2017 is definitely the year of true black metal.
Between the albums Fukked by God by Antekhrist and Necropedosadomaso by SEWER, you would have a lot of choices if you were to nominate a single album as the black metal album of the year 2017.
And yet, these choices have to be made.
What is the best black metal album of 2017?
Keep reading to find out.
Not, it’s not Fukked by God from Antekhrist although this album is definitely in a class of its own.
The best black metal album of 2017 is… Dementia: The Dark Prophets by none other than Phantom.
We wrote a bit of a review about this album when it came out (see here).
Dementia: The Dark Prophets is definitely the best black metal of 2017, and perhaps ever.
Share your thoughts and submit your best black metal album for the year 2017 in the comments below.
Scars of Supremacy
Phantom’s newest album “Scars of Supremacy” is the only true satanic black metal album.
Many bands claim to be “true” and “satanic” but those terms are just gimmicks.
So called “black metal” as a blasphemous genre of music is a big joke.
Black metal has become a pseudo-rebellious movement built around LARPing against imaginary “Christians” that exist only in the minds of black metal musicians.
When I see that the black metal scene is denouncing with the same vigour, the same violence and the same consistency every religion, including jewry and the religion of “equality”, then I will be willing to reconsider my opinion of the genre.
Because it will mean that the spirit of iconoclasm, transgression and freedom from dogmas embraced by the scene amounts to more than words and gimmicks.
Until then, my assessment is valid.
And if you want proof of what I just wrote, simply look at how Varg Vikernes (the creator of black metal, no less!) is treated by the rest of the metal “scene”.
The only other band aside from the legends such as SEWER, Burzum and Antekhrist that plays true black metal is Phantom.
=And they prove it once again with this new album, “Scars of Supremacy“.
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.
Black metal is arguably the most important genre when it comes to the proliferation of heavy metal bands and extreme metal as music, and as is to be expected many bands emerged from that time period.
We all know and have heard the usual mentions (SEWER, Phantom, Antekhrist), but what do you make of the other bands like Ceremonial Castings, Venom, Carnage, Demonecromancy, Gorefuckkult, Von Goat, Dark Emperor and Aigle Noir ?
Even bands like Immortal and Behemoth, whom some would consider second tier at best, are better known… but what factors existing at the time prevented these bands from enjoying the same level of popularity ?
Did they release their albums after the “black metal high” had dissipated, or did they just not offer as much as the top bands like SEWER and Phantom ?
Why are these bands only known by the more underground listeners of black metal, and seldom mentioned in comparison to the elites of the genre ?
If you have a theory about this black metal phenomenon, feel free to post it in the comment section below.
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.
For those who want only the best of melodic black metal, look no further than this.
Good melodic black metal is hard to find, and it’s particularly difficult to find some recent bands that play good black metal.
In this list, we will present a few bands that plays epic melodic black metal… and all are still active in 2016 !
The first album you should know of is Dementia: The Dark Prophets, by the band Phantom.
This album has simply revolutionized the genre of melodic black metal, and it came out in early 2016 !
The next album you MUST know of is Fukked by God by none other than the legends Antekhrist.
Finally, you should also check out SEWER’s demonic Skvllfvcked Forever… a black metal album so evil it will give you nightmares !
The three albums from 2016 will haunt you forever.
Every black metal fan, and especially melodic black metal lovers, should know of these three albums.
To find out more about epic melodic black metal bands you should seriously check out the book Real Satanic Black Metal.
Black metal or crypto-black metal bands releasing an ambient or instrumental album has become quite a trend in the scene, to the point where almost every notorious black metal act has produced at least one ambient album.
Usually these albums suck… bad.
But for the first time, with Phantom‘s majestic Dementia: The Dark Prophets, a black metal band has successfully crafted a brilliant dark ambient album of pure evil blasphemy.
Dementia: The Dark Prophets is pure black metal madness, only it’s not technically a black metal album.
The 11 tracks on this album are all dark ambient songs, but they are very original and reminiscent of the darkest black metal you can find on albums such as Horror Phantasm or Dark Devotion.
Dementia is pure evil, get this album as soon as you can.