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4 hours ago, Balor said:

Check out Trist from Germany.  He plays excellent dark ambient black metal that is very repetitive and atmospheric.

 

Thanks. I don't know if that's what I'm looking for, but it was awesome; a fifteen minute song that seems to do the same thing over and over, yet somehow just keeps getting better as it goes along.

I guess what I'm looking for is more like the Beherit album Drawing Down the Moon, or maybe the Von comp album Satanic Blood Angel. But, as I said, That song you recommended is flippin' awesome!

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Black/Noise Metal Recommendations:

In a way, noise has played a role in black metal since its founding through the genre's emphasis on raw recording methods and use of sounds samples pulled from nature.  It is no surprise, then, that bands that combine black metal with noise music are able to produce music that emphasizes the best aspects of both genres.

Other bands that I have mentioned here (Reek of the Unzen Gas Fumes, Konflict, etc.) could easily fit into this category as well.  Therefore, in no particular order, are some of my favorite bands that combine noise with black metal.

Ride for Revenge: (Finland)

Heavy, raw, and slow.  Ride for Revenge play heavily distorted black metal with weird atmospherics and mesmerizing rhythms.

Flooded Church of Asmodeus: (Finland)

Flooded Church of Asmodeus is essentially a collaboration project between members of Ride for Revenge and Bizarre Uproar.  Their music is essentially instrumental, and makes heavy use of sound samples pulled from old B-grade horror movies.  The riffs are heavy and distorted, and punctuated by piercing noise shrieks.  Highly recommended.

Reptile Womb: (?)

Ultra harsh and raw, with one of my favorite active vocalists.  Reptile Womb leans more towards noise music than black metal, but the dark atmospherics and screeching vocals are definitely rooted in bm.

An interesting interview with Reptile Womb is available here.

Axnaar: (UK)

 

Axnaar play primitive and raw bm.  Fast and harsh.

Hakaristi: (Finland)

Raw black metal with vocals in the style of power electronics,  Songs range from fast and harsh to slow and atmospheric.

Chaos Cascade: (Germany)

Blackened noise grind.  Everything sounds as though it was filtered through distortion to produce a wall of noise.

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On 2/2/2012 at 8:19 PM, ZSofAD said:

Re: recommendations? I would say besides the first generation of Black Metal (Hellhammer, Venom, Bathory etc.) you're not really going to find too much. Maybe Agalloch and "softer" bands.

All the Sarcófago albuns, they're one of the firsts bands in Black Metal what used corpsepaint

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21 minutes ago, downtrash said:

All the Sarcófago albuns, they're one of the firsts bands in Black Metal what used corpsepaint

That sounds awesome! How are their lyrics? Just as good?

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On 10/5/2019 at 7:31 AM, Balor said:

Wasn't there a discussion here a while ago about Sarcofago's lyrics being terrible?

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My post was a sarcastic joke. Damn Balers, keep up. Sarcofago are notorious for awkward translation lyrics. 

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7 hours ago, Requiem said:

My post was a sarcastic joke. Damn Balers, keep up. Sarcofago are notorious for awkward translation lyrics. 

I knew that it was a joke, but was also wondering what happened to the thread.  To be fair, I only listened to INRI one time.

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Wolves Eyes are very well respected, but not incredibly well known, despite the raw black metal sound one can come to expect from them, very underground for sure. Beneath the banners of the elders is a euphoria inducing metal song and an absolute goldmine of bands I will include also, whom of which may of only released a few, or even just 1 album/s. Always a pleasure to help anyhow;

December Moon - Source of origin 1996 - Spinefarm Records??

Witchbane - Soldiers of Hell 1997/8 ? II Moons

C.O.F - Cruelty and the Beast - 1998 - MFN

Hecate Enthroned - All 90's Albums are pure majestic ... etc

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Katharsis - VVorld Without End.  Album is utterly schizoid and infernal.  Nonstop Satanic racket.  I also enjoy the production.  Title track slays.  Opening track is like a gate to Hell bursting open in front of you and you get bukkaked hard by the worst cacodemons imaginable. 

 

 

Sanguine Relic - Vampyric Will.  Okay, so they're USBM try-hards doing the lo-fi thing to the nth degree.  And yet I enjoy the kind of fuzzy muffled butthole sound...       

 

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So...for many years I have been unable to "break through the wall" with Black Metal. I respect the history & musical atmosphere created by the genre...but I actually find it hard to listen to.

The only black metal albums I remember actually enjoying is Storm Of The Light's Bane by Dissection & Midian/Nymphetamine by Cradle of Filth (if those count). I have listened to De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem & a couple of Dimmu Borgir albums...but nothing much really stayed with me.

Basically I'm here now to ask for some recommendations of what is the best "Melodic" Black Metal I can be listening to.

I do want to give the genre a fair chance & it may make an interesting musical project for me in 2020.

So...I'm here...ready & waiting with a pen & paper to take down a list of recommendations.

👍

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38 minutes ago, Grievous said:

So...for many years I have been unable to "break through the wall" with Black Metal. I respect the history & musical atmosphere created by the genre...but I actually find it hard to listen to.

The only black metal albums I remember actually enjoying is Storm Of The Light's Bane by Dissection & Midian/Nymphetamine by Cradle of Filth (if those count). I have listened to De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem & a couple of Dimmu Borgir albums...but nothing much really stayed with me.

Basically I'm here now to ask for some recommendations of what is the best "Melodic" Black Metal I can be listening to.

I do want to give the genre a fair chance & it may make an interesting musical project for me in 2020.

So...I'm here...ready & waiting with a pen & paper to take down a list of recommendations.

👍

Some 90s classics might be a good place to start. I'm sure these have been mentioned in the thread, but to save you digging, here are a handful to get you going.

Naglfar - Vittra

 

Sacramentum - Far Away From The Sun

 

Here's the opening track from Dawn's Slaughtersun (I have to be in the right mood for these guys, more repetitive and long-winded than some others, still great though)

 

Here's "Shadows Follow" from Rotting Christ's Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers. They moved away from playing black metal on this album, but it's my favorite of theirs. If you want to hear a less refined and more black-metally take on this sound, check out their previous two albums, Thy Mighty Contract and Non Serviam.

 

 

Ulver's debut Bergtatt isn't exactly "melodic black metal" but there's a good amount of melody and some black metal on it. This is one of my all time favorite albums, rough edges and all. Not to be missed.

 

Since you've been into Obsequiae you may enjoy this obscure Finnish band, Fall Of The Leafe. Here's a track from their album Evanescent, Everfading, which was apparently a big influence on Obsequiae when they were starting up.

 

Depending on how you feel about any of these, I could probably recommend some more, let us know what you think about it all.

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Adding to what FA offered I'd say perhaps you'll enjoy 'The Somberlain' by Dissection since you enjoyed Storm of the Light's Bane. 'Cruelty and the Beast' by Cradle of Filth as well if you want to hear the pinnacle of their melodic/symphonic black metal sound. Other then that I can't offer too much without seeing how you respond to FA's suggestions.

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