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What albums do you like that others may not necessarily care for? Here are some of mine. Morbid Angel - Illud Insanus Divinum Nargaroth - Black Metal ist Krieg Mayhem - Ordo Chao Sepultura - Roots Celtic Frost - Cold Lake Burzum - Hildjskalf Samael - eternal and newer Joyless- wisdom and arrogance Mortiis - The smell of rain Graveland- Necromanteion Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk

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Iceni' date=' iconoclast gets a score of 81% on metal archives.[/quote'] I said 'people', not Encyclopedia Metallum. I wasn't talking about them so much as Amazon reviews, although I do frequently look on Metal Archives. One album that the Metal Archives folks disliked that I thought was nice was 'Renegade' by HammerFall. It's easily their best album but for some reason it didn't really garner as positive a response as I'd have thought.
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Nokturnal Mortum's "twilightfall". It is so radically different than everything else that they put out, that black metal fans might not like it because it's essentially a doom metal album, but it's high on my list of great albums specifically because it was so different than what they started doing on Lunar Poetry, Goat Horns, To The Gates of Blasphemous Fire, etc.

If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend giving it a chance even though it's technically a demo (as is Lunar Poetry). You might be surprised by what you hear even if you're not a fan of Nokturnal Mortum's other work.

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I think most black metal fans seems to hate Ulver's "Themes from William Blake", even those that like the current sound of Ulver. I how ever think it's great, definitely the logical end-stop for the avantgarde wave that seemed to possess BM around the 00's (looking at you Arcturus, Ved Buens Ende, Fleurety, Solefald). It doesn't get much more pretentious than Garm citing 19th century poetry, and I love it.

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42 minutes ago, Sheol said:

I think most black metal fans seems to hate Ulver's "Themes from William Blake", even those that like the current sound of Ulver. I how ever think it's great, definitely the logical end-stop for the avantgarde wave that seemed to possess BM around the 00's (looking at you Arcturus, Ved Buens Ende, Fleurety, Solefald). It doesn't get much more pretentious than Garm citing 19th century poetry, and I love it.

Fuckin love that album. Such a unique deconstruction, one of the very few where I feel like I can still hear black metal at its core, instead of just the sounds of black metal being used as window dressing.

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Black metal and classical/symphonic/opera have always gone very well together. I am not partial to Ulver myself, but I think the album was very well done. Those guys are brilliant, and I can certainly appreciate what they are doing even if it usually doesn't work for me.

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I tried listening to Nattens Madrigal but I wasn't able to really get into it. Never really bothered checking out any other Ulver stuff. I'm more into stuff like Nokturnal Mortum, Emperor, Burzum, Marduk, and Rotting Christ. All popular stuff, I'm well aware, but I've had so many black metal CDs in my life that were mediocre at best so now I only buy the top shelf stuff that I'm doing the vinyl thing.

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7 minutes ago, NokturnalBoredom said:

I tried listening to Nattens Madrigal but I wasn't able to really get into it. Never really bothered checking out any other Ulver stuff. I'm more into stuff like Nokturnal Mortum, Emperor, Burzum, Marduk, and Rotting Christ. All popular stuff, I'm well aware, but I've had so many black metal CDs in my life that were mediocre at best so now I only buy the top shelf stuff that I'm doing the vinyl thing.

Don't give up on Ulver without checking out Bergtatt, it's still my favorite of theirs. Love the melodies, love the vocals. They never put out anything else quite like it, which I guess could be said for any of their first four albums.

 

 

I love the opening track but don't judge the whole album by that, it gets more savage later on.

 

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Gorgoroth never really pulled me in either. Immortal was inconsistent IMO, I like some of their albums but don't connect with the band as a whole. Darkthrone I love - got hugely into their first four BM albums (Blaze through Panzerfaust) but also enjoyed several after that and followed them through the mid 2000s. But of all those 2nd wave bands, what I probably still listen to most is the first two Satyricon albums. 

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Some Immortal albums have really good production, other ones have garbage production and that's a problem for me because I'm not really "Kvlt" and don't care at all about having a "necro" sound on the music I buy. I bought vinyl to hear good sound quality (yet still bought Wrath of the Tyrant despite it being engineered awfully... figure that one out if you can)

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Immortal always did have very strange mixing/production choices for their albums. Like their first four albums, with the exception of Abbath's vocals, all almost sound like completely different bands. The mixing on Battles In The North in particular is straight up fucked. And not even in a low-fi "kvlt" sort of way, like the engineer genuinely had no idea what to do kind of way. I still love the first three Immortal albums though, as haphazard as they are.

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