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Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by MasterOLightning, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. MasterOLightning

    MasterOLightning Optimator

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    There are those who vehemently state that black metal died. The year they give varies, be it '94, '95, or '96. While some argue that the death of
    black metal was largely of an ideological sort, others will say that black metal came to a musical demise at this time. I have always doubted this musical demise, feeling that the importance and quality of some early releases was greatly exaggerated out of a sense of nostalgia and elitism while newer releases have been overlooked.

    I don't really want to discuss ideologies here. I want to look at the quality of albums produced in given years, starting in 1990 or so. Some will argue that ideology largely determines the quality of black metal, which I agree with to an extent, but when I hear high quality metal coming from ideologically empty bands like Velvet Cacoon, it casts doubt upon the necessity of a true ideological foundation. People who especially identify with the ANUS point of view--I'm interested in what you have to say, but I don't want to see the thread denigrate into the types of arguments that usually occur with ANUS people.

    Now the reason this isn't something I'm just doing on my own time is because my knowledge of black metal is far from complete. I need all of your input in filling in what the most significant black metal releases have been. I'm looking for the releases you would categorize as being "very good" or better. Albums that would score at least 8/10 in most people's minds. If the lists start to get out of hand, I'd trim out the more borderline choices. I'd also include albums that have been important or influential in spite of mixed opinions on the quality (ex; Mayhem's Grand Declaration of War, or Emperor's IX Equilibrium; albums by critical bands that mark large changes). That being said, there's no need to list every Darkthrone album Total Death through The Cult is Alive, or all the experimental Ulver albums.

    I'm just going to start by posting a few no-brainers and then I'll open the thread so people can start suggesting. Remember that I'm interested in looking at things year by year, so give the year of the albums you think represent the best black metal has to offer. There seems to be enough of a mix of old school and new school black metal fans to get a good balance.
    1988
    Bathory - Blood Fire Death

    1989

    1990
    Bathory - Hammerheart
    Master's Hammer - Ritual
    Root - Zjevení / The Revelation
    1991
    Beherit - The Oath of Black Blood
    Root - Hell Symphony
    Samael - Worship Him
    1992
    Burzum - s/t
    Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
    Immortal - Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
    Sabbat - Evoke
    Samael - Blood Ritual
    1993
    Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon
    Burzum - Det Som Engang Var
    Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon
    Dissection - The Somberlain
    Immortal - Pure Holocaust
    Necromantia - Crossing the Fiery Path
    Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract
    Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times
    Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamp
    1994
    Abigor - Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
    Bethlehem - Dark Metal
    Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
    Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
    Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
    Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi
    Gorgoroth - Pentagram
    Graveland - Carpathian Wolves
    Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
    1995
    Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
    Fullmoon - United Aryan Evil
    Graveland - Thousand Swords
    Ildjarn - Ildjarn, Det Frysende Nordariket
    Immortal - Battles in the North
    Kvist - For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike
    Mütiilation - Vampires of Black Imperial Blood
    Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black
    Vlad Tepes/Belketre - March to the Black Holocaust
    1996
    Blut aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age
    Burzum - Filosofem
    Gorgoroth - Antichrist
    Ildjarn - Forest Poetry
    Ildjarn - Strength and Anger
    Sacramentum - Far Away From The Sun
    Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal
    Summoning - Dol Guldur
    1997
    Aeternus - Beyond the Wandering Moon
    Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
    Graveland - Following the Voice of Blood
    Hades - The Dawn of the Dying Sun
    Moonblood - Blut & Krieg
    Nagelfar - Hünengrab im Herbst
    Nokturnal Mortum - Goat Horns
    1998

    1999
    Mutiilation - Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul
    2000

    2001
    Averse Sefira - Battle's Clarion

    2002

    2003
    Drudkh - Forgotten Legends
    Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God

    2004
    Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
    Dark Tribe - In Jeraspunta - Die Rueckkehr Der Tollwuetigen Bestie
    Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
    Velvet Cacoon - Genevieve
    2005
    Deathspell Omega - Kenose
    2006
    Drudkh - Blood in Our Wells
    I know that's not many yet. I'll be working on it. Please be selective in your recommendations, otherwise the list will be too large to be useful. And nitpicking over one choice or another too much isn't productive either.
     
  2. Valerie

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    Well obviously Blood Fire Death by Bathory in 1988. I suppose that could be considered a landmark album, not only because most people consider it to be good, but because Quorthon started branching off from Black Metal.

    A more recent Black Metal album is The End of Halcyon Age by Twilight Ophera. I don't think it got a very favorable review on Metal Archives. I think it's kind of in the vein of Emperor, with synths and various melodies over the riffs.

    And I agree with Battle's Clarion :)
     
  3. MasterOLightning

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    I'll add Bathory, but I don't see the point in digging back much farther than '88 since I'm interested in whether black metal does indeed take a precipitous drop in quality in the mid/late '90s. I don't know of many BM albums made '97-'02 that are very highly esteemed. I started following metal in '03, so I'm more aware of the esteemed releases from that point onward.
     
  4. Slayed Necros

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    Here's my contribution

    1987:

    Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
    Mayhem - Deathcrush
    Sarcofago - I.N.R.I

    1988:

    Tormentor - Anno Domini

    1990:

    Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom
    Master's Hammer - Ritual
    Root - Zjevení / The Revelation

    1991:

    Beherit - The Oath of Black Blood
    Root - Hell Symphony
    Samael - Worship Him

    1992:

    Sabbat - Evoke
    Samael - Blood Ritual

    1993:

    Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon
    Havohej - Dethrone the Son of God
    Impaled Nazarene - Ugra-Karma
    Necromantia - Crossing the Fiery Path
    Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract
    Throne of Ahaz - Nifelheim
    Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamp

    1994:

    Abigor - Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
    Bethlehem - Dark Metal
    Countess - The Return of the Horned One
    Forgotten Woods - As the Wolves Gather
    Gorgoroth - Pentagram
    Graveland - Carpathian Wolves
    Infernum - Taur-Nu-Fuin
    Mortuary Drape - All the Witches Dance
    Rotting Christ - Non Serviam

    1995:

    Abigor - Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
    Arckanum - Fran Marder
    Barathrum - Eerie
    Ildjarn - Det Frysende Nordariket
    Ildjarn - Ildjarn
    Immortal - Battles in the North
    Kvist - For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike
    Lugubrum - Winterstones
    Legion of Doom - Kingdom of Endless Darkness
    Maniac Butcher - Barbarians
    Mock - Vinterlandet
    Mütiilation - Vampires of Black Imperial Blood
    Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black
    Summoning - Minas Morgul
    Vlad Tepes/Belketre - March to the Black Holocaust

    1996:

    Absurd - Facta Loquuntur
    Bethlehem - Dictius Te Necare
    Blut aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age
    Falkenbach - ...En Their Medh Riki Fara...
    Gorgoroth - Antichrist
    Ildjarn - Forest Poetry
    Ildjarn - Strength and Anger
    Isvind - Dark Waters Stir
    Maniac Butcher - Lucan Antikrist
    Mortuary Drape - Secret Sudaria
    Mysticum - In the Streams of Inferno
    Sacramentum - Far Away From The Sun
    Sacrilegium - Wicher
    Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal
    Summoning - Dol Guldur

    1997:

    Aeternus - Beyond the Wandering Moon
    Forest - Like a Blaze Above the Ashes
    Graveland - Following the Voice of Blood
    Hades - The Dawn of the Dying Sun
    Kampfar - Mellom Skogkledde Aaser
    Legion of Doom - For Those of the Blood
    Moonblood - Blut & Krieg
    Nagelfar - Hünengrab im Herbst
    Nokturnal Mortum - Goat Horns
    Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft
    Sorhin - I Det Glimrande Mörkrets Djup
    Veles - Veles - Black Hateful Metal

    I'm going to leave it there for now. I could've added a few more, but I feel these are the best and should be investigated by enthusiasts of the genre. I might add some more from later years when I can be bothered.
     
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  5. byrne

    byrne Certavi et vici

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    I don't really see what listing all this stuff does towards proving black metal isn't dead, other than saying that there are still quality releases out there to enjoy. My picks of ones not already mentioned:

    1990
    Tiamat - The Sumerian Cry

    1992
    Fester - Winter of Sin

    1993
    Dissection - The Somberlain
    Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times

    1995
    Fullmoon - United Aryan Evil
    Zyklon-B - Blood Must Be Shed

    1997
    Destroyer 666 - Unchain the Wolves

    1998
    Aeternus - ... And So the Night Became

    1999
    Windir - Arntor

    2000
    Destroyer 666 - Phoenix Rising
    Weakling - Dead as Dreams

    2002
    Nachtfalke - Doomed to Die

    2003
    Astriaal - Renascent Misanthropy
    Watain - Casus Luciferi

    2004
    Dark Tribe - In Jeraspunta - Die Rueckkehr Der Tollwuetigen Bestie
    Drudkh - Autumn Aurora

    2005
    Averse Sefira - Tetragrammatical Astygmata
     
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    How bout early BM like Venom and MF?
     
  7. byrne

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    he said he was starting around 1990 - focus on second wave and beyond i guess.
     
  8. MasterOLightning

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    I added a big chunk of releases. Thanks Byne and Malignance. I included selections that I remember being highly praised. I left off some because I didn't want one person's judgment to play too big a role.

    I'm surprised more people aren't interested in this thread. Too much to read I guess. I suppose a lot of people aren't really so interested in breaking stuff down like this either.
     
  9. ~Derek~

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    You left off Anthems by Emperor.
     
  10. Crimson Velvet

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    I'm sorry, but you ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT ignore Hellhammer for the purpose of this thread. Please add the following:

    1984 - Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids

    Also, this:

    1992:

    Immortal - Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism
     
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  12. DarkBliss

    DarkBliss ...And okra for all

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    Ved Buens Ende-Written in Waters
     
  13. MikeFrancis

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    black metal is not dead...far from it!!! the best stuff is in the underground, we can mention classic albums all we like their is still a fair undergrowth especially in europe.
     
  14. ~Derek~

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    You could've added a Leviathan or Xasthur album along the way. Did you not like Anthems that much or something?
     
  15. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    Good topic. Thanks.
     
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    It's not exactly black metal.
     
  17. Susperia

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    Whenever I hear or read someone about someone saying "Black Metal is dead" I always think about painting, and how in the fine art world, every 10 years or so (ever since the camera was invented) some douche says that painting is dead, and the art world shuns it for a while, until a few years later it of course comes "back".

    Some forms of art, for whatever reason, have the bad luck of being proposed as dead every so often. I suppose because people think nothing more can be done with it. And they are always proven wrong.
     
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  18. V.V.V.V.V.

    V.V.V.V.V. Houses Ov Mercury

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    Good fucking post. +1
     
  19. Mort Divine

    Mort Divine Shrine Maiden of the In-Crowd

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  20. MasterOLightning

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    No, I don't think black metal is dead. Far from it. But I did want some way to substantiate that claim. And I haven't been proactively updating things as I should have been. I'll add Anthems, although I find it to be a "good" album at best. After the first half it really falls off. But because so many people love it, I'll put it in. By the way, anyone who prefers Anthems over ITNE could not possibly be any more wrong. Anyone with good taste knows that ITNE (and probably WotT) is better.

    I certainly would include Xasthur and Leviathan. I have such a hard time deciding which are the best releases though. Many Xasthur releases are mediocre as whole, but at times touch greatness. Both seem to have their absolute best songs on split albums. I think the Xasthur/Leviathan split, Xasthur/Nortt split, and Tenth Sub-level of Suicide are the best releases of these bands. I'm interested in knowing what other people think though.
     

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