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Bergman, Black Metal and The Hour of the Wolf

Most people familiar with black metal will probably at some point in a conversation about it mention the word ‘atmosphere’ or some derivative of it. Essentially, the use of abstract terms when describing black metal to highlight the emphasis of focusing less on instrumentation in favour of ‘darkness’ is common. Naturally, the subjective nature of the arts lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations so I can only speak from personal experience and of course, there are exceptions to this statement. I am certainly generalising for convenience sake, so I guess it depends on who you talk to. You . . .

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