Symphonic black metal
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|Symphonic black metal|
|Cultural origins||Early to mid 1990s, Norway and United Kingdom|
Symphonic black metal is a subgenre of black metal that emerged in the 1990s and incorporates symphonic and orchestral elements. Notable symphonic black metal bands include Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Carach Angren and Demonic Resurrection.
First extreme metal bands incorporating orchestral elements into their music were Bulldozer on their album Neurodeliri (1988), Master's Hammer on Ritual (1991) and especially The Jilemnice Occultist (1993) and Sigh on their debut Scorn Defeat (1993). 
The style on Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse (1994) though had a pioneering influence and was the main inspiration for many keyboard-based black metal bands following after. Troll's Drep de kristne (1995) and Arcturus' Aspera Hiems Symfonia (1996) are other notable early works of symphonic black metal, before the genre was commercialised by the international success of bands like Dimmu Borgir and Bal Sagoth.
Symphonic black metal is a style of black metal that incorporates symphonic and orchestral elements. This may include the usage of music workstation keyboards to conjure up "pseudo-orchestral" landscapes with default presets (e.g. strings, choirs, piano, organs, and pads), or full orchestral arrangements containing woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards and strings. Bands may feature solo instruments such as violins in addition to virtual or live orchestral arrangements. Vocals can be "clean" or operatic in style, and song structures are more defined or are inspired by symphonies, and follow a typical riff-based approach. Many of the characteristics of traditional black metal are retained, such as shrieks, fast tempos, high treble and tremolo-picked electric guitars. The overall sound and themes can be considered wider than traditional black metal, many groups of symphonic black metal use themes such as vampirism (Theatres des Vampires, Cradle of Filth), occultism and the paranormal (Carach Angren). Political themes are more neglected by them as in other black metal subgenres.
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- Bulldozer. "They came into this world with hatred … and with hatred they will depart !" In: Tales of the Macabre, Nr. 5.
- Rock Hard - MASTER´S HAMMER - The Jilemnice Occultist (German)
- "Scorn Defeat - Sigh | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
- Troll – Neo-Satanic Supremacy – REVIEW : OneMetal.com
- Aspera Hiems Symfonia - Arcturus - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic