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My Essential Black Metal

Black metal is a fucking huge genre; therefore it will forever be impossible to compile one solid, "essentials" list. For all one person knows, there are a hundred different essential bands for someone else. So, these are just a few albums that I believe deserve attention because for me they stood out from the rest and are "essential". I didn't include much from the Norweigian black metal scene because most are very well aware of the classics spawned from that scene, so this mostly concentrates on littler known releases. Remember, more kvlt points if not in the database!
1Addaura
Addaura


Formed in 2008, these guys are quite the eccentric bunch; instead of focusing on gay stuff like forest and cold frostbitten mountains, they are lyrically, very focused on Native American history and strangely enough Chilean romance stories. Musically they are incredible, producing very beautiful melodies even in the form of standard black, as well as some awesome brief excursions into other black metal sub-sects. Also the vocalist is one of the best in the genre Rating 5/5
2Altoriu Seseliai
Margi Sakalai


Black metal/folk/ambient. Rating: 4.5/5
3Anubi
Kai pilnaties akis uzmerks Mirtis


After listening to these guys, Sigh doesn't seem so revolutionary anymore. More genre mashing then you can believe, yet they pull it off quite well. This came out way ahead of it's time and should be recognized more often. Rating: 4/5
4 Arcana Coelestia
Le mirage de l?id?al


Symphonic funeral doom that makes your heart skip. Breathtakingly beautiful. Rating: 4.5/5
5Boreal
The Battle of Vosad


The only release from the band (although apparently now they are going by the name of "Wake"), this is mostly instrumental atmospheric black metal/folk. Very very raw. Rating: 4.5/5
6Burzum
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss


Because favorite of all time. Rating 10/5
7 Crebain
Nachtkrieg


A very interesting release indeed; From the first song you would think it was just basic depressive black metal yet as it continues it progressively becomes involving of more and more black metal sub-genres. Rating: 4/5
8 Der Gerwelt
Revelation


Atmospheric Black Metal. Rating: 4/5
9Deviser
Unspeakable Cults


Mid-tempo black metal with elegant symphonic embellishments and a higher than usual level of technicality. Rating: 4.5/5
10Drowning the Light
The Fading Rays of the Sun


Really awfully (aka perfectly) produced atmospheric black metal, that doesn't really do anything out of the ordinary, but is extremely melodic and extremely memorable. Rating: 4.5/5
11 Epheles
Les Anges De La Derniere Scene


Amazing French black metal demo from 1999. Rating 4/5
12Firth of Damnation
Carpe Diem


One of the best ambient USBM bands around; very thick atmosphere despite a paper thin production. Rating 4/5
13 Forgotten Winter
Dial?ctica Transcendental


It's a general rule of thumb that most symphonic black metal sucks; this does not. Rating 4.5/5
14Frontier
Demo


Standard, yet well executed black metal from the US. Rating 4/5
15 Godkiller
The End of the World


A very interesting band indeed; although called "industrial black metal" I find them to be a more riff-oriented atmospheric black metal. Define it as you will, but no matter what you call it, it can definitely be considered amazing. Rating 4.5/5
16Godswill
Cold Outside


Atmospheric Funeral Doom. Rating 4.5/5
17 Gontyna Kry
Krew Naszych Oscow


Unbelievably amazing atmospheric black metal from Poland. Very melodic, technical (for black metal) and even features some really awesome bass-lines. Rating: 5/5
18Hellacaust
Disgust


War Metal a.k.a. black metal with thrash and death metal influences a.k.a. it fucking owns. Rating: 4.5/5
19 Hexenkreis
La Paix se Meurt... La Paix est Morte


Raw, French black metal. Rating: 4/5
20In Tormentata Quiete
In Tormentata Quiete


Folk metal (blackened folk metal/folk black metal?). Rating: 4.5/5
21 Kathaarsys
Verses In Vain


Progressive and highly technical black metal. Very awesome Spanish fusion interludes thrown in with some standard jazz/folk sections. Rating: 4.5/5
22Katharsis
Fourth Reich


Raw black metal. Rating 4/5
23 Kermania
Ahnenwerk


Long, melodic black metal with acoustic interludes. Rating: 4/5
24Leichengott
Cyrograf


Black metal with a nice melodic edge. Rating: 4.5/5
25 Lustre
Welcome Winter


Filosofem era Burzum worship at it's most extensive. Rarely any vocals just two ten minute long, trance inducing ambient black metal songs. Rating 4/5
26Midnight Odyssey
Forest Mourners


Atmospheric black metal from Australia that fucking rules so much fucking face. Rating: 4.5/5
27 Mourning Forest
Au Coeur de l'Ombre


French black metal+Transilvanian Hunger worship+melody= massive amount of win. Rating: 4.5/5
28Nekros Manteia
Deus Otiosus


Some of the craziest black metal I've ever heard. Sometimes very raw, sometimes very clean, sometimes very...jazzy? Idk, but it rules. Rating 4.5/5
29Sleeping Village
Fragments


Black metal with sublime clean interludes. Rating 4/5
30 Sleepwalker
Sleepwalker


Black metal with post rock influences. Rating: 4.5/5
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