Today we observe five albums with strong black metal core, but extending out of the genre. Sometimes the metalheads add some related stuff from the neighboring styles. In other cases, the experiments lead to really different domains. As a result, these blackish outrages doesn’t indeed belong to the true black metal. What are they? Let’s see.
1. Helfró – Helfró (2020)
🇮🇸 For the greatest atmosphere, we should come to Iceland. The landscape is lava-cut, with ice and fire coming out close to each other.
And here, blackness meets heavy metal, this doesn’t mean the album is lighter – far from it. Cannon style drums, dense guitar riffs and fierce vocals, everything matching the ambience. The duo by Ragnar and Símon works better then the squad, knocking you out immediately as you only wish. Do you?
2. Wolf King – The Path of Wrath (2021)
🇺🇸 Black metal and hardcore go together not that often. Normally, you don’t get both in one time. However, California’s quartet Wolf King proceeds this infernal hybridization. Quite unexpected work and a brilliant bastard to make friends.
Great album for bashing your headб with the same tempo and insistence all way long. Turn the lights off, turn the sandglass, turn around in the end. The end is close to you, but don’t forget it’s eternal end.
3. Endezzma – The Archer, Fjord And The Thunder (2021)
🇳🇴 Take a place in the boat, and these vikings are going to deliver you to the underground world. Along the Styx, our journey lies. Don’t forget to paint your face white.
Endezzma comes from Norway, and they have an eye for black metal, as well as for lighter variations. That’s how their latest album sound. All into the pot, black, heavy, speed and a even a pinch of death, occasionally. Furious, artistic and epic.
4. Portrayal Of Guilt – We Are Always Alone (2020)
🇺🇸 And now, reverse. Can you imagine black metal fused with post-hardore and emo? Portrayal Of Guilt not only imagine, they do such a thing.
Sounding pretty much American, “We Are Always Alone” has a row of surprises to think of. Only a couple of lines for instance, Bathing in agony… My eyes roll back. Isn’t that optimistic enough?
The album is weird and distorted, just for sophisticated ears.
5. Fossilization – He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten (2021)
🇧🇷 Now, straight to Brazil, into the deepest jungle. A place where the death goes hand in hand with life.
The first minutes of the album may confuse you. Let them pass, considering just the intro. Then, you’ll get pure dark essence, cold and thrilling. Here, death and black metal come so much incorporated, say, organically balanced. Slowing down and speeding up in a moment, freezing you and burning afterwards. You decide what is more painful, haha.
6. Cryptic Shift – Visitations From Enceladus (2020)
🇬🇧 The final act for today’s compilation comes from Leeds, England. Cryptic Shift unveils their own approach to metal. The guys create overloaded, carefully entangled stuff to challenge your brains.
This is an interesting album appearing at the intersection of progressive death metal and something blackish. Resembling both what you might heard in your past and the things which you have never encountered. Strange and goosebumps delivering feeling, right?