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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.
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.
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.
|Boom. I'm going to try and follow the other list as best I can as far as what I'm listening to everyday. I some edits I was gonna make so everyone got an *even* amount of recs in, but I'm too lazy so I'll just change it up here when I get to it. |
|I’ve been thin on the ground with blacl metal over the past few months, althought the Nocturnal triumph lp you rec’d me was phenomenal and the new paysage d’hiver split was killer. Just got my reissue cd of goatmoons death before dishonour, well worth a look if you haven’t checked it before. Black goat has the ability to write awesome cold yet catchy riffs, they went more folky on subsequent albums but death before dishonour is just good and raw with a punkish stomp to it. Only downside is it’s nsbm so similar to jamming burzum you have to learn to overlook the fact that it protagonists are right wings dicks.|
|3 and 4 are both great, but I'm just now getting familiar with Laster. |
My only complaint with Batushka was that a lot of the songs sounded the same. Still kicked ass, just guessing they'll give us a bit more on the next album, assuming there will be one.
|I'm not sure there will be another album. After all, it appeared out of nowhere, compiled of anonymous, but reportedly well-established musicians, creating something wholly unique. It might just be one of those purposefully mysterious projects.|
|You never know. They seem to play a lot of shows based on their social media posts. If they are having success, I bet we get another album. Maybe not though.|
|will be watching this list. |
|Let me know if you check anything out :]|
|Sweet Laster write-up Spirit!|
|3 is great 4 is really dull imo|
|Have you checked out 1 or 2 yet? |
|Stillbirth is on my check list first for Arizmenda|
|Good choice! That album and Within The Vacuum of Infinity... are tied for my favs|