I believe there are plenty factors of metal music that we are truly lured in by and hooked on – the extreme nature, provocative lyricism, and a certain primal energy. On the outside, those elements appear to be what drives metal music. But at the genre's core, innovation keeps the engine running. Metal has always been an evolving style, every branch expanding and making way for even more stylistic offshoots. Black metal is no exception.
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While I can appreciate the historical impact and focus on pushing the envelope, I'd argue that black metal has developed into a far more appealing subgenre than it originally started out. The flourish of atmospheric, jazzy, and dynamic aspects in modern black metal is undeniably the rightful evolution and more mature presentation in comparison to its original, outlandish chaos and overtly raw production roots. I give my "hats off" equally to Mayhem and Darkthrone as much as I do to Alcestor Myrkur. With that perspective in mind, I present an act that has innovative blood pumping through their veins.