The Best Black Metal Album

1.  Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse 156
2.  Gris - À l'âme enflammée, l'äme constellée... 132
3.  Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अ 114
4.  Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu 111
5.  Progenie Terrestre Pura - U.M.A 93
6.  Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus 68
7.  Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart 47
8.  Watain - The Wild Hunt (write-in vote) 41
9.  Autolatry - Native 37
10.  Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom 29
11.  Lychgate - Lychgate 23
12.  Satyricon - Satyricon (write-in vote) 19
13.  Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury (write-in vote) 15
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Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart

Aosoth are pure malevolence incarnate. Their death-like black metal will pierce the heart of many fans of the genre with an unrelenting arrow storm of riffs and its unrelentingly thick texture. The two parts "Broken Dialogue" breaks through the barrage of black metal with the use of spoken word to convey the album's truly evil and cold nature with alarming clarity. This new effort is certainly not one for the faint of heart.

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Autolatry - Native

...And here comes a dark horse. Autolatry might be a young band yet they do not need a presentation besides their well-crafted music. Incredible riff progressions and a unique identity given to each song, make Native one of the most versatile black metal albums of the year. Their brand of black metal ranges from prog to groove-infested riffs, with even a sax in the mix. The performance and compositions are so full of charisma, that sections like the second half of "Pale Dishonor" will make you smile. How many black metal bands can really do that?

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Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus

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Iceland's Carpe Noctem have created something truly remarkable here. From the artwork to the lyrics & music itself, everything has been carefully woven together to create a conceptual debut album that is as haunting as it is hypnotizing. In Terra Profugus takes you on a beautiful yet nightmarish journey by employing such fantastic songwriting skills that suck you in, and wrapping it all up in an intense intoxicating atmosphere that never lets you go.

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Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अ

The sophomore effort from these talented Czechs raises their bar higher than ever, plunging the listener deep into a savage world of blast beats and Hindu death gods, all wrapped up in a transcendental layer of Eastern tones. Negură Bunget if they were Indian? Quite likely so.

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Gris - À l'âme enflammée, l'äme constellée...

Perhaps the most emotionally gripping and beautiful black metal release of the year, À l'âme enflammée, l'äme constellée... will likely go down as a classic in the Métal Noir Québecois scene. An intricate, grandiose album dripping with passion and sorrow, it takes its time warming up to you just as it slowly builds its desolate atmosphere. The classical instrumentation and sorrowful melodies combine to make for a long and painful journey, but the reward of staying the path is well worth it.

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Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse

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Fans of Inquisition know what to expect by now: aggressive no-frills straightforward black metal backed by dying frog growls and a complete lack of bass. Every song offers its own fresh take on how brutal black metal should be, battering the listener with occult-themed blackened dissonance while retaining enough of an eerie atmosphere to settle things down momentarily. A suffocating listen with a ton of bite, Obscure Verses For The Multiverse has received its due praise from the trve crvsaders.

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Lychgate - Lychgate

Lychgate's self-titled debut is one that balances black metal's opposing forms brilliantly, switching back and forth between the upbeat brutal aspects of the style, slowing things down when called for with a doom-like atmosphere that adds a certain degree of sorrow to the mix. Symphonic elements make their presence known immediately, which are buoyed by progressive song structures and haunting melodies.

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Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu

Oranssi Pazuzu have ventured well beyond their black metal orbit with Valonielu. With psychedelia at their core the band makes moves into the unfamiliar environs of their third album, a strange place characterised by coherent rhythms and lucid percussion but with an eye-popping array of distortion and effects. This is black metal that is rhythmically hypnotizing and well beyond bizarre.

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Progenie Terrestre Pura - U.M.A

U.M.A. is a black metal environment of a very different and spacey kind in its invitation of wave after wave of electronic effects to create an atmosphere the genre has never witnessed before. Its wall of black metal is lined with many ambient windows which offer the listener a unique glimpse into the uncharted and unexplored. A thoroughly engrossing experience.

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Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom

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The one man project of H.V. Lyngdal, Wormlust's debut is an eerie blend of black metal and and hypnotizing ambient landscapes, coming from none other than the dark tundras of Iceland. Bears some slight resemblances to Oranssi Pazuzu and some of Mories' work here and there, but still retains enough of an identity to be held as unquestionably original.

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