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hb420
01-15-2012, 10:21 PM
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20. Ghast - May The Curse Bind
(Todestrieb Records, 2008)

Until this album I had never heard of a Black Metal band fusing the genre so well with Doom Metal. Ghast's debut for the most part is mid tempo old school black metal inter-sped with doomy riffs that are heavier and slower than hell. Sometimes adding in a fast paced section to spice it up as in one of the albums clear highlights "Give Your Wrists".

Give Your Wrists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vD81ZExjnA)

illuminatus917
01-16-2012, 07:36 PM
Well now I have another album to listen to per your recommendation.

hb420
01-17-2012, 01:28 AM
Well now I have another album to listen to per your recommendation.

You will dig that release I'm pretty sure, this next release is right up your alley too.

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19. Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters
(Misanthropy Records, 1995)

Ved Buens Ende is probably one of the strangest bands in Black Metal you could come across. There form of the genre draws from progressive rock and avant-garde influences. They only have one release under their belts but its a total monster. That if you give the time to let it sink under your skin will have you hooked with drummer Czarl's quirky jazzy fills and unmistakable croon. Along with the dissonant riffing and fretless bass playing that it supports.

Carrier of Wounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiX38xt6O2c)
(If you dig this please check out Czarl's other band "Virus" its basically a continuation of this band but more rock than metal)

hb420
01-18-2012, 01:39 AM
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18. Horna - Aania Yosa
(Debemur Morti Productions, 2006)

Best Black Metal band to ever come out of Finland in my opinion. Horna's discography is an extremely prolific one full of great Black Metal releases. Topped off I believe by this album, a concept record about the Black Death. It's full of dense and atmospheric second wave black metal played to absolute perfection.

Mustan Surman Rukos (http://www.youtu.be/watch?v=XPPgwgLEPYg)

SomewhereInTime72
01-18-2012, 11:49 PM
Haven't heard any of these. I'm bad at black metal.

time to add more shit to my 'eventually' list

hb420
01-21-2012, 02:08 PM
Haven't heard any of these. I'm bad at black metal.

time to add more shit to my 'eventually' list

Nice, when you can check out most of this stuff. A lot of it like Ved Buens Ende is pretty accessible for Black Metal.

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17. Ludicra - Hollow Psalms
(Life Is Abuse, 2002)

Ludicra was the greatest Progressive Black Metal band next to the mighty Enslaved. They're brand of metal was nearly unmatched mixing Black Metal, Crust, and Progressive Metal. While their last album was certainly their best, their debut will always be my favorite. They never matched it's ferocity and overwhelming aggression, while still having a huge prog influcence. Every song is amazing but my favorite would be "Heaped Upon Impassive Floors". Cobbett and Cathers's lead and rhythm work is amazing, and Shannaman's vocals are demonic in nature.

Heaped Upon Impassive Floors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz3hJhwepB0)

hb420
01-21-2012, 10:20 PM
No one else like my list so far?

hellawaits77ny
01-21-2012, 10:30 PM
I've been reading it. I just know very little about Black Metal, so I have no basis for an opinion. I look forward to the rest of it.

slapguitarer
01-21-2012, 10:35 PM
I've been reading it. I just know very little about Black Metal, so I have no basis for an opinion. I look forward to the rest of it.

Pretty much this.

hb420
01-21-2012, 11:10 PM
I've been reading it. I just know very little about Black Metal, so I have no basis for an opinion. I look forward to the rest of it.

Thanks then guys for the feedback. Working on post #16 now.

hb420
01-22-2012, 02:01 AM
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16. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina
(Moonfog Productions, 1996)

On Satyricon's best work, the band balances the aggression of their older releases with catchy melodic aspects of their later stuff. While not dumbing and watering it down one bit.

Mother North (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD7bCRG3CG0)

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15. Nachtmystium - Instinct: Decay
(Battle Kommand Records, 2005)

Nachtmystium will never be able to top this USBM landmark in my opinion. It was were Blake fully realized his Psychedelic Black Metal vision he had been slowly working towards. Cold low-fi tremolo picked atmospheric BM pitted with gorgeous Psychedelic solos and passages.

Chosen By No One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWMtQhWJPwk)

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14. Deathspell Omega - Paraceltus
(Norma Evangelium Diaboli, 2010)

Violent, dense and technical beyond belief "Paracletus" is Black Metal 2666.
Along with the blistering metal passages, the dissonant post rock guitar lines add a depth to the music you can't find anywhere else in music period.

Dearth/Phosphene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj0qx97jb3c)

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13. Weakling - Dead As Dreams
(tUMULt, 2000)

Weakling are one of the first USBM bands, and their only release is a good one. Even with it tending to drag a little in middle, the song writing does not suffer at all. It's a huge complex listen, with dizzying guitar lines and drum fills. It's completely rewarding, with superb instrumentation and vocals nothing is left unwanted on the albums five tracks. If you like Krallice and want to hear something sort of similar check this out.

This Entire Fucking Battlefield (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU7EJNc6ipk)

brutal_descent
01-22-2012, 07:33 AM
I don't know, I definitely like Assassins more than Instinct: Decay, it's one of my favorite black metal albums.

slapguitarer
01-22-2012, 10:39 AM
Deathspell Omega is awesome stuff.

Wealking is something I feel I'm obligated to listen to, not juts because it's awesome black metal but because it's from they Bay Area.

hb420
01-22-2012, 11:18 AM
I don't know, I definitely like Assassins more than Instinct: Decay, it's one of my favorite black metal albums.

Assassins is great, I just think the song writing is more balanced on this one. The psychedelic aspect overwhelmed Assassins.

Deathspell Omega is awesome stuff.

Wealking is something I feel I'm obligated to listen to, not juts because it's awesome black metal but because it's from they Bay Area.

Weakling is definitely really awesome and yeah the Bay Area produces some great BM.