Black metal is characterized by extremely high-speed drum parts (70-500 beats / min – blast-bit) and guitar riffs. The sound of guitars is high and sharp. A typical reception games – tremolo. Vocals are usually high (screaming), there Low insertion "snarling" vocal – growling. Such sounds are often defined as the raw black metal (from raw – raw") and is considered the reference.
Bass guitar and keyboards (rarely) play a minor role in the classic black, whereas in symphonic black keyboard paid much attention. Plays an important role as a scenic image of performers. Most of them take the stage in special clothes, stylized uniforms, clothing, barbarian, or uniforms of the Third Reich, or a ritual robe. Also, the vast majority of artists use a specific make-up (korpspeynt), whose aim – to make the performer look like a corpse. Black metal is different ideologized boundary. A very popular topic in the black is the "dark side": Satanism, occultism and paganism, nihilism, war, misanthropy, hatred of all. Quite often in black there are elements of Nazism and fascism. Periodically among performers and fans of black metal disputes existed as to who the representatives of a style more committed to "real" black metal. Deviations from Hard black-sounding (experiments with electronics, symphonic arrangements, etc.) are often very negatively perceived in the black environment, which is why some areas of black metal (such as symphonic black) earned in "Orthodox" followers of black metal reputation as a "corrupt" and "treacherous." Also negatively perceived attempts to reach the perpetrators of popularity and commercial success (rotation on television and radio, published in mainstream journals, contracts with major labels). For this reason, many underground artists consciously moving away from anything that could be linked with a group of "commerce": released records only on the cheap media (tapes), minimal circulation (sometimes no more than 2-3 dozen pieces) and the sound is very poor quality, never give concerts. However, in recent years black metal is no longer exclusively "Underground" phenomenon.