I am new to this forum, and was wondering what your favorite Black Metal bands are. Black Metal is my favorite subgenre, and I enjoy listening to it in all of its various forms. I tend to enjoy lots of ambient/atmospheric bands such as Burzum, Drudkh, and Paysage d'Hiver. Recently, I have been liking a lot of war metal/black-death metal bands like Konflict, Reek of the Unzen Gas Fumes, and Death Worship. Other favorites of mine include Peste Noire, Mayhem, Emperor, and Trist (Germany). Any recommendations/local bands to check out?
For me, Black Metal is Mercyful Fate, Venom, Bathory, etc., but once it began to get associated with neo-Nazism and acts of terrorism, I lost interest. For me, it was pure thrash mixed with neoclassical shred metal, face paint, and pagan ritual mythology. The early bands took the Tolkien, occult, and fantasy themes of Rush and Zeppelin and turned up the speed, added falsetto vocals, and Yngwie arpeggios.
Ruines Ov Abaddon (San Diego area, not sure if still active)
Here are some that stand out to me:
This YouTube channel has tons of black metal to explore: