The Secrets of the Black Arts

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The Secrets of the Black Arts
Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts.jpg
Studio album by Dark Funeral
Released January 28, 1996 (1996-01-28)
Recorded 1995
Studio The Abyss Studios
Genre Black metal
Length 40:53
Language English
Label No Fashion
Producer Dark Funeral, Peter Tägtgren
Dark Funeral chronology
Dark Funeral
The Secrets of the Black Arts
Vobiscum Satanas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

The Secrets of the Black Arts is the debut album by Dark Funeral, released on January 28, 1996, by No Fashion Records. It was re-released on July 31, 2007, with a bonus disc consisting of the album original recording (digitally re-mixed in April 2007). The only album to feature guitarist Blackmoon, vocalist/bassist Themgoroth and drummer Equimanthorn.

The original recording (January 15-21, 1995) was produced by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. According to Blackmoon, he insisted that they re-record the album due to "severely unprofessional production and manner from Mr. Swanö". He continued, "He was overworked and mentally tired when we came to the studio. Also, our then-drummer was not playing as good as he should have. So it ended up crap." The rest of the band was satisfied with the recording, but Blackmoon refused to release the album with that recording. They decided on The Abyss Studio and recorded the album that was eventually released to the public.[3]

A music video was shot for "The Secrets of the Black Arts".

Track listing[edit]

Writing by Dark Funeral except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Dark Age Has Arrived" (Intro)     0:16
2. "The Secrets of the Black Arts" Blackmoon, Themgoroth   3:42
3. "My Dark Desires" Themgoroth Blackmoon 3:47
4. "The Dawn No More Rises" Blackmoon Blackmoon, Ahriman, Themgoroth 4:00
5. "When Angels Forever Die" Blackmoon Blackmoon, Ahriman, Themgoroth 4:07
6. "The Fire Eternal" Blackmoon Blackmoon, Ahriman 3:55
7. "Satan's Mayhem" Themgoroth   4:54
8. "Shadows over Transylvania" Blackmoon, Ahriman Blackmoon, Ahriman 3:41
9. "Bloodfrozen" Blackmoon Blackmoon, Ahriman 4:21
10. "Satanic Blood" (Von cover) Von Von 2:11
11. "Dark Are the Paths to Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal)" Themgoroth Blackmoon, Ahriman 5:59
Total length: 40:53


Dark Funeral[edit]


  1. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts Review". Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Secrets of the Black Arts - Dark Funeral". Allmusic. Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ Harding, Ryan. "BLACK MOON 2001 Interview". Feo Amante. Retrieved December 1, 2007. 

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