Mayhem, Immolation, Satyricon, Vried, some Akercocke, Helheim, Marduk...The list is long and loud.

I don't see much discussion about newer bands like Krallice, Wolves in the Throne Room, Lurker of Chalice, Hellsaw, Fear Falls Burning, and Austere. Hellsaw is more straight forward, while the rest are more...almost ambient.

Sometimes I like the bludgeoning, sometimes the musicality like Dimmu Borgir, and sometimes the atmospherics of a band like Austere. Every genre sems to have a sub-genre. What are your preferences and band recommendations? I'm always open to new bands.

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I'll say...yeesh
Methis, thanks so much for the links and recommendations. I subscribe to so I'll look these up and download some when my subscription renews next month.

I was listening to Vesania just today! I am a huge Behemoth fan and found Vesania through Inferno.

Hmm, I'll bump an old topic I to this group, massive extreme metal nerd, so this is right up my alley.

Black Metal must be appreciated from the beginning with the Norwegian bands. You hit Mayhem, but absolutely need Burzum, early Emperor, early Darkthrone, and Gorgoroth. Almost every element in modern black metal comes spawns somewhere in that list. Dimmu Borgir's first two are pretty good, in my personal opinion it starts going off the rails into some kind of rock hybrid from that point forward.

Modern bands, I really like Averse Sefira. I think they took the more orthodox standard of traditional black metal, and really made some leaps in the melodic implementation and lyrical focus. Deathspell Omega made some pretty awesome sounding albums; lyrically corny which means I can't really consider it as good as it could be. If you want something really abstract and bleak, I would have to second Methis in suggesting Darkspace. They do a fantastic job of taking the "isolated in the woods" aesthetic and transferring it to an "isolated in outer space" one.

Just making my first listen to Ajattara right now....I am going to have to check out some more of this!

Just a nitpick...Immolation (one of my favorite bands) really is death metal.
Not a are correct. Should have said Immortal.

You and Methis have opened my ears to Darkspace. Your "outer space" description is spot on and I am impressed by them.

I've tried listening to Burzum but I just can't find the taste for it.

Speaking of Emperor, have you picked up Ihsahn's new album? I haven't heard the whole thing yet. What are your thoughts?

Some other new ones I recommend:

The new Troll, Abigor and Marduk (h/t Mayokitty) abums are very good.

Looking forward to new Vreid, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Keep of Kalessin, and of course, Dimmu Borgir this year!
I haven't gotten around to listening to all of Aealo yet, but so far it seems to be a pretty solid album if not one of Rotting Christ's strongest albums. Between the two 2010 metal albums released so far that I've listened to (the other being Sigh's Scenes from Hell) I'd easily pick Aealo as the better one even with Sigh being one of my favorite bands.

I didn't know Dimmu Borgir were releasing another album this year, that's good news.
I make black and white music videos on my YouTube channel; Here's a sample of my depressive black metal vids. Hope you like them.

i basically like all black metal but have to say my top 2 are dark funeral and belphegor (blackened death metal), there 2 really great bands. stuff like mayhem is also the way to go 2.




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