Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s seminal second album, A Blaze In The Northern Sky. As this pretty much makes today the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have (for the sake of clarity we’ll ignore the first wave, yeah?), we’re going to be marking the occasion in with a Spotify Slaylist seeped in old necro evil.
Our selection contains cuts from the greatest Scandinavian (and Finnish, natch natch) classics ever to sound like they were recorded in somebody’s garage. That includes the best of that Norwegian second wave, the Swedish pioneers, and some twisted Finnish greats.
Spotify is available to most of Western Europe and the USA for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry.
And yes, over the coming week we’re going to be using this spurious anniversary as an excuse to let Tom Dare take an in-depth look at the many ways heavy metal’s most controversial, tabloid-baiting subgenre has evolved since it crawling out of the smouldering wreckage of a recently-incinerated church. We’ll also be looking at the most ridiculous moments in black metal’s past – and as Sathanas only knows, that’s one area where black metal’s got more than a few examples to choose from.