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This is a list composed by what I think that is raw oriented black metal, but still only albums with a difference are allowed. Basically Atmospheric, Melodic (Not Symphonic), Experimental stuff. I give some brief explanation of what is so different about those albums. Some bands would deserve the entire discography mentioned, so I opted by putting only one album per band.
Some people tend to think that noise black metal is a very different approach to bm, but it's a well consolidated subgenre. Nothing really experimental or different about it. Same goes for raw oriented dsbm. I'm not gonna spam those subgenres unless something really unique is going on.
Moreover, actually the whole purpose of me making this list is getting more ideas of bands, which should appear on the comments, so start recommending stuff.

Created by: Karlabos | 19.02.2014



1. Ekpyrosis - Mensch Aus Gold
Must hear one-track Atmospheric Black Metal album.
2. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
Ambient Black Metal
3. The Meads Of Asphodel - Damascus Steel
Well, it's The Meads Of Asphodel. Do I really need to say anything?
4. Urfaust - Der Freiwillige Bettler
Depressive Black Metal with clean? vocals
5. A Forest Of Stars - The Corpse Of Rebirth
Honestly all these guys' albums deserve mentioning, but this is the rawest (rawwwr), very strange approach to atmospheric black metal
6. Antestor - The Return Of The Black Death
Black metal with subtle middle-eastern influences
7. Seeds Of Iblis - Anti Quran Rituals
Raw and agressive bm with middle-eastern folk influences. To maximize the musical pleasure you must hear it with high volume on bad quality earphones.
8. Sutekh Hexen - Larvae
Noise Black Metal, but with sort of an overwhelming feeling rather than a chaotic one.
9. Sigh - Hail Horror Hail
Most Sigh's releases are so out of boundary that they wouldn't be raw enough for this list. This album though, is both primitive and out of boundary.
10. De Magia Veterum - The Divine Antithesis
I guess you could say Technical Brutal Black Metal?
11. Dead Raven Choir - My Firstborn Will Surely Be Blind
Some time ago I asked on a certain forum which shall be nameless if there was such thing as country black metal. And now I'm hearing this and wondering: Why the hell no one told me about this!? If you're interested in such an atypical combination definitely check this out.
12. Dark Tribe - In Jeraspunta - Die Rückkehr Der Tollwütigen Bestie
Brutal/Experimental Black Metal
13. Darkspace - Dark Space III
Space Black Metal
14. Germ - Wish
Electronica/Post Black Metal
15. Gnaw Their Tongues - Reeking, Pained And Shuddering
Bizarre and creepy Experimental Black Metal. Another one with far more than just one worthy release. But this is the one that captivates me the most.
16. Johann Wolfgang Pozoj - Escape Of Pozoj
Ambient/Atmospheric Black Metal.
17. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
Ambient Black Metal. Done in an evil, unconfortable way.
18. Lunar Aurora - Hoagascht
Atmospheric Black Metal with some bits of Martial Industrial.
19. Liturgy (US-NY) - Aesthethica
Many people hate this band but I'll include'em anyway. Sort of a technical black metal. Think of a less atmospherical Krallice
20. LIK - The Second Wind
DSBMed heavy metal? Heaviened dsbm? I don't know
21. Cult Of Fire - Triumvirát
Black Metal with some sinister elements.
22. Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane
Attilaesque vocals. Large epic tracks. Very good.
23. Circle Of Ouroborus - Eleven Fingers
Black metal without harsh vocals/ sometimes without guitars/without black metal.
24. Coldworld - TheStarsAreDeadNow
Pretty well-known DSBM. But still it has an unique sound, so it belongs to the list. Everyone says their other album Melancholie² is better, but I like this the most =P
25. Chaos Moon - The Ouroboros Worm
Atmospheric Black Metal.
26. Verdunkeln - Einblick In Den Qualenfall
Deep/low tuned Atmospheric Black Metal. Guitars sometimes sound like The Cure.
27. Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession
Atmospheric Black Metal with death growls and hypnotic riffing.
28. Botanist - IV: Mandragora
Acoustic Black Metal
29. Nae'blis - Sketches Of Reality
Atmospheric Black Metal.
30. Njiqahdda - Nji. Njiijn. Njiiijn.
Everything-buried-in-the-mix Atmospheric Black Metal. But this is very well done.
31. Murmuüre - Murmuüre
Ambient Black Metal. Everything buried in the mix. Soothing. Awesome.
32. Magane - Beginning At The End (Yomotu Nolito)
Raw black metal with Asian folk influences.
33. Eikenskaden - The Black Laments Symphonie
Project of the same guy of The Skaden. Not as weird, but still worth a shot. Loled at "There are 666 trees on my forest" track title.
34. Raate - Menetyksen Tie
Melodic Black Metal with mostly clean vocals
35. Torturium - Misanthropic Angels Burning Winds
Straightforward Black Metal with the highlight: Vocalist. So you think Silencer's vocals are weird? Might as well give a spin on this.
36. Totale Vernichtung - Feuerberstattung
Legend says that isn't NSBM. Anyway, it's a punk-oriented Black Metal. Vocals are also pretty weird. Vocalist inhales the gutturals.
37. The Skaden - You Will Hope I Had Died
This band is weird. It still fits on the Melodic Black Metal tag though. Perhaps Avant-Garde?
38. Tjolgtar - Under Command Of Tjolgtar
Raw bm. Still, there's something odd about it
39. Ordo Coquatrix - MMXI
Sort of an industrial noise raw black metal
40. Pergalė - Horizontalios Maldos Palaima
Sort of a bm with Lithuanian folk influences.
41. Puritas Virginum - Décenie de Souffrance
Black Metal with some subtle disco elements
42. Aasdgoihasdghexekul - Demo Noir
Experimental Black Metal
43. Al-Kamar - Abstract Spread
Shoegaze Black Metal with programmed female "vocals". Yep, it's a software who sings.
44. Azar - Izorane
Garage produced black metal with amazigh folk influences. Harsh vocals here sound like a very hungry stomach or something, but still interesting in a certain way.
45. Absentia Lunae - Historia Nobis Assentietvr
Oh no.. Karlabos is recommending NSBM, let's call the cops.
46. Anomaly In Effigy - Holy Mother, Sacred Whore
Kind of a raw bm with those old doom metal riffs.
47. Sewer - Satanic Requiem
raw black metal which is a bit... Weird
48. Semen Drenched Slave Of The Devil - Anal Destroying Angel
AWKWARD
49. Spear of Longinus - Nazi Occult Metal
Other nsbm band. But I can't help if there's some interesting raw bm on that scene. This one sounds both terrible and interesting. Somehow it could be classified as "black rock" instead of black metal.
50. Spite Extreme Wing - Vltra
Upbeat catchy Black Metal.
51. Satan's Almighty Penis - Into The Cunt Of Chaos
Pretty well-done Experimental Black Metal.
52. Sancta Poenas - De Dekadentas Dikter
Slightly Depressive Black Metal. With some poems read along the songs.
53. Dressed In Streams - The Search For Blood
2 track Hipster Black Metal EP. Each track a masterpiece.
54. Drottnar - Welterwerk
Technical Black Metal
55. Jute Gyte - Discontinuities
Atmospheric Black Metal with VERY weird song (de)structures
56. Klevelta - Demo
(Well, if you can find the whole album anywhere, of course) Anyway the highlight here is of course the vocals
57. Loss Of Self - Twelve Minutes
Upbeat Depressive Black Metal (with western influences?)
58. Zuriaake - Afterimage Of Autumn
DSBM with chinese folk influences
59. Xexyz - Primeval Mountain
NES based black metal with chiptunes and stuff. I detected some covers by nes songs... I wonder if all of them are?
60. Cragataska - Utanç
Depressive/Sludge Black Metal.
61. Colorless Forest - Imprints Of Dreams In Hyaline Ice
Very unique Depressive Black Metal. Relaxing whispered vocals.
62. Clair Cassis - Clair Cassis
I call this "elegant black metal". Other Clair Cassis' stuff is also good. But this is the only full-length, so...
63. Vediog Svaor - In The Distance
"Progressive black metal". Whenever this combination of words is pronounced I think about clean produced and quite organized stuff such as say, Enslaved. But never thought of it like... This
64. Varuna - The Epical Trilogy Of Vorlaufen I - Night Master
Industrial/Experimental, (sometimes Raw) Black Metal
65. Botulistum - Göll - Split
I would really rather not recommend splits here, but damn! You must hear this.
66. Book Of Sand - Destruction, Not Reformation
Black Metal with middle eastern infucences. (I think it's middle eastern)
67. Blue Hummingbird On The Left - Bloodflower
Raw/Noise Black Metal with Aztec influences
68. Blood Cult - We Are The Cult of The Plains
Country black metal?
69. Niding - Afgudaskymning
Sounds a bit like Urfaust, but still has its own sound.
70. Nokturnal Mortum - Hехристь / NeChrist
Although they're more recognized for their sympho/pagan metal works, this is very raw. And upbeat. What is a rare combination.
71. Medo - Cruzando Os Portais Do Submundo
ambient? black metal
72. Mystic Forest - Waltz In The Midst of Trees
Really. ALL Mystic Forest's albums deserve listening. I'm just gonna put this to follow the 1 album per band rule. And I'm not saying because they are all slightly above average or has some bits interesting, no. really... LISTEN to it. All of them.
73. Myling - Sotpuke
Trve low-fi Black Metal also with the differential that it has clean vocals.
74. Misogi
Atmo-Black with asian folk influences.
75. Manierisme - Everyone Has Two Sides
Slightly strange Raw Black Metal.
76. Mamaleek - Kurdaitcha
Almost low-fi Black Metal with Indie Rock influences



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!J.O.O.E.! - 19.02.2014 at 23:06  
Seeing as you have Blue Hummingbird on the Left, you could easily add a whole bunch of other Black Twilight Circle / Crepusculo Negro bands:

http://crepusculonegro.bandcamp.com
Gawain - 19.02.2014 at 23:07  
Not one thumbs up nor comment? good list, I have listened to approximately 1 album on this list.. not bad
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.02.2014 at 23:09  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2014 at 23:07

Not one thumbs up nor comment? good list, I have listened to approximately 1 album on this list.. not bad

I'm guessing this list made about 5 minutes ago.
mz - 19.02.2014 at 23:11  
I like most of records I know on this list but am not sure what's "Raw Oriented Black Metal". Do you mean raw black metal? In that case, I don't think FoS and LoC and many more are raw.
Karlabos - 19.02.2014 at 23:11  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.02.2014 at 23:06

Seeing as you have Blue Hummingbird on the Left, you could easily add a whole bunch of other Black Twilight Circle / Crepusculo Negro bands:

http://crepusculonegro.bandcamp.com

I'm only familiar with like.. 4 or 5 bands of BTC, but hearing more of that set of bands is on my to do list.
I just need to feel inspired to =P
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.02.2014 at 23:13  
Written by Karlabos on 19.02.2014 at 23:11

I'm only familiar with like.. 4 or 5 bands of BTC, but hearing more of that set of bands is on my to do list.
I just need to feel inspired to =P

Once you're in the mood for that raw but psychedelic approach to black metal you can pretty much click on any of those and get something good. The death metal ones and one doom band is also fantastic.
Gawain - 19.02.2014 at 23:13  
Is arcturus's aspera hiems symfonia able to make this list? my favorite black metal album
Karlabos - 19.02.2014 at 23:17  
Written by mz on 19.02.2014 at 23:11

I like most of records I know on this list but am not sure what's "Raw Oriented Black Metal". Do you mean raw black metal? In that case, I don't think FoS and LoC and many more are raw.

Actually neither I know how to explain it well. I just wanted to avoid subgenres like symphonic, industrial, arcturesque avant-garde black metal which sure also have different releases, but not exactly what I want to list here.
Even though the bands here are not exactly raw I feel like they are "closer" to raw black metal than symphonic/industrial/etc black metal bands are. So I guess it's a list of different but not too far away from raw bm albums.
Probably there's a better term for it, though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.02.2014 at 23:18  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2014 at 23:13

Is arcturus's aspera hiems symfonia able to make this list? my favorite black metal album

Didn't you just discover it 10 minutes ago?
Gawain - 19.02.2014 at 23:21  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.02.2014 at 23:18

Written by Guest on 19.02.2014 at 23:13

Is arcturus's aspera hiems symfonia able to make this list? my favorite black metal album

Didn't you just discover it 10 minutes ago?


.. no, i know that album for half a year or something
Karlabos - 19.02.2014 at 23:21  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2014 at 23:13

Is arcturus's aspera hiems symfonia able to make this list? my favorite black metal album

I'm trying to avoid symphonic, industrial, keyboard full avant-garde bm bands. This list is of bands which can be different without appealing to atypical instruments or strange genre blends.
Nothing wrong with Arcturus, though. I like The Masquerade Infernale ^~^
Erik M. - 19.02.2014 at 23:29  
Coldworld DSBM? I only know their debut but it's melodic ambient BM and not DSBM at all. If the album you have here is the same style then it's also not DSBM. Verdunkeln's debut is psychedelic BM I'd say, but it's no big deal. Awesome album in any case, like just Brown Jenkins' Death Obsession (which is also avantgarde).

Anyway, nice list. I know most of the MS featured albums but barely any of the albums that aren't featured on MS.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.02.2014 at 23:31  
Written by Erik M. on 19.02.2014 at 23:29

Coldworld DSBM? I only know their debut but it's melodic ambient BM and not DSBM at all.


Actually it's largely considered DSBM by many people. Not sure I'd necessarily agree with them though.
Erik M. - 19.02.2014 at 23:42  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2014 at 23:07

I have listened to approximately 1 album on this list.. not bad


Actually that is quite bad. I've listened to only 8 of these (but more than 8 bands, just different albums) I think and even that's pretty bad as well, haha.
Karlabos - 19.02.2014 at 23:45  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.02.2014 at 23:13

Once you're in the mood for that raw but psychedelic approach to black metal you can pretty much click on any of those and get something good. The death metal ones and one doom band is also fantastic.

There's doom on Black Twilight Circle? Which band is that?
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.02.2014 at 23:47  
Written by Karlabos on 19.02.2014 at 23:45

There's doom on Black Twilight Circle? Which band is that?

Doesn't look like they're on that bandcamp page, but they're called Absum.
MetalDoomMaster - 20.02.2014 at 04:48  
I've been listening to Beherit quite a lot lately. Maybe Drawing Down The Moon could get a spot on this list?
Diverge - 20.02.2014 at 04:57  
You compare Pensees Nocturnes to Arcturus, and I really don't think I can agree. I'm also very confused about how the central defining theme of the list, like mz.

I haven't heard many of the albums here, so kudos!
Apothecary - 20.02.2014 at 05:29  
Yeah, black metal like this is really the best of the genre to me: stuff that retains that hardcore, aggressive sound while also trying out some really bizarre elements as well. Always good for bands to strike a good balance between the familiar and the unconventional.

Might I recommend...
1. The Meads Of Asphodel - Damascus Steel. Raw as fuck, but also digs deep into some techno elements as well as Middle Eastern percussion with a heavy tribal flavor. Probably my favorite black metal band and this IMO is their best work.
2. Tengger Cavalry - Blood Sacrifice Shaman. Chinese black metal. Pretty much a really orthodox feel, but the riffs definitely suggest an Eastern feel, and they use throat singing too
3. Angst Skvadron - Sweet Poison. Harsh, but also really psychedelic and surprisingly groovy too. Kinda like a heavier version of Oranssi Pazuzu.
Gawain - 20.02.2014 at 06:54  
Written by Erik M. on 19.02.2014 at 23:42

Written by Guest on 19.02.2014 at 23:07

I have listened to approximately 1 album on this list.. not bad


Actually that is quite bad. I've listened to only 8 of these (but more than 8 bands, just different albums) I think and even that's pretty bad as well, haha.


I don't really care for black metal in this period. I am still doom fanatic and I'm trying to listen to some melodic death at the moment, Black metal is next maybe..
Alex Fenger - 20.02.2014 at 16:27  
Pretty cool list, but if I could give one suggestion, I would definitely say that you should throw some Dark Tribe on there. Particularly their sophomore release, which completely blows the other two out of the water.
Karlabos - 20.02.2014 at 20:52  
Thanks for the suggestion guys, I'm gonna hear them and then add some of them here. Surely there's gonna be something of The Meads, can't believe I forgot about them.
Lit. - 21.02.2014 at 04:44  
Maybe you'd appreciate some Glorior Belli, French black with Southern influences.
theFIST - 21.02.2014 at 22:50  
What about Az I Dahak by Black Funeral?
Karlabos - 23.02.2014 at 00:33  
Added The Meads Of Asphodel, Dark Tribe, Sutekh Hexen, Sigh, Terra Tenebrosa and Puritas Virginum.
Edit: Added Azar and Satan's Almighty Penis
Karlabos - 09.04.2014 at 03:56  
Added Niding, Anomaly In Effigy, Ordo Coquatrix and Dead Raven Choir
Removed Pensées Nocturnes and Melankoli
Hex_Omega - 26.08.2014 at 16:52  
You have my thumb up. Will check some of these bands for sure.
mz - 27.08.2014 at 00:15  
Cool list but some descriptions do not fit IMO. For example, Technical Brutal Black for DMV or ambient BM to terra tenebrosa are not true me thinks.
Hex_Omega - 28.08.2014 at 22:33  
Some really good bands here, I will add my favourites to my list.

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