Best of the Blackest of the Black?

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  1. Dawn of the Shred

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    Who do the Black Metal fans here on SSO consider to be the best Black Metal bands? Can be old bands or new bands, What’s the best albums or songs from these bands?

    Now I know this is subjective but I’m just curious what bands in the genre everyone here likes.
     
  2. silverabyss

    silverabyss J. Custom taste, Gio budget Contributor

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    Krallice and Deafheaven don't @ me
     
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    Hands down, Deathspell Omega. Everything from Kenose to now is untouchable material, any genre considered. I remember I didn't like them so much after first hearing Si Momentum. Then someone recommended I listen to Paracletus, and I was sold. Had a solid 5 months where I only listened to DsO. Still spin them regularly because it's the kind of material that you can hear new things every time you listen.
     
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    This is just MY personal opinion but:

    Emperor
    Wolves in the Throne Room
    Alcest (some of their material falls under post BM)
    Dimmu Borgir
     
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    Ebony "The Sugarcoater"

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    Some select examples that springs to mind:

    Niden Div 187- "Impergium" - Especially this one. Perhaps the greatest hidden gem in the entire genre. Album is from 1997 and is basically Zyklon-B worship on steroids. Closest thing you get to "War Black metal" which could have become a sub-genre in itself was it not for the fact that no band besides Niden Div 187 and Zyklon-B has ever nailed the sound that defines it.

    Obtained Enslavement- "Soulblight" and "Witchcraft" - Classically inspired, and some of the very best at that. Don't bother with the rest of the discography, first album was poorly-executed death metal and last album has one good song.

    Aosoth- "Arrow in Heart"- Perhaps my favorite black metal release the last decade. Title track is the worst track on the album.


    Ondskapt- The entire discography.
    Deathspell Omega- everything made after "Inquisitors of Satan".
    Funeral Mist- The entire discography but especially "Salvation".
     
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    FireInside THE. DEAD. SEASON.

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    Old Man's Child
    Mayhem
    Dark Funeral
    Marduk
    Arcturus

    IMHO.
     
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    KailM SS.org Regular

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    In no particular order:

    Emperor
    Mayhem
    Darkthrone
    Burzum
    Immortal
    Dissection
    Ulver
    Windir
    Dimmu Borgir (up to a point)
    Enslaved
    Blut Aus Nord
    Lunar Aurora
    Imperium Dekadenz
    Drudkh
    Drautran
    Agalloch
    Winterfylleth
    Wodensthrone

    Just to name a few...
     
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    savage SS.org Regular

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    Great list here, just to add a few more in no order as well:
    • Borknagar
    • Summoning
    • Arcturus
    • Negura Bunget
    • 1349
    • Dodecahedron
    • Plebian Grandstand
    • Hyperion
    • Schammasch
    • Oathbreaker
    • Stormlord (blackened power, Great stuff)
     
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    Mathemagician SS.org Regular

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    Quoted for Old Man’s Child

    Also see:
    Deafheaven
     
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    JD27 ESP Cult Member

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    I've always liked Nachtmystium a lot. They add lots of experimental and atmospheric elements to the traditional black metal formula in the later releases.



     
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    cwhitey2 BlackendCrust Metal™

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    Wolves in the Throne Room
    Mgła
    Agalloch
    Deathspell Omega
    Mayhem
    Inquisition
    Enslaved
    Taake
    1349
     
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    Some of my favorites:

    Weakling
    Pre-prog Arcturus
    Enslaved
    Kailash (which you've never heard of and they only have 2 albums that you can't listen to anywhere so I can't even show you)
    Deathspell Omega
    Darkspace
    Alter of Plagues
    Klabautamann
    Ulver
    Lantlos
    Drudkh
    Krallice
    1349
    Diabolical Masquerade
    Ved Buens Ende
    I'm not even sure if I should count Ephel Duath or Sigh

    and of course you can't go wrong with Mahyem, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, Darkthrone, the whole classic Scandinavian crew


    EDIT: I just read that the two dudes who were Kailash are now a new band called Hornwood Fell! I'll have to check it out!
     
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    Dødheimsgard (DHG)!!1!! A Umbra Omega and Super Villian Outcast are both on my top N albums of all time.
    It is pretty untraditional BM, and there is a lot of other stuff to it - which is how I like my BM haha.

    Also Myrkskog's first album Deathmachine, which is kinda a mix of DM and BM.

    Emperor is an old favorite, but I don't listen to them that often anymore.

    Limbonic Art, especially the first couple of albums are fun if you are into Symphonic BM.

    Ihsahn (of Emperor) solo material also got some BM stuff here and there, but usually not very traditional, which I like.

    Edit: and of cause Mayhem. I personally like 'Chimera' the most
     
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    You've heard Satanic Art though, right? Honestly, that EP is so solid that the full lengths that come after it don't do it for me. I mean, they're good, and also I realize that they're going in a totally different direction than Satanic Art EP... but damn that EP is too good!

    I don't really listen to the older albums either. Just that EP. I guess maybe it's not right to call myself a fan :lol:

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    Another good band (that is not unlike DHG I guess) is called Abigor. It's hard to get into them because they are/were fairly prolific and have a lot of variety in sound. My two albums of theirs that I used to spin a lot are Nachthymnen, featuring classic piss-poor production and never-ending riffage, and also the album Fractal Possession, which has a more pseudo-industrial vibe that reminds me of DHG.

    I kinda credit Abigor with being the premier technical black metal band.
     
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    I haven't listened that much to their older discography, but maybe in time I will become a fan of that.

    Just checked out Ved Buens Ende after reading your list .. great stuff! Kinda similar to later Dødheimsgård I guess, but seems it is also got a lot of the same people involved.
     
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    Considering that Ved Buens Ende only has 1 full length album (aside from their demo), I consider the band to be almost unduly influential on black metal. IMO this band alone spawned many if not most of any aspiring "avantgarde black metal" bands that would pop up in the late 90s and into the new millennium. Including the band I mentioned called Kailash, who does a pretty excellent instrumental cover of To Swarm Deserted Away. Also Hexvessel and Code


    The song Autumn Leaves always gets a lot of play by me around this time of the year.


    If you're into this kind of avantgarde black metal, Code is also a good group. I especially like this song


    ^actually now that you mention it, that is Vicotnik from DHG, who was also in VBE. He plays with Kvhost in Code, and Kvhost is the guy in Hexvessel. So maybe it's not as influential as I thought considering it's the same dudes :lol: They were influential on MY black metal band when I was a teenager.
     
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    Sumsar SS.org Regular

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    ^ It is always fun to read about Norwegian bands on Wikipedia and you realize that all those different bands are just side projects and new band ideas made by the same ~30 people or something over a 20 year period haha.
     
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    will_shred not that good.

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    I don't know about best of the best, but this is one of my all time favorite black metal albums that hasn't been mentioned.

    Necchochwen, The Heart Of Akamon. You don't get much more grim than Native American black metal. Okay, for the real cork sniffers, this could also be considered folk metal and definitely isn't traditional black metal, but its more along the lines of Agalloch.

     
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    Ebony "The Sugarcoater"

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    I think I agree with this. The only possible rival must be "Prometheus"-era Emperor which, alongside "Superior Massacre" by Myrkskog, is one of the very few albums recorded at Akkerhaugen I enjoy the sound of.
     
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