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    Balor gave a Damn to BlutAusNerd in Sunn O)))   
    At their best with Attila.
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    Balor gave a Damn to Muavis in Who are your current top 5 bands?   
    Darkthrone, Gorgoroth,Furia, Mgla, Wardruna
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    Balor gave a Damn to somerandomguy in Who are your current top 5 bands?   
    darkthrone death burzum bathory mayhem 
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    Balor gave a Damn to BlutAusNerd in first wave vs second wave   
    Marduk does get unfair heat for that, especially since they really only played in that model during the Legion era. Prior to that, they were pioneering second wave Swedish black metal, which I would call the "standard" sound as opposed to the Dark Funeral sound. Some of those early bands morphed into blasturbatory self-parody, and bands like Dark Funeral, Setherial, and mid-period Marduk still used Swedish melodies, but presented them in a different way without the dynamic and rhythmic range of the more standard Swedish sound. And yes, while Attera had one or two songs that were a bit outside the norm for Dark Funeral, those vocals are fucking awful. Maniac sounds in control when he's in that range, but on tracks like 666 Voices Inside, Magus sounds like a cat getting raped. 
    I get the appeal, and I used to like the band a lot more than I do now, but the novelty faded quickly for me. I can still get into the blast + satan formula on the debut once in a while, but it's tiresome to me at this point. For my money, Marduk and Setherial played the sound a lot better when they were going for a similar result, and the former was a great deal better live too. 
    It's not quite so broad as that, there are a range of specific sounds to it, but yes. It's a combination of songwriting factors that create a black metal atmosphere, which can be done a number of ways, but I hear it most in certain chord progressions, note selections, and riffing patterns. 
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    Balor gave a Damn to Requiem in first wave vs second wave   
    Vampyrique is right about the styles, and 'Bergtatt' probably is the best, but the other two are great in their own way. 'Kveldssanger' isn't a black metal album if we're being strict about it, but it has the vibe for sure and fits perfectly with the other two. 'Nattens Madrigal' is black metal incarnate, with each song being an ode to the wolf. 
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    Balor gave a Damn to Vampyrique in first wave vs second wave   
    Kveldssanger drops black metal entirely in favour of folkly acoustic-oriented songs. There's only clean vocals and less vocals in general. 
    Nattens Madrigal is the exact opposite. This album embraces distortion, harsh vocals and was a deliberate attempt to play pure, straight-forward black metal. 
    Bergtatt is easily the best of the trilogy in my view. 
     
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    Balor gave a Damn to Fenririus in The Official Black Metal Recommendations Thread   
    From the list above Schizo was cool but the best is sun worship for me 
    some nice albums i recently stumbled upon:
    Mgla - Exercisesin furility 
    Marthyrium - Beyond the Thresholds
    Acherontas - Ma-IoN (Formulas of reptilian unification)
    Batushka - Litourgiya 
     
     
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    Balor gave a Damn to BlutAusNerd in first wave vs second wave   
    Blast beats, tremolo picking, and screechy vocals aren't requirements of black metal, nor are they unique to it. All of these elements can be found in other genres of metal, and black metal can be and is often produced without those elements. Even then, all of those elements were introduced to the genre during the first wave, several years before the Norwegian bands jumped on the black metal bandwagon. Sure, new elements were added by the inception of the second wave, something that is to be expected 10 years after the genre's birth, just as some large changes occurred within every metal genre between its birth and its later evolutionary stages. 
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    Balor gave a Damn to Vampyrique in first wave vs second wave   
    Black metal already existed in the 80s. Sure, it was defined moreso thematically but that was the meaning behind attaching the descriptor 'black' to metal. It doesn't matter how it is understood today by the average person because trends come and go and mean nothing if the historical context is ignored or forgotten. It wouldn't surprise me if the common understanding keeps changing slightly, as it has been, to encompass even more outside influences in order to keep the genre sounding new and exciting without simply regurgitating bands of the past. I mean, isn't Deafheaven and Liturgy already considered black metal by newer generations of black metal fans? 
    I posted some comments when this issue was brought up in another thread but I don't feel like repeating everything. I think you just need to research the first wave more thoroughly. Listen to Bathory's 1987 album Under the Sign of the Black Mark, one of the foremost utilized black metal templates. The Norwegians didn't really create anything new, rather they sought to deliberately to shift the focus away from the burgeoning, 'trendy' and 'commercial' death metal scene that seemingly embraced clean production and mainstream exposure. They all quit playing death metal and, driven by their echo chamber of elitist attitudes, collectively decided to pay homage to the ugly, raw and 'evil' black metal of the 80s, and for many reasons this led to black metal becoming en vogue. To their credit they did give black metal a new flavour so to speak but the elements were already in existence. 
    Even if, for some bias or reason, you don't want to give 80s bands (that encompassed other styles as well) the credit you can look to other bands whom played a style of black metal close enough to the second wave (Norwegian) sound but did so even before the Norwegians. Listen to Ritual by Master's Hammer, released in 1991. There are other examples too but you would probably find it more rewarding if you did the research yourself. Simultaneously to the Norwegian scene, the Greek black metal scene was developing. The Norwegian scene won out above all because it gathered far more media attention and exposure and under its pall of influence the Norwegian bands and their rhetoric were mimicked ad nauseam so that black metal became most synonymous with them.  
     
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    Balor given a Damn from salmonellapancake in Picks for Tremolo Picking   
    Thanks.
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    Balor given a Damn from salmonellapancake in Picks for Tremolo Picking   
    I am considering purchasing new picks, but am unsure of what to get.  What kind of picks are best for black metal tremolo picking?
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    Balor given a Damn from salmonellapancake in first wave vs second wave   
    Well... then enlighten me.
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    Balor gave a Damn to BlutAusNerd in Blood Metal?   
    I had a guitar teach ask me this once, and the idea of "blood metal" fascinated me. However, no, it's not a thing.
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    Balor gave a Damn to Thrashman in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    Here are your options on Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/sell/list?sort=price%2Casc&limit=25&master_id=13440&ev=mb&format=CD
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    Balor gave a Damn to PvtHudson206 in Your favorite death metal bands?   
    God damn it. I always miss something, and end up rethinking my "top ten".. It's impossible I tell you! Seriously though, Bloodbath is fucking amazing! \m/
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    Balor gave a Damn to Mausoleum in Looking for critique on songs that I am writing.   
    Wow check out my song...LOL. From glancing at the first tab I would say you just need more time playing an instrument and familiarizing yourself with each role in the band. Think about what the rhythm section is going to be doing and what the lead can do to accent this "atmosphere" you want to create. Burzum is really simple in every aspect thats something to consider. Drudkh isn't. If you want to fake it till you make it maybe just learn to take the riffs you already have and play them on strings 1-2-3 as a variation. Octave chords are great too and if you turn them diminished they become pretty evil. Good luck
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    Balor gave a Damn to Thrashman in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    Evoken - Antithesis of Light. Funeral doom. Great album.
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    Balor gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in Picks for Tremolo Picking   
    Dunlop Tortex (standard shape) are my go-to, the orange ones if I'm doing a lot of tremolo picking, the (slightly thicker) yellow ones if I'm playing thicker strings or want a beefier attack. I know people who like their picks a lot thicker and prefer the more pointy ones, though - it comes down to technique, developed through practice. Like the old saying goes, "we shape our tools, and they, in turn, shape us."
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    Balor gave a Damn to BlutAusNerd in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    The upper left is Evoken - Antithesis of Light. It's fucking incredible funeral doom/death, some of the best that there is. Lots of win in that photo for sure, Depravity is awesome, and I've been after that Fleshcrawl album for a while. Is it an original, or did they finally reissue it?
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    Balor given a Damn from Requiem in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    My most recent purchases: Burzum: Filosofem, Mayhem: A Season in Blasphemy, and Drudkh: Autumn Aurora
    Yes it is.  Some of my favorite Bolt Thrower songs are on it.
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    Balor gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    Love those Burzum and Drudkh albums.
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    Balor given a Damn from Natassja in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    My most recent purchases: Burzum: Filosofem, Mayhem: A Season in Blasphemy, and Drudkh: Autumn Aurora
    Yes it is.  Some of my favorite Bolt Thrower songs are on it.
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    Balor given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    My most recent purchases: Burzum: Filosofem, Mayhem: A Season in Blasphemy, and Drudkh: Autumn Aurora
    Yes it is.  Some of my favorite Bolt Thrower songs are on it.
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    Balor gave a Damn to AlexandriAxMansoN in Favorite melodic death metal band?   
    Thank you! I'll check it out!
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    Balor given a Damn from AlexandriAxMansoN in Favorite melodic death metal band?   
    Dissection has melodic death influence, and they are really good.  Especially songs like "Where Dead Angel Lie" and "The Somberlain."
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