Who listens to the bass in Black Metal?

bass black metalSince I’m always on about aesthetic perfection in everything, I’m going to write a paragraph about the importance of bass in Black Metal. Bass is not only unnecessary but also unwanted in Black Metal. I don’t listen to Black Metal for the bass lines, and I dislike hearing the bass, unless it’s some genius like Varg Vikernes who knows exactly what to play, and even more importantly, what not to play, when not to play, how not… you get it. I attempted to emulate Varg’s bass-thetical perfection on The Darkness Of Being, but there’s something far greater about In The Name Of Satan: the bass can’t be heard. Because bass prevents you from enjoying true Black Metal. Bass is to Black Metal what Rob Trujillo is to Metallica; you wonder if it is aware it’s a complete misfit. The only role bass has in the frosty kingdom of Black Metal is to provide warmth to the fuzzy sound when the icy guitars need a rest. Bass sounds good if you can feel it and realize the band has a bassist, not if it’s muffling the rest of the band and keeping Black Metal from being raw. Unless the bass is evil and is making your Black Metal even more majestic because of how it sounds in the howling wind, this is what it needs to be: inaudible.

8 Responses to “Who listens to the bass in Black Metal?”

  1. April 1, 2014 at 11:00

    I don’t really listen to the bass in BM, but I think I will miss it if its not there. the sound will be missing a little something. for example, the song ‘through the hallways of narak’ the part where you are singing “Satan… bless my soul Father… we are yours……. ” sounds more evil with the bass.
    Or did you perfect the varg-esque bass perfection on devil worship? 😛

    IMO, bass is a “nice to have” in BM.


    • April 1, 2014 at 11:54

      Oh, I didn’t play bass on Devil Worship. Asmo did.

      I find the first two EPs more listenable in terms of sound; ItNoS sounds exactly as raw as it should (and the bass is inaudible), and TDoB is exactly as fuzzy as it should be (and my Burzum-influenced bass-playing is on it).

      Compared to those two, Devil Worship has a much thicker sound. Ashwin Shriyan has done a great job with the production but I’ll ask him for a rawer tone and fuzzier sound on the next one. 🙂


  2. April 4, 2014 at 11:30

    It’s thoroughly useless if you ask me. Unless you have a bass n drum dominant band like Necromantia. But none of those fancy bass twang things, please.


  3. 5 Sludge Factory
    April 15, 2014 at 07:07

    I feel sorry for bassists in black metal bands. They’re about as useful as birth control pills are for men.


    • April 15, 2014 at 07:49

      Birth-control pills are as useful for men as they are for women. But a Black-Metal bassist who actually understands the style and loves the music would be great to have!


  4. April 13, 2015 at 14:46

    You’re an idiot with a very rudite understanding of black metal. There are a ton of BM styles that incorporate bass in to their core sound. I bet you sound like an unoriginal Darkthrone rip off.


  5. April 23, 2015 at 02:29

    Instead of betting on it, you could have clicked on the links and checked out the sound.


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