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Dark Funeral - The Secrets Of The Black Arts

8.1 | 263 votes |
Release date: 28 January 1996
Style: Black metal


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Disc I
01. The Dark Age Has Arrived
02. The Secrets Of The Black Arts
03. My Dark Desires
04. The Dawn No More Rises
05. When Angels Forever Die
06. The Fire Eternal
07. Satan's Mayhem
08. Shadows Over Transylvania
09. Bloodfrozen
10. Satanic Blood [Von cover]
11. Dark Are The Path To Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal)

Disc II [2007 Regain Records reissue]
01. Shadows Over Transylvania
02. The Dawn No More Rises
03. The Secrets Of The Black Arts
04. Satan's Mayhem
05. Bloodfrozen
06. My Dark Desires
07. Dark Are The Path To Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal)
08. The Fire Eternal
09. Call From The Grave

Paul "Themgoroth" Mäkitalo - vocals, bass
David "Blackmoon" Parland - guitars, vocals on track 10
Micke "Lord Ahriman" Svanberg - guitar
Peter "Equimanthorn" - drums

Additional info
Originally recorded at Dan Swanö's Unisound Studios but the band did not like the dull sound so it was re-recorded at Peter Tägtgren's The Abyss.
The 2007 Regain Records reissue (limited to 3000 copies) comes with a bonus disc containing the original recording of the album at Unisound Studios.
The 2010 Back on Black vinyl-reissue comes with a bonus 12" containing the same Unisound Recording but without track 9 "Call From the Grave".
Cover artwork by Necrolord.

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dark awakening
After a good mini-cd published in 1994, one of the most malicious bands came back with a beautifull full length called "The Secrtes of The Black Arts" (great title and catchy artwork of the cover that represents a sect coming from an ancient temple carrying a kind of coffin). Eleven songs of pure strength, devotion to Satan and screams that we had never heard from other black metal bands; Themgoroth dedicated odes to his lord like no one had done before and Blackmoon wrote some of the best lyrics in all the BM world.

published 08.07.2006 | Comments (13)

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04.03.2013 - 18:54
Rating: 9

My favourite Swedish black metal album.
26.01.2020 - 20:24
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Their best, best artwork, song tittles, when you hold booklet it creates atmosphere, later albums cant work to me. I knew this since hmmm I was 19, still like this album, only one from this band.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
17.08.2022 - 22:20
Rating: 6
Nocturnal Bro
The best things here are the cover art (same artist who made, for example, Storm of the Light's Bane) and ex-Necrophobic guitarist David Parland. His riffs from The Nocturnal Silence are very recognizable here.

Otherwise, it sounds like standard black metal to me. Good, but nothing exceptional for me

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