THIS YEAR MY PLAYLIST NOT ONLY REFLECTS WHAT TOUCHED ME THE MOST, BUT ALSO THE LEVEL OF COMPULSIVE PLAYING:
HERE IS MY FINAL TOP 10.
STILLA Till Stilla Falla
Jaw-dropping. And this is just the beginning...
ORANSSI PAZUZU Valonielu
Another stunning journey, unique music from brilliant minds.
CULT OF FIRE मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
Mystical stormer of the year: glorious!
THRONE OF KATARSIS The Three Transcendental Keys (Candlelight)
Utterly grim and esoteric, one of the very few superior-quality BM albums of 2013.
Delightfully vivid and warmly polished.
VYRE The Initial Frontier Pt.1
Science & black metal, hand in hand: that’s what I like to see.
NOCTE OBDUCTA Umbriel
A beautiful nostalgic moment.
DE ARMA Lost Alien & Forlorn
Melancholy urban torment, touchingly real.
MOVIMENTO D’AVANGUARDIA ERMETICO Lacrime degli Dei
Encapsuling the spirit of the aristocratic hermit. Very close to home in many ways…
SELIM LEMOUCHI & HIS ENEMIES Earth Air Spirit Water Fire
Exuding a wonderful, virile sense of individual freedom.
MORE HIGHLY APPRECIATED ALBUMS, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
(I must be mad to spend all night uploading these covers, but they are all works of art going hand in hand with the music, and deserve our utmost respect)
Superbly made, evoking painful personal ghosts…
Architects of darkness.
AOSOTH IV – An Arrow in Heart
Still a dark force to reckon with.
BATTLE DAGORATH Cursed Storm of Ages
From the depths of the cosmos: breathtaking!
BEASTMILK Climax (Svart)
Takes me back, done with superb energy and honesty.
CAMERATA MEDIOLANENSE VirtuteHonor Bellezza
Ah, the beautiful music…
CYNIC Kindly Bent to Free Us
EPHEL DUATH Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness
Astonishingly powerful, evoking within me a soreness so deep and painful that I’ve had to avoid prolonged exposure: I hope this will wane in time…
EREB ALTOR Fire Meets Ice
Captivating: it does what it says on the sleeve!
EUDAIMONY Futile (Cold Dimensions)
An unexpected jewel.
FINNR’S CANE A Portrait Painted by the Sun
Glowingly romantic, as masters Drudkh can be.
Cold, freezing cold.
Always a fan of Tim Yatras.
HEXVESSEL Iron Marsh
Growing to new hights…
IHSAHN Das Seelenbrechen
Top class, not one contrived moment from the maestro.
KATATONIA Dethroned and Uncrowned
KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR Metal Fist Destroyer
Featuring members of Esoteric, the wonderful-unforgettable Lunar Aurora, and Omega Centauri: atmospheric avantgardness that promises much...
LORN Subconscious Metamorphosis
Staggering inner lanscapes.
LUX DIVINA Possessed by Telluric Feelings
Very touching and organic.
MONARQUE Lys Noir
Blustery, melancholy Québécoise BM: a welcome return!
MOURNING BELOVETH Formless
NEIGE ÉTERNELLE Neige Éternelle
More BM from Québec: energetically belligerant in this lackluster year for the purists of the genre.
NHOR Within the Darkness between the Starlight
Sublime mystical pantheism.
OFFICIUM TRISTE Mors Viri
SINK Holy Testament
Fascinating ritualistic black-drone managed with measure.
THE DEVIL’S BLOOD Tabula Rasa
THE FALL OF EVERY SEASON Amends
THE RUINS OF BEVERAST Blood Vaults
A gripping story, superbly captivating live.
Mature, passionate, universal.
VAURA The Missing
Great darkwave/post-punk courtesy of Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts, Dysrhythmia.
Aesop IS underground music: utterly contagious!!
VOIVOD Target Earth
A superlative return, a triumph!
VV.AA. Converge, Rivers of Hell
All of Dis Pater’s dark creatures (Midnight Odyssey, The Crevices Below e Tempestuous Fall) rolled in one!
MY FAVORITE EPs:
Fragments - A Mythological Excavation
SELIM LEMOUCHI & HIS ENEMIES
Mens Animus Corpus
GIFT OF GODS