The Black Metal Mixtape (Side B)

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Last week we gave you the history. This week we give you the music. Specifically, our own unsung black metal albums.

We run the gaumt from OG trve kvlt Black Circle made Norwegian Black Metal, to the more recent third wave hipster fare. Along the way we touch on other stuff from different periods too. It’s quite a journey.

Look, we can’t pretend the albums we picked aren’t problematic. There are of course many musicians involved in black metal and it’s myriad of subgenres who are not problematic. Yet somehow the lore around this music means that people who like the tunes are often drawn to the more outlandish figures. You can make up your own mind of course - and we’d forgive you if you think talking about records from guys who have done some fucked up stuff is a bit too much for you.

All we ask is that you take some time to listen to the music for music’s sake. At least then you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve given it a bash, even if separating art and artist is more difficult for some than it is for others.

In the end, as ever, only you can decide. Vote below.

And do tell/tag a friend. Thank you.

P.S. Chris has enclosed his own black metal and black metal adjacent playlist for your listening pleasure. Do give it a whirl.