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07.20.19 Lfra’s list of modern black/death Pt.07.19.19 Lfra’s list of modern black/death

Lfra’s list of modern black/death

• One record per band • All records post 2000 • No particular order
1Arnaut Pavle
Demo Tape MMXIII


Try not to bang your head to this black/punk masterpiece.
2Lurker Of Chalice
Lurker Of Chalice


Black/ambient. Minions is possibly Whitehead’s most compelling composition.
3Weakling
Dead as Dreams


Arguably THE seminal modern American black metal record.
4Andavald
Undir Skyggðarhaldi


In contrast to their Icelandic contemporaries, Andavald thrive in mid-tempo execution that allows the otherworldly vocals and esoteric guitar lines to permeate horror throughout.
5Howls of Ebb
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows


Peerless blackened/death oddity.
6Nachtmystium
Instinct: Decay


Engrossing blackened psychedelia.
7Deathspell Omega
Kenose


Avant-garde black metal. A life-changing EP as relevant today as it was in 2005.
8Skaphe
Skáphe²


The soundtrack to being dragged through hell on acid. Harrowing psychedelic black metal.
9Morbus Chron
Sweven


One of the most unique death metal records ever. Evil, stirring, and beautiful.
10Defacement
Deviant


Relentless death with an intangibly foreboding atmosphere.
11Ploughshare
In Offal, Salvation


Blackened death. Evil and merciless.
12Wormlust
The Feral Wisdom


Hallucinogenic black metal from the depths of the formidable Icelandic scene.
13Tchornobog
Tchornobog


Markov Soroka’s blackened death opus. Tchornobog is a complex, terrifying amalgamation of ideas both constant and unique within the genre.
14Leviathan
Massive Conspiracy Against All Life


A cohesive, mature black/ambient record that illustrates Whitehead’s superlative songwriting and command of atmosphere. A modern classic.
15Swallowed
Lunarterial


The frenzied ranting of a lunatic. A difficult but rewarding listen, it stands as a unique offering of death.
16Svartidaudi
Flesh Cathedral


A groundbreaking release for the Icelandic black metal scene.
17Delirant
Délirant


Black/ambient. Similar to the aforementioned Lurker Of Chalice, Délirant seemlessly manipulative the ebbs and flows of this beast.
18Jute Gyte
Young Eagle


Jute Gyte’s most linear, straight-forward release, it is nonetheless a ‘traditional’ black metal record intriguingly warped and distorted.
19 Esoctrilihum
Inhüma


Powerful blackened death masterfully delivered.
20VI
De Praestigiis Angelorum


More French black mastery. Interestingly, this surpasses the formidable works of those involved (Antaeus, Aosoth).
21Blut Aus Nord
The Work Which Transforms God


In keeping with the French theme, this is arguably the avant-garde black metal legends’ finest work.
22Craft
Fuck the Universe


Black metal riffs that bore into your brain and never leave.
23Impetuous Ritual
Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence


A relentless execution of death.
24Teitanblood
Death


A suffocating, oppressive wall of death.
25Altarage
Nihl


As dense and suffocating as the aforementioned Teitanblood.
26Disma
Towards the Megalith


A sledgehammer to the face. Impossibly heavy death.
27Carpe Noctem
Vitrun


The younger more accessible cousin of Flesh Cathedral. Nonetheless, this is deadly.
28Spire
Entropy


Criminally underrated dissonant black/death. Immersive and expertly crafted.
29Emptiness
Nothing but the Whole


A genre-melting post-death (?) amalgamation of weirdness.
30Oranssi Pazuzu
Värähtelijä


Admittedly, this record took repeated listens for me to fully appreciate it. However, it grows as a transcendental psychedelic masterpiece.
31Martrod
Transmutation of Wounds


The sum of numerous brilliant parts, this EP is crushing.
32Convulsing
Grievous


Expert songwriting, atmosphere, and harrowing death coalesce to form Grievous.
33Infernal Coil
Within a World Forgotten


Emotionally devastating death. Crushes like the weight of the world.
34Vortex of End
Fvlgvr Lvx Terror


A vortex of dissonant black/death. Complex and unique.
35Enslaved
Isa


Whilst highly subjective, in my opinion this is Enslaved’s quintessential release. Essential listening.
36Esoterica
Aseity


Equal parts abrasive and immersive black metal.
37Our Place of Worship is Silence
With Inexorable Suffering


Stifling, claustrophobic death.
38Void Meditation Cult
Utter the Tongue Of The Dead


Trance inducing death.
39Triumvir Foul
Triumvir Foul


Filthy, chaotic death.
40Withered
Memento Mori


Another criminally underrated blackened death/doom masterpiece. Perfectly paced, this record illustrates the effectiveness of intertwining blast beats and terminally slow, crushing doom.
41Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing


Death/doom that not only pays homage to its influences, but breathes new life into them.
42Ensnared
Dysangelium


Death metal laden with hooks.
43Suffering Hour
In Passing Ascension


Arcane power, truly mesmerising blackened death.
44Twilight
Twilight


A record that inconceivably received lukewarm critical reception, perhaps due to expectations surrounding the members involved, Twilight is a black metal triumph.
45Misthyrming
Söngvar elds og óreiðu


Back to Iceland for a healthy dose of swirling, powerful, and esoteric black metal.
46Obliteration
Cenotaph Obscure


Whilst Nekropsalms is superb in its own right, a maniacal reinvention of 90’s death, Cenotaph Obscure is Obliteration’s most focused record. Dark, cohesive, and memorable death.
47Spectral Wound
Infernal Decadence


Straight-forward, highly nuanced black.
48Perverted Ceremony
Sabbat of Behezaël


Beherit and Darkthrone had a baby.
49The Ominous Circle
Appalling Ascension


Obscure death.
50Temple Nightside
The Hecatomb


Evil cavernous death.
51Undergang
Misantropologi


Rotten Danish death.
52Pissgrave
Suicide Euphoria


Raw, confronting, razor sharp death. Misunderstood, misinterpreted, and often wrongly accused of being a gimmick laden interloper, this is anything but. As uncompromising in its ugliness as anything out there.
53Funebrarum
The Sleep of Morbid Dreams


Perish beneath this monument of death.
54Hissing
Permanent Destitution


Dizzying, inaccessible, confounding death. Brilliant.
55Adzalaan
Into Vermilion Mirrors


Punishing Black Death.
56Uskumgallu
Rotten Limbs In Dreams Of Blood


A labyrinth of impenetrable black horror.
57Grey Heaven Fall
Black Wisdom


The dissonant sound of the universe collapsing.
58Sinmara
Aphotic Womb


Icelandic dread.
59Ulcerate
Shrines of Paralysis


Dissonant tech death magnum. Intangibly accessible in spite of the complexity.
60Tod Huetet Uebel
Malícia


Tortured black.
61Dragged Into Sunlight
Hatred For Mankind


Deadly volcanic birth.
62Portal
Outre


A swarth of hazy death.
63Thaw
Thaw


Ominous, avant-garde black. A highly compelling record.
64Gudveiki
Vængför


A furious black death nightmare.
65Blattaria
Blattaria


Collapse into a black psychedelic abyss.
66Abyssal
Antikatastaseis


Deadly blackened cacophony.
67Akitsa
Credo


Akitsa’s most accessible record, it is a black metal monolith of memorable hooks.
68Blood Incantation
Starspawn


Cosmic death.
69Flourishing
The Sum of All Fossils


Abstract death.
70Inverloch
Distance | Collapsed


A cataclysm of death/doom.
71Wolves in the Throne Room
Black Cascade


Moving, transcendental black.
72Plebeian Grandstand
False Highs, True Lows


Jarring, dissonant, asymmetric black noise.
73Almyrkvi
Pupil of the Searing Maelstrom


Restrained, avant-garde black.
74Ritual Knife
Hate Invocation


Raw black punk.
75O (ISL)
Null and Void


Icelandic black reimagined as hellish doom. A singular, 34 minute hymn of dark depression.
76Drastus
La Croix de Sang


Drastus’ blackened cross to bear.
77Krypts
Remnants of Expansion


More patient than the predecessor Unending Degradation, Remnants Of Expansion is a heavy, memorable exploration of Finnish death/doom.
78Selbst
Selbst


Visions of mankind withering.
79Paysage d'Hiver
Das Tor


Trapped amidst a snowstorm, pursued by demons. Throw on the headphones and immerse yourself in atmospheric black.
80Void Paradigm
Earth's Disease


Esoteric, experimental black.
81Thrall
Vermin to the Earth


Blackened noise rock death. The Jesus Lizard on intravenous French black metal.
82Xasthur
Subliminal Genocide


A terrifying black/ambient fever dream.
83Void Eater
II


Spiralling Black Death.
84Verwoed
De Val


Confident, textured black.
85Urzeit
Anmoksha


Ride your pale horse through brick walls and light the villages on fire. A raw black nightmare.
86Mizmor
Yodh


Searing black doom.
87Chthe'ilist
Le Dernier Crépuscule


Demilich reimagined.
88Phrenelith
Desolate Endscape


Desolate death.
89Dead Congregation
Promulgation of the Fall


Poignant, battering death.
90The Ruins Of Beverast
Rain Upon The Impure


Widely considered a pinnacle of modern black metal.
91Yith
Dread


Malevolent black doom.
92Rebirth of Nefast
Tabernaculum


Oppressive and violent black metal from a spearhead of the Icelandic scene. Vital.
93Jordablod
Upon My Cremation Pyre


Distinctive, enigmatic black death.
94Musmahhu
Reign of the Odious


Sinister, flourishing death.
95Light Dweller
Incandescent Crucifix


Technical blackened death.
96Haunt (USA-OR)
Grimoires Of Undead Power


If you like Darkthrone’s Panzerfaust, you will like this. Essential.
97Barus
Drowned


Visceral, progressive death.
98Negative plane
Stained Glass Revelations


Technical brilliance shrouded in black.
99Antichrist (PER)
Pax Moriendi


Unbearably heavy death doom.
100Entheogen
Without Veil, Nor Self


Evil, sinister, psychedelic black.
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