ever-growing collection of songs from the greatest Black Metal albums. Each song's description contains a direct link to the corresponding album profile on our site if you want to find out more information about a specific album, or buy the album through our site.

We are constantly uploading videos with songs from all the best Black Metal albums, from the most acclaimed classics to the lesser known gems, spanning a wide range of styles and originating from all four corners of the globe. Make sure you check out ou ...

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Posted by Imperator on 12th July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 12-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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Norwegian Black Metal band Enslaved have revealed the title, artwork and release date of what will be their twelfth full length album, "RIITIIR".

Enslaved reveal upcoming album
Enslaved reveal upcoming album

Norwegian Progressive / Viking Black Metal veterans Enslaved have recently revealed the details regarding their upcoming studio release. "RIITIIR" is the title of what will be their twelfth full length album, and a follow-up to their 2010 release "Axioma Ethica Odini".

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, one of Enslaved's songwriters and founding members, has revealed some further details behind the concepts on "RIITIIR" through the band's official Facebook profile:

The album is, as mentioned, entitled RIITIIR - a self-made 'Norse-ified' version of the words 'Rites' / 'Rituals.' RIITIIR = 'The ...

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Posted by Imperator on 10th July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 10-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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French Black Metal band Blut Aus Nord will release their tenth full length album, titled "777 - Cosmosophy", on the 21st of September.

New Blut Aus Nord album 21/09
New Blut Aus Nord album 21/09

French Ambient Black Metal band Blut Aus Nord are scheduled to release their tenth full length studio recording, titled "777 - Cosmosophy", on the 21st of September 2012 through the Debemur Morti Productions record label.

"777 - Cosmosophy" will be the third and final part of their "777" trilogy of albums, with the first two parts of the trilogy being "777 - Sect(s)" and "777 - The Desanctification", both released in 2011.

As is usually the case with Blut Aus Nord's albums, the track list simply consists of numbered chapters:


Epitome XIV
Epitome XV
Epitome XVI
Epitome XVII ...

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Posted by Imperator on 7th July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 07-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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Finnish Black Metal band Behexen are set to release their new album, titled "Nightside Emanations", on the 21st of September.

New Behexen album in September
New Behexen album in September

Finnish Black Metal band Behexen have announced recently that their new album, titled "Nightside Emanations", is set to be released through Debemur Morti Productions on the 21st of September, 2012. This will be their fourth full length studio recording, and a follow-up to their 2008 album "My Soul for His Glory".

The track list for "Nightside Emanations" is as follows:


Intro
Wrathfull Dragon Hau-Hra
Death's Black Light
Circle Me...
We Burn With Serpent Fire
Luciferian Will
Awaken Tiamat
Temple of the Silent Curses
Shining Death
Kiss of Our Dark Mother


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Posted by Imperator on 4th July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 04-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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U.S. Black Metal band Abigail Williams have announced that they will put the band to rest upon completing their upcoming North American tour.

Abigail Williams call it a day
Abigail Williams call it a day

U.S. Black Metal band Abigail Williams have announced that they will disband as of the 16th of September, 2012. Ken Sorceron, the band's founder and only original remaining member, stated the following on his official Facebook page:

After much consideration we have decided to make these upcoming Abigail Williams shows our last U.S. tour. This was a very hard decision to make but feels absolutely necessary at this point. I've had the best times of my life with this band and learned so much about what I want to do with music as well as what I don't like about the industry etc... and we ...

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Posted by Imperator on 1st July, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 01-07-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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We have added an all new poll system to the site, and our first question is simple: What is your favourite subgenre of Black Metal?

Which is your preferred style of Black Metal?
Which is your preferred style of Black Metal?

As you may have noticed, we have added a brand new Black Metal Poll sidebox on the front page, just below the Recommended Album sidebox. We will be hosting many polls over the coming weeks, months, and hopefully years, asking our users all manner of Black Metal related questions and maybe the occasional off-topic one too. To begin with, we will inaugurate the poll with a very simple question: What is your preferred style of Black Metal?

You don't need to register or sign in to vote, just scroll down to find the Black Metal Poll sidebox on the right hand side, pick your favourite subgenre ...

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Posted by Imperator on 30th June, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 30-06-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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We have updated our site's search algorithm so that searches will now return more relevant results.

We have made some changes to the way our search engine analyzes the database so that it will now show more relevant results for each search.

From now on, album titles and band names that match the exact search terms used will appear first, and then all partial matches will be shown afterwards. As always, all feedback is welcome, and if you do happen to notice any irregularities regarding the new search, let us know.

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Posted by Imperator on 29th June, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 29-06-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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U.S. Black Metal band Nachtmystium is scheduled to release their new album "Silencing Machine" on the 31st of July.

New Nachtmystium album 31st July
New Nachtmystium album 31st July

Nachtmystium, one of North America's better known Black Metal bands, are scheduled to release their sixth full length studio album on the 31st of July through Century Media Records.

The new album's title is Silencing Machine, and the track list is as follows:


Dawn Over the Ruin of Jerusalem
Silencing Machine
And I Control You
The Lepers of Destitution
Borrowed Hope and Broken Dreams
I Wait in Hell
Decimation Annihilation
Reduced to Ashes
Give Me the Grave
These Rooms in Which We Weep


Nachtmystium was formed by Blake Judd and Pat McCormick in Chicago in 2000, and since ...

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Posted by Imperator on 27th June, 2012 @ 00:00 UTCBy Imperator on 27-06-2012 @ 00:00 UTC
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"The Ruins of Edom", a new split album between U.S. Black Metal band Nightbringer and Greek Black Metal band Acherontas, is now available.

New Nightbringer / Acherontas split
New Nightbringer / Acherontas split

"The Ruins of Edom" is the title of a new split album that is the product of the collaboration between U.S. Black Metal band Nightbringer and Greek Black Metal band Acherontas. "The Ruins of Edom" will be released in Europe via Polish record label Agonia Records.

The track listing for "The Ruins of Edom" is as follows:


Nightbringer - Ingress (The Gates of Edom)
Nightbringer - Mare
Nightbringer - The Grave Earths Son
Acherontas - Layil
Acherontas - Reverence for the Scarlet Goddess


Nightbringer

Nightbringer are a Black Metal band from Green Mountain Falls in Colorado, United ...

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