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I used to avoid Black Metal for long since I considered BM musicians as "a bunch of monkeys, wearing corpse paints in a dark frost and pretending to hate humanity". Fortunately, some of them have proven to be more than that. My interest in Black Metal is progressively increasing and now I consider it to be one of the most divers metal genres, among with doom metal. Black Metal albums with experimental elements are more likely to appease me. Admittedly, this list shares a lot with my previous lists.These albums are included to indicate my taste in this genre. One album per band, unless the band's album have very different sound .The main aim of this list is to gain recommendations.

Created by: mz | 04.09.2013



1. Aderlating - Spear Of Gold and Seraphim Bone Pt.1
Blackend Ambient/Noise
2. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
Atmospheric Black Metal
3. Alkerdeel - Morinde
Blackend Sludge Metal
4. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
Avantgarde Black Metal
5. Arizmenda - Within The Vacuum Of Infinity...
Psychedelic black Metal
6. Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God
Industrial Black Metal
7. Blut Aus Nord - MoRT
Industrial Black Metal (??)
8. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus
Black Metal
9. Cloak Of Altering - Plague Beasts
Experimental Black Metal
10. Cobalt - Eater Of Birds
Black Metal
11. Dark Tribe - In Jeraspunta - Die Rückkehr Der Tollwütigen Bestie
Black Metal
12. Darkspace - II
Ambient Black Metal
13. Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
Black Metal
14. Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole
15. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
Progressive Black Metal
16. Glorior Belli - Manifesting The Raging Beast
Black Metal
17. Gnaw Their Tongues - L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante
Ambient/Noise Black Metal
18. Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma
Psychedelic Rock/Black Metal
19. Infestus - E x I I s t
Atmospheric Black Metal
20. Lord Mantis - Pervertor
Blackend Sludge Metal
21. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
Ambient Black Metal
22. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
Black Metal
23. Murmuüre - Murmuüre
Ambient/Psychedelic Black Metal
24. N.K.V.D. - Vlast
Industrial Black Metal
25. P.H.O.B.O.S. - Anúdipal
Industrial Black/Doom Metal
26. Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazer
Black Metal/Hardcore (?)
27. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
Black Metal
28. Reverence - The Asthenic Ascension
Industrial Black Metal
29. Shining - V - Halmstad
Depressive Black Metal
30. The Meads of Asphodel - The Murder Of Jesus The Jew
Experimental Black Metal
31. The Axis Of Perdition - Deleted Scenes From The Transition Hospital
Ambient/Industrial Black Metal
32. Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters
Avantgarde Black Metal
33. Verdunkeln - Einblick In Den Qualenfall
Psychedelic Black Metal
34. Weakling - Dead As Dreams
Black Metal
35. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
Atmospheric Black Metal



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mz - 20.03.2014 at 20:23  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.03.2014 at 00:38

Even if I didn't like them... I can be cold-blooded enough to see why people will like them. It's a very interesting combination of psychedelic Black Metal with the odd krautrock vibe going on and the very catchy, bassy and spacey sounds. That kind of combination will definitely interest a lot of people.

I respect how daring and brave they are, but their songwrting is not that interesting. Maybe you are right and my previous statement was not fair. OP is a band I must enjoy in theory but I really don't know what's missing from their ingredients. Their songs sound like long intros but for me, the actual music does not start at all.
Lit. - 20.03.2014 at 20:40  
Written by mz on 20.03.2014 at 20:19

This means that 25/30 albums here are in your opinion better than that album.

Not exactly how I meant to word it, but sure. It's a great album, but a lot of stuff on here is greater than or equal to it.

Written by mz on 20.03.2014 at 20:19

Btw, which ones you think are inferior to OP's debut?


Let's see...
Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
Blut Aus Nord - MoRT (Love The Work Which Transforms God and even the EP following it, but this is just unbelievably dull)
Glorior Belli - Manifesting The Raging Beast (I prefer these guys when they're southern-fried and not DsO clones)
N.K.V.D. - Vlast
P.H.O.B.O.S. - Anúdipal (Likewise, I prefer the one following this)
mz - 20.03.2014 at 22:05  
Written by Lit. on 20.03.2014 at 20:40

Let's see...
Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
Blut Aus Nord - MoRT (Love The Work Which Transforms God and even the EP following it, but this is just unbelievably dull)
Glorior Belli - Manifesting The Raging Beast (I prefer these guys when they're southern-fried and not DsO clones)
N.K.V.D. - Vlast
P.H.O.B.O.S. - Anúdipal (Likewise, I prefer the one following this)

َRegarding Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors, well I have not listened to it in a while and I agree that it might not be that great. Still love it, but I've noticed that I'm becoming gradually less interested in it.
I agree that Manifesting The Raging Beast resembles DsO, but I love how it is somehow simpler than most of modern DsO, thus differentiating itself from DsO's albums.
MoRT is beyound amazing, my only complain about it is that it's too short. I can see why some people might not enjoy it.
Vlast was the album that made me interested in black metal as a genre, along with BaN's TWWTF and an album from gnaw their tongues. Before vlast, I had listened to some black metal bands and loved them (like agalloch and Arcturus) but was not into more intense formms of BM and those albums I could enjoy from black metal genre were some expectations .Vlast still gets a couple of spins every week.
Finally, Anúdipal is the best album I checked in 2013. Now I consider is as one of my top 10 records, and I've given it a 10. Like MoRT, I can say that it's too short (about 55 minuets I guess). I could be much happier if it was as long as Esoteric's TMV.
Lit. - 30.04.2014 at 21:41  
Late-ass post:

Well, if you don't care for Oranssi Pazuzu, maybe I can rec:
Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life (From Wrest, very Lurker at points, but mostly pure black)
Funeral Mist - Salvation (It's basically kvlt black, but good.)
Watain - Lawless Darkness (Pseudo-kvlt, if that makes sense)
Sun Of The Blind - Skullreader (Darkspace-style with the same members)
Kveletak - Kveletak
Thorns - Thorns (Nice, semi-industrial, psycho black)
Chaos Moon - Langour Into Echoes, Beyond (If you dig ambient stuff, you'll dig this, I'm sure)
Peste Noire - La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénérescence
The Axis Of Perdition - The Ichneumon Method (And Less Welcome Techniques)
mz - 30.04.2014 at 22:22  
Written by Lit. on 30.04.2014 at 21:41

Late-ass post:

Well, if you don't care for Oranssi Pazuzu, maybe I can rec:
Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life (From Wrest, very Lurker at points, but mostly pure black)
Funeral Mist - Salvation (It's basically kvlt black, but good.)
Watain - Lawless Darkness (Pseudo-kvlt, if that makes sense)
Sun Of The Blind - Skullreader (Darkspace-style with the same members)
Kveletak - Kveletak
Thorns - Thorns (Nice, semi-industrial, psycho black)
Chaos Moon - Langour Into Echoes, Beyond (If you dig ambient stuff, you'll dig this, I'm sure)
Peste Noire - La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénérescence
The Axis Of Perdition - The Ichneumon Method (And Less Welcome Techniques)

Not a fan of Chaos Moon. Also, the last time I checked Leviathan did not click for me and so is watin. Funeral Mist and Thorns are very good but I need to re-listen to them. Regarding Peste Noire, well I'm not sure if I've ever listened to them. Also, I have one The Axis Of Perdition album here. DSfTH is better than their debut. The production of their debut at some points puts me off.
Sun Of The Blind are also good, but I really don't think that I'd be adding them
Finally, I just once heard Kveletak and don't remember much from it. Will definitely check it out.
Thanks for recs
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.05.2014 at 02:29  
You didn't like Massive Conspiracy Against All Life? That album should be practically catered for you. Failing that check out Silhouette In Splinters. It's totally different from his other stuff. Not metal, some bizarre / slash guitar-soundscape type affair. His best release in my opinion.

Karlabos - 08.05.2014 at 00:59  
Hey, what's the name of that black metal band you said it was a De Magia Veterum worship, which had some girls doing sort of a satanic orgy as the cover art?
mz - 08.05.2014 at 01:10  
Written by Karlabos on 08.05.2014 at 00:59

Hey, what's the name of that black metal band you said it was a De Magia Veterum worship, which had some girls doing sort of a satanic orgy as the cover art?

You mean this ?
What a retarded name and shitty stupid cover, music is not that bad, though.
Karlabos - 08.05.2014 at 01:13  
Written by mz on 08.05.2014 at 01:10

You mean this ?
What a retarded name and shitty stupid cover, music is not that bad, though.

Yes, that's the one. Thanks. I could swear it was a longer release though.
Happy birthday, by the way.
mz - 08.05.2014 at 01:18  
Written by Karlabos on 08.05.2014 at 01:13

Yes, that's the one. Thanks. I could swear it was a longer release though.
Happy birthday, by the way.

I don't know if it was longer. Just listened to it once some six months ago I think.
Also, thanks, that's appreciated
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.05.2014 at 13:40  
This list definitely highlights how stupidly ahead of its time Ved Buens Ende's album was, being the only album on this list from before 2000 (way before in fact) but fitting perfectly within its theme.
mz - 09.05.2014 at 01:55  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.05.2014 at 13:40

...how stupidly ahead of its time Ved Buens Ende's album was, being the only album on this list from before 2000 (way before in fact) but fitting perfectly within its theme.

Agreed, that album is definitely one of the most avantgarde avantgarde metal albums I've ever heard. It's not only influential and original, but I'd also call it legendary. Kinda sad that it does not get enough recognization, considering how it pretty much defined the ground for DsO and the whole trend of bands taking influence from modern DsO.
Also, it is not only ahead of its time, it's damn well written and well played.

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