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    navybsn gave a Damn to Sheol in Top 10 Black Metal Albums of the 21st Century   
    Yeah, that's the Goatmaster General I remember. Massive album dumps n all.
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    navybsn gave a Damn to GoatmasterGeneral in Top 10 Black Metal Albums of the 21st Century   
    I almost can't believe that I haven't stumbled across this thread yet until just this past weekend. Being a black metal maniac who generally prefers the more modern 21st century stuff over the old 20th century "classics" and also being the ultimate list making fool this thread was made for me. Anyone who thinks all the best black metal has already been made in the 90's doesn't know what the fuck they're talking about. Reading over the previous lists I can see that I have a distinctly different take on modern black metal from everyone who has posted a list here before me, so that makes it all the more compelling to take a stab at this. I'm not even gonna try to rank these in any kind of order and I won't bother trying to limit myself to just 10 because that's just a stupid random meaningless number. I'm just gonna start listing my most cherished 21st century black metal favorites off the top of my head and see where it goes until I get to 13 or 17 or 22 or 36 or however many I come up with, and then I suppose when I'm done I'll stop. There will be no black/death, no black/thrash, no blackened derivatives of any kind, I'm gonna keep this to just straight up no frills black metal.

    Inquisition - Nefarious Dismal Orations  2007
    This is not only my favorite black metal album, but it's also pretty much what I consider to be the absolute greatest metal album of all time right here, it just doesn't get any better than this for me. Doesn't strictly adhere to the classic early 90's Darkthrone template that many of my bm favorites will, but Dagon blazed his own sound and this 2007 album was where he reached the absolute pinnacle afaic. I could list several Inquisition albums here because honestly imo no one does black metal better than they do. Certainly Ominous Doctrines is deserving and really everything else they've put out since 2002 deserves to make my list on its own as well but for the sake of having an interesting and varied list I'll keep it to one album per band.

    Murg - Varg & Björn  2015
    Wolf & Bear. This debut album took me by complete surprise in 2015. Probably my most played album of the last decade. I couldn't get enough of this one when it was new and it is still in heavy regular rotation along with their other two albums to this day. Since we flipped the calendar to 2020 I have often thought about making a greatest metal albums of the 2010's list. And although I have yet to make said list, unquestionably this would be my #1. 

    Ordinance - In Purge There Is no Remission  2020
    This was such an awesome gift last year, from a band who put out an incredible debut in 2014 that flew under most people's radar. Nice to see them bring the heat and manage to top it in 2020. I'd be happy to wait 6 years for any band's 2nd album if this is what they'll deliver. I loved their debut and it would have easily made this list on its own merits, but the follow-up is an absolute riff monster, this album slays from top to bottom.

    Archgoat - Whore of Bethlehem 2006
    I guess we can call this goat metal, bestial black or black/death...whatever you wanna call the Archgoat sound, the fact is no one does what they do better. Saw them live only once at some little shithole bar in Denver, the evil power trio in the flesh and they laid waste. Would have seen them a second time a year ago at MDF but they cancelled that shit and then went ahead and cancelled it again this past weekend so who knows if I'll ever get the chance to see them again. This is by far their best album although nothing of theirs could ever be called bad.

    Cultes des Ghoules - Henbane, ...or Sonic Compendium of the Black Arts  2013
    Not your typical blast beat happy tremolo picked affair, they're slower more deliberate and they give me very theatrical feeling, like everyday is Halloween. And they have a thick crunchy nasty guitar tone to die for. Definitely one of a kind, no one sounds quite like these Poles and this is their pinnacle. My buddy says he likes 2016's Coven a little more I think but it's like 2 hours long I either have to go do something else or I'll fall asleep before it's over. This was their masterpiece, the one that put them on the map.

    Martwa Aura - Morbus Animus  2020
    Not sure why nobody talks about these Polish black metal badasses. Lot of cool Poilish black metal has come out since the turn of the century, they have become a black metal hotspot and these dudes are deffo one of the better ones. Better than Mgla, better than Deus Mortem, better than Batushka and better than most of the rest as well imo. 

    Megiddo - The Devil and the Whore  2000
    This 2000 debut album just makes the millennial cutoff, one of those one man band deals by a raspy voiced Canadian who goes by Chorazaim. All his stuff is very good, just 3 full lengths and a few splits and demos in over 20 years, but this is the best one. Nothing fancy going on here, not a challenging listen or anything, just straightforward mostly mid-paced stripped down black metal with the guitar tone from hell. Works for me.

    Armagedda - Only True Believers 2003
    I tend to like my black metal angry, caustic, melodic, riffy and headbanging. These Swedes deliver here on all counts in spades and this has been a long time favorite album of mine. This is the only album of theirs that I can say I truly love but at least we got this one.

    Blodsrit - Helveteshymner  2004
    Another Swedish band, this is an absolute bm classic every black metaller should own. As the story goes the album was written by the dude Yxmander after he was fired from a teaching posiition (for being in this band ironically) and understandably in the aftermath he was pissed off at the world, felt life was hell and he was near suicidal. Glad he decided to keep on living and write this album and then 4 more.

    Morrigan - Celts  2003
    I LOVE this German band, everything they've ever done has been from fucking great to motherfucking monumental...right up until their final full length in 2013 which totally sucked ass so I pretend t doesn't exist. Unfortunate for a band to go out on a bum note like that but at least we have the first 6 stellar full lengths. Formed out of the ashes of Mayhemic Truth (which is an album worth tracking down) This is the best Bathory worship I have ever heard, they mix the early black metal period with the later viking period and it just works so fucking well, absolutely incredible, I like these dudes even more than Bathory hands down. 

    Schrat - Schattenwahn 2011
    Discovered these guys a few years ago in 2018 when their latest Alptraumgänger came out, and that album is great. But I did some digging and it turned out this one from 2011 might be even better. I do like the German take on black metal, vicious, riffy and infectious. Patiently waiting for their next album.

    Magoth - Anti Terrestrial Black Metal  2017
    This album is just as good to me now as it was in 2017. Sadly their 2018 follow up was not as good. But they're young yet so I have faith they can bounce back and give me another Ani Terrestrial.

    Totenwache - Der Schwarze Hort  2019
    Another younger German band, this their debut was immensely good, the EP last year not as good, but still I remain hopeful for what might come next.

    Eternity - Funeral Mass  2007
    Another largely unknown German band, these guys have been "on hold" since 2012 but this the second of their 3 full lengths from '07 is stunning. A must have for any black metal collection.

    Graven - Perished And Forgotten  2002
    Guess I might as well just get all of the Germans out of the way in one shot here. This band is listed as "active" but they put out two full lengths in '02 & '05, this being the former and better of the two, and then they were never heard from again. Perished and Forgotten indeed.

    Rienaus - Saatanalle 2017
    Finland strikes again. Rienaus is Finnish for Blasphemy. If someone were to ask me what is the sound I look for in my black metal I might refer them to this record as a good example. Riffy, melodic and harsh as fuck as only the Finns can do it. Mavrofos' vocals are perfect here. This is only their second full length, I hope there will be many more.

    Kludde - In de Kwelm  2019
    Funny how with a little distance and a little perspective the albums that end up sticking with you from a given year can be very different from what you might've thought they'd be at the time. This is one of those albums that's grown on me quite a bit over the last 2 years. They released an album in 2008 and then the follow up was 2019. A strange blend of black metal and stoner sludge that somehow works. But don't let that description fool you, they're most definitely a black metal band. 

    Blut aus Nord - Hallucinogen  2019
    I probably would have gone with The Work Which Transforms God to represent BAN, but then in 2019 they dropped this gem. This has been a real grower for me. It wasn't even in my top 10 when I made my best of 2019 black metal list, in fact it came in at #24. But if I were to make that list over again now it would be top 3. Love the trippy lead work and it's catchy as fuck, nothing else sounds quite like this album in their catalog, I probably still play it a couple times a month at least.  

    Forteresse - Thèmes Pour la Rébellion  2016
    What can I say about these French Canadians? Nothing else they've done prior to this has hit me in quite the same way but this 2016 album was absolutely breathtaking. Majestic as fuck, this album kills. It's been 5 years now, patiently waiting for these Quebecois to put out a follow-up.

    Spectral Wound - Infernal Decadence  2018
    Could have chosen the new one as it's still my frontrunner for album of the year this year but their last one is just as good and I'm more familiar with it. Solid Quebecois Noir.

    Monarque - Ad Nauseam  2009
    Another one of my favorite Quebecois Noir bands. They can have a bit of a melancholy lilt to them at times but they still bring the heat. This is their best album but all their stuff is good.

    Aegrus - Devotion for the Devil  2015
    Yeah, we're back to Finland again, can't help it they just have too many killer bands. This is so damn good, better than anything they've done since. Every band can't be heavyweight sluggers like Darkthrone or Inquisition and hit a home run every time at bat. But if every band has at least one really special album in them well this is theirs.

    Havukruunu - Havulinnaan  2015
    If you haven't heard this debut album yet you've been missing out. Came blowing into town like a chilly Finnish breath of fresh air in 2015, nothing else sounds quite like it and nothing else they've ever done has been up to the standard they set with this one. So OK looks like we won't get an actual part 2 but god damn this record smokes. 

    Odious Devotion - Odious Devotion 2018
    Masterpiece of Finnish black metal. Can't get enough of this one since the first time I heard it. Has an atmospheric track in the middle which I think adds to it, if only they could have shit canned the pointelss 2:45 minutes of static they used as an intro track and just started right in with the metal this album could have been 100/100. 

    Diaboli - Wiking Division  2015
    Love this band, which is really just one lone Finn ex-con named Pete, I find it nearly impossible to pick a definitive favorite Diaboli release as they're all so damn good. I think this one is probably my favorite more often than it's not, although ask me tomorrow or next week and I'll probably have a different title for you, maybe The Antichrist or Kirous. Doesn't matter, any way you look at it you'll need to get them all anyway.

    Tsjuder - Desert Northern Hell 2004
    Big, slick, mainstreamy, riffy and OTT but I love this album. The fact that their drummer looks a bit like Krusty the Clown doesn't even deter me from loving this. This album always sounds quintessentially Swedish to me but they're actually Norweigian. DNH never falls too far out of rotation either, hard to believe this record's 17 years old now.

    Darkthrone - Sardonic Wrath 2004
    Couldn't not have a Darkthrone album on my list, that'd be unthinkable. Even though I probably like their newer stuff just a wee little better the problem is I really don't really consider what they do to be black metal anymore since about 2006's awesome The Cult is Alive. I do love Darkthrone's much maligned and sadly unappreciated "middle period" as much as any of their phases though. I'd say the middle period consists of everything from '96 Total Death up to this one in 2004. Hard to pick a clear favorite, I do like Ravishing Grimness and Plaguewielder quite a bit too but for my money this is probably the best one from that era.

    Owl's Blood - Cold Night of Meditation  2014
    A sleeper from out of nowhere, sounds like it's straight from the icy fjords of...Basque Country? You don't hear much about these Spaniards they seemed to have fallen off the map but this album is fucking awesome and I play it a lot still. Sounds so Nordic, I often wonder if they squint real hard if they can almost see the aurora borealis from Bilbao? 

    Oath - Saatanan Myrsky Yllä Pyhän Maan  2014
    Both of these dudes were in multiple Finnblack projects and they've since disbanded back in '16 after their 2nd album. But this one, their first album, is fire. Love how they get that fuzzy distant production. I know a lot of people like to complain about the intentional fuzzy production a lot of black metal bands employ, but I say fuck 'em if they don't get it. 

    Azaghal - Omega  2008
    These Finns have a ton of albums out, one of my most listened to bm bands over the years. This is probably their best effort, I go back and forth between this one and the following one from '09 Teraphim. Finnish black metal is the sweet spot for me in case you haven't noticed, no other country balances melodicism with causticity and brutality better than the Finns.

    Horna - Sanojesi Äärelle 2009
    Another legendary favorite Finnish band, formed in '94 they have a shit ton of records out too. Not gonna count up all the splits n shit but altogether probably more than Azaghal. Hard to pick a single favorite as they have so many really good ones. Gun to head I'll pick this one as it's 14 tracks, 85 minutes of catchy badassery, every track a headbanger it just never quits.

    Baptism - Grim Arts of Melancholy  2008
    Yeah it probably seems like this list is becoming a virtual who's who of Finnish black metal but I can't help it that the Finns are so fucking good at black metal. This band is one of the best to hail from that vodka swilling, sauna sweating, church burning, goat humping land (I'm sure the Laplanders hump their fair share of reindeer too) and this record is fucking sick. The first 3 full lengths really and the Wisdom & Hate EP are all fucking sick, just do yourself a favor, bite the bullet and collect the whole damn set.

    Urgehal - Goatcraft Torment  2006
    Always forget that these guys were Norwegian, for some reason I always wanna think they were German. I've always loved this album's opening battle cry: This is Satanic black metal! before they lay waste to my earholes. As previously mentioned here on the board a few weeks ago it all fell apart when Trondr Nefas (guitar vox) died tragically in his sleep in 2012 just two weeks shy of his 35th birthday. Much too young to be taken from us but we still have his music.

    Krypt - Preludes to Death  2008
    One and done classic black metal album from these Norwegians. M-A has them listed as active still, but 13 years later we haven't heard another peep from them.

    Hovmod - Doedsformasjon  2019
    A younger Norwegian band this is their first and only release so far, and they fucking killed it. Shows me there is still hope that young black metal bands can pick up the torch and keep the black arts going strong for the next generation.

    Nattefrost - Blood & Vomit  2004
    Only just dicovered this one a few years ago but holy shit does it fucking rip. This is not progressive or complex or innovative in any way like I'm sure lots of you are probably looking for in your music. It's pretty simple and basic really but it makes my list for pure unbridled fury alone. The unrestrained hateful aggression is a big part of why I love black metal so much, I find it very cathartic. Good for my mental health.

    Hate Forest - Purity  2003
    Right from the opening track Domination this one lays it down. These Ukrainians sound like they're pissed off and they mean business. Main man Roman Saenko also went on to form some other Ukranian bands you might have heard of, Drudkh, Rattenfanger, Blood of Kingu...but none of them could ever top Hate Forest.
    Alright I reckon that's enough for now, I could easily list another 25 albums but I bet no one's even still reading this anymore all the way down here.  But I had fun compiling this list and that's all that matters to me.

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    navybsn gave a Damn to Sheol in Looking for a new home   
    Quick, everyone, hide your political forums!
    Welcome Dead!
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    navybsn given a Damn from blaaacdoommmmfan in Alcoholics Associated   
    Not in my top 10 bourbons, but not bad if that's the best thing you can get your hands on and like it. If you're looking for widely available (mass marketed) bourbons, I'd go with Knob Creek, Maker's Mark, Four Roses, or Elijah Craig.
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    navybsn gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in New Purchases/Acquisitions   
    Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi  limited edition etched double vinyl
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    navybsn gave a Damn to BMB in What Are You Listening To?   
    On tonight’s’ playlist…
    Frummyrkrið – Dauðans Myrkri
    Dawn - Slaughtersun
    Forteresse - Thèmes Pour La Rébellion
    Spectral Wound - Infernal Decadence 
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    navybsn gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in What Are You Listening To?   
    I am late to the OP party and their latest was my first experience of them.  Värähtelijä was nominated as the feature release on my other site and so I set about listening to it last night and most of this morning.  Very interesting stuff because on paper psychedelic black metal sounds a bad idea but these guys do it really well.  The psychedelic elements add to the sense of conflict in the black metal sound for me which makes it a tense listen also.
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    navybsn gave a Damn to GoatmasterGeneral in What Are You Listening To?   
    Megiddo - The Devil and the Whore
    Megiddo - The Holocaust Messiah
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    navybsn gave a Damn to markm in What Are You Listening To?   
    Emperor/Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk- Been a while since I've listen to this album. I almost forget how good it is. Man, Ihsahn and co were so forward thinking. Maybe they weren't the heaviest BM band on the planet, but somehow sound epic and authentic without the cheese of bands like Dimmu Borgir. A classic.
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    navybsn given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Older for me too. Anything after Ghost Reveries (2005 or so) feels stale and unimaginative.
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    navybsn gave a Damn to MacabreEternal in What Are You Listening To?   
    Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
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    navybsn gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in Whatcha Eatin'?   
    Really nice long hair? Vintage square-format cameras? Dreams of pop stardom? 
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    navybsn gave a Damn to GoatmasterGeneral in Whatcha Eatin'?   
    Greek food is awesome, I love all of it: gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, spanikopita, those lemon potatoes...I just really like that whole Mediterranean flavor profile.
    My first wife happened to be Greek as well, she was not so awesome. She did give me a wonderful daughter though so there is that. My daughter's been estranged from her mother for several years now unfortunately, she says it's just not worth the trouble as her mom goes out of her way to make everything so difficult. Psycho bitch is the phrase I generally use. I sure can pick 'em. 
    Years later I took my Kiwi wife to a Greek seafood restaurant one time and they brought her grilled branzino with the head and tail still on. She was so shocked she let out a blood curdling scream right in the middle of the dining room. The owner came over to see what was wrong (he probably thought she had seen a rat or something) and I had him take it back to the kitchen and have them filet it up for her. She ate it, but in her embarrassment I don't think she enjoyed it. Naturally this was all my fault for picking that restaurant. Should have just gone out for gyros!

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    navybsn given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    I'm giving their new one Decadence and Decay another shot today. Enjoyable enough if you try to keep the obvious comparisons to Nevermore out of your mind. They fall short of that mark for sure, but that could be because Nevermore is one of my favorite bands and was in heavy rotation for years. So it could be nostalgia getting in the way. It's like modern Bolt Thrower clones. They can never really give you that dopamine hit that the original did no matter how good they are.
    Aside from Silver Talon this morning:
    Haunt - Beautiful Distraction - another that does a lot right but doesn't outright convince me. I read a lot of comparisons to Dokken around the interwebs, but I'm not so sure.
    Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
    Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
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    navybsn gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Yes indeed, Jean Luc Ponty was on Visions and Apocalypse. Monster player.
    NP: Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
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    navybsn given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    That was Jean Luc Ponty if I'm not mistaken. Think I'll throw on Birds of Fire tonight. Maybe Inner Mounting Flame too.
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    navybsn gave a Damn to Sheol in Whatcha Eatin'?   
    Home made sushi.

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    navybsn gave a Damn to Kristiko in What Are You Listening To?   
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (album)
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    navybsn gave a Damn to Kristiko in What Are You Listening To?   
    Celtic Frost - Into The Pandemonium (album)
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    navybsn given a Damn from FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    McLaughlin is such a badass
    I would start with The Demonstration and then Modern Mirror.
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    navybsn given a Damn from MacabreEternal in What Are You Listening To?   
    McLaughlin is such a badass
    I would start with The Demonstration and then Modern Mirror.
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    navybsn gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond
    Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen
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    navybsn gave a Damn to FatherAlabaster in What Are You Listening To?   
    Crimson Glory - Transcendence   ...such great music. Such amazing vocals. Such dumb lyrics. Is it Dragon Week? Is it Shark Week? Why not have BOTH AT ONCE?
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    navybsn gave a Damn to Natassja in What Are You Listening To?   
    Carcass Necroticism..
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    navybsn gave a Damn to markm in What Are You Listening To?   
    On the drive to and from Harper's Ferry to do some paddling-Eagle Twin/The Thundering Herd and Bolt Thrower/To Those Once Loyal. When I got to the take out, I had Bolt Thrower blasting. In the group I was paddling, there was a cute  young college grad Asian girl one of my friends brought that he's crushing on-I started to turn it down and she was head banging to my tunes. She gave me that "fuck yeah" look. I thought, yeah, this girl is aight.  Don't judge a book by it's cove as they say- Haha.
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