The Year in Review: Some Distinct Records From 2015

2015 saw a host of new underground bands come up with great records and we also saw some of the old horses still keeping it true. It has been another great year in terms of the music but the metal community also lost some of our heroes like Lemmy, Phil Taylor, Jim Konya to name a few.

So, here I present to you guys a list of metal albums I came across this year which I found worth sharing.
No albums are in any particular order.

1. Mgla – Exercises in Futility (Northern Heritage Records)

If I personally had to pick my favorite album of this year it would undoubtedly be this record. When these guys came up with, “With Hearts Toward None” I thought this would be their crowning moment of their career but Mgla’s 3rd studio record proved me otherwise. This record speaks of the utter futility of life, hopes, dreams and aspirations in the most intense and cold way possible. Mgla are in a league of their own at this point and this album has clearly cemented their place in the Black Metal underground.

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2. Deafheaven – New Bermuda (Anti-Records)

I was completely unaware of this bands existence until a friend suggested me this. “New Bermuda” is a fusion of Black Metal, thrash, shoegaze and all of these blends so well. This might not sit well with Black Metal purists but for me this has been a very refreshing listen as it manages to balance so many different forms of music in one complete record. All in all a must listen, just for the sheer diversity this album has portrayed.

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3. Horrendous – Anareta (Dark Descent Records)

What a band, what a great fucking band! Horrendous has to be one of my favorite Death metal acts of recent times along with Dead Congregation, Undergang and Morbus Chron. These guys caught my attention with their previous year’s record “Ecdysis“ which completely blew me away and this year has been no different. To release an equally brilliant album within a year of releasing their sophomore speaks volumes about the quality of musicians these guys are. Along with Morbus Chron, Horrendous plays this imaginative/progressive sort of Death Metal which does not sound like the “look we are so brutal”, 80’s Death metal copycats of today. Horrendous does not stick to any particular genre, one moment you see a more violent side of the band and the next moment they just slow down the pace and builds a completely different atmosphere, and all of it fits together so nicely without sounding desperate or pretentious.

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4. Ad Nauseam – Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est (Lavadome Productions)

“Nihil Quam” is the Italian tech/death mongers debut record and they seem to have struck all the right chords here. The groundwork for this album was laid by Gorguts’ “Obscura” nearly two decades ago but this is no copy-paste stuff. Many will argue that this is just another Deathspell Omega, Gorguts influenced band and I do not disagree but that does not take any credit away from the band. I myself needed a few listens to really get into the album. Yes, it might seem a bit out of places at times but overall a good album and definitely worth multiple listens.

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5. Deathhammer – Evil Power (Hells Headbangers Records)

Hailing from Norway Deathhammer is a two piece band playing a brand of blackened death thrash which seemed to have been lost in the eternal depths of the metal cavern. After I first listened to this band it was hard for me to digest that this is just a two piece band. It makes your blood boil and you feel like breaking everything in your sight. “Evil Power” is 35 minutes of pure, unrelenting madness. I did not find a single dull moment in the album but if I had to pick my two favorite tracks from this album it would be “Satan Is Back” and “Sinner’s Possession”, “Satan Is Back” is perhaps the single greatest thrash metal song I have heard in ages.

P.S. The artwork is hilarious. Whenever I look at it, it cracks me up.

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6. Cruciamentum – Charnel Passages (Profound Lore Records)

Cruciamentum is a four-piece Death Metal band from UK and they share members with Grave Miasma. Formed in 2007 they released their debut full length after two demos and an EP. The atmosphere is fantastic in this record and the overall production is very good. This is pure OSDM worship bordering more on the Swedish Death metal sound (a lot of Bolt Thrower influence also). The guitar cuts through the dense, murky atmosphere and takes you to a journey through the pits of hell.

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7. Hooded Menace – Darkness Drips Forth (Relapse Records)

This is the fourth studio album by Finland’s death-doom brigade Hooded Menace and they have done a very commendable job here. Their debut “Fulfill The Curse” would undoubtedly be one of my most favorite Death-doom records and their follow up “Never Cross The Dead” was equally brilliant. Talking of this record, “Darkness Drips Forth” simply crushes you to the point till you cease to exist. The album consists of four songs each clocking the 10 minutes mark which gave them more time to improvise and work with progressions. This is some really heavy stuff!!

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8. Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator (Debemur Morti Productions)

This is probably their best stuff yet. It may not be as raw as their debut “Whore of Bethlehem” but frankly speaking I felt this is a more matured album from the progenitors of War Metal. The most positive aspect of this album has been the production, it’s clean and no instrument overshadows the other. The balance in this record is just perfect and the more polished production does not take anything away from the hate laden war hymns the band had to offer in this record.

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9. Purtenance – …To Spread The Flame Of Ancients (Xtreem Music)

Purtenance’s comeback album “Awaken From Slumber” was at best an average album but they have definitely stomped their authority with this album. This album has everything with which we generally associate the Finnish Death Metal sound. The production is murky, heavy and filthy. Some of the songs are really fast paced and the rest incline more towards the classic Finnish-death sound; mid-paced, atmosphere laden metal of death. They released their classic “Member of Immortal Damnation” way back in 1992 and this record sure does remind us of their glory days.

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10. Dead To A Dying World – Litany (Tofu Carnage Records)

Dead To A Dying World’s sophomore “Litany” has been one of the highlights of the year for me. It’s haunting, chaotic yet I feel a soothing effect whenever I hear this album. It’s a beautiful take on life in general; there’s struggle, hope, joy and eventually eternal damnation. “Litany” is a memoir of a world slowly dying and crumbling away. Overall, this album is a beautiful amalgamation of black and doom metal fused with a haunting and melancholic atmosphere that tends to linger on even after you have finished listening to the album.

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I would like to restrict this list to 10 albums only (for now), though there are more equally brilliant albums I have come across which I haven’t mentioned and even more left for me to discover. If I get time I’ll be doing a second part soon. Till then cheers as we eagerly look forward to another year of more awesome music.

 

Written by: The Scene Kid

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Blind Fury – Out Of Reach Review

This wonderful New Wave of British Heavy Metal band is a side project of the band members of Satan. However, the epic nature of this album makes us yearn for more albums from this band/ project.

The album opens up with the track “Do it Loud” and Lou Taylor does create a vocal ambience of power, opera, range and loudness. The twin guitar attacks of Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey adds to the much dimensions and much to the key elements of the musicianship. The title track of the album comes in next, and is a heavy metal ballad. The album reaches it halfway mark with the track “Contact Rock and Roll”. A blend of solos, harmony of some of the best guitar playing, some memorable singalong riffs and solos, and the overall blasting of drums, makes the album to come to an end with a seven minute long track “Dance of the Crimson Lady”, with a majestic and melodic arpeggio intro.

Overall a wonderful album put out by the finest musicianship of Satan, and Angel Witch. A must listen album for any fans of NWOBHM, heavy metal, speed metal and power metal. Unfortunately, the band never lasted beyond an album to give us more masterpieces like this.

Associated acts/ listen: Angel Witch, Pariah, Raven, Satan, Skyclad, Warrior

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Written by: Dessembrae

 

 

Hidden Gems Of NWOBHM

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal suffered the same decline as many other musical movements. Many of the movement’s leaders were unable to follow up on their initial successes. In addition, many bands moved further away from the era towards hard rock, with Def Leppard targeting the American market with a more refined sound and Iron Maiden adopting a more progressive style, but there are some hidden gems of NWOBHM.

In 1980 British record label Logo Records released an album compilation of various obscure NWOBHM bands.

The Idea behind this article is to make heavy metal fans aware about these bands lost in time.

The Tracklist Is:

01. Turbo – Running
02. Buffalo – Battle Torn Heroes
03. Streetfighter – She’s No Angel
04. Stormtrooper – Grind ‘n’ Heat
05. Tarot – Feel The Power
06. Bastille – Hard Man
07. Oxym – Hot Rain
08. Dawnwatcher – Firing On All Eight
09. Vardis – If I Were King (N.E.W. Take)
10. Silverwing – Rock & Roll Are Four Letter Words
11. Rhabstallion – Chain Reaction
12. Colossus – Holding Back Your Love
13. Jedediah Strut – Workin’ Nights
14. Warrior – Still On The Outside
15. Kosh – The Hit
16. Race Against Time – Bedtime

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Thrash Metal Maniacs: Surtur Interview

Surtur is a Dhaka based old school thrash metal band that blew not only the Asian underground metal scene but the world underground metal scene by a storm With their recently released extended play called Descendant Of Time And believe my words, what a sick album it is!

This band will slay every tharsh metal lover with their intense thrashing auditory assault!

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We Recently took their interview & here it is!

 

First of all Hails From India! I’d like to congratulate you guys for making such a killer EP!

How are things these days?

Everything’s great over here, thanks for asking.

How do you guys come up with this band name?
We wanted to create a portrait of fire and glory. Then our vocalist, Riasat, who’s very interested in mythological characters, came up with the name. The name Surtur comes from a Nordic fire demon who represents an earthburning character. We thought it suits perfect for our kind of aggressive music.

What was the main driving force behind forming a band?

The idea was to spill the bloodthirsty tempo of revolt all around coming out of a mind in mayhem. Yes, I am talking about sheer fury, the utter hatred and being on a escape route from all the bullshit. This was the driving force to form this band.

So tell us a little bit about the band influences and lyrical content?

We like to play energetic  music that is faster than fury to push all the limits of sanity. Drawn the influences from 80’s/90’s like Sepultura, Sadus, Merciless to name a few. Speaking of lyrics, we make a stand against the oppressors, we want to crush’em down with our music. Sometimes we end up putting our self induced fantasy into our lyrics to breathe for a while so that we can fill the void with more of insanity. Our lyrical ambition is limitless.

How passionate are people in Bangladesh about cricket?

(Laughing) Yeah. People are quite passionate here about it. This is increasing as our national team has been doing great in recent times. The team is something we’re all proud about.

 Any record label that are willing to sign you guys?

Yes, we have already got a few offers, but we are looking for a perfect one. Probably,we have got one too. We’ll be revealing it soon when the time will come.

Dhaka is going through a lots of political unrest, bloggers are being killed, any views on it?

As a band, we are trying to raise our voices against anything that is wrong and unjust. No matter how violent our music is, we don’t believe in killings of innocents which are unjustified. The violence in our music is an effort to ignite the flame against all this bullshit. So, we don’t support these bullshit agendas at all.

What change would you like so see in the future metal scene of Bangladesh?

We’d definitely want to see the great bands we have here to get more international recognition. Also, it’d be in our liking if we see new bands coming up with great materials, mind you we are a new band ourselves. There is a lot of untapped and hidden jewels scattered in this metal scene, which is to be discovered by the world. We’d definitely like to see more extreme metal gigs being organized around here too, so that the bands get the necessary exposure.

What would be your top 5 thrash metal albums post 2000?

It’s pretty hard to pick top 5. There are so many amazing albums out there.

Any plans of touring India?

Yeah, definitely. If organizers invite us for playing gigs there, it’ll be very pleasant for us to tour in India.

Thank you for your time. Any last words?

A line from an unreleased track of ours, “Thrash ’em down the garbage disposal.”

 

Surtur Is –

Riasat Azmi (Vocals)

Shadman Omee (Guitars)

Masnun Efaz (Bass)

Rifat Rafi (Drums)

 

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Dimensions Of The Blackest Dark: A definitive guide to Black Metal Of 80’s and 90’s

Black metal with its roots dating back to as early as the early 80’s has to be one of the most misunderstood yet the most powerful of all genres in metal history. A genre which drew its influences from the speed/thrash metal genre was known for its occult imagery and a rawer stripped-down sound came into existence in parts of Europe with Hellhammer probably being the first ‘extreme metal’ band later on went on t o culminate into Norway and the other Scandinavian countries where “Black Metal” would come into its own and develop a following greater than when it was in its initial stages.

Here is a list of the most influential EP’s/Demo/LP’s of the genre of the 80’s and 90’s.
Because of the one album per band rule we had to exclude a few mighty records which were as influential as the albums mentioned below.

 

1. Hellhammer – Satanic Rites (1983)

Satanic Rites along with Death Fiend/Triumph of Death demos is considered to be one of the most (if not the most) influential records in the Black Metal genre. Dating back to as early as 1983 this record is one slab of bone crushing Black Metal with influences of doom.

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2. Sodom – In The Sign Of Evil (1984)

Released in 1984 this record definitely is a precursor to modern Black/Death metal. This album is just another example that you don’t need an extravagant production budget or anything like that to create an exemplary heavy metal record. Though they later on went on to play thrash metal, this EP remained one of the most influential records in Black Metal history.

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3. Bathory – Bathory (1984)

Drawing influences from Motorhead and Venom this record did announce the arrival of the most fastest, rawest and vilest of all genres-Black Metal. This along with all the other (including the Viking-era Bathory) albums are unique and sheer musical brilliance. Quorthon is the man!!

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4. Sarcofago – I.N.R.I. (1987)

This album hits you hard. When this one’s over it does take time to recover from the effects of the assault that you have been exposed too. Drawing influences from Hellhammer and the likes this laid the foundation to the Brazilian extreme metal scene.

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5. Tormentor – Anno Domini (1989)

Better known for his contribution in Mayhem’s De Mysteriis… Attila Csihar delivered his finest with his first band Tormentor. This band from Hungary really took the underground metal scene by storm and it opened a whole new world for Attila. A true masterpiece in every sense of the word.

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6. Mayhem – De Mysteriis dom Sathanas (1994)

After facing a dilemma of whether to include De Mysteriis… or Deathcrush EP for the list I finally chose this 1994 gem which came out of the coldest pits of Norway. The thing that stands out for me would be the lyrics and wonder how viler it would have sounded if Dead himself gave voice to his own creation.

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7. Darkthrone – A Blaze In The Northern Sky (1992)

Tired with the Death Metal scene prevalent at that time two guys(read legends) from Norway went on to record the finest Black Metal album of all time. This album is harsh, cold black metal served straight. Beginning with bizarre chants courtesy of Fenriz this album descends into utterly barren and bleak madness.

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8. Vulcano – Bloody Vengeance (1986)

Formed in 1981 Vulcano was perhaps the first Brazilian extreme metal band. They released their first full-length in 1986 and holy mother of Satan what an album it was. Released in the same year as Reign In Blood, Vulcano played a similar brand of uncompromising, no bullshit metal only thousand times faster than Slayer did. All in all a very important release in the history of Death/Black/Thrash.

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9. Morbid – December Moon (1987)

Formed in 1985, the band was originally called Scapegoat but went on to change their name to Morbid, presumably after the Morbid Tales EP. Though they never released a proper full-length but this EP with Dead on vocals (this was his first band) is considered a classic in the underground. Drawing influences from Celtic Frost and Mercyful Fate this EP created an aura that was unique and cold.

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10. Blasphemy – Fallen Angel Of Doom (1990)

Considered as the fathers of modern day Black/Death or ‘War Metal’ genre this record from the Canadian cult act Blasphemy has been influential in more ways than one. Minimal production has been a key factor in extreme metal bands but some tend to go too far making it barely audible but this is not the case for this album…minimum but still gives you the maximum hit.

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11. Beherit – Drawing Down The Moon (1993)

Formed in ’89 by Nuclear Holocausto (Marko Laiho), Black Jesus (Arjo Wennström) and Sodomatic Slaughter (Jari Pirinen), with the purpose of performing “the most primitive, savage, hell-obsessed black metal imaginable” these maniacs took the underground world by storm with their Dawn Of Satan’s Millennium  EP in 1990. Then after a few more EP’s,split and compilations finally in 1993 they released the monumental ‘Drawing Down The Moon’. The album was highly experimental within the black metal scene, as the band used whispers and space-like electronic and synth sounds to strengthen its hypnotic atmosphere and Laiho’s love for ambient music was more evident in their later releases like H418ov21.C and Electric Doom Synthesis, both of which were great in their own way.

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12. Mystifier – Goetia (1993)

Words aren’t enough to express how I feel about this album. Every single song is a journey and experience in itself. Lyrically I think it cannot get more evil than this, pure devil-worship. Every time you listen to this there is something new you discover. (I have so much to say about this record but I am falling short of words.)

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13. Von – Satanic Blood (1992)

Disbanded immediately after the release of this demo this is among the earliest Black Metal records to have come out of United States. The song just blast forth, with usually one speed, and very limited variation in riffing or vocal patterns but that doesn’t mean it gets boring or repetitive. The songs are well constructed and short, the longest song being around the 3 minute mark. In terms of lyrics, one of the most well written records I have come across.

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14. Abruptum – In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo, In Aeternum In Triumpho Tenebrarum (1994)

Slow, sluggish and pure evil… The second full-length from the Swedish duo of It and Evil is pure manifestation of evil. The more you listen the more you develop a taste for this record.  Another gem coming out from the depths of Deathlike Silence label.

P.S.-I have absolutely no fucking idea to what the album name means.

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15. Master’s Hammer-Ritual (1991)

If I was asked to name three underground releases that never got the credit they richly deserve, Master’s Hammer would definitely be in that list along with Kvist’s For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike and Arckanum’s Kostogher.  One of the earliest examples of ‘folk or epic’ Black Metal this record filled with thrash and jazzy influences is a masterpiece. Master’s Hammer along with Root were the kings of Black Metal in Czech Republic.

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16. Sabbat – The Dwelling (1996)

Hailing from Japan Sabbat (formed in 1984) are the torch-bearers of the Asian metal scene and still remains Asia’s finest act till date. The biggest difficulty was to choose just one album from their nearly flawless discography.  If Envenom had a more thrashier approach this record was more black than thrash.  ‘The Dwelling’ consists of one 59 minute 48 second song called “The Melody Of Death Mask” is based on a character who commits a series of murders to serve his purpose as a true ‘artist’. Listening to this album is like reading a good book once it finishes, you feel dazed and blank for a few seconds and need time to get back from the world of fantasy and horror.

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17. Emperor – In The Nightside Eclipse (1994)

“Mightiest am I, but I am not alone in this cosmos of mine.

For the
black hills consists of black souls, souls that already dies one
thousand deaths.

Behind the stone walls of centuries they breed their
black art.

Boiling their spells in cauldrons of black gold…..

Far up in
the mountains, where the rain fall not far, yet the sun cannot reach.”

Ihsahn was only 17 when he wrote this. One of the most classic releases to have come out of Norway, Emperor’s debut remains their best, though many prefer ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ more. The album did not possess the primeval hatred of Ildjarn, but is chaotic and melodic at the same time.

P.S. Check out Thou Shalt Suffer’s Into The Woods Of Belial, a Death Metal demo consisting of Ihsahn, Samoth from Emperor and Vidar from Ildjarn.
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18. Burzum – Hvis lyset tar oss (1994)

This album needs no introduction. The brilliance and complexity that Varg creates in his music never fails to amaze me. Burzum is something more than music… it’s a journey, a journey for the mortal soul. Ignorant cunts hail him (or hate him) because of all those church burnings and shit but they should sometime shut up and admire the music he has created for over two decades.

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19. Moonblood – Blut und Krieg (1996)

Hailing from Germany, Moonblood has to be one of the finest and consistent bands of Black Metal history and this album perhaps their crowning triumph. The influences of Burzum and Darkthrone are quite evident but by no means it’s repetitive and unoriginal. The epic folkish melody are drawn out over mid-paced drumming to produce a hypnotic atmosphere and Gaamalzagoth’s shrieks seem to have come out straight from hell. Great album and a must listen.

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20. Gehenna – The Second Spell (1995)

One of the most unique and original bands among the Black Metal genre Gehenna released their second full-length in 1995 and it still remains a fine example of ‘Symphonic’ Black Metal. Keys are a very important part of Black Metal and this album is no exception. The strong amount of melody and atmosphere keep you entranced all throughout the album. On a personal note I feel it surpasses any Emperor record in terms of symphony. A must listen for the fans of Emperor and Limbonic Art.

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21. Urgehal – Arma Christi (1997)

Norway has produced so many gems and so many are left for me to unearth and one of those bands which I have come across recently is Urgehal. Drawing influences from the first-wave of Black Metal this is a great record and has high replay value. Only downside for me about this album would be the production but that part is suppressed by the sheer musicianship.

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22. Kvist – For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike (1996)

When it comes to melodic Black Metal this would be THE record for me. As I had mentioned before this is one of the most underrated albums and needs the appreciation it richly deserves. The best thing about this record is the way the guitar and keyboard work in harmony all throughout the album and neither really overpowers the other. This record is a perfect mix of the dark-folk creation of early Satyricon and Emperor. Listen to this if you haven’t already.

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23. Satyricon – Nemesis Divina (1996)

It was impossible for me to choose between Dark Medieval Times and Nemesis Divina because both hold a special place in my heart. Satyricon being one of the more popular bands in Black Metal was also one of my first bands of this genre. Though just like Cradle Of Filth they became more of a crowd-pleasing band rather than the raw, evil entity it used to be but this album along with Dark Medieval Times is a gem.

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24.  Cradle Of Filth – The Principle Of Evil made Flesh (1994)

Everything went downhill post Dusk..and Her Embrace for Cradle Of Filth which started out to be one the most promising bands of the Black Metal genre. Before the over-produced crap they went to record there existed a harsh, raw and primitive Cradle Of Filth that symbolized-TOTAL FUCKING DARKNESS. Sad someone like Dani Filth lost his way after such a promising start. Well money and fame does change you a lot, in this case it was for the worst.

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25. Carpathian Forest – Black Shining Leather (1998)

An ultra-classic of a record from an otherwise mediocre band. For me Carpathian Forest starts and ends with Black Shining Leather (Defending The Throne Of Evil was average). No other album highlighted the bass in Black Metal the way they did in BSL. 45 minutes of sheer brilliance.

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26. Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997)

What the fuck happened to them after this release? I mean, how can a band which produced one of the finest Symphonic (melodic) Black Metal albums become just a worthless piece of shit. Only the ignorant and the elitists disregard each and every Dimmu Borgir album but if you find a little bit of time to shove your ultra-kvltness up your ass do give this album another chance.

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27. Limbonic Art – Moon In The Scorpio (1996)

The best symphonic Black Metal album of all time. None shall surpass this, atleast I haven’t come across one yet. Be it production, atmosphere, melody this is just a perfect record. I think the drums are programmed but who the fuck cares.

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28. Enslaved- Vikingligr Veldi (1994)

This along with Bathory’s Twilight Of The Gods are my most favourite releases of the ‘Viking’ Black metal genre.  Brilliant writing, excellent production along with great musicianship makes this a classic.

P.S. Before Trym Torson joined Emperor he was a member of Enslaved.

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29. Venom – Black Metal (1982)

Credited for coining the term ‘Black Metal’ they released this full-length in 1982 is more punk/thrash than Black Metal. A very influential band no doubt, but never actually liked them that much. Venom has been a very influential band nonetheless.

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30. Ildjarn – Forest Poetry (1996)

Very few bands worshipped nature the way Ildjarn did. Total misanthropy minus the ambience of Burzum or the folk influences of Ulver this record is pure raw Black Metal. The music’s so raw it corrodes your soul.

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31. Ulver – Nattens Madrigal (1997)

After the monumental debut ‘Bergatt’ in 1995 they followed it up with another great release the next year and then in 1997 they released something special. The present Ulver is just as great but this was their moment of glory. Everything about this album is just perfect even the low key production adds more to the aura this band creates.

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32. Forgotten Woods – As The Wolves Gather (1994)

The best thing about this band is that in each and every album they have released they had a different approach towards the brand of raw, hateful metal they created. The Curse Of Mankind is an equally brilliant release but for me As The Wolves Gather holds a special place in my heart. A criminally underrated band.

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33. Graveland – Thousand Swords (1995)

Rob Darken introduced a totally different brand of Black Metal through this album and despite the horrible production the musicianship in this album is great at parts. Not a masterpiece but an essential.

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34. Havohej – Dethrone The Son Of God (1993)

I VOMIT ON GOD’s CHILD !!!!

Paul Ledney (ex-Incantation) is the man behind this twisted solo project. This is straight–forward black metal with the guitars being sluggish at parts and lyrically speaking this shall drive the Pope to suicide.

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35. Veles – Night On The Bare Mountain (1995)

This Polish kvlt-act Veles released this monumental album in 1995 and it has remember a classic ever since. I equally like Black Hateful Metal but the rawness this album possesses is second to none. Racist or not I do not care as long as the music is good.

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36. Judas Iscariot – Thy Dying Light (1996)

A solo project by Akhenaten this was the second release in the bands discography. Raw, harsh and grim would be the best way to describe this. Drawing influences from Immortal and Darkthrone Judas Iscariot’s Thy Dying Light is a must listen.

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37. Immortal – Pure Holocaust (1993)

This album will literally freeze your balls. Not the perfect release but undoubtedly an essential one from the sons of Northern darkness.

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38. Samael – Worship him (1991)

Samael’s Worship Him is considered to be ‘proto’ or ‘early’ Black perhaps because of the not so fast-paced song structures which are generally associated with Black Metal; however it is exceptionally dark and atmospheric. The whole album has the sound and feel of some occult ritual that you aren’t supposed to be watching. It’s hard not to get lost in the trance-like guitar tone and the evil shrieks of the vocalist. Not a big fan of their later releases but this one’s a gem.

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39. Goatlord – Reflections Of The Solstice (1991)

Black, Death and Gloom. Goatlord’s debut full-length introduced a whole new different style of music. I think it would be difficult to categorise Reflections Of The Solstice to a particular genre because each and every song are unique mainly structured on thick doom riffs topped with faster drum sections. The US mix of this full-length was released the following year under the name “Goatlord” and then they suddenly faded into obscurity. I heard they had reformed.

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40. Impaled Nazarene – Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz… (1993)
A swirl of knives driven straight through your heart; this would be the best way to describe this album.

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41. Rotting Christ – Thy Mighty Contract (1993)

THY MIGHTY ALBUM !!!

Truly, speaking I am really not aware of their releases post Non Serviam and will soon check them out but for now this is to me their best album. Started as a grindcore band and the influences of which are evident and this is what makes the album even more great.

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42. Sigh – Hail Horror Hail (1997)

You automatically know a band is kick-ass when it’s under the label of Deathlike Silence. Scorn Defeat was so good on so many different levels that many consider it to be their best release but for me it is the ’97 release that made them the giants of the Asian underground.  Blues, jazz and black metal combined into one album to produce a feeling parallel to none.

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43. Inquisition – Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult (1998)

The finest third-wave Black Metal band. Originally hailing from Colombia, Inquisition released their first full-length in 1998 and never looked back. Inquisition is a band that belongs to its own league. Everything about this band is just perfect and with just two members it simply amazes me how they can create such a heavy and complete sound.

P.S. They started out as a thrash metal band which was also great, total Kreator worship.

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44. Bulldozer – The Day Of Wrath (1985)

More of a black/thrash record than Black metal this band personified chaos, occultism and violence in this band like few other bands could do.  Bulldozer along with Necrodeath represented ‘extreme’ thrash metal in Italy. The sound is not polished but the instruments can be heard perfectly.

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45. Mercyful Fate – Mercyful Fate (1982)

King Diamond wrote about Satanism and occultism way before it was cool. This EP is pure evil and essential in the history of Black Metal.

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46. Arckanum – Kostogher (1997)

This was love at first listen. I do not know if others consider it to be as great a record that I actually think it to be but to me this is the best Black Metal album people never heard. Beautiful, all the songs are perfectly built and each and every one are connected. One of the best one-man Black metal bands of all time.

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47. Varathron – His Majesty At The Swamp (1993)

The same year as Rotting Christ released the monumental ‘Thy Mighty Contract’ another band from Greece came up with an equally brilliant album. The music is deep, hellenic and beautifully put together. Underrated gem.

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48. Agatus – Dawn Of Martyrdom (1996)

It’s Greece again. Dawn Of Martyrdom is another great release from the Hellenic Black Metal scene and developed a following from in the Black Metal underground. The music is very dynamic and never bores you but this might require a few time for you to get used to it.

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49. Necromantia – Scarlet Evil Witching Black (1995)

Greece has had some kick-ass Black Metal bands and Necromantia is no exception.  This band has a totally different take at Black Metal and the use of piano, saxophone and key-boards are done to perfection. A very good release.

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50. Obtained Enslavement – Witchcraft (1997)

I would regard Pest as one of the best Black Metal vocalists of all time. At times you could feel the hate that spawns within him and the next moment you feel the sorrow and regret in his vocals. Each song in this album is marvelous and anyone who likes Black Metal will love this, Symphonic Black Metal done to perfection.

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NOTE : This being restricted to just 50 albums I missed out on a lot of equally brilliant bands like Root, Primordial, Summoning, Windir, Countess etc. and I’ll like to do another list on this soon. I have always wanted to do something like that and this is my first attempt at writing, hope I wasn’t that bad.

 

Written By: The Scene Kid