Oh, are we doing another theme week already?
Hey, I could have written that exact sentiment. When I was getting into metal, I thought I didn’t like black metal because I mainly checked out the stuff at the top of “all-time greatest black metal album lists”, which was almost exclusively second-wave bands like Emperor, Bathory, Mayhem, Immortal, Darkthrone, etc., and their direct descendants. As it turns out, I just don’t like “nonstop fury recorded on a Casio tapedeck in a public restroom”, but as some of those musical elements filtered out and merged with other ideas, I loved many of the results.
I’ve come around a bit on the traditional black metal bands, especially the ones that have better recording quality like Inquisition and Imperium Dekadenz, but most of my favorites go in wildly different directions. @armandopenblade, that’s a great set with many of my own favorites, particularly Primordial, Saor, and Agalloch.
My picks for enjoyable 2016 black metal releases are here and here.. Of those, my real favorites are Mare Cognitum, Netherbird, Sojourner, Mesarthim, Astronoid, Hail Spirit Noir, Hyperion, Oranssi Pazuzu, Borknagar, and Vredehammer. And here are a few more that I really like:
Thrawsunblat – folk/black. Their new album Metacthonia was high on my list for 2016, but I think I might like their previous album even more.
Obsequiae – medieval / melodic black
Falkenbach – viking
Summoning – dungeon synth-y Tolkien black
Dissection – symphonic black
Moonsorrow – folk/black