|Lfra’s list of modern black/death|
• One record per band
• All records post 2000
• No particular order
Demo Tape MMXIII
Try not to bang your head to this black/punk masterpiece.
|2||Lurker Of Chalice|
Lurker Of Chalice
Black/ambient. Minions is possibly Whitehead’s most compelling composition.
Dead as Dreams
Arguably THE seminal modern American black metal record.
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.
|5||Howls of Ebb|
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
Peerless blackened/death oddity.
Engrossing blackened psychedelia.
Avant-garde black metal. A life-changing EP as relevant today as it was in 2005.
The soundtrack to being dragged through hell on acid. Harrowing psychedelic black metal.
One of the most unique death metal records ever. Evil, stirring, and beautiful.
Relentless death with an intangibly foreboding atmosphere.
In Offal, Salvation
Blackened death. Evil and merciless.
The Feral Wisdom
Hallucinogenic black metal from the depths of the formidable Icelandic scene.
Markov Soroka’s blackened death opus. Tchornobog is a complex, terrifying amalgamation of ideas both constant and unique within the genre.
Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
A cohesive, mature black/ambient record that illustrates Whitehead’s superlative songwriting and command of atmosphere. A modern classic.
The frenzied ranting of a lunatic. A difficult but rewarding listen, it stands as a unique offering of death.
A groundbreaking release for the Icelandic black metal scene.
Black/ambient. Similar to the aforementioned Lurker Of Chalice, Délirant seemlessly manipulative the ebbs and flows of this beast.
Jute Gyte’s most linear, straight-forward release, it is nonetheless a ‘traditional’ black metal record intriguingly warped and distorted.
Powerful blackened death masterfully delivered.
De Praestigiis Angelorum
More French black mastery. Interestingly, this surpasses the formidable works of those involved (Antaeus, Aosoth).
|21||Blut Aus Nord|
The Work Which Transforms God
In keeping with the French theme, this is arguably the avant-garde black metal legends’ finest work.
Fuck the Universe
Black metal riffs that bore into your brain and never leave.
Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence
A relentless execution of death.
A suffocating, oppressive wall of death.
As dense and suffocating as the aforementioned Teitanblood.
Towards the Megalith
A sledgehammer to the face. Impossibly heavy death.
The younger more accessible cousin of Flesh Cathedral. Nonetheless, this is deadly.
Criminally underrated dissonant black/death. Immersive and expertly crafted.
Nothing but the Whole
A genre-melting post-death (?) amalgamation of weirdness.
Admittedly, this record took repeated listens for me to fully appreciate it. However, it grows as a transcendental psychedelic masterpiece.
Transmutation of Wounds
The sum of numerous brilliant parts, this EP is crushing.
Expert songwriting, atmosphere, and harrowing death coalesce to form Grievous.
Within a World Forgotten
Emotionally devastating death. Crushes like the weight of the world.
|34||Vortex of End|
Fvlgvr Lvx Terror
A vortex of dissonant black/death. Complex and unique.
Whilst highly subjective, in my opinion this is Enslaved’s quintessential release. Essential listening.
Equal parts abrasive and immersive black metal.
|37||Our Place of Worship is Silence|
With Inexorable Suffering
Stifling, claustrophobic death.
|38||Void Meditation Cult|
Utter the Tongue Of The Dead
Trance inducing death.
Filthy, chaotic death.
Another criminally underrated blackened death/doom masterpiece. Perfectly paced, this record illustrates the effectiveness of intertwining blast beats and terminally slow, crushing doom.
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Death/doom that not only pays homage to its influences, but breathes new life into them.
Death metal laden with hooks.
In Passing Ascension
Arcane power, truly mesmerising blackened death.
A record that inconceivably received lukewarm critical reception, perhaps due to expectations surrounding the members involved, Twilight is a black metal triumph.
Söngvar elds og óreiðu
Back to Iceland for a healthy dose of swirling, powerful, and esoteric black metal.
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.
Straight-forward, highly nuanced black.
Sabbat of Behezaël
Beherit and Darkthrone had a baby.
|49||The Ominous Circle|
Evil cavernous death.
Rotten Danish death.
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.
The Sleep of Morbid Dreams
Perish beneath this monument of death.
Dizzying, inaccessible, confounding death. Brilliant.
Into Vermilion Mirrors
Punishing Black Death.
Rotten Limbs In Dreams Of Blood
A labyrinth of impenetrable black horror.
|57||Grey Heaven Fall|
The dissonant sound of the universe collapsing.
Shrines of Paralysis
Dissonant tech death magnum. Intangibly accessible in spite of the complexity.
|60||Tod Huetet Uebel|
|61||Dragged Into Sunlight|
Hatred For Mankind
Deadly volcanic birth.
A swarth of hazy death.
Ominous, avant-garde black. A highly compelling record.
A furious black death nightmare.
Collapse into a black psychedelic abyss.
Deadly blackened cacophony.
Akitsa’s most accessible record, it is a black metal monolith of memorable hooks.
The Sum of All Fossils
Distance | Collapsed
A cataclysm of death/doom.
|71||Wolves in the Throne Room|
Moving, transcendental black.
False Highs, True Lows
Jarring, dissonant, asymmetric black noise.
Pupil of the Searing Maelstrom
Restrained, avant-garde black.
Raw black punk.
Null and Void
Icelandic black reimagined as hellish doom. A singular, 34 minute hymn of dark depression.
La Croix de Sang
Drastus’ blackened cross to bear.
Remnants of Expansion
More patient than the predecessor Unending Degradation, Remnants Of Expansion is a heavy, memorable exploration of Finnish death/doom.
Visions of mankind withering.
Trapped amidst a snowstorm, pursued by demons. Throw on the headphones and immerse yourself in atmospheric black.
Esoteric, experimental black.
Vermin to the Earth
Blackened noise rock death. The Jesus Lizard on intravenous French black metal.
A terrifying black/ambient fever dream.
Spiralling Black Death.
Confident, textured black.
Ride your pale horse through brick walls and light the villages on fire. A raw black nightmare.
Searing black doom.
Le Dernier Crépuscule
Promulgation of the Fall
Poignant, battering death.
|90||The Ruins Of Beverast|
Rain Upon The Impure
Widely considered a pinnacle of modern black metal.
Malevolent black doom.
|92||Rebirth of Nefast|
Oppressive and violent black metal from a spearhead of the Icelandic scene. Vital.
Upon My Cremation Pyre
Distinctive, enigmatic black death.
Reign of the Odious
Sinister, flourishing death.
Technical blackened death.
Grimoires Of Undead Power
If you like Darkthrone’s Panzerfaust, you will like this. Essential.
Visceral, progressive death.
Stained Glass Revelations
Technical brilliance shrouded in black.
Unbearably heavy death doom.
Without Veil, Nor Self
Evil, sinister, psychedelic black.