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    MattCantina given a Damn from Moonhead in The Official Black Metal Recommendations Thread   
    Let's see if I can revive the thread....
     
    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.
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    MattCantina given a Damn from Natassja in What Are You Listening To?   
    Passéisme - Austerity Parade
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to Balor in What Are You Listening To?   
    Their early demos are some of their best material, it's too bad that Peste Noire did away with their raw sound.
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    MattCantina given a Damn from Balor in What Are You Listening To?   
    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
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    MattCantina given a Damn from Requiem in All Time Top 20 Favourite Metal Bands   
    Pretty much the same list I would write years ago. It’s becoming increasingly hard for me to find bands that leave some kind of everlasting bond:
     
    1. Deathspell Omega - K/A: Paracletus
    2. Peste Noire - K/A: Ballade...
    3. Immolation - K/A: Close to a World Below
    4. Baise Ma Hache - K/A: Le Grand Suicide
    5. Grand Belial’s Key - K/A: Judeobeast Assassination
    6. Arghoslent - K/A: Hornets of the Pogrom
    7. Hypocrisy - K/A: Virus
    8. Goatmoon - K/A: Voitto Tai Valhalla
    9. Mgla: K/A: Groza
    10. Aosoth: K/A: The Inside Scriptures V
    11. Svartidaudi: K/A: Flesh Cathedral
    12. Ulcerate: K/A: Everything is Fire
    13. Dissection: K/A: Storm of the Light’s Bane
    14. Teitanblood: K/A: Seven Chalices
    15. The Chasm: K/A: Deathcult for eternity
    16. Drudkh: K/A: The Swan Road
    17. Diapsiquir: K/A: A.N.T.I
    18. Funeral Mist: K/A: Maranatha
    19. Clandestine Blaze: K/A: City of Slaughter
    20. Angelcorpse: K/A: The Inexorable
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to RelentlessOblivion in Gaming   
    RE4 is easily the best in the franchise. That being said fuck Ashley she's literally the worst.
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Deathspell Omega - Fas etc etc
    Howling Sycamore - Seven Pathways To Annihilation
    Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik - Hugsjá
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What's on your mind?   
    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...
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    MattCantina given a Damn from True Belief in What Are You Listening To?   
    Funeral Mist - Salvation
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    MattCantina given a Damn from Kilian_Leon in Greatest Song to Close an Album   
    I’m positive about this one. The harrowing tone perfectly sums up the entirety of Paracletus, making for one of the most nihilistic moments in black metal as a whole. 
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to Requiem in What Are You Listening To?   
    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. 
     
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to Balor in What Are You Listening To?   
    "Europe's Revival" - Wehrwolf
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to Balor in Metal Memes   
    An interesting pseudo-meme straight from Famine of Peste Noire:

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    MattCantina given a Damn from Kilian_Leon in Batushka vs Батюшка   
    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.
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces Of Palingenesia
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to Balor in All Time Top 20 Favourite Metal Bands   
    Awesome list.  Nice to see Diapsiquir get mentioned here too!
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    MattCantina given a Damn from salmonellapancake in What Are You Listening To?   
    Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia
     
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    MattCantina given a Damn from True Belief in What Are You Listening To?   
    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! 
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to salmonellapancake in What Are You Listening To?   
    Great fucking album!
    NP: Carnage- "Dark Recollections"
    The remaster with the demos
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    MattCantina given a Damn from salmonellapancake in What Are You Listening To?   
    Departure Chandelier - Antichrist Rise to Power
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    MattCantina given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Light Dweller - Incandescent Crucifix
    @FatherAlabaster That was a nice experience overall. It's clearly reminiscent of late Gorguts / Ulcerate. I really liked it. Thanks for the  recommendation!
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to Natassja in What Are You Listening To?   
    Forteresse - Metal Noir Quebecois
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    MattCantina given a Damn from Natassja in What Are You Listening To?   
    Urfaust - Ritual Music For the True Clochard
    Peste Noire - Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in What Are You Listening To?   
    Coroner "R.I.P."
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    MattCantina gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Altarage - The Approaching Roar (full early stream on Youtube)   @MacabreEternal
    Sinmara - "Mephitic Haze" (promo track)
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