A musical genre inspired by death metal and heavy metal, and pioneered by sucky-ass bands like Venom.
Generally split up into several subgenres like Depressive black metal, Raw black metal, Blackened death metal, Drone metal and Pure black metal.
Depressive black metal tends to derive influence from ambience and suicide, with bands like Xasthur, Burzum, Hate Forest and Be Persecuted, who tend to structure their songs around misanthropy and depression.
Raw black metal was formed as a bulwark against recent black metal trends, which threaten to make it a mainstream genre. Vlad Tepes, Grand Belial's Key and Peste Noire are two of the major bands of this subgenre, which emphasizes purposely low production quality to keep the music from ever being able to be mainstream.
Blackened death metal is a fusion subgenre of death and black metal, with bands like Behemoth which mix traditional death metal style with lyrics and titles from black metal, typically.
Drone metal, with bands such as Sunno ))) and Boris tends to be more ambient than black, wich a mix of antireligious lyrics/titles and purely instrumental, paganistic form.
Pure black metal, (which is becoming rarer as the genre approaches mainstream quality,) with bands like Nargaroth and Marduk, tends to have stereotypically antichristian/ antireligious titles and lyrics, as well as a structure exceeding death metal in intensity. Most early black metal falls into this category, but most early black metal could also pass as raw black metal as well.
Christ Raping Black Metal!
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