Posted by Imperator on 20th February, 2022 @ 08:24 UTCBy Imperator on 20-02-2022 @ 08:24 UTC

As the years go by, I'm thinking the Classic Black Metal Albums section is probably now missing a few albums worthy of the title.

They don't necessarily have to be albums from the 80s and 90s, as enough time has passed and enough evolution has happened for releases from around 2000-2010 (or perhaps even stretching to around 2015) to be considered classics also. Albums that have not simply come and gone, but have withstood the test of time and become perennial favourites across the Black Metal community as a whole.

Primordial's "To The Nameless Dead"? Caladan Brood's "Echoes of Battle"? Nokturnal Mortum's "Voice of Steel"? Even Deafhaven's "Sunbather" perhaps? Not my cup of tea but I often see it cited as a landmark album for post-BM.

Feel free to drop any suggestions here.

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Personally I think "Tales of Othertime" might be reaching that level, I'm not sure yet but the heavy acclaim it receieved last year and even this year is making it a possible contender for me. Not quite as popular but still acclaimed to an extent, "A Diabolic Thirst" by Spectral Wound is a pretty solid album and may count as a modern classic if we are talking SUPER modern. I may get some scoffs for this but Zeal and Ardor's self titled album that released this year is an absolute statement and an extremely unique black metal entry, even though the whole album does not stay black metal all the time.
Judas Iscariots "To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding" may also be another possible one even though it was released back in 2007 so might not qualify as "modern"

I specified "modern" because I think most potential candidates before around 2000 are already marked as Classic, and so that people won't be shy with their suggestions, but basically any suggestion from 1980 up to around 2015 (max) is welcome.

For anything released after 2015 I'd rather wait a couple of years and re-assess before committing. Maybe a good rule of thumb would be that it has to be at least 10 years old. Maybe 8 years, we'll see.

You're totally right about "To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding" but I can confirm it's already marked as Classic, along with a few other Judas Iscariot releases.

I really should check out "Tales of Othertime" one of these days, cheers for that

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