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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 flightoficarus86 on 19.02.2015



Must Have Metal Albums For The New Metalhead

Albums that are both critically acclaimed and influential in the metal world.

If I'm missing any please put them in the comment section.

1. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
2. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
3. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
4. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
5. Megadeth - Rust in Peace

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Created by AzizMuhammed on 10.02.2015



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Sagaris' Favourites Black Metal Albums

Albums sorted by personal rating
Any tipe of Black Metal, only albums with rating 8,5 or higher
Albums with the same rating are sorted by alphabetical order
Black Metal-influenced albums (e.g. "The Mantle" or "Imaginary Sonicscape") are not included
EPs and Demos are included

1. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
2. Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia
3. Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft
4. Borknagar - The Olden Domain
5. Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler

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Created by Sagaris918 on 17.11.2014



10 Essential Black Metal Albums

10 essential Black Metal albums, that every self-respecting Black Metal fan should own. Well, that's my opinion.

1. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
2. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
3. Darkthrone - A Blaze In The Northern Sky
4. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
5. Ulver - Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne Til Ulven I Manden

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Created by Pimpelmee on 30.08.2014



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The BEST of The WORST Classic Metal Albums

I realize the importance of these albums to the genres, and the influence they have had. however I do not find these albums really that great and pleasurable due to the competition and elimination through these decades of musical evolution. I respect these bands for releasing something so creative, conceptual and also brought us to the new dimension in the past.

1. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
2. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
3. Anthrax - Among The Living
4. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God
5. Accept - Restless And Wild

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Created by God Buster 鬼 on 20.08.2014



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The Five Points of the Pentagram, Point 1: Black Metal

Last Updated Feb 27 2015

A collection of all of my personal favorite black, black/thrash, black/death and black/doom metal. One album per band and in no particular order other than alphabetical. List will be updated semi-regularly so remember to stop by every so often!

The ★ signifies an album that is borderline perfect. Can you find them all?

1. The Short List
2. Anaal Nathrakh - The Codex Necro
3. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
4. Arckanum - ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ
5. Barathrum - Legions Of Perkele

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Created by Fearmeister on 13.06.2013



Messy List - Top 100 Of All Time (incomplete)

1. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
2. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
3. Opeth - Morningrise
4. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
5. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes

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Created by king_matt on 21.01.2013



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Favorite Black Metal Albums

1. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
2. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
3. Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
4. Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
5. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina

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Created by ManiacBlasphemer on 02.10.2012



The Timeless

1.All time & genre (including Non-Metal)
2.Only studio albums & EPs
3.I frequently modify this list.

1. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2. Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise
3. Krallice - Diotima
4. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
5. Deathspell Omega - Kénôse

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Created by Lastempire on 07.07.2012



Vonpire's 1996 Best

This was by far the most difficult list to do. That's because all top releases are so good that any could be number one. 1996 probably best metal year ever imo.

1. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
2. Theatre Of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
3. Moonspell - Irreligious
4. Samael - Passage
5. Cradle Of Filth - V Empire

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Created by Vonpire on 21.06.2012



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Some Ripping Black And Blackened Death Faves...

This is a list of some of my favorite speedy ripping Black and Blackened Death metal albums...

1. 1349 - Hellfire
2. Abigail Williams - In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns
3. Angelcorpse - The Inexorable
4. Anaal Nathrakh - Eschaton
5. Anagnorisis - Overton Trees

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Created by psykometal on 29.01.2012



My Best Black Metal Albums

1. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
2. Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness
3. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
4. 1349 - Hellfire
5. Burzum - Belus

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Created by rubioeh on 10.01.2012



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The 20 Best Album Conclusions

Ordered. One album per band. Assessed by quality of the track itself, impact as a conclusion and relevance to the rest of the album.

1. Deep Purple - Deep Purple
2. Windir - 1184
3. Slayer - Reign In Blood
4. !T.O.O.H.! - Order And Punishment (Řád A Trest)
5. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho

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Created by Cryzpin on 16.08.2011



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Top 30 Classic Black Metal Albums Of The 80s And 90s

Trying out something new: limit two albums per artist.

1. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
2. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
3. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
4. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
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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Omega_Switch's Listism: Top Black Metal Albums

1. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
2. Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
3. Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
4. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
5. Bathory - Blood Fire Death

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Created by omega_switch on 19.03.2011



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