Forteresse - Métal Noir Québécois
A very interesting Canadian atmospheric black metal project in the vein of Sorcier des Glacies, Walknut and Mgla. Technically speaking, there is always the usage of the "blast beats/tremolos and leads" which can be found in most Norwegian black metal bands, and indeed Forteresse do worship a little bit the bands of the said area, but their approach is inherently classy and wholly original, and this effect is also emphasized by the usage of unhortodox violins in the mix. Might not be everyone's cup of tea -that should be put into consideration - but if you like your black metal complex, well-structured and elegant, Forteresse might do the trick for you.
Branikald - Хладавзор (Frost Vision)
Branikald is in my eyes a fairly underappreciated one man black metal band which can be found among the ranks of the Russian "Blazebirth Hall", comprised of other projects such as Forest, Raven Dark, Nitberg, Rundagor, Vargleide, Wotan Sølv, and Yggdrasil. Very few black metal albums, even by today's standards, can evoke the same freezing atmosphere Frost Vision is capable of. Following up their other masterpiece "Ad Vinterkald", this album brings to the table some really memorable riffs, although I feel like they lose importance when compared to the overall character of the album due to their high distortion, simple nature, and massive repetition. If you can tolerate lenghty ambient songs, this album will click with you instantly.
Ved Buens Ende - Written in Waters
Ved Buens Ende are an interesting issue, because they completely circumvent the classic norwegian black metal style and instead offer a strange and unique approach to the genre, that most likely bands like Deathspell Omega will further evolve in the future. An over-enveloping sense of wrongness pervades this album. The odd tones, thumping bass and bendy rhythms all converge to give you a strange soundscape reminiscent of the abstract art used for the front cover. A world of strange sounds that all come together to make something crushing and consistent, yet obtuse and ethereal, with riffs that seem to bend and wrap around each other in a manner that someone might find annoying, yet also makes sense. One of the very best out of the entire genre.
Dawn - Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)
Although as a whole I prefer the swedish scene when it comes to death metal, Dawn is an interesting band which blends this style with typical Dissection-esque melodies but never failing to sound genuine (best comparisons would be also Unanimated, Sacramentum, Eucharist and Vinterland). The band actually started with Nær sólen gar niþer for evogher (1994) as a melodic death metal- oriented band, they rapidly changed sound after a couple of demos and spilts. Obviously, we aren't witnessing anything remotely new, but the band manages to make the best aspects of melodic black metal shine under a very effective light, adding a bit of a melancholic taste into the mix as well. I'd definetely recomend this if you are already accustomed to Jon Nödtveidt's works.
Torr - Armageddon
Torr is pretty oddball Czech early black/thrash metal band, and was apparently part of the same early '90s Czech Republic metal scene which involved other projects like Samael, Master's Hammer and Root, to name a few. This was their first full-lenght album, but it actually sounds like a more polished version of Witchhammer, which was -I'd say- on par with other top tier classics of the very same scene, so I think it is worth hearing it if you haven't already. Although the grop is probably best known for their 1991 album Institut Kilinické Smrti, fans shouldn't dismiss this record at all. Id should be noted the album even uses occasional synths and other electronical parts to enhance the atmosphere but still putting riffs prior to anything else.
I've been listening to Peste Noire a lot lately, some Marduk too. They played in my city a couple of days ago along with Jinjer and a couple of other bands. Needless to say, there was no competition. They played some their newest songs and a couple of ones from Frontschwein too.
N.P: Peste Noire - Macabre Trascendance
Sorry to hear it, but I can understand. I was in college for something I really cared about and I still almost left several times. I'm happy I stuck it out, but it certainly hasn't translated into any financial benefit. Hope you find a good direction for yourself. One of the inherent weaknesses of a college education is that your path is laid out for you -- clear goals and clear signs of accomplishment when you meet them -- and it can be a weird transition from that artificial situation into the "real world" where the goals and signposts aren't as clear.
That is the conventional wisdom, yes, but isn't it thrilling to live on the edge...
Mgla - 'Exercises in Futility'
I've known about this band for a while now, and I've seen people post about them, but why has no one grabbed me by the collar and slapped my face a few times to get me to listen to them. Holy hell this is amazing.
Much like FA, I’m not particularly moved by their music. I like the idea of slavonic chants but the music itself just seems too redundant to me. It’s the problem I have with most atmospheric black metal really. Feels more like a soundtrack rather than a progression of songs.
If I had to choose tho, Krzysztof’s OG “version” is much better.
Deathspell Omega - Ad Arma! Ad Arma!
This really made my day a whole lot better. Seems like a mix Paracletus’s dissonance and Synarchy’s aggressiveness. The track itself comes close to Epiklesis I. I’m wondering what people think about this!