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One of the most obscure black metal projects that I ever came across, back in the day, was a British band called Redeemer.  Virtually nothing was known about them, (I don't know if that's still the case!) whether it was intentional or not on their part, I don't know.  But I ended up buying it from a guy in the UK that happened to know one of them by chance.  From what I remember the demo was called 'Sorg' an archaic Norse word, which I found interesting, because I'm a Norwegian guy.  

Anyway, the demo turned out to be a real gem, a curious mixture of old school black metal and the depressive sub-genre that was just starting to take root at that time.  In fact it was really reminiscent of the Norwegian Black Metal band Strid (another obscure band).  Quite rare as well, only 150 copies were circulated.  

Update: A quick google search reveals that they're active again:  http://www.redeemer.lt 

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Drudkh, Mgła, Cobalt, Barshasketh and Misþyrming are among my faves at the moment... particularly Sitra Achra by Barshasketh... some of these you may be scared off of due to being associated with NSBM, drudkh for instance due to their lyrical themes, but all their lyrics are in Ukrainian anyway, I don't really care too much what they're screeching about tbh, I'm all about the music... Barshasketh's lyrics on Ophidian Henosis II tho, I absolutely love as I really relate to them, (they're not one of the bands associated with NSBM btw)... hope someone falls in love with these bands as much as I did! Enjoy!!

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1 hour ago, Sabazios said:

Drudkh, Mgła, Cobalt, Barshasketh and Misþyrming are among my faves at the moment... particularly Sitra Achra by Barshasketh... some of these you may be scared off of due to being associated with NSBM, drudkh for instance due to their lyrical themes, but all their lyrics are in Ukrainian anyway, I don't really care too much what they're screeching about tbh, I'm all about the music... Barshasketh's lyrics on Ophidian Henosis II tho, I absolutely love as I really relate to them, (they're not one of the bands associated with NSBM btw)... hope someone falls in love with these bands as much as I did! Enjoy!!

Have Drudkh ever released any of their own lyrics?  It was my understanding that they only revealed lyrics when they were using poems composed by others.

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 Here is a band that I have been wanting to share here for a while: Mirkvid

The Burning Night:

Unser Reich:

This is definitely one of the most obscure bands that I have come across, but I cannot recommend it enough.  Mirkvid is fast-paced, industrial black metal with excellent vocals.  It is also one of the few black metal bands that I have come across that could ever be described as "danceable."

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Ashdautas, belongs to the Crepúsculo Negro circle. This is probably one of the best black metal tracks ever recorded:

 

Kermania: Outstanding atmospheric black metal from Germany. One of the bands that were formed from the ashes of Nagelfar.

Tarihan: Weird and obscure viking metal from switzerland. Their sound is actually shit, but the compositions itself are awesome.

Zorn, short living band from Germany and not to be confused with the more famous one. The sound and especially the vocals style remember me to Nagelfars Hünengrab im Herbst, although Zorn have a different origin.

 

Arsen aka König der Monster. Raw and atmospheric stuff.

 

One Eyed God Prophecy. Sombre and desperate atmospheres. This is the only LP recorded by this band.

 

It is worth to mention that last three bands have actually absolutely nothing to do with black metal at all, although they feature a similar monotonous riffing and dark atmosphere. Anyway, these bands could be still interesting for any BM listeners.

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Vinterkrig - Härskare över stjärnorna och mina drömmar

This is the debut album by Swedish Vinterkrig that was recorded in 1997 in Abyss studios, but never released. Up until now it's only been available on a youtube video with horrible sound quality and fifth generation tapes. This year Graveless Souls released a remastered version on cassette and digital. Awesome melodic black metal just like they did it in the 90's, featuring members of Opeth and Lucifer.

 

 

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Not a lot of people seem to know Arallu or Abazagorath, which surprises me because they both did some pretty interesting things like the former mixing Middle Eastern music with black metal and the latter writing a concept album that seems to lift ideas from Salman Rushdie's controversial novel "The Satanic Verses". I mean, I don't know if either of these bands are not well known (Arallu has some music videos on YouTube) but I actually can't think of any real obscure bm bands off the top of my head aside from two LPs I own: No Sun Rises "Ascent/Decay" and Jotnarr "s/t", the former being more along the lines of post-rock influenced bm & the latter of which sort of mixes like powerviolence/real screamo with bm elements. I got these two both from an independent record label that used to be based out of my area.

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18 hours ago, NokturnalBoredom said:

Not a lot of people seem to know Arallu or Abazagorath, which surprises me because they both did some pretty interesting things like the former mixing Middle Eastern music with black metal and the latter writing a concept album that seems to lift ideas from Salman Rushdie's controversial novel "The Satanic Verses". I mean, I don't know if either of these bands are not well known (Arallu has some music videos on YouTube) but I actually can't think of any real obscure bm bands off the top of my head aside from two LPs I own: No Sun Rises "Ascent/Decay" and Jotnarr "s/t", the former being more along the lines of post-rock influenced bm & the latter of which sort of mixes like powerviolence/real screamo with bm elements. I got these two both from an independent record label that used to be based out of my area.

Haven't heard of any of those, but Jotnarr sounds pretty sketchy. I don't know how PW would marry with black metal?

I was introduced to Emanation recently, apparntly it's one of the guys in Teitanblood's sideproject from way back. It's really cool in marrying hypnotic backwards guitars, ordinary bm and general chaos. Feels like music to enjoy in a darkened room.

Emanation - The Emanation of Begotten Chaos from God

 

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I've actually seen Abazagorath a few years back. Same set as Demoncy which was definitely the highlight of that night. Pretty cool USBM band from New Jersey iirc. I didn't realize they had put an album out in 2014 (The Satanic Verses) so I'll have to check that out.

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3 hours ago, Sheol said:

but Jotnarr sounds pretty sketchy

I'm into a lot of different kinds of music, so I actually like the album (the fact that I got it for $10 definitely helped). They say "Black Metal Screamo" but Screamo is a loaded term now that doesn't mean what it used to mean, so I went with powerviolence instead. There are definitely black metal riffs and hooks, but the vocals don't really try to be black metal as much as they're old school screamo vocals.

You can find it on bandcamp, so I'd definitely check it out with an open mind.

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