For those who may be unaware, Norway was not the only country in the early 1990s that had a black metal scene. Indeed, several countries from around the world, from Sweden, to the United States, to France, to Japan, to Greece, to the Czech Republic, all had notable black metal scenes during this formative time period.
Perhaps the most interesting out of all of these groups, however, was the one that emerged out of the Czech Republic, with bands such as Master’s Hammer and Root. Though there were several bands playing black metal in the Czech Republic at this period of time, these two bands were the pillars of the scene and the ambassadors of the sound to the rest of the world.
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Törr, which sort of emerged from an earlier band named 666 in the mid-1980s, was the first band in the Czech Republic playing black metal. Their “Witchhammer” demo from 1987, heavily influenced by Venom and their ilk, was highly influential on the rest of the scene.
Master’s Hammer, it is safe to say, was perhaps the most original and innovative black metal band to emerge from the Czech Republic. While their first album, “Ritual”, stands up as a classic black metal album, their second album introduced a lot of experimental aspects, though it would depend on who you ask whether or not they worked.
Root was another band that emerged early, but was more productive later. The band’s original vocalist, Dr. Fe, was kicked out of the band only to form his own, Amon. Big Boss took over the vocal duties and the band soon developed a darker sound, releasing albums such as “Zjeveni” and “Hell Symphony” in the early 90s.
Amon, as previously stated, was the band that Dr. Fe formed after parting with Root. Though the early material of both bands share many characteristics, Amon, it should be noted, incorporated keys in the its sound, particularly on “The Worship”.
Tudor is probably best known for the band’s early demos and 7″. Like Törr, Tudor drew more heavily on the genre’s early influences such as Venom. The Spalovna 7″ is regarded as the pinnacle of their sound, however.