Sound – (Blog Post 03)

The Devil’s Music

The devil has always treasured music… what better arena to inspire, cultivate, and spread his will into the affairs of man? Music has served as both calming and exciting, soothing the savage or awakening dormant passions. Music is magic, a medium for man to communicate with the devil.


The Legend Of Delta Blues, Robert Johnson.

“In the first half of the twentieth century, Jazz was considered particularly dangerous, with its imagined potential to unleash animal passions, especially among those unsuspecting ones.

More directly tied to deviltry than Jazz, and likewise imbued with the potency of its racial origins, was Blues. Black slaves often adopted Christianity after their enforced arrival in America, but melded it with native or Voudoun strains, Blue songs abound with references to devils, demons, and spirits. One of the most influential Blues singers of all time, Robert Johnson, is said to have sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, and the surviving recordings of his haunting songs give credence to the legend that Satan rewarded his pact with the ability to play.”


Defined by high pitched screechy vocals mixed with low death growls, fast riffs and tempos, blast beats, tremolo picking, long and abnormal song structures with long instrumental sections, and single notes played quickly and repeatedly, making the note sound long and drawn out. Unlike many other extreme subgenres, black metal bands favor higher pitched guitars and the use of tri-tones.



The First Wave of Black Metal was an ERA (not a genre) Which lasted from around 1981 to 1991 that consisted of various Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Doom Metal and Heavy Metal acts that influenced the sounds and ideas of the genre “Black Metal” and other future Extreme Metal Genres. The First Wave of Black Metal consists of bands such as Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom….


(Venom created the name “BLACK METAL” on their 1982 album titled BLACK METAL.)



The Second wave of the Black Metal scene started around 1992, It is credited with creating the modern black metal genre and produced some of the most highly acclaimed and influential artists in extreme metal. The scene attracted massive media attention when it was revealed that its members had been responsible for numerous murders, suicides and a wave of church burnings in Norway.


The scene had an ideology and ethos and was likened to a cult, with the core members referring to themselves as “The Black Circle” or “Black Metal Inner Circle”. It consisted primarily of young men, many of whom gathered at the record shop Helvete (Hell) in Oslo. Artists in the second wave use ONLY black and white images on the album cover as a contrast to the American Death Metal scene (colorful gore images), they often wear corpse paint on their face and their music are heavily distorted in sound with Satanic lyrical theme, most of the bands (the major one including Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor…) does not believe in Satan or practices witchcraft nor do they believe in any religion, the Satanic theme is used as shock value. The group of artists from “The Black Circle” including the owner Øystein Aarseth “Euronymous” (also a member of the infamous group/band Mayhem) has always planned to burn down several famous historical churches in Norway (two succeeded, the future planned one failed due to the murder of Euronymous).




Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin “Dead” and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth “Euronymous” by former member Varg Vikernes “Count Grishnackh”, of Burzum.



DEAD, Per Yngve Ohlin (“Dead”) A vocalist who joined the band Mayhem (1988-1991) In 1990, the members of Mayhem moved to an old house in the forest near Oslo, which was used as a place for the band to rehearse. They began writing songs for their coming album “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”. On 8 April 1991, Dead committed suicide in the house owned by the band. He was found by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun wound to the head. Dead’s suicide note notably read “Excuse all the blood, cheers.” and included an apology for firing the weapon indoors. Instead of calling the police, Euronymous went to a nearby store and bought a disposable camera to photograph the corpse, after re-arranging some items, he also used some of the bones from his skull to create necklaces and gave them to what he stated “worthy artists”. One of the corpses photographs was later used as the cover of a bootleg live album “Dawn of the Black Hearts”.





(Robert Johnson):


(Venom – Black Metal Album):


(Mayhem – 01):


(Church Burning):




(Mayhem – Pig Head):


(Dawn of The Black Hearts):



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“Black Metal.” Metal Descent RSS. Web. 05 Nov. 2016. <;.

By the Lake Near the Forest Metal. “On the Modern Black Metal Scene.” On the Modern Black Metal Scene. Web. 06 Nov. 2016. <;.

Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell. “Until the Light Takes Us – Full Documentary (2009) 720p HD.” YouTube. YouTube, 06 Oct. 2014. Web. 06 Nov. 2016. <;.

“Mayhem.” – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. Web. 07 Nov. 2016. <;.

Moynihan, Michael, and Didrik Søderlind. Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Los Angeles, CA: Feral House, 2003. Print.



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