All this week, Tom Dare has been guiding you through how Black Metal has evolved over the course of the last two decades (check out parts one, two, three and four if you haven’t already). Now, as the week draws to a close, we’ve asked Tom to put together the songs that have made it happen into a Spotify Slaylist, and in doing to to lovingly cobble them together in an order that somehow tries to make sense of the wildly differing styles that constitute the genre these days. Wish him luck….
Annoyingly, there are a fair few labels that don’t put their music on Spotify, so some key names from those guides are sadly missing. There’s nothing from Metal Blade (which means no Primordial) or Profound Lore (therefore nothing from Cobalt, or the final Ludicra masterpiece), but otherwise all the key bands Tom Dare namechecked this week are in there. That means we’ve got Deathspell Omega’s mentalism, Anaal Nathrakh’s fury, Enslaved’s progression, Wolves In The Throne Room’s ambience, Melechesh’s location-specific sound, Alcest’s “nice” “post-“black metal, as well as Darkthrone’s crusty dirt. We’ve even thrown in the band breathing evil new life into the traditional black metal sound with Watain (i.e., Tom wouldn’t shut up until we let him include them), as well as a load of other brilliant stuff well worth checking out as well.
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.
Primordial aren’t on Spotify, so here’s a live clip of them playing ‘Fuil Ársa’: