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Black Metal History Lists Ranked

Ranked: IMMORTAL's Albums From Least To Most Grim & Kvlt

Posted by | February 23, 2015

It's easy to see why Immortal were one of the first black metal bands to achieve tangible mainstream success. They didn't really sing about Satan for one thing (something that no doubt made them more marketable), and Abbath's unparalleled skill with grim but wickedly catchy riffs made them easier to digest for people with a budding interest in black metal.

Black Metal History Interviews

Dayal Patterson on Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult and Upcoming Projects

Posted by | February 10, 2015

While I was writing my review of Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, I thought it'd be a good idea to reach out to the book's author, Dayal Patterson, to let him answer some questions. While he's given numerous interviews about the book, there were still some lingering points I thought worth addressing. Also, since he has a new series of books coming out, Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies, I figured he'd like the opportunity to plug it for our readers here at Metal Injection.

Essential Black Metal Listening

Essential Black Metal Listening: ENSLAVED Yggdrasill

Posted by | February 4, 2015

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.

Black Metal History Reviews

Album Review: TAAKE Stridens Hus

Posted by | February 4, 2015

By now, fans know what to expect, and that is the assurance that Taake continually manages to walk the fine line between creative expansion and maintenance of the rough, raw edge of Norwegian black metal. This is something Hoerst absolutely continues on Stridens Hus, with that touch of maniacal but oh-so-musical genius.