INTO THE BLACK

LORDS OF CHAOS direc­tor JONAS ÅKERLUND puts to­gether a black metal starter pack for new­com­ers…

Kerrang! (UK) - - The Inside Track -

BATHORY BATHORY(1984) “The first Scan­di­na­vian black

metal al­bum, be­fore the genre even ex­isted. Ev­ery black metal band since has been try­ing to reach the same level of dark­ness, but no-one has even come close. Quorthon is the god­fa­ther of that scene and will for­ever hold that ti­tle.”

DEATHCRUSH MAY­HEM(1987)

“The most evil of black metal and the birth of true Nor­we­gian black metal. It’s an el­e­men­tal force from a bunch of teenage Nor­we­gian chil­dren. Where the dark­ness of this EP came from is hard to un­der­stand… but this en­ergy was the be­gin­ning of bad and sad events.”

TRANSILVANIAN HUNGER DARKTHRONE(1994)

“A clas­sic. It’s not fuck­ing metal, not thrash, no Swedish ‘life metal’ bull­shit, it’s true fuck­ing black metal. Darkthrone were the first band in Nor­way with this sound and im­age. They’re un­der­rated, but still the strong­est and best from the Nor­we­gian scene.”

CASUS LUCIFERI WATAIN(2003)

“Black metal started in Swe­den with Bathory, and with Watain Swe­den is once again lead­ing the way. Since 1998, they have been keep­ing the true black metal tra­di­tion alive like no-one else. Their dark sound, im­agery and in­fa­mous live shows are true evil. Black metal at its best.”

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