So Metal Injection recently posted a list of 10 New Black Metal Bands You Should Care About. If you read this site frequently you can probably guess how I feel about Krallice, and most of the other bands were US bands whose work I’ve been largely unimpressed with. The only pick I really agree with is Altar Of Plagues, who fucking rule.
I do agree with the spirit of such a list, however. Here’s a list of 25 new bands I think you should care about, in no particular order:
Woods of Desolation (Australia) – This Australian group shares members with the similarly depressive Austere, cranking out incredibly bleak, emotional black metal that also includes some catchier, Alcest-like parts.
Borgia (France) – Another gem from the rich French black metal scene, Borgia plays a visceral style of black / death metal with a strong medieval feel.
Waning (Sweden) – Waning has a very modern, sterile sound but manages to fill their songs with powerful riffs, and conceptually these Swedes are much more interesting than most of their peers as well.
Fen (UK) – Melancholic, folk-influenced black metal in the vein of Agalloch, although Fen’s use of keyboards lends a certain fluidity to their music that makes it extremely addictive, especially on their newest release Epoch which came out earlier this year.
Winterfylleth (UK) – Having started with a rather basic Viking-type sound, Winterfylleth’s sound has matured rapidly, and their latest album’s mixture of driving, warlike riffing and tasteful acoustics has elevated them to the top of the genre.