The Best Black Metal Album

1.  Mgła - Exercises In Futility 247
2.  A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See 209
3.  Leviathan - Scar Sighted 91
4.  Misþyrming - Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu 43
5.  Ethereal Shroud - They Became The Falling Ash 31
6.  Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom 23
7.  Outre - Ghost Chants 18
8.  Volahn - Aq'Ab'Al 15
9.  Terzij De Horde - Self 12
  Batushka - Litourgiya (write-in vote) 12
11.  Myrkur - M (write-in vote) 11
12.  Akhlys - The Dreaming I (write-in vote) 10
  Marduk - Frontschwein (write-in vote) 10
14.  Tod Huetet Uebel - Malícia (write-in vote) 9
15.  Carach Angren - This Is No Fairytale (write-in vote) 8
  Moon - Render Of The Veils 8
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A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See

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The gentlemen's club of A Forest Of Stars came again from the 1890s to unleash their fourth album (already!). Once again, their unique take on atmospheric black metal is quite a masterful labyrinth of sound, featuring beautiful harmonies (oh my, those violin lines), gripping twisted atmospheres, all with psychedelic overtones. And, well, each time we thought they couldn't top themselves, we've been proven wrong; Beware The Sword… is as unique as ever, even by the band's own lofty standards. So come, come, get trapped in this surrealistic carnival ride!

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Ethereal Shroud - They Became The Falling Ash

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Extended black metal forays with a cavernous sound that entrance the listener with "Look Upon The Light" before bumping up the urgency and fury with "Desperation Hymn" and monstrous closer "Echoes In The Snow". Ethereal Shroud have managed to craft a captivating release.

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Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom

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A dark horse has entered the race with frightening force. What else could be said about a band that has just released their sophomore album yet demonstrates skills of veteran proportions? Balance is the key word when describing the meticulous work of these Russians. Grey Heaven Fall combines the writhing dissonance of black metal with the aggression of death metal but it does not end there. Intricate progressive sections and evocative melodies give plenty of room for this beast of an album to breathe and unleash its true potential.

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Leviathan - Scar Sighted

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After the mixed reception surrounding 2011's True Traitor, True Whore, Leviathan, the twisted offspring of Jef Whitehead, is back with Scar Sighted, and to say that the band has been reinvigorated with this album would be a massive understatement. It's everything Leviathan has ever been about: black metal of an oppressively heavy, uncompromising, and bleak variety, yet it also oozes with a mysterious dark ambient edge not too far off from the legendary Lurker Of Chalice. Nightmarish, violent, eerie, and perhaps more hypnotizing than ever before, Wrest has truly outdone himself with this one.

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Mgła - Exercises In Futility

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Don't bother to struggle as these protracted deathly plagues settle over you like the horrific mist that Mgła is. The latest effort from the Polish prophets of putrefaction teems with grating riffs of horrible, blackened misery that somehow manage to have incredible energy while still being bleak and dismal. It's hard to find pure, unfiltered black metal done so compellingly these days. You can really taste the futility.

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Misþyrming - Söngvar Elds Og Óreiðu

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There must be something in the water in Iceland, because the quality of black metal coming from there has always been at a high level. Misþyrming, formed in 2013, is no exception to this rule. Their music is dark with epic dissonant riffs, the drumming is fast yet very creative, and the vocals are perfectly settled in the mix. Also, don't forget about the beautiful cover art which looks even better on vinyl format.

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Moon - Render Of The Veils

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Have a fetish for drowning? Then look no further because Render Of The Veils will render all your thoughts of self and self-worth useless by making sure their relentless wall of sound drowns out everything else that's in your mind so only a cold void remains. Any suffocation aficionado is going to tell you how the fuzzy production is like being high on asphyxiating by angora rabbits.

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Outre - Ghost Chants

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Harnessing a great sense of songwriting & atmospherics reminiscent to bands such as Deathspell Omega, Poland's Outre have unleashed a fantastic black metal album of the highest quality. In a genre that was already so full of quality releases in 2015, Ghost Chants more than holds it own as the quality on display throughout its 37 minutes of groove-laden, dark, foreboding black metal belies the fact that this is only Outre's debut. This isn't just a young band with great potential for the future, Outre is a band for the here & now.

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Terzij De Horde - Self

Self sees more of the ugly chaotic mess of the prior works of Terzij De Horde, only now, for the first time, assaulting the listener in full-length format. Abrasive at times, atmospheric at others, this one also comes with a bibliography.

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Volahn - Aq'Ab'Al

Hailing from the intriguing Black Twilight Circle, Volahn's sophomore album serves as a perfect example of why this booming scene demands your immediate attention. Thundering melodies, galloping riffs, jaw-dropping songwriting mixed with psychedelic jams and improv. All these elements convey an almost animalistic sense of euphoria. Awaken that jaguar warrior within and celebrate this worthy offering to the Mesoamerican gods.

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