Darkthrone has a much more lo-fi sound than the average black metal band, which goes hand in hand with its evil vicious shrieks.
Characteristics[ edit ] Although contemporary black metal typically refers to the Norwegian style with shrieking vocals and raw production, the term has also been applied to bands with widely differing sounds.
The tritoneor flat-fifth, is often used. Guitar solos and low guitar tunings are rare in black metal.
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 initially "not heard in [this] type of music", Dimmu Borgir say they started using keyboards "in the background" and then started using them as a "proper instrument" for creating "atmosphere".
The drumming is usually fast and relies on double-bass and blast beats to maintain tempos that can sometimes approach beats per minute. These fast tempos require great skill and physical stamina, typified by black metal drummers Frost Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad and Hellhammer Jan Axel Blomberg.
Instead, many black metal songs contain lengthy and repetitive instrumental sections. The Greek style—established by Rotting ChristNecromantia and Varathron  —has more traditional heavy metal  and death metal  traits than Norwegian black metal.
Members of Gorgoroth wearing typical black metal gear such as corpse paint, spikes and bullet belts. The band was formed by guitarist Infernus to express his Satanist beliefs.
Satanic lyrics are common,  and many see them as essential to black metal. For Satanist black metal artists, "Black metal songs are meant to be like Calvinist sermons; deadly serious attempts to unite the true believers". 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 e. Arckanum have lyrics in archaic languages.
Some doom metal -influenced artists' lyrics focus on depression, nihilism, introspection, self-harm and suicide. Taalroth of French Pagan black metal band Hindvir. Many bands choose not to play live. Sincerity, authenticity and extremity are valued above all else".
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.
Black metal artists often appear dressed in black with combat boots, bullet belts, spiked wristbands  and inverted crosses and pentagrams to reinforce their anti-Christian or anti-religious stance.
The imagery of black metal reflects its lyrics and ideology.Kaycee Boe & Rachel Levy High Plains Reader. For many people, black metal is as synonymous with Norway as snow and fjords.
Imagery of young men with dark painted faces burning down churches and causing trouble in the gray Norwegian winters often comes to mind. The Early Norwegian black metal scene was a group of Norwegian black metal enthusiasts in the early s, which was identified by some as a cult – The Black Circle.
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Jun 11, · Black metal has been justly criticized for its roots in ethno-nationalism. Taking much of its influence from the romantic era of Norwegian independence in the 19th Century, most of the bands. Never has there been a more extreme form of musical rebellion than Norwegian Black Metal. The genre’s founding band, Mayhem, its sister act, Burzum and supporting cast of musicians with names like, Necrobutcher, Hellhammer and Dead horrified Norway in the early nineties with supreme acts of terror, satanic ritualism, murder, arson and.
Some pressings have the phrase 'Norsk Arisk Black Metal' (Norwegian Aryan Black Metal), but due to the negative response of many distributors around the world, that phrase was replaced by 'True Norwegian Black Metal' in later pressings.