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Leviathan - Tentacles of Whorror is pretty dope
or Endless Dismal Moan from Japan is blistering
(new in that their debut album was out fairly recently)
If you like progressive BM, I'd recommend
Kailash (only tinges of black metal)
but these were some of my favourite BM style things released in 2009:
Altar Of Plagues : White Tomb (debut album of very good Irish 'post' BM group)
Amesoeurs : Ameseurs (not hugely BM, but a few touches here and there mixed with a post-punk sound)
Blut Aus Nord : Memoria Vetusta II
Brown Jenkins : Death Obsession
Cobalt : Gin (which was also one of the best albums released in any genre last year)
Drudkh : Microcosmos (they also released a lot of their older albums, which on the whole are excellent)
Gnaw Their Tongues - All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity
Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough
Portal - Swarth
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Hope that helps
+ some of the above. Not necessarily new.
Raspberry Bulbs is one of Bone Awl - still punky, primitive and noisy. Demo tape all gone gone gone (probably only made 1 or something), get it here: http://lockjaw-yappy.blogspot.com/2009/11/raspberry-bulbs-finally-burst-demo-2009.html
Ash Borer - like Wolves/Fauna kind of grandiose epicness. Killed their myspace to replace it with a blog, but it's still there: www.myspace.com/ashborer with the two demo tracks to listen to.
Ov Hell - if you want to get ridiculous for a bit, this is a supergroup featureing Shagrath, King and Frost. If you know who those all are, then you'll probably dig this. www.myspace.com/ovhell
Petrychor - http://petrychor.com/ - Might be your new favourite band! Dryad ep is free to download from their site: 3 tracks of folk-waveBM, pastoral double kick drums / Grim and light post-WITTR shoegazedrone.
Pyramids & Nadja – Nadja maybe you know already , not BM but Pyramids are a crazy psychBM band from Texas. Put the two together (with a whole load of other hairy dudes)and they create BLACKBLISSDRONESCAPES! Beautiful.
Carrion Wraith - www.myspace.com/carrionwraith - super frosty Burzum worship from Canada. This is pure groove all the way.
Weapon – Indian/Canadian one man band (with a full band to help him….confusingly)! album Drakonian Paradigm has lots of ancient eastern occultism in it – similar to Teitanblood in lyrical content. Worth understanding, for once. www.myspace.com/theweaponchakra
Teitanblood – not totally black metal, not totally anything easily definable though – right off the end of murky, deep skanky bestial horror – dense, airless, disgusting. Really have to listen to this all the way through and get sucked into it. A genuine work of art. In my top 5 albums of last year (No. 4 actually!) http://www.last.fm/music/Teitanblood/+videos/+1--Dyq0WAPrPI
Slagmaur – Cold Norwegian lunacy! Not brand new, but their new album is full of well placed samples, paranoia, creepy atmosphere and unhinged psychosis. Seriously sounds like it’s coming apart at the seams but it’s so orchestrated and composed– extra scary! - http://www.last.fm/music/Slagmaur
Diamatregon – Again, not a new band but - French BM on tUMULt label. That’s all that needs be said really. Third album is a cavernous occult ritual with trancy build ups and those rippling cascades of treble that rip you sideways. This track, Calvaire is in my top 20 of 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuj2cgHc_eQ&feature=related
Law Of The Rope – www.myspace.com/lawoftherope - Released one awesome record on NNF a couple of years ago that got missed because they’re not a BM label . Real high pitched screechy eerie vocals, distorted tone wash and deep riffs. New ep Age of Tallow mastered by James Plotkin, so you know its pretty dark stuff.
Last, but not least at all – the Black Twilight Circle of bands – Ashdautas, Kuxan Suum, Volahn, Axeman, Mata Mata, Arizmenda, Kallathon,
Incidentally – What are people’s thoughts on the new Burzum album? or is that a whole thread in itself?
that is nearly impossible to read!
as I have no particular interest in giving Varg any of my money. Is it worth it?
I have all the records all 2nd hand. Anyways...
I've only given it two listens so far too early to cast any real opinions - but the buzz seems pretty meaty on it though and its got its groove on. I was surprised at how similar it sounds to Filosofem but with a bit more modern production. In fact, I was doubting whether it is actually brand new - It feels like this is some kind of prank somehow - I thought he only had access to synths in prison but this sounds like he's not lost his touch on the guitar. weird.
Sounds like it's worth an hour or so of my time, I'll download it somewhere and give it a listen.
This seems like the same kind of cynical 'wheeling out the freak' that they did with Brian Wilson a few years ago to promote Smile. I can't imagine he's totally up for this.
I downloaded Belus this morning, and although I had low expectations I'm actually quite impressed. Varg can still write a pretty awesome buzzing hypnotic riff it seems. I like the clean singing and spoken word bits too. The Black Metal songs aren't quite as good as the ones on filosofem, but in its favour it doesn't have any of his ropey ambient keyboard stuff spoiling things.
The last 2 tracks are especially effective as flowing textual pieces, and that final fade out is really nicely weighted. Shame Belus Dod isn't quite the match for Jesu Dod that it would suggest, but it's a godo title - funny...ish. I'm kind of surprised his vocals have kept so limber, or maybe there's loads of post production on them.
Yeah - still got the buzz going on.
In other news - the new Ash Pool is proper rockin'! Really like it, especially the psycho-hysteria vokkils.
But really not getting on with that Nadja split. I'm not the biggest Nadja fan to start off with to be honest, but the vocals kinda kill it for me.
Liking the sound of Law Of The Rope. Wondering why on earth it came out on NNF, but then listened to the second track, which definitely has a deep pysch sound buried under that lo-fi howl.
totally won over by the vocals in that split - but listen to the last track 'An Angel Was Heard...' It's amazing, like some kind of new music.
Yeah, get deep into Law Of the Rope. they're not normal BM, even the name is like a Western film title. not very frosty!
Cheers guys, this should keep me going for a bit.
Now I'm home I've got three more massive things I forgot about earlier staring at me:
Palace of Worms - www.myspace.com/tattooedinworms - new album The Forgotten is layers of dynamic atmposphere - like Xasthur but rockier, like Craft plus post-whatever you chuck at it and Watain with s shard of light piercing it's heart.
Kerasphorus - www.myspace.com/kerasphorus - new band from people in Angelcorpse, Revenge and Horn of Dagoth - low slung gutter buzz. Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn released on Nuclear War Now.
Fell Voices - http://www.myspace.com/fellvoicesca - fierce and skkuzzy - Bone Awl styles extendeded out to an 12" of 2 tracks of ferocious jams to 20 minutes, superloud, white noise ambience. All killer and you will be slain.