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The Spirit's NBBMN Reaction List

My reaction/review list of all the Nothing But Black Metal November recs I received on my last list. Please feel free to also post what you've been listening to/what you've liked and haven't liked. None of my ratings are final, as some of these I will definitely be re-listening to to firm up my grasp on how I feel about them. List will updated daily(ish)
Despairs Depths Descended

I made the first black metal album I listen to this month a band I love yet an album I'm relatively unfamiliar with. Arizmenda is one of my favorite black metal artists ever, and I hold his first three albums in super high regards. I remember very distinctly being a bit disappointed with Despairs Depths Descended when I first listened to it. Following Stillbirth In The Temple of Venus, it initially felt like a regression after they had molded their original sound into something much more frightening. Listening now, I absolutely love it. It definitely has the feel of the first two records, but with the maturity of Stillbirth subtly woven in its fabric. There are moments of melody strewn throughout the songs which ground them; something much needed as the rest of the music revels in misanthropic, crazed fervor. This is certainly not my favorite Arizmenda record, but it's undoubtedly a worthy addition to their untouchable discography.

Rating: 4/5
2Limbonic Art
Promo 1995

Recommended by Hawks - I'm not even going to front, I've always actively avoided Limbonic Art. Even though like many other black metal listeners I got my start with the overly symphonic Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth's orchestral brand, since then it's become a sub-genre of black metal I can't get into. This however, is perfect. There's something about lo-fi, blistering black metal and dinky synth work that really go well together. And yes, while the sound is certainly raw and aggressive, compositionally I'm starting to feel convinced Limbonic Art may have been the most mature black metal act of the 90's, even on their demos. The songs strike such a nice balance between deliberate structuring and unkempt black metal fury. The synth work adds are air of mystery and magic, which really ties it all together.

Rating: 4 - 4.5/5

Recommended by UniqueUniverse - This was another album I was very leery about checking out, for whatever unexplainable, unjustifiable reason. After checking it out, I didn't dislike it as much as I thought, but I also didn't love it. What I can say with absolute certainty is that it definitely piqued my interest, and this will not be my last time listening to it. The juxtaposition of classic trems, fatter, bassier riffage, and those choirs really creates something interesting. The thickness of the low-end reminded me of Revenge (despite knowing how unrelated they are), which I really enjoyed to hear in a black metal release. This is a very original release, and I'm kicking myself for having slept on it.

Rating: 3-3.5/5
Ons Vrije Fatum

Recommended by Dewinged - Another rec that right off the bat feels like something in my wheelhouse. Melodic, chaotic, and raw, this is the kind of black metal I live for. There's a post-punkiness that permeates the raw blackened surface, adding depth to their otherwise rampant darkness. They really know how to juxtapose softer sections against more energetic ones, effectively maximizing the impact of both. This is very good.

Raing: 3.5-4/5
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