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I suppose it kind of depends on your current tastes. If you like thrash metal, go for early black and proto-black albums like Black Metal by Venom, Hellhammer demos/early Celtic Frost, Infernal Overkill by Destruction, Unchain The Wolves by Deströyer 666, and any of Bathory's first three albums.
If you like death metal, you can try the blackened death metal route to help ease yourself in with albums like Satanica and Demigod by Behemoth (though I don't like Behemoth a whole lot...), early Dissection (who are easier at any point of their career because they're more melodic than other black metal bands in general), Wintersun, Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone by Akercocke, Blizzard Beasts by Immortal, and probably Far Away From The Sun by Sacramentum and Triune Impurity Rites by Necros Christos. Hellhammer might be a good example for this too.
If you're into more ambient music, then try Hviss Lyset Tar Oss by Burzum, Autumn Aurora by Drudkh, Two Hunters by Wolves In The Throne Room, Viides Luku - Hävitetty by Moonsorrow, Graveforests And Their Shadows by Walknut, and a lot more I can't arse to think of.
Agalloch use a lot of black metal elements, and they're one of the best bands of the last 20 or so years in my opinion. Also, Ulver's Kveldssanger shares a lot of similiarities to black metal structurally, but its a neofolk album.
These are also all proclaimed classics that you can check out if you want to try that genre:
Pure Holocaust by Immortal (especially important due to it being one of the founders of the "cold" production often seen in the genre)
At The Heart Of Winter by Immortal
Anything Darkthrone put out between 1992 and 1994.
Hammerheart by Bathory
Filosofem by Burzum
Forgotten Legends by Drudkh
Blood In Our Wells by Drudkh
In The Nightshade Eclipse by Emperor
Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk by Emperor
Vikingligr Veldi by Enslaved
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem
Wolf Lair's Abyss by Mayhem
Dark Medieval Times by Saytricon
Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler by Ulver
Nattens Madrigal by Ulver (probably has the most lo-fi production ever, and it works)
Those are all considered classics in the genre (and I personally like them all myself) and should be checked out. There are a couple of albums I really love that I didn't mention like Deathspell Omega post-2004, Diadem Of 12 Stars by Wolves In The Throne Room, Death's Design by Diabolical Masquerade, and anything else Moonsorrow put out because you should proboably try that other stuff first.
A lot of people also like Gorgoroth, and think their album Pentagram is a classic, but I think they suck. I also suppose the original Stormblåst by Dimmu Borgir would be a good choice for getting into atmospheric black metal, but don't get anything else by them.
the man knows what he speaks of
good info ( recommend reading for beginner listeners )
I liked Immortal's Pure Holocaust album but not too much other than that to be honest.
Last edited by StabWound; 02-13-2008 at 05:49 PM.
im surprised no one has mentioned Absurd their just as old as burzum and immortal give or take a year or two and just as good, just overlooked because its nsbm i still recommend this
link in park 4EVER
Burzum is one of my favorites
really, since if you've listened to burzum, you've listened to virtually all black metal.
maybe also mayhem, since they are faster than varg.
with the exception of a few outstanding bands like ulver, in the woods, mutiilation, etc...
anyone into avant garde BM like in the woods... or ram-zet?
EDIT: In the Woods is good- but I agree that Deathspell Omega after 2004 is better. :P
Last edited by MissChelly; 02-22-2008 at 08:29 PM.
Slit your wrists and worship Keroppi.
and i have heard far too many burzum knockoffs.
i mean, of course there are a lot of great, unique BM bands out there.
but i just dont get the whole hype about ildjarn.
lousy production BM, big whoop. apparently the shittier the recorder, the better the music. and it's nothing that hasnt been done before.
BAM! three notes throughout the entire song and a simple drum beat, with no trace of bass.
i mean, people say vlad tepes is a band of musical genuses.
i hear one cool song, and then i hear nine minutes of static and gurgling.
take that song, and then you have nearly all the songs done by les legiones noires. with the exception of mutiilation and most of torgeist
i may have digressed, but i probably would of gotten here anyway.
personally, tell de dode (may have gotten the title mistaken) surpasses everything sigh and DSO have released.
that song has an atmosphere heavier than earth's
and yes, im putting ecstatic transformation into thought when i say that statement
Slit your wrists and worship Keroppi.
upon reading most of your posts, the black metal bands you listen to wouldnt fall under burzum/mayhem-knockoffs.
plus, burzum is still one of the best BM bands around anyway :P
hviss lyset tar oss > all
i didn't think this thread would be as active as it is thats awesome but yeah im not sure if anyones heard but theres a new black metal documentary being made tittled ""Until The Light Takes Us" its actually going to have interviews with varg on video that hasn't happened since "Satan rides the media" (an old Norwegian black metal documentary ) i highly recommend if you can find it watch it but yeah getting to the point there seems to be allot of talking about burzum and what not so i though i would show this little preview were its actually a modern day varg talking in english nothing special just sort of cool.
link in park RULES
Oh yeah and out of the blue I started listening to Valkyrja. I've been listening to a lot of emo associated genres as well as electronica. Maybe I'll come back to BM now lol.
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