Judging from the responses thus far.... I'm assuming no o.g. Anus staff member has released black metal? Or even attempted to make some?
Not necessarily a staff member but I lurk on the forums enough to be considered a verbally inactive member. I have composed quite a good deal of material over the span of the past 6 years, yet the majority of it, I've come to realize, is not worth releasing as it was primarily written for my own enjoyment. Out of curiosity, I did however release a few songs as a demo in 2009. The songs can be freely downloaded from www.haethen.com
and are open to some criticism, not too much though as I already am aware of the compositional weaknesses.
A sample of probably the "strongest" track I've released:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8EaH9YOOH0
I have been writing good amount for what I plan to release as an actual album. The songs themselves will draw more influence from classical music, incorporating longer flowing narrative structures. The greatest flaw I've found with recent black metal, or extreme metal in general, is the heavy reliance on the riff. I think metal is at the point where the riff should almost entirely be done away with (especially is the case with black metal) and move towards longer "passages" which are able to create specific emotions within the context of a single song.
It should also be stated these songs should be viewed as microcosms of the entirety of the album. An album should not be a compilation of stagnancy. It should be written much like a literary work, including the initial event, rising action, climax and subsequent falling action; each song contributing to the continuum of theme with purpose and fluidity.
This has proved the most challenging aspect of writing an album for myself, the interweaving of musical and lyrical content but also considering the various guitar and vocal voices that will ultimately decide the emotional and atmospheric aspect of the material. Its been nearly three years since I've started on this endeavor and finding the time to engage in such an endeavor is scarce. I will post a track or two within the forthcoming months for the aspies to scrutinize.