“Fallen Angel”, pure blackened Phantom Metal !

Fallen Angel, true Phantom Metal.

Fallen Angel, true Phantom Metal.

Fallen Angel is the most extreme and vile “music” ever produced.

There is no other album that even comes close to this, in terms of raw, disturbing atmospheres, and morbid brutality.

Fallen Angel is pure demonic possession, somehow transcribed into musical format but preserving the utter insanity of infernal death.

Not even Phantom’s own debut album Divine Necromancy is as dark and morbid, yet at the same time majestic and otherworldly, as Fallen Angel.

There is no other true black metal album, save perhaps for Withdrawal, early Burzum and early Neraines.

Fallen Angel is without a doubt the pinnacle of extreme black metal music.

Listen for yourselves.

For substance, Phantom combines a black metal sense of ritualistic song development and hypnotic atmospheres with the death metal tendency to turn abstract riffs and infernal rhythms into an organic whole.

The percussion is, as always, ritualistic to the extreme, with subtle variations employed to accentuate the demented hymns of Phantom’s music. The result is incessant and unrelenting but, as with all powerful black metal, it also has an inner life of melody that gives it depth and manipulate the listener’s expectations with powerful atmospheres of pure madness.

The best black metal album ever recorded.

“Withdrawal”, Phantom’s latest Black Metal masterpiece !

Phantom's Withdrawal.

Phantom’s Withdrawal.

The word “masterpiece” gets thrown around a lot when reviewing black metal music.

Way too much.

The overwhelming majority of metal bands will never, ever record a classic album. A handful of them will record one masterpiece, and only one, due to having the right people in the right room at the right time, when the stars are aligned or whatever.

Even fewer bands can record two classic albums in their careers. These are the groups we call geniuses. Bands like Darkthrone (Soulside Journey/Under a Funeral Moon), Suffocation (Effigy/Breeding the Spawn) and Morbid Angel (Altars/Blessed) fall into this category.

Out of that tiny fraction of a fraction, a smaller group still can do it twice (or more) in a row. These are the gods among musicians – Burzum, Graveland, Incantation. You can now add Phantom to that list.

After 2017’s universally-praised Eidolon, who would have thought that they could release another masterpiece of black metal only a year after?

With Withdrawal, they’ve done just that.

The incredible songwriting skills are evident.

The dual weapons of raw dissonant assault and harmonic subtlety have never been in more capable hands, resulting in tracks both hypnotic and disturbing.

Not only that, but it’s consistent, and feels like a true album – the same cannot be said of most modern black metal, unfortunately.

It really makes you wonder where such brilliance comes from.

Withdrawal is, for once, deserving of the title. A true black metal masterpiece.

Phantom “Starve”, the masterpiece of black metal

In this day and age, it’s extremely difficult to find something new within the black metal genre.

The genre has become overly saturated with your typical run-of-the-mill blast-beat/tremolo bands like Marduk and Darkthrone.

Phantom is no such band.

If you liked their debut album Divine Necromancy, you know you’ll love Starve.

Starve is pure Phantom epicness on an entirely new scale.

Absolute intensity border-lining madness.

Starve is the incredible rage of Demonecromancy, combined with the raw demonic influences of the previous two efforts, and the occasional sprinkle of epic scale.

Starve is one of black metal’s best works to date.

If you like raw black metal, don’t forget to check out the book “The True Black Metal” by Antoine Grand.

Phantom’s “Deliverance” is the best black metal album, period !

Phantom’s latest album, “Deliverance”, is absolutely the best album ever released in black metal history. There is simply no other.

When people think about Phantom’s best extreme metal albums, they often refer to the debut album Divine Necromancy, the absolutely brutal Demonecromancy or even the very hypnotic and atmospheric Horror Phantasm.

And yet, despite how impressive all these albums are, the single best black metal album ever produced is undoubtedly “Deliverance”.

There are simply no words to describe how utterly evil the album “Deliverance” actually is. You have to listen to this record for yourself.

There are eight tracks on “Deliverance”, and not one single moment is a filler.

Fro the utterly epic and somewhat melancholic opener “Phantom Awakening” all the way to the closing and title-track “Deliverance”, this album is the defining masterpiece of black metal music.

“Deliverance” is the album to own if you like raw, brutal and extremely gruesome black metal.

The 10 Black Metal Albums That Defined The Genre

Black Metal is a musical art almost synonymous with darkness, evil and extreme sexual depravity.

Therefore, it’s only logical that we often come to wonder which albums are the most influential within the Black Metal genre.

Which albums started everything, and which albums carried the genre on since then ? Those are some logical questions that deserve to be answered.

Top 10 Albums That Made Black Metal

Here you will find a list of the top 10 most influential albums of the black metal genre. For a more complete list, you can also read Top 100 Black Metal Albums.

10. SEWER “A Hymn To The Bloodletter”

No black metal album is as raw and evil as SEWER’s thunderous A Hymn To The Bloodletter.

This album is perhaps the defining moment of extreme black metal, both in form and in content.

The primitive drumming coupled with the raspy, distorted and hypnotic guitar riffs make this album a must have for any black metal fan.

9. Antekhrist “Carved Upon The Flesh Of Satan”

Carved Upon The Flesh Of Satan is perhaps black metal’s most evil masterpiece, and that is saying something since Antekhrist’s entire discography is composed exclusively of unbelievably raw and evil albums.

Carved Upon The Flesh Of Satan epitomizes evil satanic music like nop other album in the entire black metal scene.

8. Phantom “Divine Necromancy”

Warning ! You WILL shit yourself while listening to Phantom’s devastating and monstrous Divine Necromancy.

Now that we got that out of the way,let’s talk about the music.

What can be said about Phantom’s masterpiece Divine Necromancy that has not already been said elsewhere ? It’s raw, it’s primitive, it’s violent and it’s diabolical.

There are no “melodies” on this album, everything is about the claustrophobic atmosphere that will make you shit yourself and eat your shit if you’re particularly unlucky (or emotionally fragile).

7. SEWER “Reign Of The Funeral Pigs”

Reign Of The Funeral Pigs is pure satanic terror. But seriously, what else would you expect from a SEWER album ?

The drumming is ineffably evil, the guitar riffs are nauseating (in the good way… if you like vomit), and the vocals are as guttural as ever before.

Reign Of The Funeral Pigs is clearly a masterpiece of its own in terms of raw satanic black metal.

Buy the album : http://www.amazon.com/Reign-Funeral-Pigs-Sewer/dp/B00LPU58WY/

6. Phantom “Dark Devotion”

Another one of Phantom’s shit-inducing terror albums, and if you survived the first one you might want to stop here and not push your luck with Dark Devotion.

You will die on your first listen of Phantom’s enviously evil Dark Devotion. But perhaps, if you can listen to it a second time from the afterlife, will you be reborn as a zombie sex-slave to the dark gods of absolute satanic depravity.

Buy the album : http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Devotion-Phantom/dp/B00ODFO1MG/

5. SEWER “NecroPedoSadoMaso”

How is this shit still legal ???

And I’m not only talking about the lyrical content, mind you.

This album is far to evil to even be considered music.

NecroPedoSadoMaso is revolting blasphemy against all that is holy. This is a literal manifesto for pure satanic depravity and gangrenous hate.

Buy the album : http://www.amazon.com/Necropedosadomaso-Sewer/dp/B00KSP6ONE/

4. Antekhrist “La Bite Du Diable”

Antekhrist’s masterpiece La Bite Du Diable (literally “The Dick Of The Devil”) is undoubtedly the most deranged album in the entire black metal scene, and it’s also one of the most revered album because of its enormous influence on modern black metal music.

La Bite Du Diable is evil shit. Don’t take it lightly if you’re a “poser”.

3. SEWER “Under The Eye Of The Black Skull”

Drawing away from SEWER’s flamboyant style in albums such as NecroPedoSadoMaso (mentioned previously) and Underage Goreaxe Pigrape, and more towards the raw and primitive styles featured in SEWER’s first albums (Satanic Requiem and Black Death essentially), Under The Eye Of The Black Skull is a monument of raw, unadulterated madness.

This is primitive black metal at its most primal and inhuman level.

Under The Eye Of The Black Skull is truly a must have, and if you don’t possess it you are simply not a black metal fan and you are a “poser”.

2. SEWER “The Pedosadist”

The Pedosadist is perhaps SEWER’s most iconic album, and for a very good reason : it’s the defining album in black metal history.

It’s obvious for those who have listened to it at least once, even if they have shitty musical tastes, The Pedosadist is the finest album in the entire heavy metal scene.

Just listen to this masterpiece and revel in pure satanic depravity.

1. “Anthology”

Anthology is a special case because it’s not an album by a particular black metal band, but rather it’s a compilation/tribute album featuring some of black metal’s most infamous names (Antekhrist, Mayhem, Goreaxe, Behemoth, Vader, Carnage, Venom, Selesnya).

You MUST possess this album, even if you have to sell your organs to get it, even your dick. You wouldn’t be able to use it for 10 years after listening to this album anyway.

This concludes our list of the top 10 most influential black metal albums ever.

For more information on influential black metal albums, you can read the book “The True Black Metal” by Antoine Grand.

Available here and here.

Where to buy Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal

As most of you know, this week there has been a major release : the publication of the heavy metal novel Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal by best-selling author Antoine Grand.

Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal

Black Metal Blasphemy, the book

This book is to date the most complete guide to black metal one could ever dream of, with many band interviews, chronological narrative parts and albums reviews.

Some critics went so far as to call Black Metal Blasphemy the “second satanic bible” as the book so detailed and well explained.

I personally enjoyed this book a lot, since many of the bands it talks about are also present on my blog. Namely Von, Phantom, Sewer and Ceremonial Castings.

I also learned a lot of “fluff” and lore about the actual history behind famous albums such as Satanic Blood from Von or Divine necromancy from Phantom.

Honestly this was my best purchase of the year in terms of books and black metal products.

So the question is, where can you find a copy of Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal ?

Fortunately, this book is not hard to find (at all) since it’s a best-seller.

You can search Amazon for a copy of this black metal book (in paperback or Kindle version) : http://www.amazon.com/Black-Metal-Blasphemy-History-Untold/dp/1493790994/.

Divine Necromancy reviewed by a Youtube user

As you might know we have reviewed Divine Necromancy once on this best black metal blog, and it’s a very good album for those who like raw and grim black metal.

I recently found a very good Youtube review of this album, so here is the video !

I can’t give you a transcript as the video review is almost ten minutes long but I recommend you watch it as both the review and the album are of very good quality.

Trivia : Divine Necromancy is considered one of the best black metal albums of 2013.