Kvlt Kolvmn – September 2017

Black metal. What does it even mean anymore? The internet kerfuffle over Sacred Son’s album artwork for his eponymous debut once again presents the age old question of what is and isn’t “trve”. For myself, I consider this argument to be a bit superfluous. Technology advances, society shifts, tastes develop and refine, and the definition of whatever is pure in art alters itself with the times. Sure, there are specific tropes that make black metal what it is, but that in no way means that this subgenre does not have room for development while maintaining the sinister core of what makes black metal, well, black metal. I would go toe-to-toe with anyone who claimed that Leviathan, with all its genre-mashing opulence, was any less fundamentally evil and true to the spirit of black metal than, say, Bathory or Mayhem. This may be sacrilege to some, but I’m sticking by it. There is plenty of room in this style of music for madcap experimentation and growth, and stifling that because an album’s art doesn’t include corpse paint is beyond ridiculous. Now that I’ve offended just about everyone, on to the delights of September! Once again, Scott and I have curated a list of black metal records for you that both fall into the traditional format of the subgenre, and also transcend its confines into more experimental territory. As always, please argue, caterwaul, and protest in the comments and provide us with the albums you found the most intriguing in the month of September. Enough exposition. Let’s get down to it.

Sarke – Bogefod

In a way, Bogefod was a team effort, but certainly not in the way that Sarke intended. Despite being so short, Bogefod is a tedious listen that falls flat in practically everything it attempts to accomplish. It’s the album’s utter blandness that becomes most frustrating; it’s neither well done nor utterly and entertainingly terrible, ultimately feeling like a tiresome waste of time. Hopefully the promises that accompanied Bogefod actually manifest into a separate album worthy of both these grandiose claims and the abilities that Nocturno has proven he has. Until then, Sarke only provide ample reasons to stay as far away from the repeat button as possible.

Black Anvil – Triumvirate

Black Anvil Triumvirate 01. What Is Life If Not Now! 02. Crippling 03. The Evil of All Roots 04. Ultimate Reality 05. We Own You 06. Scalping 07. Eliminate 08. Dead and Left 09. With Transparent Blood 10. Veadtuck [Relapse Records | 9/28/10] My first introduction to Black Anvil was…

Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir Abrahadabra 01. Xibir 02. Born Treacherous 03. Gateways 04. Chess With The Abyss 05. Dimmu Borgir 06. Ritualist 07. The Demiurge Molecule 08. A Jewel Traced Through Coal 09. Renewal 10. Endings And Continuations [Nuclear Blast | 10/12/10] Abrahadabra (loosely translated: “I will create as I speak”), was…