Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It often uses fast tempos, shrieked vocals, highly distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, blast beat drumming, andunconventional song structure.
During the 1980s, certain thrash metal bands formed a prototype for black metal. This so-called "first wave" included bands such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost.A "second wave" arose in the early 1990s, mostly of Norwegian bands such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Immortal and Emperor. This scene developed the black metal style into a distinct genre.
Blackmetal has been met with great hostility from mainstream culture, mainly due to the misanthropic and anti-Christian standpoint of many artists. Moreover, a handful of musicians have been linked withchurch burnings, murder or National Socialism. For these, and other reasons, black metal is often seen as an underground form of music.
Black metal guitaristsusually favour high-pitched guitar tones and a great deal of distortion. Typically, the guitar is played with much use of fast tremolo picking. When writing music, guitarists often usescales, intervals and chord progressions that yield the most dissonant, fearful and ominous sounds. Guitar solos and low guitar tunings are rare in black metal.
The bass guitar is rarely used toperform stand-alone melodies. It is not uncommon for the bass guitar to be inaudible or to homophonically follow the bass lines of the electric guitar. Typically, drumming is fast-paced and usesdouble-bass and/or blast beat techniques; although basic drumming is not uncommon.
Black metal songs often stray from conventional song structure and often lack clear verse-chorus sections. Instead, manyblack metal songs contain lengthy and repetitive instrumental sections.
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