Top 10-20 Favorite Black Metal Albums
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1. Anaal Nathrakh - Eschaton
This album is just pure chaos. The riffs and vocals, especially the ones done by Atilla, are insane. It's just so diverse and brutal that I can't help but make this number one.
2. Destroyer 666 - Phoenix Rising
This is another perfect album, highlighted by awesome melodies and song structures filled with massive hooks and epic riffing. I'm truly sad when the album is over!
3. Ulver - Bergtatt
Garm is one of my favorite vocalists in general - his harsh voice is equally as good as his clean singing. That, plus the added pianos and the whole cold vibe spewed from this album makes it one of my all time favs.
4. Funeral Mist - Salvation
Arioch has such a powerful voice. The lyrics are also fun to read, and lets not forget about the choirs!!
5. Drudkh - Autumn Aurora
This is probably the most relaxing album I have. Granted, the first half is way better than the second, but it's almost impossible to top the first couple songs. Too bad I only have a burned copy
6. Emperor - Equilibrium
I haven't listened to Emperor much lately, but I think it's safe to say that this is their most diverse album that they ever made. Ihsahn showed here that he can do more than just growl, and the instruments still give off a sense of rushed instensity while still being catchy.
7. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
8. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
It's strange how a band as old as Mayhem didn't release their true masterpiece until last year. The guitar tone is dark as hell, and Atilla sounds like satan.
9. Anaal Nathrakh - The Codex Necro
10. Marduk - Rom 5:12
Arioch (Funeral Mist) single-handedly made Marduk a legitimate black metal band. I really don't care for their older albums (Opus Nocturne is kinda cool), but turning Marduk from "Norsecore" to religious black metal couldn't have been a better plan.
11. Darkspace - I
Yeah, the production sucks, but I couldn't imagine this album any other way. The atmosphere is unreal, and it makes the listener feel like they're in space.
12. Dimmu Borgir - Stormblast
13. Darkthrone - Sardonic Wrath
I prefer this over any other Darkthrone album because it's catchy and unpredictable. The last song is doom as fuck!
14. Deathspell Omega - Kenose
15. Immortal - Damned in Black
I'm not a big fan of Immortal, but Damned in Black almost feels like a thrash album to me.
16. Watain - Sworn to the Dark
I didn't like this CD at first, but it quickly grew on me. I can never get the title track out of my head!
17. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
Sadly, I overplayed this to the max. But, at one time this was one of my favorite albums in general. The riffing is crazy good, and it's basically thrash!
18. Corpus Christii - Rising
This is definitely Nocturnus Horrendus' best album. Even though it's really melodic, it still maintains a dark vibe.
19. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
Garm is so cool...
20. Deathspell Omega - Manifestations 2002
I don't think Manifestations 2000-2001 counts because it's a compilation of older material from splits and shit, but Manifestations 2002 is all previously unreleased material, so I figured that it counts. Forget about the philosophical lyrics and the sometimes pretentious moments that Deathspell Omega has in their music nowadays - this is just pure orthodox black metal.
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