This list displays the top 100 rated albums by average score, and is subject to change over time as more reviews are written. At least 2 reviews (or 1 legacy score) are required for an album to appear here.

This does not represent historically important or influential albums. For those, check out the Classic Black Metal Albums list.

Hungry for more? Be sure to check out the Top 250 Black Metal albums.

Reviews for Minenwerfer - Alpenpässe

Yes. My favorite Black Metal album. Where do I start? This album takes me to fascinating places musically speaking. From the first seconds you know that you are about to experience something ...

Avg. score:
97% 4.9 star rating
1 Review
+ Legacy score
Reviews for Taake - Hordalands Doedskvad
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97% 4.9 star rating
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Reviews for Nargaroth - Herbstleyd
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97% 4.9 star rating
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Reviews for Drudkh - Autumn Aurora

Extremely good album from an extremely good band from Ukraine. The atmosphere on this album is awesome, walking in the woods while listening to this is an insane sensation that really makes one feel ...

Avg. score:
96% 4.8 star rating
1 Review
+ Legacy score
Reviews for Drautran - Throne of the Depths
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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Lunar Aurora - Andacht
#6:

Andacht

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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Negură Bunget - Om
#7:

Om

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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Armagedda - Only True Believers
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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Inquisition - Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan
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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Nagelfar - Virus West
#10:

Virus West

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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Immortal - At the Heart of Winter
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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell
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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Satyricon - Nemesis Divina
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96% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black

What can be said about this album. It is truly an underrated masterpiece. There is nothing similar to it especially due to the use of an 8-string bass instead of a rythm guitar makes it unique. The ...

Avg. score:
96% 4.8 star rating
1 Review
+ Legacy score
Reviews for Nokturnal Mortum - Голос сталі (Voice of Steel)

To begin this review, I want everyone to know that Nokturnal Mortum is more than a black metal band, they are some genius of the music industry and this album is the proof. In this review I will ...

Avg. score:
95% 4.8 star rating
2 Reviews
+ Legacy score
Reviews for Alchemyst - Nekromanteion
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Lunar Aurora - Hoagascht
#17:

Hoagascht

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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Taake - Noregs Vaapen
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Ascension (DEU) - Consolamentum
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II (Dialogue with the Stars)
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Inquisition - Nefarious Dismal Orations
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for IXXI - Assorted Armament
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Ravencult - Temples of Torment
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Merrimack - Of Entropy and Life Denial
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Wolves in the Throne Room - Diadem of Twelve Stars
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Taake - Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Nagelfar - Srontgorrth
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Aura Noir - Black Thrash Attack
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I (Fathers of the Icy Age)
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Burzum - Filosofem
#30:

Filosofem

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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Cradle of Filth - Dusk and Her Embrace
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Marduk - Opus Nocturne
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Mayhem (NOR) - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
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95% 4.8 star rating
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Reviews for Kommodus - Kommodus
#36:

Kommodus

The self-titled Kommodus album is a different animal compared to the previous demos released. The riffs are much more thrashy and catchy, and the production is much more crisp (well, crisp for Raw ...

Avg. score:
94% 4.7 star rating
1 Review
+ Legacy score
Reviews for Faceless Entity - The Great Anguish of Rapture
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Sumerian Tombs - Sumerian Tombs
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Horna - Kuoleman Kirjo
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Mgła - Age of Excuse
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Mosaic - Old Man's Wyntar
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Cultes des Ghoules - Henbane
#43:

Henbane

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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Thy Darkened Shade - Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Evilfeast - Wintermoon Enchantment
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Otargos - No God No Satan
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Drowning the Light - An Alignment of Dead Stars
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Drudkh - Microcosmos
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for The Ruins of Beverast - Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Horna - Sanojesi Äärelle
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Walknut - Graveforests and Their Shadows
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Zuriaake / 葬尸湖 - 弈秋 (Afterimage of Autumn)
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for The Ruins of Beverast - Unlock the Shrine (Reliquary of the White Abyss)
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Nargaroth - Geliebte des Regens
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Watain - Casus Luciferi
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Deathspell Omega - Inquisitors of Satan
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Xasthur - Nocturnal Poisoning
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Absu - Tara
#60:

Tara

Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Belenos - Errances Oniriques
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Windir - 1184
#62:

1184

Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Cirith Gorgor - Onwards to the Spectral Defile
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Borknagar - The Olden Domain
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Nagelfar - Hünengrab im Herbst
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Judas Iscariot - Thy Dying Light
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Poccolus - Poccolus
#68:

Poccolus

Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Sacramentum - Far Away from the Sun
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Vinterland - Welcome My Last Chapter
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Blut Aus Nord - Ultima Thulée
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Enthroned - Prophecies of Pagan Fire
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Gorgoroth - Pentagram
#76:

Pentagram

Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Impaled Nazarene - Ugra-Karma
#79:

Ugra-Karma

Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
Legacy score:
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Bathory - Blood Fire Death

Bathory is a band that no one needs to explain anything about! (Quorthon didn't find the need to explain it, so why should we?). It's magic. Black Metal wouldn't have been like it is if it wasn't for ...

Avg. score:
93% 4.7 star rating
1 Review
+ Legacy score
Reviews for Abbath - Dread Reaver
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Midnight (USA) - Let There Be Witchery
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Beltez - A Grey Chill and a Whisper
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Inquisition - Black Mass for a Mass Grave
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Gratzug - Zeitgeist
#87:

Zeitgeist

Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Murg - Strävan
#88:

Strävan

Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Forteresse - Thèmes pour la Rébellion

A pure masterpiece, this is what this album is. I have never heard something like this before. The first time I listened to this, I was shocked. I was like, how is it possible to make something this ...

Avg. score:
93% 4.7 star rating
2 Reviews
Reviews for Mgła - Exercises in Futility
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Fluisteraars - Dromers
#91:

Dromers

Despite seeing the name Fluisteraars pop up frequently in the site's searches over the years, I had never managed to bring myself round to actually checking them out. There was evidently some kind of ...

Avg. score:
93% 4.7 star rating
2 Reviews
Reviews for Gratzug - Offenbarung
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Aldaaron - Suprême Silence
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Árstíðir Lífsins - Vápna Lækjar Eldr
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Rahu - The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Sektemtum - Aut Caesar, Aut Nihil
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Wodensthrone - Curse
#99:

Curse

Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Icon of Phobos - Icon of Phobos
Legacy score:
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93% 4.7 star rating
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