Last week I posted some of my favorite Second Wave black metal from Norway and Sweden, and this week I continue the project. For those readers just joining us, I should briefly re-explain what this is all about.
At a time when record nerds are swooning over the pathetic USBM scene and headbangers are turning to the hack Sarcofago clones on labels like Hell's Headbangers, it's important to remember that black metal really doesn't have to sound like this at all. The Scandinavians opened up so much fertile artistic territory, and it has been shamefully neglected by posers and trendies of all stripes. Here are three more bands, the true elite of black metal.
Listen for 1:10. One of the most badass choruses of any black metal song ever. Sacramentum effortlessly write riffs that wouldn't be out of place in Romantic symphonies, but their music isn't just gorgeous. Listen to those bashing 80s style drums under the ornate harmonies. The juxtaposition is savage. And the vocalist is a beast.
Wait for 00:40. Just when you think "Darkside" is going to be an above-average example of Norsecore, they bust out this absurdly evil mid-paced riff. One of the most aggressive and Satanic bands to come out of this scene. You can hear how much Necrophobic inspired Watain.
You've heard Enslaved, but have you heard THIS Enslaved? From an early split with Emperor that is probably the best single black metal recording ever released. Listen to how they've totally reinterpreted punk riff structures. You can actually hear Discharge in there. It never gets boring, and at 11:23 all Hel breaks loose. This is one of the most powerful, most profound black metal tracks (spells?) I have ever heard. The first and last word on grim.