Melodic Black Metal

About the Genre

Melodic black metal is a subgenre of black metal that emphasizes the use of melodic elements, such as catchy guitar riffs and memorable lead guitar lines, to create a more accessible and memorable sound. This subgenre is characterized by its fast tempos, complex song structures, and its incorporation of elements from traditional heavy metal, power metal, and symphonic metal.

It originated in the early 1990s, with the emergence of bands such as Dissection, Emperor, and Dimmu Borgir, who helped to establish the subgenre by incorporating melodic elements into their sound. These bands, and others like them, began to push the boundaries of the genre and helped to establish melodic black metal as a distinct subgenre within the black metal scene.

These black metal bands often use clean vocals and symphonic elements, such as the use of orchestrations and choirs, to create a more epic and grandiose sound. The lyrics regularly focus on themes such as mythology, fantasy, and the occult.

Lately, a significant rise in popularity and influence, with bands such as Mgla, Gaahls Wyrd, and Nachtblut receiving critical acclaim and a wider audience. This subgenre has also been able to attract fans from other genres such as traditional heavy metal, power metal, and symphonic metal.


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