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An impressive but pretentious sub-genre of heavy metal, invariably revolving around hackneyed themes of satanism and/or Nordic mythology.
The lyrics are silly, the music is majestic!
by Killing Kittens June 23, 2004
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Blast beats, high-pitched harsh vocals, distorted guitars is what is logically described as Black Metal. Although this definition could include general crappy metal.

It is the feeling of wandering into a snowy wilderness on a mystical night, intrigued by darkness that makes it true black metal.
Idiot: Slipknot is my favorite black metal band.

Black Metaller: Slipknot is not black metal. Listen to something like Ulver or Darkthrone... Something real.
by metallerfromcanada August 24, 2009
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melodic guitars, high pitch or loud screams, music for the dark and mature.
black metal is VERY different from death metal.
by 121 March 15, 2003
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The second best genre of music, mistaken for Death Metal but Death Metal is growling and Black Metal is screaming.
Black Metal is not music made by black people
by Mr. Zimpy November 23, 2009
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Wow, what I read on this page about black metal is probably the biggest nonsense since what I've read here about trance music.

The difference between black and death metal is not the vocals, there is plenty of black metal that is even clean sung. Black metal is not about extreme metal, about blastbeats, in fact: a lot of well respected black metal bands avoid blastbeats all together. Black metal is not about satanism, that's just the popular poserblack. Sensible bands try to avoid satanism all together and utilze other themes 'winter' is an often used one.

Black metal is not about anti popmusic, or anti electronic music. True black metal is linked to electronic genres such as ambient, noise and industrial and encorporates elements from that.

So what defines black metal?

What sets black metal appart from death metal is effectively (for the record) what sets trance appart from techno & what sets ambient appart from lounge.

Namely: More monotone, more rooted in classical music theory, less rithmic, more atmospherical, more about the emotion, less about the grooves and melodies that function as a chordprogression.
Noteable black metal albums:

Arcuturs - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
Vinterriket - Der Letzte Winter
Ulver - Bergtatt
Darkspace - Dark Space I
The Kovenant - Nexus Polaris
by Amar van Leeuwaarde May 05, 2006
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Black metal is a sub genre of metal that is associated with, most prominantley, Norwegian and other Scandinavian countries. This type of music includes blasting drum beats from double bass drums and heavy guitar picking, known as tremelo picking. The singing is usually growling and somewhat high pitched. Bands such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, Emperor and Immortal made Black metal into what it is known as today although Venom sort of started it. Now, bands like Satyricon, Carpathian Forest, Gorgoroth, Burzum, Borknagar, Finntroll, Dimmu Borgir, Tulus and 1349 are well known amongst the fans of this music. The history of black metal dates back to the early to mid 80's. But the shit really hit the fan in the early 90's when church burnings and killings became a friday ritual over in Norway. One of the members of Burzum, the singer Varg, was locked up after brutally murduring another musician. Burzum's last album before his inconvinient sentence was Filosofem which in my opinion is a great album. Another violent metal occurence is when the singer from Mayhem took his own life. "Death", as he was called, blew out his brains with a shotgun. The members of the band decided to make the picture of him dead, the next cd cover. Although the cover defines the meaning of black metal, it was banned and they were forced to change it. Some other interesting facts: Drummer from Mayhem, Hellhammer, plays for Dimmu Borgir. Drummer for Satyricon, Frost, also plays for 1349. The world of Black metal is fasinating and violent but the music speaks for itself. I have a countless # of black metal albums and I love them all. Buy a couple and give it a good listen or two.
Black metal is a sub genre of metal and includes fast drums and rampaging guitars that will eat you alive.
by Finntroll1349 February 17, 2008
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black metal fans wear hilarious "corpse paint" inspired by the panda bear. also the will be clad in black (and only black) leather with studs, spikes and nails averywhere and black bandshirts with illegible band logos.
the will not laugh or smile, but rather one must be "grim", "necro" and "frostbitten". the greet each other with "Hail!" or, on special occasions, "Infernal Hails!".
in their possession will be a large collection of poor quality bootlegs of bands with names like Azhubham Haani that have never produced anything but bootlegs. bands like these are "true" and good, because nobody knows them.rare stuff is always good. bands that have sold-out and therefore must be hated are e.i. Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. True black metal is Norwegian.
fans of black metal tend to have no sense of humour or selfirony and are certainly NOT tolerant. they will give any entry that gives a negative or humorous view of black metal and its listeners a "thumb down".
untrue whimp hearing a black metal song:
"oh, that's a nice melody... very symphonic!"
the vocals start:
"kraaahgrfggrrr kzzzrrgrrkprr tzzzgrrsaaaaataaaaaaangrrshrrzzz...."
untrue whimp:"that's crap."

"Black Metal is War!"
by icandoitbetter March 25, 2005
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