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Black Metal

Blacker than the blackest black, times infinity!
So as you’ll probably noticed this is my vice. Roaring distortion, blastbeats and angry men shouting and yelling at the top of their lungs. Love it. Can’t get enough of it. Mostly the atmospheric, bleak, melancholy type of it. And I have always had a weakness for epic folk in the mix, if it is properly br00tal and/or melancholic.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6yvb5KRL6HBp89EXUJDa7i Dromers ()

A solid demo/EP of a promising band. Opening with a trashy riff that just before it get's old, shifts into new varieties of the melody, adding texture and layers to the song. Fluisteraar show they have the means to keep a monotone 16 minute song interesting after just a few minutes. Wholly promising

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5F7zL7ICE5PCVosxzkcxeG Harvest ()

While Pariah was a testament of pure hatred and fury, Harvest seems to be the following sadboy period. The tracks are less sharp, the vocals are less stingy, the whole album has a 'woe me' feel about it and it lacks the dangerous punch Pariah packed. The only track that shines is the titletrack.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7AAhTVkiRA1SppqGAovLVJ Pariah ()

'Behold the end of the human era'. Roaring, spiteful and venomous blackend deathmetal. Prepare to get blasted with razorsharp songs filled with hate for entire mankind that are stangely melodic/catchy and fun to listen to!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0gVTkPr4Xi8yV0evq7ekpg Below the House ()

There is something truly captivating to this record. It sounds so personal, so true and honest. If you let it, it will take you away to a cold, dim and desolate place on even the hottest day. Magnificent sludge/black that comes from the heart and speaks to yours.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4NHScOBl9z2iYc8peQdqXO Mystical Future ()

Atmospheric black from South Africa. It checks all the boxes; winding and stretched mid-tempo walls of noise, contemplative acoustics interludes and harrowing screams. But that's just it; it just checks the boxes. It's good, but it lacks some identity sadly.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0XksOvuxu75wAj46mZlD6u Noir ()

One of the first encounters I had with postmetal. The mysterious, heavy sound does the title justice. Callisto incorporates shards of jazz to add to the overall tone of the album. The vocals are deep, the production is solid and the album varies enough to keep you interested till the end and repeat.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3VuOy2PG8aIJAd0stK7sA3 Vigilance Perennial ()

Falls of Rauros makes it known they have their own sound and stay true to it, and which each release the production value rises. Sadly though, the bone shivering haunting melodies tend to blur together as the best captivating songs are still found on their debut record.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3gIdcWWdwAd4g9oeesKBxr Obsidian Arc ()

It's good that Agalloch's spirit lives on, but as of now Pillorian has the status, but not yet the trackrecord. Expect solid, more aggressive and upfront melo-black in a clear production, but don't expect the eerie melancholic magic of Agalloch just yet,

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6RFix0DOQxB5MLLvVmdIa6 The Devil is Fine , ()

Creativity worth praising. This record outgrows genres as a whole, but keeps roots in negro-spirituals and black metal. Mix it up with whatever you can think of, and you get an amazing must-hear-this-mix of music that is not as coherent as an album could be, but none the less damn impressive!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2mVILjcUqWMWjqqxBmEbir De Doden Hebben Het Goed II ()

Being blown away as I was by the first, it's impossible for the follow-up to be better. I'd hoped for more of the same, but they've chosen a more agressive, straightforward sound. This is not a bad thing, in fact. it's a very high quality thing. More agressive, less atmosphere.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1zXGALNdvdK0vwLkVITkqh Earth I ()

This is getting out of hand. Anyone with a picture of a forest and can release atmospheric blackmetal nowadays. Earth & Pillars does it all; over-long-intros, muddled, unclear production and each track taking about 15 minutes. The sound is a greenish-grey chaos, and never really innovative.

Ember Breather , (, )

Dip in darkness and despair in the deep desolate woods with Veldes. Proper folk-black with decent production and interesting hooks and some quality screams. But on a whole the albums tends to lack variety in sound and foremost in the vocals. A good first impression that I don't think will last.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1SkhH8IpSiIfNhn6PcYxNL Teethed Glory and Injury ()

Never was their such an impressive, twisted, avant-garde and progressive piece of pure hate and misery then Altar's final record. The way they disconstruct all known black metal cliches and build it anew in a artsy, abstract but oh-so-compelling way is astounding.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0HmI8iKZLpa69G4MuNATBN Believe In No Coming Shore ()

An exercise in melancholy of misty mountains and foggy shores. Calm, deep, intense with great writing and production, but not as memorable as it's predecessor.

They Became The Falling Ash ()

'WITTR'-like doomy blackness, slow and piercing, tragic and majestically beautiful

As The Stars ()

Quality atmospheric black, lots of major scale epicness with grim undertones, production is a bit flat

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7fu8LObFpfyjygzBhvqHiO Devoid of Light ()

Uada seems to be one of the frontrunners of the new American black metal scene, and I like it. It's a fresh take on the old black-trash bond with staggering modern black and old school trashy solo's.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1CDJgRpNpoyU0NiCeklvFO Desperate Dreams ()

One man synth-black act which leans on Deafheaven. Works very well, too bad he churns out albums like crazy, and most of them are instrumental. The vocals are what keep this one above the rest.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:10Q34sF2qmP4BqM2Bb06h4 Silent Waters ()

A strange but becoming marriage between almost-pop-songs, power metal and fierce screams and growls makes this album pop-out in freshness.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4N1c7TO5M4Zm1o5M9gyVKi Oath Bound ()

Most epic blackness, ripping out the darkest depths of the Tolkien universe, we get to hear a symphonic, roaring soundtrack of the underworld. Every song is slow to mid-tempo but somehow very intense in it's delivery.

La Chaise-Dyable ()

A black metal record without the polish, exposing only deep disgust, melancholy and pure hate. The vocals get spat in your face, this album knowns no compromise. Feels really truthful and honest.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6PiYGlyL473hXsg6FBfpHI Ashes Against The Grain ()

I'd say this is Agalloch's crowning glory. An album with clear, layered production and some very solid songwriting. Less folk and more distortion, some of the best songs this band ever made are on here.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4qa4DA9LBxtCEHas4fy09P Luwte ()

Fluisteraars is one of the premium Dutch black metal acts (IMHO), and while they do nothing revolutionary, what they do, they do with great care and passion. Solid riffing, melodic tremolo and very good vocals. Tracks tend to be a tad overlong but each one has enough variety to keep it interesting.

Strijd ()

'For fans of Summoning and Urfaust', that's me! Though I can outrightly say that the low production value and horrible keyboard sections don't cut it for me. Sure this album is 18 years old and it was a different standard then, and I can appreciate that, but nowadays this is not for me.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5KOPAPO43nR2bs8HORU8JA Der Freiwillige Bettler ()

A slow slope into blackend madness. Urfaust's trademark twisted screams flow through mazes of hypnotic downtempo black metal. Dark 'n doomy.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3z3Tt0qbzk9A5tzwG7t6Ia Amesoeurs ()

'A kaleidoscoping soundtrack for the modern era'. This record does away with all the nature-religion-folk in black metal, and goes straight for the hardships of urban life. Exquisite songwriting and production, sharp mix of pop and black metal.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3IWS0nL3CWefCrpremoDUJ Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light ()

The last album made before the ironic death of singer David Gold. His death gives the album even more feeling, depth and personality. Depressive blackened doom.

À l’âme enflammée, l’âme constellée… ()

This record is huge, in length, in production and in concept. Classical music flirts with folk influences, the string section brushes with the harsh distortion. Think big soundscapes where tension is always rising and falling between the classical and the chaotic brutality.

Spell of the Melancholic Landscapes ()

A post-black-electro ambient record (Think 'Celestite' by WITTR). Though this has nothing to do with black metal other then the intent. It's a fine amateur record, but it's not at all renewing or revolutionary in what it does.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6IkTBaVaWjxN18iVeOS13R The Mantle ()

Agalloch's most prolific folk record. To this day, it's a high water mark for the folk black metal scene. It sets the right tone with subtle humming keys, sharp acoustic melodies and layers of foreboding distortion. It's full of atmosphere but thank god there is a remaster!

Halfvergaan Ontwaakt ()

One of the new Dutch blackies, Wederganger takes the folky-clean vocals from Heidevolk, takes a decent jug of Amon Amarth riffing and some of Urfaust nasty fury. The result? Interesting, brutal, but not really my cup of tea.

Wederganger / Laster , ()

On this split with two of the most promising new BM bands in The Netherlands both bands bring their A-game to this split. Laster's part is intense and furious whereas Wederganger take their time on brooding midtempo pagan black.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0V5fnIg4cnkI9u5RCrZ8Hk De Verste Verte Is Hier ()

The first full-length after the promising demo makes true on all the promises. The production value has gone up and the songwriting fleshes out. The grey mass of distortion becomes the foundation of more experimental music with noise, piano and obscure dance music.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5XnkctXrvM0YcqZMjFvJu2 Wijsgeer & Narreman ()

The first offering of Dutch Laster has it all: A 20 minute slab of monotonous grey melancholy layers of distortion, pounding drums and a singer who screeches from the darkest places of his soul. Top it off with a philosophical theme, and there you have another great BM band.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4qoPbn9IJ0BQ1bDaCuHznS Face Lion, Face Oignon ()

Lugubrum is weird. It takes black metal roots, drowns it in vodka and pokes it long enough that it starts dancing weird. I admire the creativity and guts to do this, but I don't know if I like to listen to it, which is kinda the point.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0mU8WnBCEpk0afIqUePIrD Waerachtighe beschryvinghe van drie seylagien, ter werelt noyt soo vreemt ghehoort ()

What's in a name? The same as in this album, an epic tale of history of one of the most brutal and literally frostbitten artic voyages. What best to tell such tale with grim black metal and theatrical interludes? This album is literally made to tell a true story, and it's well worth sitting down for

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4O9ohNd5VZI18FDr3s8nzn In Times ()

Enslaved are good at what they do, and not afraid to do different things. This is a good thing and I can appreciate the band for it, but this album is too power/proggy for me, and the black vox that it has, don't really suit me.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:36eKOahqE8ILCGMvVBDsWa Om ()

If I ever held an album high on a pedestool, it's this one. A defining record in huge, epic, atmospheric black metal with masterful writing. The whole albums listens like a world in itself, with recurring themes and atmospheres.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1i1xQBFuHPXWDYBX2b6L3L Winterkälte ()

If you're looking for some harsh, old skool blastbeat black metal, come to Switzerland. Apparently it's so fucking cold and grim up there that Paysage D'hiver recorded this. A record that stands as an ode to the blackend chaos and noise of which we came.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0TBClFs57X7ZvTRrcGuTPm Aesthethica ()

Liturgy was (afaik) one of the first bands to brazenly expand the borders of brutal black metal and doing so by making it an exercise in Swans-like texturing and mathematical hypnotizing riffing. It's a record that will disturb you, and won't let you relax, but it is a masterpiece for it.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5e96MLq9CyyOHPZ7X7qRBD Umbras de Barbagia ()

It's astounding how much quality one man can make. From concept to songwriting to composition and production; this record has it all. It's a one man army with an enchanting tale to tale, and it does it so well. Deep folklore passages and rattling blastbeats topped with delightful screams.

Söngvar elds og óreiðu ()

Here's a record from the new BM scene in Iceland where the endless piercing cold and smoking lava get translated into layers of drones and distortion. Twisted, dark, deep and layered. My personal taste is that the layers miss a lil' more variance; it tends to blend together as a big mass of darkness

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:15opwafOw0Q58TYZYtUdfO Seraphical Euphony ()

AMG hailed this as a pure brand masterpiece, and I can see why. It does a lot, from black metal structuring to deathmetal riffing, folk interludes etc. But it's all done too well to my taste; it's too polished, shiny and produced for my ears.

Песни мертвых ()

Hailing from Russia is this nice, little expression of amtmospheric black metal. It's nothing new nor exciting, it's rather 'normal' in all it's ways, but it does have a it's own setting, a sense of sincerity.

Dwellings () De Doden Hebben Het Goed ()

Wiegedood's debut blew me away with it's fierce passion, energetic hate and despise. A solid wall of sound, filled with subtle melodies and catchy hooks. It's like cocaine; it destroys you, but it's so addicting, you want more. Moar!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7xnkJln9V6ml83WT6tNrju Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy) ()

It's amazing that this record is from '98. The production is so good that it might as well be released last week. It reminds of a darker, more black At The Gates. Ferocious blastbeats and a top-notch goblin scream tell you how black metal is supposed to sound.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3frjkX634GnJa3YJ0ht6Cp Winter Thrice ()

I want to like this, since I always said there wasn't a Borknagar record that I don't love. But alas, here we are. Extra sad is that Garm (Ulver) is on in the vocals, so the dissapointment is bigger. The main problem is a lack of coherence in the vocals and all-over feel of the album.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:41Kidi7iuwbtzM9YAL3Onr Syner ()

Swedes can do everything best, as long as it's dark and depressing. Like a thriller, detective or black metal records. This record is exciting, dark, builds tension and above all, done by one man. Chapeau!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7mIoFZy27ZXVu9ahFy1O0i Aria Of Vernal Tombs ()

It's a whole other take on the folk side of black metal where the elements don't blend but compliment eachother in a fenomenal way. One equal part classical harp goes great with solid, melodic mid-tempo blackness.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2z4X47ZuDmPTrHYI1HMHBb Clean Hands Go Foul ()

Khanate is a unique piece of work. It sounds like a band dying in the studio and recording every last bit of it. Prepare to not be swayed away by layers of noise, but rather be thrown into a bathtub of rusty razors and salt. This is meant to hurt.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:16yev7Mp70hgyvOazm7fiK Redemption At The Puritans Hand ()

Everything Primordial does feels like an epic stature of pride and power, and 'Redemption' is no different. Solid songwriting, production and (sadly) scarce use of harsh vocals. The second part of the album isn't as memorable as the first.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2G0XuURX20SGszbzLwmyD8 Nord ()

French post-black of stature. The crashing waves of Cult of Luna-esque post metal dwindle into hysterical and dark black metal blastings and chaos. Lovely! The only thing with this album is the length, it's 2 hours! While it's never boring, it can be overlong if you're not really in the mood.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6saVnhFqQ2270dJBveTCha Sunbather ()

There is a lot to be said about Deafheaven, and I don't care about it at all. Sunbather blew me away and will continue to do so. The sheer power and atrocities on this record, filled in with bright colors and major scales melodies in contrast with the fierce screams raise the hairs on my arms.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7eYF8AN35VlUBDrq37B5rL M ()

There's also a lot to be said about Myrkur, and again I don't give a shit. I just find this a poorly written and recorded album. The dreamy folk does right by me, but the black metal parts seem forced, unnatural and gimmicky. She tries, but doesn't really succeed.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:13dEKfRSkHId3t6lO0S8Ab Beware The Sword You Cannot See ()

These guys are known for large-scale and epic theatrical albums, and this one is no other. A fine mix of prog, black metal and folk. But because the record wants to be listened like a book, I don't pick it up as often as I should.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1cQXDosKkPHAZVi7YWYX15 Litourgiya ()

Batushka is bringing back the gimmicks big time, by bells, church choirs and nasty Polish black metal. Remnant of Graveworm, but with a better focus on interesting riffing and production.

Exercises in Futility ()

Straightforward and to the point are the keywords here. Mgla shows you don't need much to have an effective end-result. Using just the core ingredients of black metal, they forge a solid picture of the genre with catchy hooks and nice riffing.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1ljNNRtqLD9PeIN4ydjwPt Moonlover ()

Ghost Bath is in on the major -scale chaos game. Like Deafheaven they paint a brutal but colorful picture. They even tend to take it over the top with some almost poppy soloing, and the vocals tend to lack impact. Good sound, but I've heard better expressions of it.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0f7USoxyTkbbnz7oENxb0p De Gjenlevende , ()

The opening of this album is so amazingly catchy and full of interesting and creative ideas, you'd expect to be let down by the rest of the album. That's the charm of this one; it keeps 'm coming! Though the first few songs are definitely stuck in my head the most, the rest of it isn't sold short.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2GQzkktWAhcZOptFwlJYhe IV – One With The Storm ()

Unlike Galar's 'Gjenlevende', Ghost Brigade opens with a solid track, but tends to fuck up the rest. It starts with some pretty good epic melo-death, but lingers on in Godsmack-esque emo hardrock :/ tf.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0x9KbgXQRsqFPHstzcdB9r Autumn Eternal ()

The new Panopticon focuses less on the folk and more on the thick, heavy barrages of riffing and deep gurgles of gruntwork. This doesn't mean the album is any less atmospheric. If anything, it's ever more intense this way.

Voyager EP ()

An 'EP' which spans 40+ minutes. It's break time for these blackies and they choose to chill with cosmic ambient soundscapes, still solemn and ever lonely. Though there is a sense of companionship in this kind of lonely. An album turn of your head and flow on ethereal rivers.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0ZA9Zg4umQEzdB3Fv8qr4E New Bermuda ()

With all the positive reviews around saying 'Much better then Sunbather!' I needed some time to warm up to this record. At first I didn't hear anything better then Sunbather, but after a while I saw it. A much more experienced, balanced and more aggressive take. Less colorful, extra intense.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0jKxTINTHatoo2dJbJqrlJ Skym ()

Frisian Black Metallers Kjeld deliver their debut with a vengeance. As AMG wrote a 'frigid, punishing, and viciously melodic record that’s a consistently exciting listen'. Clear, to the point, focused and just the right amount of epic to swallow the violence thrown at you.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:63n1Nbb39T4sdVF9mPz8XA Hammer Of The Witches ()

Sorry, but no. I'm still not convinced. I'm still not in overproduced poppy deathmetal to sell backpack patches to goth schoolgirls. This is not my cup of tea and probably never will be. I can hear these are decent musicians with proper skill, but it's not for me.

The Grey EP ()

One of the less successfull EPs Agalloch has done. It features two 'dismantled' tracks from Pale Folklore. These are 'abstracted' as in turned to a grey mess of noisy soundscapes and drones. Fun lil' excercise might be, but not too interesting to listen to.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:11cM2j84l31y3o1AjGhsVh Pale Folklore ()

A masterpiece which finally got it's well deserved remaster. Now with the production being clearer and having more depth, the epicness of the dark folk-black tales come to right even better.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1SB58ZEohFIGGQlTzZI7Ou Death’s Design ()

61 tracks in 43 minutes. That's an achievement. And making it work like one big epic whole is an even bigger achievement. This album is highly underrated as it portraits masterful skill in storytelling through all kinds of dark metal. Truly an awe-inspiring endeavor.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4arGxjcJXjM7sTnAXmMqDy Roots , ()

It's big, it's brutal, it's Scottish! So prepare for some folk-laden atmospheric black metal with outstanding flute- and bagpipe sections. Overall not too unique in it's kind, but the Scottish flavor does make it it's own.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5mEoi7jz5j9oWXW9XSscKD Against This Weald ()

A beautiful, compact ode to the atmospheric folk black metal. Omnious as Wolves In The Throneroom, with the epicness of Moonsorrow in a quality production. The quality of songwriiting and production overall gives me goosebumps. I wholeheartedly support passion like this!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4qRUF7jsBbDSnRXQ9JSP32 +37​.​717364 // -117​.​247955: The Last Place I Remember ()

Distorion-centered ambient release reminiscent of Agalloch's 'Ashes Against The Grain' closing piece.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0hZO4cUaAEVwkrjszvzdid Kivenkantaja ()

If I have to pick a favorite Moonsorrow record, this is it. A big, layered production sets the tone and atmosphere for thick viking-metal riffing and amazing vocals. It's epic in all the right ways and keeps interesting to the end.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2YcYeUDBaLsrQc8ujnAOff Celestite ()

"It’s a formless cascade of sound, a vision rendered with countless layers of synths, brass instruments, woodwinds, and the occasional electric guitar, all the while leaving out the human element. " This is the pure essence of black metal ambient, ever evolving suspense done right.

Empricism () Where Greater Men Have Fallen () https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:5cgpsZHqPMr0sFHinDfsRy The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood ()

The most stunning debut of this atmospheric blackmetal outfit. Dark, depressing, mystical, eerie and overall hauntingly beautiful. The atmosphere on this record knows no equal, the solos are solid and the whole gives me goosebumps every fucking time I hear it.

Lost To The Living () The Turn Of The Tides () Tekeli-Li () Torn Beyond Reason () https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0lsQuGo2JWYRHV1ZKxDstt Roads To The North ()

Panopticon sets the bar for expanding black metal horizons with this Kentucky-blues hybrid. Highly melodic, intense and utterly creative songwriting. The only downside is the bit muddled production, but that also shines the light on the clearer acoustic parts, so all is well!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2zEAzaG53MeHeDo7yiVTSm Ecailles De Lune ()

Ecailles de Lune is my favorite Alcest album, because it brings back that harsh Amesoeurs sound and combines it perfectly with the dreamy, almost ethereal shoegaze. The record sounds like the cover looks; a dark but magical night of unspoken tales.

The Serpent & The Sphere () Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy () Urd () Old Mornings Dawn ()