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This is a list of my favorite black metal albums from the States (in order).

Created by: Bad Taste | 03.11.2011



1. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
2005
2. Weakling - Dead As Dreams
2000
3. Absu - Tara
2001
4. Cobalt - Eater Of Birds
2007
5. Leviathan - Tentacles Of Whorror
2004
6. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
2007
7. Nachtmystium - Instinct: Decay
2006
8. Xasthur - Telepathic With The Deceased
2004
9. Judas Iscariot - Distant In Solitary Night
1999
10. Velvet Cacoon - Genevieve
2004
11. Krallice - Krallice
2008
12. Woe - A Spell For The Death Of Man
2008
13. Panopticon - Panopticon
2008
14. Castevet - Mounds Of Ash
2010
15. Deafheaven - Roads To Judah
2011



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Alex Fenger - 10.04.2012 at 20:44  
I would use Gin for Cobalt, but overall it's a great list
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.04.2012 at 21:34  
Can't stand Krallice, and not particularly interested in Deafheaven (somehow calling them USBM seems very wrong) but very fine list otherwise. Don't think I've listened to Woe though.
tea[m]ster - 13.04.2012 at 01:27  
Hmm, only thing I like that's on this list is Wolves in The Throne room. Would I dig anything else then?
Troy Killjoy - 13.04.2012 at 01:34  
Written by tea[m]ster on 13.04.2012 at 01:27
Hmm, only thing I like that's on this list is Wolves in The Throne room. Would I dig anything else then?

Other bands from this list you should like (based on your taste in music): Deafheaven.

That's pretty much all, but if you took a shot in the dark with Velvet Cacoon, Castevet, or Lurker of Chalice, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 19:59  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 01:34

Written by tea[m]ster on 13.04.2012 at 01:27
Hmm, only thing I like that's on this list is Wolves in The Throne room. Would I dig anything else then?

Other bands from this list you should like (based on your taste in music): Deafheaven.

That's pretty much all, but if you took a shot in the dark with Velvet Cacoon, Castevet, or Lurker of Chalice, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Weren't Weakling supposed to be the band that WITTR were influenced by?
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 20:01  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 19:59

Weren't Weakling supposed to be the band that WITTR were influenced by?

But not as easy to listen to. Longer songs, rougher production etc.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 20:02  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 20:01

Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 19:59

Weren't Weakling supposed to be the band that WITTR were influenced by?

But not as easy to listen to. Longer songs, rougher production etc.

But definitely easier to listen to than Lurker and Leviathan.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 20:06  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 20:02

But definitely easier to listen to than Lurker and Leviathan.

I wouldn't call Lurker difficult to listen to all. Virtually nothing abrasiveness about the style and production. Mostly dark ambient with bit of acoustic guitars, female interludes etc here and there.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:06  
Written by tea[m]ster on 13.04.2012 at 01:27

Hmm, only thing I like that's on this list is Wolves in The Throne room. Would I dig anything else then?


You can also take a shot at Cobalt. I don't know about the album on the list but their latest called Gin is a damn fine album quite easy to ge tinto imo. Clear sound and interesting ideas overall.

Needless to say that the first place HAD to be Lurker Of Chalice. What a masterpiece of bitch black ambient tranquility yet still so easy to get.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:09  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:06


You can also take a shot at Cobalt. I don't know about the album on the list but their latest called Gin is a damn fine album quite easy to ge tinto imo. Clear sound and interesting ideas overall.

Really? I find Cobalt to be quite abrasive soundwise (post-songs/sections aside of course). I wouldn't recommend them to someone wanting anything melodic ;]

Quite a caustic sounding band.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:14  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:09

Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:06


You can also take a shot at Cobalt. I don't know about the album on the list but their latest called Gin is a damn fine album quite easy to ge tinto imo. Clear sound and interesting ideas overall.

Really? I find Cobalt to be quite abrasive soundwise (post-songs/sections aside of course). I wouldn't recommend them to someone wanting anything melodic ;]

Quite a caustic sounding band.


I dunno, I found them easy to dig. I just went along with the lines of "I won't recommend him anything that could be called just regular black".
Gin specially, at least stuff like the s/t song or Dry Body. Not that hard to get into and possibly enjoy.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:17  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:14


I dunno, I found them easy to dig. I just went along with the lines of "I won't recommend him anything that could be called just regular black".
Gin specially, at least stuff like the s/t or Dry Body. Not that hard to get into and possibly enjoy.

I found them easy to get into because they're balls-to-the-wall loud, unapologetically harsh and write amazing riffs. If Teamster can appreciate that then he's onto a winner.

Even so if this doesn't make your ears want to bleed and your teeth nearly shatter then there's something a bit wrong with you ;]

Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:25  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:17

I found them easy to get into because they're balls-to-the-wall loud, unapologetically harsh and write amazing riffs. If Teamster can appreciate that then he's onto a winner.

I don't know how different Eater Of Birds is to Gin as I haven't heard it. But Gin does sound easy to access and it's still a very rich and complex album with quite a sense of melody as far as I recall.

Quote:
Even so if this doesn't make your ears want to bleed and your teeth nearly shatter then there's something a bit wrong with you ;]

I found the song pretty headbang-friendly and I moved my left foot a lot. I don't understand how there's something wrong with me just for finding the song a very fun and bloodpumping tune.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:29  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:25

I don't know how different Eater Of Birds is to Gin as I haven't heard it.

Sorry all I read there was that you hadn't heard Eater of Birds. I don't think I know you any more, man.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:32  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:29

Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:25

I don't know how different Eater Of Birds is to Gin as I haven't heard it.

Sorry all I read there was that you hadn't heard Eater of Birds. I don't think I know you any more, man.


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!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:34  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:32


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Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:34
I see the infernal washing power "soap" opera has spread across the Earth to exotic lands...

I honestly don't know what you meant with that.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:37  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:35

I honestly don't know what you meant with that.

An example:

Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:41  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:37
An example:


Damn there were a couple of lines I did not unerstand at all because of the accent Funny stuff though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:44  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 21:41


Damn there were a couple of lines I did not unerstand at all because of the accent Funny stuff though.

If you're talking about 0.09 - 0.11 then I have no fucking clue what she's saying either. Something about a keg to a wine gum or something.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 21:46  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:44

If you're talking about 0.09 - 0.11 then I have no fucking clue what she's saying either. Something about a keg to a wine gum or something.


Hhahaha that part was exactly the one I had in mind. Fucked up english.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 21:56  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 20:06

Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 20:02

But definitely easier to listen to than Lurker and Leviathan.

I wouldn't call Lurker difficult to listen to all. Virtually nothing abrasiveness about the style and production. Mostly dark ambient with bit of acoustic guitars, female interludes etc here and there.

Really? If so, then I would say that they have risen to the top of my "To-Listen-To" list.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 21:57  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 21:56

Really? If so, then I would say that they have risen to the top of my "To-Listen-To" list.

Or maybe it's hard to listen to for you because for a black metal record it has barely any black metal in it

It's only considered a black metal album because of its associations with Leviathan. In my opinion.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 22:07  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:57

It's only considered a black metal album because of its associations with Leviathan. In my opinion.


There are still many traces of black metal in a couple of songs though. Also, like Lucas cleverly pointed out in his review;
Quote:
If you approach this purely on a theoretic, genre-based level you will come to the conclusion that this "Ambient Black Metal" album actually has way to few influences of Black metal to actually count as a Black metal album. But at the same time you cannot deny that there is something here that can only be there because of the background of the creator.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 22:10  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:07


There are still many traces of black metal in a couple of songs though. Also, like Lucas cleverly pointed out in his review;

That it exactly. It's ambient black metal in the more literal sense: black metal influenced dark ambient of sorts, rather than the Velvet Cacoon style of fuzzy ambient black metal.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 22:10  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:07

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:57

It's only considered a black metal album because of its associations with Leviathan. In my opinion.


There are still many traces of black metal in a couple of songs though. Also, like Lucas cleverly pointed out in his review;
Quote:
If you approach this purely on a theoretic, genre-based level you will come to the conclusion that this "Ambient Black Metal" album actually has way to few influences of Black metal to actually count as a Black metal album. But at the same time you cannot deny that there is something here that can only be there because of the background of the creator.


So can I say that it is Dark Ambient played with the mentality and the atmosphere of Black Metal?
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 22:12  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 22:10
So can I say that it is Dark Ambient played with the mentality and the atmosphere of Black Metal?


That's not a bad way to put it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.04.2012 at 22:12  
It neither counts specifically as dark ambient: it's too structured, neither is it a black metal record. It's both, neither and something more.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 22:18  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 22:12

It neither counts specifically as dark ambient: it's too structured, neither is it a black metal record. It's both, neither and something more.

Let's just say it's great music.

Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:12

Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 22:10
So can I say that it is Dark Ambient played with the mentality and the atmosphere of Black Metal?


That's not a bad way to put it.

Thanks for clearing it out.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 22:22  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 22:18

Thanks for clearing it out.


Hopefully you'll enjoy it. It's such a masterpiece of pitch black tranquility. Sometimes it's almost too calm if you know what I mean... Like you feel something behind you all the time, just watching.
Also, that album has in my humble opinion the best bass any BM album could ever have.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 22:24  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:22

Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 22:18

Thanks for clearing it out.


Hopefully you'll enjoy it. It's such a masterpiece of pitch black tranquility. Sometimes it's almost too calm if you know what I mean... Like you feel something behind you all the time, just watching.
Also, that album has in my humble opinion the best bass any BM album could ever have.

I'll start listening VERY SOON.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 22:35  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:22

Also, that album has in my humble opinion the best bass any BM album could ever have.

There is a contender.
Nagelfar's Srontgorrth.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 22:52  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 22:35

Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:22

Also, that album has in my humble opinion the best bass any BM album could ever have.

There is a contender.
Nagelfar's Srontgorrth.


Nah, not really... That album (a wonderful album btw) doesn't focus on bass nearly ass much as LoC considering that Nagelfar's main feature are their great synths and riff melody. The bass sound is dirtier and less warm. The bass in LoC on the other hand gets full focus even thought sometimes it's in the very background yet it always gets you with an extremely warm sound that just flows through your veins with it's highly hypnotic touch. LoC wouldn't be as much as the masterpiece that it is if it weren't for such bassy, pulsing and warm sound.

Or once again, Lucas said it best:

Quote:
No matter how eerie the riff, no matter how touching the acoustic guitar, no matter how hollow and desperate the vocals, no matter how estranging the samples or how subtly saddening the keyboard, the bass wins. Its thrusting power yet gentle touch, its pushing force yet warm and smooth charm. The bass is brilliant. He'll make your warm blood slowly creep through your veins and have you shiver of such strange, yet blissful feelings.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 23:01  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:52

Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 22:35

Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 22:22

Also, that album has in my humble opinion the best bass any BM album could ever have.

There is a contender.
Nagelfar's Srontgorrth.


Nah, not really... That album (a wonderful album btw) doesn't focus on bass nearly ass much as LoC considering that Nagelfar's main feature are their great synths and riff melody. The bass sound is dirtier and less warm. The bass in LoC on the other hand gets full focus even thought sometimes it's in the very background yet it always gets you with an extremely warm sound that just flows through your veins with it's highly hypnotic touch. LoC wouldn't be as much as the masterpiece that it is if it weren't for such bassy, pulsing and warm sound.

Or once again, Lucas said it best:

Quote:
No matter how eerie the riff, no matter how touching the acoustic guitar, no matter how hollow and desperate the vocals, no matter how estranging the samples or how subtly saddening the keyboard, the bass wins. Its thrusting power yet gentle touch, its pushing force yet warm and smooth charm. The bass is brilliant. He'll make your warm blood slowly creep through your veins and have you shiver of such strange, yet blissful feelings.


You may be right, but I've never heard anything like that tremolo-picked bass line in "Kapitel Eins", the one that precedes the first fast riff (Which also owns).
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2012 at 23:07  
Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 23:01

You may be right, but I've never heard anything like that tremolo-picked bass line in "Kapitel Eins", the one that precedes the first fast riff (Which also owns).


Well, I personally don't find it that unique, great bass though. You have to take notice that it's not necessarily about how unique the sound is but how much it enhances the music which is something that LoC was clearly among the very best at working on since it's the foundation of the album's overall unique sound, this last part can't be said about Nagelfar which foundations were very different.
Oaken - 23.04.2012 at 23:09  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2012 at 23:07

Written by Oaken on 23.04.2012 at 23:01

You may be right, but I've never heard anything like that tremolo-picked bass line in "Kapitel Eins", the one that precedes the first fast riff (Which also owns).


Well, I personally don't find it that unique, great bass though. You have to take notice that it's not necessarily about how unique the sound is but how much it enhances the music which is something that LoC was clearly among the very best at working on since it's the foundation of the album's overall unique sound, this last part can't be said about Nagelfar which foundations were very different.

Just listening to LoC and I have to say I agree about the bass.
tea[m]ster - 24.04.2012 at 01:18  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.04.2012 at 21:09

I wouldn't recommend them to someone wanting anything melodic ;]


I think Doctor was meaning it might fit my post/sludge/atmo phase I am in right now...would it?
!J.O.O.E.! - 24.04.2012 at 01:19  
Written by tea[m]ster on 24.04.2012 at 01:18


I think Doctor was meaning it might fit my post/sludge/atmo phase I am in right now...would it?

Well Gin has moments of post-rock/metal in it but it's still more black metal than post. Could be worth a shot though.
tea[m]ster - 24.04.2012 at 01:21  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 01:34

Deafheaven.


OMG, I was checking out a post/atmo list on another site (so sue me ) and Deafheaven - Roads To Judah is a rec! I will check it out Troy, thanks!
tea[m]ster - 24.04.2012 at 01:22  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 24.04.2012 at 01:19

Well Gin has moments of post-rock/metal in it but it's still more black metal than post. Could be worth a shot though.


Thanks Joey, I am on it.
Troy Killjoy - 24.04.2012 at 04:59  
Written by tea[m]ster on 24.04.2012 at 01:21
OMG, I was checking out a post/atmo list on another site (so sue me ) and Deafheaven - Roads To Judah is a rec! I will check it out Troy, thanks!

As if my review wasn't enough, you need an external list to convince you? For shame.

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