What I’m Listening To

I don’t feel ready to review anything right now, so I thought I’d do a quick post with what I’m listening to and see if you all had any suggestions for future reviews (I know I still have that list from before, but it is mostly stuff that is pretty old).

Black Metal: Söngvar elds og óreiðu by Misþyrming. This is an Icelandic band, and I’m liking it. There are quiet atmospheric sections and old school Celtic Frost inspired sections.

Death Metal: The Heart of the Netherworld. This is the new album from the Finnish band Desolate Shrine. I’m having a difficult time getting into this one.


Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. The Fifth, Ninth, and maybe the First get all the attention in music schools. I had never listened to the Sixth until a few weeks ago. This is an under-appreciated masterpiece.

Ys by Joanna Newsom. For a while, I thought this was the greatest masterpiece my generation would see. I hadn’t listened to it in years and wondered how it stood up. It stays in my top 5 albums of all time for sure. If you can get past the few times the vocals squeak (which many can’t), you’ll find shocking depth. These are through composed, complicated, ancient bard-style harp and vocal stories told through metaphor.

Recent pick-ups: Sylosis’ Dormant Heart. I was hopeful based on the reviews. After the first listen, not so much. I won’t give up on it yet.

For some reason, I’m going through a black metal phase. Anyone know any bands producing great black metal?


10 thoughts on “What I’m Listening To

  1. fenrir says:

    Wanna know current black metal releases or you wanna explore the monster classics first too?

    • hilbertthm90 says:

      Mostly current. I know the big names: Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Mayhem, Emperor, etc, and occasionally delve in.

      • fenrir says:

        Have you ever read/heard that black metal died in 1996? Well it is true.

        You won’t find that many black metal bands actually doing outstanding black metal. I’d say surviving projects are doing better. Not that many “new bands”. Although there are decent efforts here and there, as a genre/movement, this is really dead. What you have is a lot of sludge and “post-metal” kids doing things.

        You know the obvious one, Sammath.
        There is also a project called Kjeld which I would recommend.
        The latest works (2013, both) by Summoning and Graveland are pretty solid but are on the “folky” or fantasy side of black metal, not sure if that is what you are looking for.

        Will ask around for more.

      • hilbertthm90 says:

        I knew you would say this about black metal being dead. 🙂 Thanks for the start though.

      • fenrir says:

        Kjeld’s first full length, just released this year. I am not familiar with it myself, I’ve only listened to the EPs before. Let’s check it out.

  2. Ryan says:

    You could try Al-Namrood, a black/folk band from Saudi Arabia.. A sample would do them better justice:

  3. fenrir says:

    will check out Misþyrming.

    Don’t waste your time with Desolate Shrine. Just an empty husk.

    Didn’t like Joanna Newsom, but only on a superficial level. I think that style of vocalization is really annoying. I would welcome a more traditional singing approach with that music. The music doesn’t have the renaissance feeling I thought it would have.

    I’m not much for Mahler, but I must confess I did not explore his symphonies thoroughly. I had the impression they were mostly bombastic superficiality.

  4. Tim says:

    You should check out Dreadnought’s album Lifewoven. It’s not strictly black metal, but there’s a prominent black metal influence. I’ve seen it described as progressive or psychedelic black metal, which I can understand. There’s lots of ambiance and meandering melodies to follow. Here’s their bandcamp page:


  5. jcmosley1982 says:

    I’d love to see you review recent album Imperial Triumphant by Abyssal Gods. Thinking right up your alley.

  6. Uncle Kridley says:

    Epistasis is doing black metal with lead trumpet. It’s very interesting stuff, and also a good metal album:

    If you want a straight up black metal album, you can’t go wrong with the latest Blut Aus Nord:

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