ok, since the work of the 'conceptualizers' (notably: Darkthrone, Immortal, Burzum; possibly: Emperor, Enslaved, Gorgoroth) has already been talked to death years ago does anybody have anything to say about the other bands of the period? what about that Norwegian black metal of questionable value which came immediately after the groundwork had been laid out? Specifically, I'm thinking of the first couple of albums from Gehenna, Ancient, and Dimmu Borgir (I could mention Satyricon or Ulver, e.g., but I won't
). Personally, I could never get into this stuff entirely but I wouldn't call it second-rate either as this stuff was inspired although never brilliant. I consider these records at least historically important because it really fleshed out the style and so also everyone's idea of what black metal is or should be even if they've mostly been collecting dust for five years or so.