(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. Barghest – Barghest
Primitive and nasty USBM.
9. Deivos – Demiurage of the Void
Well executed and composed technical death metal
8. Shining – VII: Född Forlorare
More suicidal black n’ roll
7. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
The years best funeral doom album hands down.
6. Lifelover – Sjukdom
Lifelover’s final album, while never living up to the amazing Erotik, still a good album
5. Kampfar – Mare
No great hits like on Kvass, but still a reasonably strong album from Kampfar.
4. Anaal Nathrakh – Passion
Not quite as good as their previous album, but still ugly enough to make it impossible to turn away.
3. Belphegor – Blood 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 Noire – L’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 Nord – 777 – Sect(s)
As customary, Blut Aus Nord delivers an amazing album, which will be lauded by some, hated by more, and misunderstood by most.