Thursday, February 13, 2014

2013: Best ov Black metal

H O N O R A B L E ...  (In alphabetical order)

Aeternus – ...And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth (NOR) | melodic black/death metal
Ajuna – Prisoner of the Sun (DK) | post-black metal
Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury (IR) | post-black metal
An Autumn For Crippled Children – Try not to destroy everything you love (NL) | depressive post-black metal 
Ash Borer – Bloodlands (EP) (USA) | atmospheric black metal
Blut aus Nord – What Once Was... Liber III (EP) (FRA) | experimental black metal
Burzum – Sôl austan, Mâni vestan (NOR) | pagan metal / ambient / black metal
Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle (USA) | atmospheric/epic black metal
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult – Necrovision (GER) | black metal (female vocals)
Deafheaven – Sunbather (USA) | post- black metal
Nordvrede – Monument Viktoria (NOR) | raw black metal
Satyricon – Satyricon (NOR) | (progressive) black metal
Sonic Reign – Monument in Black (GER) | black metal
Spektr – Cypher (FRA) | experimental / industrial black metal
Thaw – Thaw (POL) | black metal (noise/drone)
The Crescent – Risti (FIN) | black metal
VHOL – VHOL (USA) | black n roll / heavy metal
Vukari –Matriarch  (USA) | post-black metal


  T  O  P    1  0     (In alphabetical order, simply because I can't choose!)

Aosoth – IV: An Arrow in Heart  (FRA) 
 [bandcamp] Raw French black metal. Dark! Reminds me of a fellow French black metallers Blut aus Nord and that is very good thing! Especially guitar work.

Arsonist Lodge – Iankaikkinen, pysyvä, muuttumaton Pimeys (FIN)  
[youtube] Raw Finnish underground black metal. If I'd have to choose the #1 black metal album of 2013; This would probably be it!   “Yhdistetty Saa†ana – yhdistetty Lucifer – yhdistetty Perkele – yhdistetty Leviathan!! - Iankaikkinen, pysyvä, muuttumaton pimeys

Black Crucifixion – Coronation of King Darkness (FIN) 
 [youtube] Old school black metallers (Finlands Celtic Frost, as some have said) with a fresh album! Pushing (black) metal boundaries in a very good way! “The big growd yearn for entertainment. Black Crucifixion makes art. Approach with an open mind and you are in for an unforgettable experience.”

Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance (NOR)
 [youtube] I know this is really not black metal, but I love Darkthrone and totally dig their time-travel back to the roots of heavy metal!

Djevel – Besatt Av Maane Og Natt (NOR) 
 [youtube] Djevel dwells in the roots of Norwegian black metal sound. This is cold! Gotta fucking love it!

Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu (FIN)  
 [soundcloud] Psychedelic black metal from Finland. Musically Oranssi Pazuzu is mix of Norwegian style black metal and psychedelic avant garde music. The band’s motto is “Oranzzi Pazuzu makes music that lures all the arsonists and smokers to hold each others hands”

Sad – Devouring The Divine (GR) 
[bandcamp] Raw black metal from Greece... Totally fucking hooked to their cold n' raw melodies! Black metal as minimal as it gets. The lyrical content deals with the dark aspects of life and beyond, and have nothing to do with politics or anything happy someone can imagine.” 

Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn (AUS) 
[soundcloud] | [youtube] Seven years without a release and now they are back, as epic as ever! Epic atmospheric black metal from Austria!

Svoid – To Never Return (HUN)  
 [youtube] Loud, raw, melodic, progressive...very interesting black metal debut release from Hungary!

Vreid – Welcome Farewell (NOR)  
 [youtube] The melodies! Vreid is all about catchy riffs that border on rockier, black and roll sound, and this album is no exeption. Personally I feel that Vreid can't release album as good as “Milorg” was, but it won't change the fact that I still focking dig this!


 Arsonist Lodge  –  Iankaikkinen, pysyvä, muuttumaton pimeys

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