...and with a few brief exceptions, did anyone hold up the flag of Black Metal with any kind of integrity other than Graveland?
When getting links the other day I was tempted to listen to Fire Chariots of Destruction and what could be called its sister album Altantean Monument by Lord Wind, both of which I haven't listened to since I lived in Albuqueque three or four years ago. I'd have to say, there is so many sublime moments I missed back then, and maybe my senses needed to mature. This is truly some of the greatest metal ever made.
I remember in those days, I would say things about how they were great but that all their music is the same. I feel so bad about this, and I already remembering apologizing for it here when Engram came out and I really saw what Black Metal was all about. Despite this, I remember also feeling like, the first time I heard these albums that there was a clear line that went as follows:
I believe now that this is true. I know everyone thinks this is lame, and that Graveland has a lot of cheese to it, and at the same time, everybody knows that Graveland is good metal, but I just think it needs some extra appreciation that at a time when Black Metal to most meant Cradle of Filth and the sell-out versions of Emperor and Dimmu Borgir, someone has the discipline to make some of the most musical metal of all time.
This is somewhat meant to be a response to the thread about metal bands being obsolete, but decided to start a whole new conversation.