Dec 262011

(Continuing with this year’s edition of Listmania, I invited Johan Huldtgren of the killer black metal band Obitus to share with us his year-end list.  And if you don’t know about Obitus, here’s our review of their debut full-length, March of the Drones.)

Like last year Islander graciously asked me to provide my top ten, and who doesn’t revel in the opportunity to tell people how wrong they are and tell them what the top ten really should look like. For those interested in a bit more detail on these albums (and I really mean a bit – I am a man of few words), I have a post on each of the entries on this list on my blog (here).

10. BarghestBarghest

Primitive and nasty USBM.

9. DeivosDemiurage of the Void

Well executed and composed technical death metal

8. ShiningVII: Född Forlorare

More suicidal black n’ roll

7. Mournful CongregationThe Book of Kings

The years best funeral doom album hands down.

6. LifeloverSjukdom

Lifelover’s final album, while never living up to the amazing Erotik, still a good album

5. KampfarMare

No great hits like on Kvass, but still a reasonably strong album from Kampfar.

4. Anaal NathrakhPassion

Not quite as good as their previous album, but still ugly enough to make it impossible to turn away.

3. BelphegorBlood Magick Necromance

A band I’d given up hope on returns and proves that even after an eight year dry spell you can have redemption.

2. Peste NoireL’Ordure à l’état Pur

In a year that offered few truly great albums this is, if not great, without a doubt the most interesting and challenging.

1. Blut Aus Nord777 – Sect(s)

As customary, Blut Aus Nord delivers an amazing album, which will be lauded by some, hated by more, and misunderstood by most.



  1. You and I can definitely be friends. Also, thank you for reminding me about Deivos, i STILL need to check them out.

    Although I fundamentally disagree that “Kvass” has more hits than “Mare”.

    • I concede that I should perhaps have worded that better. Mare is a great album, what I meant was that it perhaps lacks the obvious hits which I think Kvass had a few of (e.g. Ravenheart, Lyktemannen, Hat og Avind). On Mare it’s pretty much down to the title track being the real “hit”. That said it’s still a strong album. (of course this is quite subjective).

  2. Barghest sounds pretty interesting. I should check them out sometime.

  3. Label Bandcamps rules!

    Barghest are available on the Gilead Media Bandcamp. I added the album to Metal Bandcamp here:
    And Mournful Congregation: 20 Buck Spin –

    Anaal Natrakh – Candlelight –
    And off course Obitus itself: Dissension –

    • I cannot stress how truly massive the Mournful Congregation album is, if you like doom and you’ve not heard this yet do yourself a favor and check it out.

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