Morn Of Solace wrote:
Lots of really epic stuff has been relased lately, i'll try to pick few highlights of the genres you like per year:
2010 churned out two great avant-black discs, Scenes from Hell by sigh and Norrøn Livskate by Solefald, a great prog black record by Enslaved (Axioma Ethica Odini) and a local band here put out what i consider a sadly forgotten tech thrash masterpiece: Abuser's Threats of Fate
in 2011 came out Negative Plane's Stained glass revelations, really cool occult black metal, and Midnight odyssey's first record (great trippy atmospheric black influenced by Schulze and Tangerine dream) also it was the year of Vector's outer isolation, wich is really good, despite being a little worse than the album before
worthy of mention despite not being totally metal is the avantgarde masterpiece The agent that shapes the desert by Virus, an album that seemed to me the natural evolution of Ved Buens Ende's great work Written in waters, only more bluesy, concise and memorable
..and don't forget the great ep The sleeping gods by Enslaved, were they try a different style of music for each song, an intresting experiment
2012 is the year the Enslaved Album RIITIIR (they never fail to me) and Spectral Lore's crowning achievement Sentinel, if you like Deathspell omega you will worship it!
Also there was the nighmarish album by Ævangelist and the always good Sigh (who put out In Somniphobia)
There is also the first album by Hail spirit noir: retro prog mixed with black metal!
in 2013 came out an ep by a new Thrash promise: Deceptor. really good and original stuff, a trait hard to find in the genre now!
in black metal came out Cultes des Ghoules's Henbane, and the really really good mix of black, thrash and prog of Zemial's Nykta
Last year gave us two masterpieces of prog black in Hail Spirit Noir's Oi Magoi and Thantifaxath 's Sacred white noise, a incredible technical black metal album by Thy Darkened Shade, an inclassificable technical Sludge album (Gastronomicon by Slugdge) and another two greek classics by Varathorn and Spectral lore
I've probably missed twenty or more discs (for example i don't know well post-black metal) but those are the ones that are still on regular rotation on my cd player.. enjoy the hunt and sorry for my grammar! XD
by the way from this year i'm really enjoying New Midnight odissey, New Dodheimsgard (another one that seems an alternative evolution of Written in waters) New Leviathan, new Sigh, new Enslaved and a new Greek black promise: Katavasia!
Great post!! Thanks for these, most are new to me. I know and enjoy Hail Spirit Noir, Thantifaxath, Sigh, Leviathan, and Dodheimsgard but I haven't heard any of the other bands. With the exception of Cultes des Ghoules but I found them rather uninspiring.
First thing that comes to mind is this album by Situs Magus, definitely fits in with the Orthodox/Avant-garde Black metal scene that I'd ascribe a lot of those bands to and is really good in comparison to a lot of the copycats.
Also, theres already a thread regarding their upcoming album, but Mgla is an absolute essential. This is their newest track.
Mgla is hit or miss for me, a lot of their music is either great or boring and I can't decide how I truly feel for them. I'll give them another chance. I haven't heard of Situs Magus, however, and their style sounds right up my alley so I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks!
Let's start with black metal, I guess. This genre surely has been receiving the highest number of "unique" bands, since the fans seem to be turning themselves to the more experimental side, which is the greatest of the things, imo.A Forest Of Stars
- Any of their three first albums, I'd say. There's no band similar to them, except maybe for The Water Witch, which is a band with the same members.Hail Spirit Noir
's debut is unique. Psychedelic black metal with those hammond orgnas and everything that makes it feel like psychedelic rock of the 70s (or 80s I dunno =P)Oranssi Pazuzu
. Any album, if you don't know the band. Earlier they were sort of jazz influenced black, lately it's more to psychedelic black with some sludge thrown here and there.An Autumn For Crippled Children
would now be classified as blackgaze, but still has its own identity.
Don't even get me started on the more underground/experimental side of black metal with the sudden surge of bands like Cloak Of Altering
with their ugly yet formidable releases
Not to mention fusion of black bands with unexpected genres such as Verdunkeln
with gothic guitars on a raw approach of black metal, Semargl
mixing pop and black metal, Panopticon
's late efforts with bluegrass influenced post-black and so on.
Even the more stable symphonic black has some fresh names like The CNK
, newer Nokturnal Mortum
or Obsidian Chamber
I personally am more into lo-fi stuff lately, there's so much I could recommend from there, but it would feel like spam.
Let's try one or other name like Jute Gyte
, Gnaw Their Tongues
, Book Of Sand
I don't know much about sludge or thrash as I'd like unfortunately, so can't exactly help you there.
If you're into folk metal I could recommend bands like Saor
, Tengger Cavalry
... Basic every folk metal band which doesn't do nordic/viking/european-based folk which over-saturates the genre.
I've heard and enjoy a few of these but haven't heard Verdunkeln, Semargl, or the lo-fi stuff..
Botanist was good but their lo-fi turned me off a bit but it's also been a while since I've listened so I'll give it another shot. Not much on most sympho black but I'll give those bands a try as well. Already know and enjoy Saor but the other folk metal I'm not familiar with. I'll give 'em a shot. Thanks!
Keep 'em coming everybody.