Bathory have always been noted as one of the most important black metal bands of all time – Hammerheart just proved their dominance.
Black Metal Chronicles
Extreme polemics have long held an unfortunate place in heavy metal in general, and black metal in particular.
The name alone here should say it all: Nocturnal Poisoning. Just saying it out loud makes me feel like I’ve got alcohol poisoning.
The grimmest playlist of them all!
With such a massive and varied back catalog, it's hard to anticipate what new Dhampyr music is going to sound like. It could be the straight-forward depressive black metal of White Fire Laudanum, the electronic drone of Tombs of the Hetaerae, or Mellville's Tomb – a single, hour long ambient composition.
Seeing as tomorrow is the last day of February, this post officially concludes our 2015 installment of Black Metal History…
There are a lot of purist black metal bands that hide behind the shield of "keeping it trve" to defend rote, uninspired songwriting, but if you totally forsake tradition for experimentation then you run the risk of missing out on some great albums. The new split EP from Barshasketh and Void Ritual is one of those albums.
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.
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.
These bands embody all the best things about metal: catchy riffs and great songwriting, effective use of melody to create a narrative structure, vocals soaked in reverb, and all the brutality one needs without resorting to cheesiness or self-parody.
It’s safe to say that most citizens of the metal realm show love for Black Metal drummers. Let’s face it, these guys do some serious work behind the kit, all while trying to conjure Satan at ridiculous tempos and worrying about runny mascara.
Black metal Batman to the rescue!
Necromatic Valentine's day cards to share with your loved one to warm their frostbitten hearts.
Their previous two albums, Under a Frozen Sun and Fallen Angel’s Dominion show a band with a well-honed focus on what they love. The results are so precise, that you’d think Dissection secretly had a stash of unreleased material hidden in some basement
In the world of metal nothing seems more contradictory than to have religion, more specifically Christianity, tied with it. And deeper in the world of metal, nothing could possibly be more contradictory than to have black metal with explicitly stated Christian messages.
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.
We kicked this series off last year with an initial installment tracing the origins of black metal up through 1984. Picking up in 1985 we're still very much in "proto"-black metal mode for the most part. We're getting there, though.
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.
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.