Fetid Zombie - Transmutations
Noltem - Illusions in the Wake
...Transcending Obscurity black metal bands, on the other hand, are a little more diverse, as evidenced by Noltem. Unlike, say, Plasmodium, Noltem is a lot more atmospheric; I found myself wandering out and starting up at the stars quite a bit during this workout. Also love that album art.
Hexorcist - Evil Reaping Death
I owe the biggest apology of all to Hexorcist, because all I can think to say about Evil Reaping Death is that it is exactly what you think it is when you hear that name in just the absolute best way.
Korpituli - Ancient Spells of the Past
Pretty exciting melodic black metal that harkens back to the first (or is it second?) wave bands while also doing its own thing. Less atmospheric or ambient than just really, truly melodic.
Lykhaeon - Opprobrium
I remember thinking that Opprobrium reminded me a lot of listening to a Behemoth album, only without that nagging voice in the back of your head reminding you that Nergal is just a shit. Dark, serious black metal that goes to some really, really cool places.
Solipsism - Cruelty and Necrospection
Rollicking raw black metal album, but despite that intended lack of production, there is a lot more melody here than I was anticipating. Like a staggering amount, especially based on what I initially thought I was getting in to.
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