#88 February 1994

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Welcome to this weeks episode of Heavy Metal History. On this weeks episode we we see the rise of the 2nd wave of Black Metal. February of 1994 less than 6 months after the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous and almost a year after the Norwegian scene began it’s infamous assault into the mainstream with murder and arson leaving the music ancillary to the controversy itself. Some of the most prolific albums would be released in this month. Darkthrone would keep the “spirit” of Black Metal with their lo-fi intensity while also stoking the fires of controversy with anti Semitic alliances. Emperor would push the genre forward with their technicality and proficiency as song writers. Enslaved bring to to the genre their own unique blend of Black Metal song writing pushing song times to new lengths. Meanwhile in England, far removed from the Norwegian scene, Cradle of Filth forges their own unique style of Black Metal built upon gothic influences. This was truly the time of Black Metal, only to still be enshrouded by the allure of death and fire, the music becoming another victim in it’s history.

Albums covered in this episode:

  • Stratovarius – “Dreamspace”

  • Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

  • Samael - Ceremony of Opposites

  • Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse

  • Cradle of Filth - Principles of Evil Made Flesh

  • Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi

  • Morta Skuld - As Humanity Fades

  • The Black - The Priest of Satan

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