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Essential Black Metal Listening
And so Darkthrone leaps into the future!
Darkthrone’s 1993 album, Under a Funeral Moon, represents the true essence of black metal. You can largely determine how you feel about black metal by how you respond to this album. Its 39 minutes of morbid darkness contains everything devotees love about 2nd-wave black metal, and thus represents everything its detractors hate.
Cradle of Filth crafted one of the best records with Cruelty and the Beast to help bring more fans over to black metal
Ulver turned black metal on it's head with 1996's Kveldssanger – here's why we think that the album resonates even today.
Agalloch are one of the most influential bands in the black metal world. Here's the record that started it all.
With a pleasant amount of melodic elements, Blood Fire Death (1988) can be summed up as an excellent thrash act with black and Viking metal as influences.
Carpathian essentially founded black 'n' roll with the magic of Black Shining Leather – this is an album that you simply can't ignore.
Anaal Nathrakh have been around. Though you can pin down their sound by slapping a bunch of labels on them, the truth is that it doesn’t fucking matter. Not for a minute, not for a second. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever” is the most worthy summary you’re likely to ever come by.
In the history of black metal few bands really define the genre as much as Immortal. Here's why At The Heart Of Winter is perhaps their greatest triumph.
Leviathan (a.k.a.: Wrest, a.k.a.: Jef Whitehead) is one of the few musicians that can conjure real ghosts. One that tear at your throat and devour your dreams, turning them into dancing nightmares around a cold, icy pit.
Every style of heavy metal, or music in general, has its culminating album: recordings that capture and define a movement or era. For Norwegian black metal, Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is that record.
Today, Diadem of 12 Stars makes for a very interesting listen. Not just due to the passage of time, but because of the difference between how this band was perceived and how they actually sounded.
Panzerfaust was a huge step forward for Darkthrone. It's a testament not just to the band, but the early history of black metal.
Bathory have always been noted as one of the most important black metal bands of all time – Hammerheart just proved their dominance.
The name alone here should say it all: Nocturnal Poisoning. Just saying it out loud makes me feel like I’ve got alcohol poisoning.
When it comes to black metal, most people think of Darkthrone’s classic trilogy (A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon, and Transilvanian Hunger). And though they would be correct, we should not overlook the contributions of Bergen, Norway’s Gorgoroth.
Though Enslaved has become renowned in metal circles for records like Isa, Ruun and RIITIIR, there’s no denying the power of the band’s early output. Frost and Vikingligr veldi are both crucial contributions to the canon of 2nd-wave black metal, but there’s something uniquely fascinating about any band’s primordial work, and 1992’s Yggdrasill is no exception.
Oil and water.
Orange juice and toothpaste.
Black metal and Christianity.
Before there was "kvlt" there was Mayhem. Their influence would go on to become transmusical, but in the beginning that's all…
Essential Black Metal Listening: DEATHSPELL OMEGA Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice / Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum / Paracletus
Deathspell Omega is a band of sheer immensity. They incorporate the very essence of the word “bestial” when you listen to them.