How many black metal bands in the past have proven to be truly progressive, innovative or even avant garde? You might find several bands that fit that niche. Even some big acts in black metal could be included under the Progressive black metal umbrella, such as Enslaved and Ihsahn. Let’s turn our attention to Black Hate now. Hailing from Mexico, the promising group have released an album that pushes the “black metal” label in directions seldom seen. With Through the Darkness we have an album that breathes new life into tired black metal tropes and dares to stand on it’s own. So what do they do differently that sets them apart from their peers? What can we correlate Through the Darkness with to find out what makes it unique?
As time goes on, more and more boxes are checked off when it comes to metal. Initially, something extreme would come into fruition and explode. With a plethora of new inspiration and plenty of unexplored material, genres like black metal could cultivate innovative sounds for decades. We’ve seen black metal be a counterculture to thrash and death metal. Then we’ve seen it start to get incorporated into the things it stood against such as grandiosity and ambiance. Then when it came for the third and fourth wave of black metal bands to start making music, an entirely new breed of black metal band was born. Black metal unto itself, dabbling in atmosphere and venturing into entirely different aesthetics and even forgoing the notions of metal. But what happens when you try to create Black Metal with entirely different sonic elements?