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Old February 10th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Atmosphere in darkness...

What really drove me to love scandinavian black metal in the 90 was the atmosphere. As harsh and evil as these band were there was always a deep element of emotion and atmosphere driven by deep melodies that drove the music.

As I look band and seek the current scene I wanna make sure there hasn't been any albums that Ive missed on, so please list some music you feel fits in the discription I have explained.

Bands and albums that I feel fit into this are: Shadowthrone by Satyricon, In Times before Light by Kovenant, Agalloch, Windir, (even) Dimmu Borgirs Stormblast album, Enslaved, early Arcturus, Emperor, early Borknagar and Primordial....

Are there any gems that I have missed such as Windir which I only discovered a few years ago?

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Old February 10th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not that unknown, but just in case you missed them: Ulver's first three albums("Nattens Madrigal" and "Kveldssanger" in particular) and most of Taake's stuff. I haven't listened too much to the latter band, but I believe it might have what you are looking for.
Also, Wolves In The Throne Room are pretty damn awesome. And I'll just mention Deathspell Omega again, 'cause they obliterate so much.
Other than that, ask NicholasDWolfwood.

PS: Dimmu sucks.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sigh has incredible atmosphere on the first 2 albums. I really like early Ulver of Course.
I would also have to add De Mysterious Dom Sathanas. That album has an insanely dark atmosphere. I remember listening to De Mysterious on shrooms once in a dark room and I about went crazy from some haunting force that just creeped the hell out of me. Not really a good idea while on shrooms to listen to that album. It could probably make a person go mad.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah Ulver I got... and cant even believe I forgot them from my list... considering Bertatt is one of the greatest atmospheric albums of all time!!! Plus I do have Wolves In The Throneroom in my collection

Definitely getting Mayhem's De Mysteriis... album.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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And I'll just mention Deathspell Omega again, 'cause they obliterate so much.
For some reason I just cant get into Deathspell Omega... I like a little dose of melody in my black metal, but maybe I just havent sampled to the right stuff from them.
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Yeah that Code album is amazing.
Deathspell is not my favorite to be honest. The vocals are good, but remind me too much of Attila who I think is the master of the sick vocals, so it just kinda ruins it for me. The music is good, but I have a hard time getting into it.

Code is fucking killer though. Even though Graveland is racist shit, they have some really killer old stuff. Epilog and in the glare of the burning churches are excellent. The song Children of the Moon from Epilog in particuliar is very haunting with some of the best keyboards ever used in black metal. Check it out.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old February 10th, 2009, 04:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Cradle of Filth, especially the older albums.
(the new ones are more melodic than atmospheric, though they do have lots of atmosphere too.)

Oh, and Dragonforce has really dark atmosphere, try the new album...there's a goth girl in the cover.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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burzum - hvis lyset tar oss, filosofem
mayhem - de mysteriis dom sathanas, ordo ad chao
darkthrone - uafm, abitns, transylvanian hunger
dso - smrc, kenose, splits post-smrc, fas
negura bunget - n crugu bradului (not sure if I spelled that right off the top of my head), om (certain parts are certainly dark)
velvet cacoon - genevieve, dextronaut
xasthur - a gate through bloodstained mirrors, suicide in dark serenity
leviathan - the tenth sublevel of suicide, massive conspiracy against all life, tentacles of whorror
lurker of challice - lurker of challice
twilight - twilight
austere - withering illusions and desolation
darkspace - dark space iii
coldworld - melancholie2
mgla - groza
nyktalgia - nyktaliga, peisithanatos
the ruins of beverast - rain upon the impure
s.v.e.s.t. - urfaust
taake - nattestid ser porten vid, over bjoergvin graater himmerik, taake
thorns - 1989-91 rehearsals, thorns
vinterland - welcome my last chapter
weakling - dead as dreams
code - neurotransmissions, nouveau gloaming


thats just from my ipod alone..note that all of those albums convey a dark atmosphere in different ways to me. for example, "massive conspiracy against all life" (leviathan) and "ordo ad chao" (mayhem) convey darkness to me by way of their production values and how the music is allowed to slither around the mix. "fas..." on the other hand, the darkness is conveyed in the aggression that runs into the ambient sections all while mikko is doing his trademark whisper-grunt over top. I'm awaiting some flaming for some of my choices (like weakling or velvet cacoon) but fuck it
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Old February 10th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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burzum - hvis lyset tar oss, filosofem
mayhem - de mysteriis dom sathanas, ordo ad chao
darkthrone - uafm, abitns, transylvanian hunger
dso - smrc, kenose, splits post-smrc, fas
negura bunget - n crugu bradului (not sure if I spelled that right off the top of my head), om (certain parts are certainly dark)
velvet cacoon - genevieve, dextronaut
xasthur - a gate through bloodstained mirrors, suicide in dark serenity
leviathan - the tenth sublevel of suicide, massive conspiracy against all life, tentacles of whorror
lurker of challice - lurker of challice
twilight - twilight
austere - withering illusions and desolation
darkspace - dark space iii
coldworld - melancholie2
mgla - groza
nyktalgia - nyktaliga, peisithanatos
the ruins of beverast - rain upon the impure
s.v.e.s.t. - urfaust
taake - nattestid ser porten vid, over bjoergvin graater himmerik, taake
thorns - 1989-91 rehearsals, thorns
vinterland - welcome my last chapter
weakling - dead as dreams
code - neurotransmissions, nouveau gloaming
wow, ive only heard like 5 bands off that list lol. better check some out!
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To me the key element that creates the atmosphere is the collision of the rough and raw darkness of black metal and the beauty of a melody which is often created by some amazing keyboard work.
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Norwegian Black Metal sucks imo... No point in the shit they play
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Blut aus Nord - Mort

An amazing atmospheric album, although there is a chance that you wouldn't like it. It tends to divide opinion. Even amongst BM fans.
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You can find the better Dark Atmospheric band in the doom metal.Personal opinion.
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An amazing atmospheric album, although there is a chance that you wouldn't like it. It tends to divide opinion. Even amongst BM fans.
As I was reading through this list, I was amazed that no one had mentioned The Work Which Transforms God - very chilling although its the only one by Blut that I've heard. How does MORT compare to it?

Also surprised no one has mentioned Axis of Perdition.
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As I was reading through this list, I was amazed that no one had mentioned The Work Which Transforms God - very chilling although its the only one by Blut that I've heard. How does MORT compare to it?

Also surprised no one has mentioned Axis of Perdition.
morts terrible, it's a very far departure from their previous works. odinist was a bit better - merging the "avant-garde" of mort with the bm of twwtg, but the new album is by-far their best work since the first two.

I fucking lold at the retard who said there's no point to the "shit" that norwegian black metal bands play.
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I fucking lold at the retard who said there's no point to the "shit" that norwegian black metal bands play.
Every site has to have their trolls... people whos only feeling of power is anonymously posting assaults at people. Leave them be... life will take care of them.
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to elaborate upon this point...the extreme metal scene greatly benefited from norsk black metal, and black metal in a general sense. I believe it was ihsahn (of emperor fame) who sent opeth's first demo into candlelight, anyway?

black metal, as the norsk wave started, was anti-establishment. they felt that death metal had betrayed the underground scene and as such they were rebelling by making the most raw, ugly music that they could. albums like hvis lyset tar oss, de mysteriis dom sathanas, and a blaze in the northern sky are extreme metal masterpieces - and they all came out of the norwegian scene. they further pushed the boundaries of extreme metal. they have a very solid place in the history of black metal, and extreme metal as a whole. to say that these albums are "shit" and that "there's no point", you need to be either
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