Black Metal

Gorgoroth – Sign of an Open Eye

Genre: Black Metal

Themes: Satanism, Anti-Christianity, War, Darkness

Location: Norway


Eerie. Dark. Atmospheric. Primordial. All good terms for this song.

Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band formed by guitarist Infernus. The band has drawn controversy by performing concerts featuring impaled sheep heads and mock crucifixions.

Here’s more on the name:

“Gorgoroth ‘Dreadful Horror’ (The Sindarin or Grey-elven tongue) – A word in the Grey-elven tongue, used for two different locations, distinct in time and space…. the second instance is the name of the ‘Haunted Plains’ of Mordor; the great plateau which occupied the north-western area of that country, a desolate, arid land, pocked with craters and fuming pits and riven with many deep crevasses. In the centre of the plain rose the smouldering cone of the volcano Orodruin.” (Encyclopedia Metallum)


RELATED LINKS

Gorgoroth Official Site

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Concerts


Bathory – The Lake

Country of origin: Sweden

Genre: Viking/Black Metal

Lyrical Themes: (Earlier Bathory) Satanism, Evil – (Later Bathory) Vikings/Paganism

Album: Blood on Ice

In this song, the narrator is told to give up his eyes so that he can “truly see.” That’s an interesting concept. The lyrics of this song also refer to a “one eyed old man,” no doubt Odin. And it was Odin who gave up his eye so that he could know the secrets of the Runes. Perhaps those who are less distracted by what they physically see, can truly see into the spiritual realm. There’s an expression that goes, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

Lyrics: 

“The one eyed old man told me that the face that I will see
Has paralysed a thousand brave men sure of victory
I cannot fight blindfolded and I’d freeze if I should see.
So I need to sacrifice my eyes to see all from within.”

Read the rest of the lyrics here

 


Celtefog – The Rain Is Coming From The North

Country: Greece

Genre: Pagan Black Metal

Lyrical Themes: Respect for nature, winter, revenge against humanity.

Damn. When Greece makes black metal they definitely know how to make it dark and intense. Another big Greek Black Metal band to pay attention to is Rotting Christ.

The style of Celtefog also reminds me of the style of atmospheric black metal bands from the American North-West, like Agalloch.

This is definitely a haunting song to listen to as nature around us darkens and we prepare for the winter months


RELATED LINKS

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Encyclopedia Metallum

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Official Website


Burzum – Filosofem [FULL ALBUM]

Genre: Black Metal, Ambient

Lyrical Themes: Myths, Folklore, Odalism, Darkness, Philosophy

Country of Origin: Norway

“In 1991, when Satanel disbanded, Vikernes revived his solo project, changing the name to Burzum (which translates to “darkness” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Black Speech, which is spoken by orcs and other creatures of Mordor). Handling all instruments and vocals by himself, he recorded Burzum’s first four full-length albums in a span of just over one year. In addition to all that, he joined Mayhem on bass, as well.” (Encyclopedia Metallum).

Varg Vikernes of Burzum became notorious for his church burnings and murder of Mayhem’s leader Euronymous in 1993. He served 21 years in jail for these actions, but is now free today.

While his views are controversial, the music of Buruzm, like much great old school black metal, is gritty, unpolished, ambient and evokes an era of ancient, primeval pagan magic.


Gorgoroth – Carving a Giant

Genre: Black Metal

Themes: Satanism, Anti-Christianity, War, Darkness

Taken from The Complete Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler:

“Gorgoroth ‘Dreadful Horror’ (The Sindarin or Grey-elven tongue) – A word in the Grey-elven tongue, used for two different locations, distinct in time and space…. the second instance is the name of the ‘Haunted Plains’ of Mordor; the great plateau which occupied the north-western area of that country, a desolate, arid land, pocked with craters and fuming pits and riven with many deep crevasses. In the centre of the plain rose the smouldering cone of the volcano Orodruin.” (Encyclopedia Metallum)

Gorgoroth in their music, performances and videos capture the spirit of dreadful horror. Their concert above is a live mockery of the crucifixion of Christ. A bloody and profane celebration of human flesh and gore.


LYRICS

Might and Lust my work
No trust is for man
Father of unholy damnation light
rewarding assistance for an endless life

To every living worm
Writing an omen
To every living walking
through the twilight

In every night there is a FIRE!!

Singing and Burning
The Curse of a child
Bring the pain out

Ours was spirit
Raped Intellegence
We exist…all…to awaken the secrets of old!

The essence of doubt

Carving a giant
Carving the eye of a god
Create ME

Torn so much
Taint a love
Chasing a giant
Forcing the ways of a storm

Standing as human
Facing a god
Fighting and turning your secrets

and every night I am the flame
and every night there is a fire

To living…
breaking the twilight!

Read more: Gorgoroth – Carving A Giant Lyrics | MetroLyrics


Bathory – Shores In Flames (Full Song)

Country of origin: Sweden

Genre: Viking/Black Metal

Lyrical Themes: (Earlier Bathory) Satanism, Evil – (Later Bathory) Vikings/Paganism

An appropriate song for the end of winter. This song beckons us to set sail at the end of winter, in pursuit of treasure and battle on other shores.

Mother winter leaves our land
And opens wide the seas
The lukewarm breeze does beckon me
As it whispers through the trees

It says: Set your sails
And let me take your ship to foreign shores
Take farewell of those near you
And your land of the North!

This is a pretty long, but powerful song, filled with emotion and that nostalgia for the old Norse ways which Bathory captures so perfectly.

Quorthon, Bathory and Pagan Metal


Rotting Christ – Χ Ξ Σ (666)

Genre: Black Metal, Gothic Metal, Extreme Metal

Lyrical Themes: Anti-Christianity, Occultism, Greek Mythology

Location: Athens Greece

Before they formed Rotting Christ, Sakis Tolis, Themis Tolis and Mutilator played in a band together called Black Church, which they started in 1985. They went on to create Rotting Christ in 1987. They were one of the first Black Metal bands in their region.

 

LINKS

Official Website

Encyclopedia Metallum Page

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