Hmm... a black metal fan, don't see too many of those on this particular forum.
Watain's new album was good, perhaps a tad generic though, certainly no Casus Luciferi.
Personally I don't like the NWOBHM (New wave of "black" heavy metal).
A lot of black metal artists, particularly those that have been around since the 90s are taking too much of traditional metal and painting it black stylistically.
Too many throw backs, too much unoriginal song writing, the same old tricks/riffs regurgitated to a new 100 page lyrical booklet.
Under all their theatrics, Watain are one of the prime examples of this trend, I just wish Black Metal bands would continue to push forward instead of looking backwards.
Norway's Cor Scorpii are a band I feel are moving in the right direction. Wolves in the Throne Room and Cobalt from the USBM scene as well.
Originally Posted by Fabo
For me I'd say:
Watain - Lawless Darkness
Weapon - From the Devil's tomb
Dragobrath - Fra Myrer Taake
and the new Melechesh album was alright but not as great as the last
I found this year to be a bit slow... depends on what you listen to though. I didn't give the new accept album a big chance, just doesn't seem the same without Udo.