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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Solo Black Metal Scene, Part 3

In honor of black metal history month, Metalunderground.com has been looking back at bands that influenced the genre as well as some of the biggest names in the style, most recently examining famous Norwegian act Emperor in the "Sunday Old School" column.

Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground, we look at a handful of quality bands championing the underground and carrying metal forward. This week we'll spotlight three one-man black metal bands that fans of the genre may not have had the chance to hear yet. You can also check out our previous look at solo black metal bands here, as well as solo musicians from a variety of genres at this location.

Hiems

Italy's Hiems is a band worth watching for black metal fanatics who want occasional respite from the non-stop frozen atompshere and rasping screams. Although both of those elements are found throughout solo artist Algol's music, the songs also feature a black 'n roll vibe and even dip into Opeth style prog metal. A sample from the "Worship or Die" album (reviewed here) can be found in the clip below.

The player below features the song “Painted Black” from the “Cold Void Journey” album, which is more traditional raw black metal than is found on the “Worship or Die” release.

Bergraven

Bergraven is a one man act from Sweden, masterminded by Pär Gustafsson. A sampling of the band's songs are available through the Bergraven MySpace page.

The music of Bergraven has all the malice and abrasive vocals made famous by black metal, but also experiments heavily and changes up the standard song structures. Melody, ambient sounds, and even psychedelic aspects are worked into the music, which makes a unique and interesting listening experience. You can hear the songs "Doende," “Ondkall," and “Det man med själen...” in the clips below.

Funeral Dust

Created by sole member Wulv, Pennsylvania based act Funeral Dust is a more classic and traditional black metal band that sticks more closely to the tried and true formula. The “Awakening the Ancient Evil” video, which has nods to the Evil Dead series, is good old fashioned kvlt goodness. Forests, corpse paint, and spikes galore are to be found in the clip below.

For a final look at Funeral Dust, check out the song “Lindisfarne” from the band's 2005 split album with Scatach.

Certainly there are more solo acts to be found in the world of black metal, so be sure to leave a comment below if you know of a black metal act that deserves to be heard or would like to discuss the projects covered here. Check back next Monday as we explore more underground metal scenes from around the globe.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. Greg writes:

Thank you very much for the insightful articles in this series. I am a bit older perhaps than the average metalhead but I really enjoy new music and new bands. A few years ago a friend turned me on to some Burzum and a couple of other Black Metal bands and though it took a couple of listens soon my ears and mind was opened to this dark and unique music. I have liked all of the articles in this series and it has pointed me in some new directions. Thank you for your efforts it is greatly appreciated. Keep the faith my friends.

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