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Systematic Desensitization: Black Metal Edition

For many, some of the more extreme types of metal can be challenging to penetrate. I'll admit that my first time listening to Burzum was nearly the equivalent of listening to a buzz-saw. But over time, I found my ears became acclimated, so to speak. All of the beauty and subtlety within became more and more apparent. Now I find listening to Darkthrone to be little different from listening to Vivaldi. Okay, maybe that is an overstatement, but you get the idea. The point of this list to help those looking for a more gradual path from unkvlt to kvlt, if you will. IHopefully it provides some assistance. The top represents some of the more mainstream, well-produced (but still solid) releases, while working your way down results in a stripping away of sound quality, melody, and radio-friendly content. The list ends with a mixture of gritty second wave and mentally challenging avant guarde stuff. This is far from comprehensive, so feel free to hit the forums for some deeper cuts. I also welcome thoughts on reordering as this was no easy task for one set of ears.

1. Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon
2. Melechesh - Enki
3. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
4. Immortal - All Shall Fall
5. Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

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Created by flightoficarus on 19.02.2015

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Sagaris' Favourites Black Metal Albums

- Albums sorted by personal preference (some albums may be ex-aequo, in this case I'll sort them by alphabetical order)
- Any tipe of Black Metal
- Black Metal-influenced albums (e.g. "The Mantle","Imaginary Sonicscape", every Arcturus album except the first) are not included
- EPs and Demos are included
- I'll try to write a short comment for each album. What a challenge!. Since English isn't my first language, I will struggle to find the right words to describe these gems!

1. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
2. Borknagar - The Olden Domain
3. Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
4. Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft
5. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age

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Created by Sagaris918 on 17.11.2014

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My Top Recommended Albums For Viking/Folk-Influenced Metal (allowing Only One Per Artist)

I feel these are the top ten albums that you must listen to if you consider yourself a fan of the genre. This list could have been dominated by Amon Amarth and Enslaved in particular if I hadn't made the restriction.

1. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
2. Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side
3. Borknagar - The Olden Domain
4. Enslaved - Blodhemn
5. Ensiferum - Ensiferum

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Created by flightoficarus on 04.11.2014

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My Favorite 100 Metal Albums Of All Time

1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2. Aquilus - Griseus
3. King Diamond - Abigail
4. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
5. Candlemass - Nightfall

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Created by NecroGabo on 25.08.2013

My Favorite Black Metal Albums

1. Ancient Rites - The Diabolic Serenades
2. Ancient Rites - Dim Carcosa
3. Barathrum - Infernal
4. Bathory - Hammerheart
5. Beherit - Drawing Down The Moon

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Created by Sakuraba on 02.03.2013

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Autumn Serenades For My Woes

Not *quite* as doomy of a list as the title implies. This is just my current playlist, since my preferences change this time of year.
Post Edit: Now that Bell Witch is on here...it *is* as doomy as the title implies. \m/

1. Kamelot - Silverthorn
2. Bell Witch - Self Titled
3. Wintersun - Time I
4. Watain - Lawless Darkness
5. Sunstorm - House Of Dreams

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Created by Tristus Scriptor on 12.10.2012

My Borknagar Album Ranking

I like all of them.

1. Borknagar - The Archaic Course
2. Borknagar - Quintessence
3. Borknagar - Urd
4. Borknagar - The Olden Domain
5. Borknagar - Empiricism

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Created by hanfsud on 23.03.2012

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TOP 1997

1. Rhapsody Of Fire - Legendary Tales
2. Hammerfall - Glory To The Brave
3. Children Of Bodom - Something Wild
4. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
5. Windir - Sóknardalr

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Created by Giok99 on 08.11.2011

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Top [Insert Round Number Here] Second Wave Black Metal Albums

***Limit 2 albums per artist***

1. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
2. Burzum - Filosofem
3. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
4. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
5. Bathory - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark

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Created by saw_you_drown on 05.05.2011

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The Best Black Metal Albums

Only 1 album per band;
10: 1-4.
9: 5-32.
8: 33-50.

1. Summoning - Stronghold
2. Dornenreich - Bitter Ist's Dem Tod Zu Dienen
3. Shining - V - Halmstad
4. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
5. Kampfar - Kvass

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Created by Diabolos on 08.05.2010

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Top Ten Black Metal Albums With Clean Singing

1. Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler
2. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
3. Enslaved - Eld
4. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
5. Gorgoroth - Antichrist

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Created by Jiri on 12.04.2010

Top 25 Albums Of 1997

Favorite releases from 1997

1. Savatage - The Wake Of Magellan
2. Electric Wizard - Come My Fanatics...
3. Strapping Young Lad - City
4. Deftones - Around The Fur
5. Deicide - Serpents Of The Light

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Created by Dangerboner on 02.03.2010