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BastardHead
Worse than the PMRC

Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:53 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:40 pm 
 

Hello everybody! I just wanted to start off by saying THANK YOU to everybody who voted. This was a wild year for the poll, breaking both previous records by generating 137 ballots with votes for 565 unique albums. The results are presented with the final number of votes for each position on their respective ballots. Point totals can be found in the other thread if you'd like a refresher. Anyway, I know what you're all here for, so HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

THE BEST BLACK METAL ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
  1. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas: 8-10-10-4-3-1-2-2-5-1 = 647pts
  2. Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse: 12-3-3-2-2-3-2-4-1-1 = 498pts
  3. Burzum - Hvis lyset tar oss: 8-6-3-0-3-2-2-2-3-0 = 425pts
  4. Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky: 5-3-4-2-0-1-5-2-2-2 = 315pts
  5. Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark: 5-4-2-5-1-0-0-1-0-4 = 305pts
  6. Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon: 2-7-2-4-2-2-1-0-0-1 = 297pts
  7. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger: 3-2-4-4-3-0-1-2-2-1 = 268pts
  8. Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk: 2-3-8-1-1-1-1-0-1-0 = 262pts
  9. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane: 2-2-1-2-5-6-4-0-2-2 = 253pts
  10. Immortal - At the Heart of Winter: 2-2-3-5-1-1-2-3-2-1 = 223pts
  11. Immortal - Pure Holocaust: 1-5-1-2-2-3-1-2-1-1 = 215pts
  12. Bathory - Blood Fire Death: 1-6-2-0-2-3-1-0-0-0 = 213pts
  13. Ulver - Bergtatt: 1-4-2-2-2-1-1-2-0-1 = 198pts
  14. Burzum - Filosofem: 2-2-1-5-1-1-0-2-1-0 = 189pts
  15. Deathspell Omega - Paracletus: 4-2-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 173pts
  16. Ulver - Nattens Madrigal: 3-0-0-1-0-3-1-0-3-2 = 125pts
  17. Bathory - Bathory: 1-4-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 122pts
  18. Dissection - The Somberlain: 3-0-2-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 119pts
  19. Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness: 2-2-1-0-0-2-0-0-1-0 = 119pts
  20. Sacramentum - Far Away from the Sun: 2-2-0-0-1-1-0-3-0-0 = 116pts
  21. Enslaved - Vikingligr veldi: 1-0-3-1-1-0-3-1-1-0 = 116pts
  22. Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon: 2-1-0-2-0-0-3-0-0-1 = 111pts
  23. Darkthrone - Panzerfaust: 0-2-2-1-3-0-0-0-0-0 = 108pts
  24. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina: 1-0-0-0-2-2-4-3-1-2 = 101pts
  25. Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract: 2-0-2-0-0-0-1-2-1-0 = 100pts
  26. Burzum - Det som engang var: 1-1-0-4-0-0-0-2-0-0 = 99pts
  27. Rotting Christ - Triarchy of Lost Lovers: 0-1-1-0-5-1-0-1-0-0 = 95pts
  28. The Ruins of Beverast - Rain Upon the Impure: 2-0-1-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 89pts
  29. Taake - Nattestid ser porten vid: 2-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-1-1 = 89ts
  30. Leviathan - The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide: 2-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-2 = 88pts
  31. Sabbat - The Dwelling: 1-2-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 88pts
  32. Bathory - The Return.....: 1-1-2-1-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 88pts
  33. Mgla - Exercises in Futility: 1-1-1-0-1-1-1-0-2-1 = 87pts
  34. Gorgoroth - Pentagram: 1-0-1-0-2-1-2-1-1-0 = 86pts
  35. Master's Hammer - Ritual: 0-2-0-1-2-1-0-2-1-0 = 86pts
  36. Summoning - Minas Morgul: 2-0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 83pts
  37. Blut aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars: 0-2-1-0-2-0-1-0-0-0 = 77pts
  38. Nokturnal Mortum - Голос сталі (The Voice of Steel): 2-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-2 = 76pts
  39. Negură Bunget - OM: 2-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 74pts
  40. Sarcófago – I.N.R.I.: 0-0-3-1-1-0-0-0-2-2 = 73pts
  41. Blut aus Nord – Ultima Thulée: 1-0-0-1-2-1-0-1-0-0 = 69pts
  42. Primordial - To the Nameless Dead: 1-2-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 66pts
  43. Windir - 1184: 0-2-1-0-0-0-1-2-0-0 = 65pts
  44. Deathspell Omega - Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice: 0-1-2-0-0-0-2-1-0-0 = 64pts
  45. Abigor - Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom): 1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 61pts
  46. Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life: 1-0-1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 60pts
  47. Cultes des Ghoules - Henbane: 1-0-1-0-0-1-1-0-0-1 = 55pts
  48. Venom - Black Metal: 0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 55pts
  49. Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum: 0-2-0-1-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 54pts
  50. Summoning - Oath Bound: 1-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 53pts
  51. Vinterland - Welcome to My Last Chapter: 1-1-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 53pts
  52. Drudkh - Autumn Aurora: 1-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1-2 = 52pts
  53. Venom - Welcome to Hell: 1-0-0-0-1-2-0-0-0-1 = 52pts
  54. Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters: 0-0-1-2-0-1-0-1-0-1 = 52pts
  55. Cradle of Filth - Midian: 1-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 51pts
  56. Moonsorrow - Verisäkeet: 0-1-0-0-2-1-0-1-0-0 = 50pts
  57. Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft: 1-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0 = 49pts
  58. Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell: 1-0-0-0-1-0-1-2-0-0 = 49pts
  59. Marduk - Opus Nocturne: 1-0-0-0-0-1-2-1-0-0 = 49pts
  60. Cradle of Filth - Dusk... and Her Embrace: 0-1-1-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 49pts
  61. Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom: 0-0-2-1-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 47pts
  62. Thorns - Thorns: 0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-1-0 = 47pts
  63. Rotting Christ - Non Serviam: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-2-2-1 = 46pts
  64. Taake – Hordalands doedskvad: 0-0-1-1-0-1-1-0-1-1 = 44pts
  65. Enslaved - Below the Lights: 0-0-0-2-2-0-0-0-0-0 = 44pts
  66. Noenum - Black Esoteric Evangelium: 1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  67. Blut aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age: 1-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 43pts
  68. Drudkh - Blood in Our Wells: 0-1-0-1-0-0-1-1-1-0 = 42pts
  69. Satanic Warmaster - Carelian Satanist Madness: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 41pts
  70. Dawn - Slaughtersun: 0-0-0-2-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 40pts
  71. Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamp: 0-0-0-1-2-1-0-0-0-0 = 40pts
  72. Tormentor - Anno Domini: 0-0-0-1-0-2-0-1-0-0 = 40pts
  73. Graveland - Thousand Swords: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-2-1 = 38pts
  74. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion: 0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 38pts
  75. Absu - Tara: 0-0-2-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 38pts
  76. Nagelfar - Virus West: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  77. The Ruins of Beverast - Unlocking the Shrine: 1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 37pts
  78. Cobalt - Gin: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-1-0 = 35pts
  79. Sigh - Imaginary Sonicscape: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-1-0 = 35pts
  80. Mgla - With Hearts Towards None: 0-0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 34pts
  81. Satyricon - The Shadowthrone: 0-0-0-0-1-2-0-2-0-0 = 34pts
  82. Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  83. Mystifeir - Goetia: 1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  84. Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches: 0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  85. Nokturnal Mortum - Goat Horns: 0-0-1-0-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 33pts
  86. Marduk - Nightwing: 0-1-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 32pts
  87. Svartidaudi - Flesh Cathedral: 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  88. Alcest - Écailles de lune: 0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 31pts
  89. Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-1-0-1 = 30pts
  90. Limbonic Art - Moon in the Scorpio: 0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0 = 30pts
  91. Horna - Envaatnags Eflos Solf Esgantaavne: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-2-0 = 29pts
  92. Beherit - The Oath of Black Blood: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 28pts
  93. Horna - Sanojesi Äärelle: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 28pts
  94. Zemial - Nykta: 0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 28pts
  95. Marduk - Heaven Shall Burn... When We are Gathered: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 28pts
  96. Kvist - For kunsten maa vi evig vike: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 27pts
  97. Ved Buens Ende - Written in Waters: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2 = 27pts
  98. Windir - Arntor: 0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1 = 27pts
  99. Burzum - Burzum: 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 27pts
  100. Deafheaven - Roads to Judah: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  101. Destroyer 666 - Unchain the Wolves: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  102. Moonspell - Wolfheart: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  103. Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 26pts
  104. The Ruins of Beverast - Foulest Semen of a Sheltered Elite: 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 26pts
  105. Marduk - Plague Angel: 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 25pts
  106. Samael - Blood Ritual: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 25pts
  107. Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 24pts
  108. Katharsis - Fourth Reich: 0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 24pts
  109. Peste Noire - La Sanie des siècles: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 24pts
  110. Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-0 = 24pts
  111. Deathspell Omega – Kénôse: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 23pts
  112. Anorexia Nervosa - New Obscurantis Order: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 22pts
  113. Mayhem - Wolf's Lair Abyss: 0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0 = 22pts
  114. Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-2 = 22pts
  115. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia: 0-0-0-0-1-0-2-0-0-0 = 22pts
  116. Darkspace - Dark Space III: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-1-1-0 = 22pts
  117. Bal-Sagoth - Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  118. Melechesh - Sphynx: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  119. Mortuary Drape - All the Witches Dance: 0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 21pts
  120. The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia: 0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 20pts
  121. Borknagar - Borknagar: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 20pts
  122. Inquisition - Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-1-0 = 20pts
  123. Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 19pts
  124. Dark Fortress - Tales from Eternal Dusk: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 19pts
  125. Verdunkeln - Einblick in den Qualenfall: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 19pts
  126. Nightbringer - Ego dominus tuus: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 19pts
  127. Sigh - In Somniphobia: 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 18pts
  128. Bathory - Hammerheart: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0 = 18pts
  129. Impaled Nazarene - Ugra-Karma: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0 = 18pts
  130. Marduk - Those of the Unlight: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 17pts
  131. Aosoth - IV: An Arrow in Heart: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  132. Behexen - By the Blessing of Satan: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  133. Leviathan - Tentacles of Whorror: 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 16pts
  134. Varathron - Walpurgisnacht: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 16pts
  135. Behemoth - Sventevith: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  136. Carpathian Forest - Black Shining Leather: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pths
  137. Grand Belial's Key - Judeobeast Assassination: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  138. Judas Iscariot - To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 16pts
  139. Sargeist - Let the Devil In: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1-0 = 16pts
  140. Summoning - Dol Guldur: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-2 = 16pts
  141. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Misanthropic Euphoria: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0-0-0 = 16pts
  142. Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-2-0-0 = 16pts
  143. Master's Hammer - Jilemnický okultista: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0-0 = 16pts
  144. Summoning - Stronghold: 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-0-0 = 16pts
  145. Anaal Nathrakh - In the Constellation of the Black Widow: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-1 = 15pts
  146. Hate Forest - Purity: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 14pts
  147. Silencer - Death - Pierce Me: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 14pts
  148. Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1-0 = 14pts
  149. Forgotten Tomb – Springtime Depression: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  150. In the Woods... - Heart of the Ages: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  151. Mayhem – Grand Declaration of War: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  152. Shining – V: Halmstad: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  153. Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0 = 14pts
  154. Ancient Rites – Fatherland: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  155. Belphegor – Lucifer Incestus: 0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  156. Immortal – Battles in the North: 0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0 = 14pts
  157. Cradle of Filth - Principle of Evil Made Flesh: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  158. Isengard - Høstmørke: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  159. Satyricon - Volcano: 0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 13pts
  160. Blut aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-1 = 13pts
  161. Weakling - Dead as Dreams: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1-0 = 12pts
  162. Judas Iscariot - Of Great Eternity: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  163. Sigh - Hangman's Hymn: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-0 = 12pts
  164. 1349 - Hellfire: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  165. Ondskapt - Dödens Evangelium: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  166. Tsjuder – Desert Morning Hell: 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 11pts
  167. Hades – Alone Walkyng: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  168. Lorn – Arrayed Claws: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  169. Melechesh – Emissaries: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 = 10pts
  170. Melechesh – Djinn: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  171. Nagelfar - Srontgorrth: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  172. Paysage d'Hiver – Das Tor: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  173. Urfaust – Geist ist Teufel: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 10pts
  174. Kampfar – Kvass: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  175. Warloghe – Womb of Pestilence: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  176. Kampfar - Mellom skogkledde aaser: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1 = 9pts
  177. Enslaved – Frost: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  178. Inquisition - Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  179. Spectral Lore – III: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0 = 8pts
  180. Watain – Lawless Darkness: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0-0 = 8pts
  181. Impaled Nazarene - Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  182. Lord Belial – Enter the Moonlight Gate: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  183. Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo anemi francor : 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 = 7pts
  184. Borknagar – The Olden Domain: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1 = 7pts
  185. Mayhem - Deathcrush: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  186. Vlad Tepes / Belketre - March to the Black Holocaust: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0 = 6pts
  187. Arckanum – Kostogher: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  188. Inquisition – Nefarious Dismal Orations: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  189. Manes - Under ein Blodraud maane: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 5pts
  190. Forgotten Woods - The Curse of Mankind: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 4pts
  191. Coldworld – Melancholie²: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  192. Drudkh – Estrangement: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  193. Forest Silence – Philosophy of Winter: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts
  194. Hate Forest – Battlefields: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1 = 3pts

So with the most devastating victory to date, I'm pleased to give a massive congratulations to Mayhem, with De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas absolutely SHATTERING Vektor's previous record of 411 with 647, an astounding 236 points ahead of the previous record (for Album of the Year 2016). This was an absolutely dominant showing, with nothing else even coming close. DMDS had basically a hundred point lead after the first six or so ballots and never lost that lead. It's an admittedly predictable, yet agreeable choice.

And now for something completely the same, all those lonely souls who wound up with only one vote throughout the month. Great albums nonetheless, but still shuttled off to the side to make the list readable. I give you:

RANDO CORNER
Spoiler: show
1st place = 25pts
Peste Noire – Peste Noire
Life Is Pain - Bloody Melancholy
Graveland – Prawo Stali
Dark Funeral – Diabolis Interium
Blut aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Reverend Kriss Hades - Paganini, Bloodlust, Static Age
Drudkh – Forgotten Legends
The Meads of Asphodel – The Middle Ages
Destroyer 666 – Cold Steel... for an Iron Age
Forest – Like a Blaze Above the Ashes
Necromantia / Varathron – The Black Arts / The Everlasting Sins
Anorexia Nervosa – Drudenhaus
Odz Manouk / Tukaaria – split
1349 – Liberation
Hellhammer – Apocalyptic Raids
Fjoergyn – Lvcifer Es
The Meads of Asphodel – Sonderkommando
Mare Cognitum – An Extraconscious Lucidity

2nd place = 18pts
Teitanblood – Death
Operation Winter Mist – Imperial Grand Strategy
Grausamkeit – Pink Green 666
Grand Belial's Key – Mocking the Philanthropist
Gaahls Wyrd - GastiR - Ghosts Invited
Desaster – Tyrants of the Netherworld
Dark Funeral - Attera Totus Sanctus
Burzum – Aske
Bloody Tyrant – Solitary Eagle
An Autumn for Crippled Children - Try Not to Destroy Everything You Love
A Forest of Stars – A Shadowplay for Yesterdays
Darkspace – Darkspace I
Sigh – Gallows Gallery
Nachtgeblut - Dying Echoes Of A Past Forlorn
Musta Surma - Demo 1997
Branikald – Kveldulv
Peste Noire - L'Ordure à l'état pur
Emperor / Enslaved – Hordanes Land
Merrimack – Omegaphilia
Ash Borer – Ash Borer
Nachtmystium – Black Meddle pt 2: Addicts
Abyssmal Sorrow – Lament
Rhinocervs – RH-12
Akercocke – Choronzon
Thy Serpent – Forests of Witchery
Drudkh – The Swan Road
Macabre Omen – Gods of War at War
Svatan – Awakening of the Mighty Flame

3rd place = 15pts
Thormesis – Von Leere und Tod
Sinmara – Apothic Womb
Panopticon – Autumn Eternal
Necrophobic – The Nocturnal Silence
Ildjarn – Ildjarn is Dead
Heretoir - Existenz
Dark Forest – Land of the Evening Star
Branikald – Stormheit
Abruptum – Evil Genius
Benighted Leams - Astral Tenebrion
Baxaxaxa - Hellfire
Necrophobic – Death to All
Xasthur – Subliminal Genocide
Negator – Panzer Metal
Acherontas - Amenti - Ψαλμοί Αίματος και Αστρικά Οράματα
Destroyer 666 – Phoenix Rising
Panopticon - The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness
N.K.V.D. - Diktatura
Carpathian Forest – Bloodlust and Perversion
Hades - The Dawn of the Dying Sun
Decameron – My Shadow...
Leviathan – Howl Mockery at the Cross
Judas Iscariot – Distant in Solitary Night
Gernotshagen – Weltenbrand
Dawn - Nær sólen gar niþer for evogher
Old Man's Child – The Pagan Propserity
Forest Stream – Crown of Winter

4th place = 12pts
Kroda/Velimor – By a Hammer of Spirit and Identity of Blood
Helheim – Jormundgand
Enthroned – Towards the Skullthrone of Satan
Dimmu Borgir – Stormblast
Darkend - Grand Guignol Book I
Batushka – Litourgiya
Aura Noir – Out to Die
Antestor – The Forsaken
Amestigon – Thier
Alrakis - Alpha Eri
Havohej - Kembatinan Premaster
Lunar Aurora – Weltenganger
Sigh – Hail Horror Hail
Watain – Sworn to the Dark
Burzum – Fallen
Countess – The Shining Swords of Hate
Windir – Likferd
Graveland – Celtic Winter
Iskandr – Euprosopon
Dragged into Sunlight – Hatred for Mankind
Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant
Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro
Samael – Ceremony of Opposites
Odz Manouk – Odz Manouk
Oranssi Pazuzu – Varahteljia
Ildjarn – Ildjarn
Akercocke – The Goat of Mendes
Forefather – Steadfast
Naglfar – Diabolical
I – Between Two Worlds
Bethlehem - Dictius Te Necare
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Rebirth of Nefast – Tabernaculum
Mystifier – The World is So Good that Who Made It Doesn't Live Here
Algaion – Vox Clamentis
Forgotten Woods – Sjel av natten

5th place = 10pts
Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Vreid – Kraft
Terminal Lost – Chapter 2: Phoenix Mountains
Strid – Strid
Satyricon – Rebel Extravaganza
Satanic Warmaster – Strength and Honour
Katharsis – World Without End
Hyadningar - The Weak Creation
Der Weg einer Freiheit - Der Weg einer Freiheit
Bestial Warlust – Blood and Valour
Spite Extreme Wing – Vltra
Sear Bliss – The Haunting
Mortuary Drape – Tolling 13 Knell
Tjolgtjar - Ikarikitomidun, Lord Of The Forest
Wulkanaz - Kaosnåjd
Abhorer - Zygotical Sabbatory Anabapt
Kriegsmachine – Apocalypticists
Pillorian – Obsidian Arc
Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu
Bethlehem – S.U.I.Z.D.
Hellhammer – Satanic Rites
Dödsrit – Spirit Crusher
The Crevices Below / Tempestuous Fall / Midnight Odyssey ‎– Converge, Rivers Of Hell
Thyrane – Symphonies of Infernality
Moonsorrow - Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa
Serpent Column – Ornussi Thalassa
Chrome Waves – Chrome Waves
Enslaved – Eld
Cobalt – Eater of Birds
Trollech - Skryti v mlze
Keep of Kalessin – Through Times of War
Moonsorrow – Suden Uni
Nazxul – Iconoclast
Peste Noire - Phalènes et pestilence - Salvatrice averse
Varathron – Patriarchs of Evil
Mutiilation – Vampires of the Black Blood
Dzoavits - تيسب ليهث

6th place = 8pts
Old Man's Child – In Defiance of Existence
Lux Ferre - Antichristian War Propaganda
Kult Perunov - Slavenski crni metal
Funeral Mist – Hekatomb
Eis – Bannstein
Code – Resplendent Grotesque
Bosse-de-Nage – All Fours
Bornholm – Inexorable Defiance
Ash Borer – Cold of Ages
Reverend Kriss Hades – The Wind of Orion
Gehenna – Seen Through the Veils of Darkness
Ophthalamia – Dominion
Agatus – The Weaving Fates
I Shalt Become - In The Falling Snow
Nåstrond - Digerdöden
Sauron – Satanic Assassins
Alda – Tahoma
Lubbert Das – De plagen
Xasthur / Leviathan – Split
Blaze of Perdition – Conscious Darkness
Anti – The Insignificance of Life
Thy Darkened Shade - Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
Demoncy – Joined in Darkness
Aborym – Generator
Godkiller – The End of the World
Wyrd – Huldrafolk
Mizmor – Yodh
Limbonic Art – Ad Noctum – Dynasty of Death
Necromantia – Crossing the Fiery Path
W.A.I.L. - Wisdom Through Agony into Illumination and Lunacy
VON – Satanic Blood Angel
Marduk – Wormwood
Bathory – Blood on Ice
Panopticon – Collapse
Nocte Obducta - Nektar - Teil 2: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher
Midnight – Satanic Royalty
Aura Noir – Deep Tracts of Hell
Primordial – Journey's End
Denial of God – Death and the Beyond
Nehemah – Requiem Tenebrae
Emperor – Emperor
Svartsyn – His Majesty
Moonspell – Under Satanae
Abyssic Hate – Suicidal Emotions
Tha-Norr – Wolfenzeitalter

7th place = 6pts
Woman Is the Earth - Torch of Our Final Night
Sigh – Scorn Defeat
Putamen Insula – Souriez
Primordial – Imrama
Mytile Vey Lorth - Moloch
Ende - Emën Etan
Diapsiquir - Crasse
Craft – Terror Propaganda
Paysage d'Hiver – Steineiche
Urgehal – Ikonoklast
Shub Niggurath – The Kinglike Celebration
Gehenna – Malice
Arathorn - Treue & Verrat
Vitsaus - Iäti vihassa ja kunniassa
Stargazer – A Great Work of Ages
Ride for Revenge – Wisdom of the Few
Sühnopfer - Hic Regnant Borbonii Manes
Inquisition – Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult
Raventale – Mémoires
Aosoth – III: Violence & Variations
Woe – A Spell for the Death of Man
Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukulainen puhuu
Desaster – Hellfire's Dominion
Nortt – Gudsforladt
Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Wayfarer – World's Blood
Urgehal – Goatcraft Torment
Xasthur – All Reflections Drained
Namtar – The Apokalypse
Condor – Unstoppable Force
Absu – The Third Storm of Cythraul
Enslaved – Isa
Armagedda – Only True Believers
Agatus – Dawn of Martyrdom
Satanic Warmaster – Fimbulwinter

8th place = 4pts
Volahn - Aq’ab’al
Ur Falc'h - Ur Falc'h
Shining – IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
Satyricon – The Age of Nero
Rotting Christ – Genesis
Naglfar - Pariah
Gorgoroth - Incipit Satan
Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra
Behexen – Rituale Satanum
Acrimonious – Eleven Dragons
Horna - Haudankylmyyden mailla
Enslaved – Hordanes Land
Helheim - Niðr ok Norðr Liggr Helvegr
Obsiquiae – Suspended in the Brume of Eos
Taake – Noregs vaapen
Lugubrum - De vette cuecken
Empyrium – Weiland
Nyss – Princesse Terre
Lord Mantis – Pervertor
Krieg – Blue Miasma
Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales
Paysage d'Hiver – Paysage d'Hiver
Bestial Summoning - The Dark War Has Begun
Samael – Passage
Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
Rhinocervs – RH-11
Angantyr – Haevn
Midnight Odyssey – Shards of Silver Fade
Hellveto - In Arms of Kurpian Phantom
Progenie Terrestre Pura - U.M.A.
Obtained Enslavement – Soulblight
Dodheimsgard – Monumental Possession
Leviathan – Scar Sighted
Ascension – Under Ether
Behemoth – Thelema.6
Zemial – In Monumentum

9th place = 2pts
Trist - Zrcadlení melancholie
Trelldom – Til et annet...
Spite - Antimoshiach
Screaming Savior – Semblances of the Void
Panopticon – Roads to the North
Old Man's Child - Revelation 666: Curse of Damnation
Necrodeath – Fragments of Insanity
Marduk – ROM 5:12
Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Emperor – IX Equilibrium
Darkestrah - The Great Silk Road
Black Witchery – Desecration of the Holy Kingdom
Bethlehem – Dark Metal
Aquilus – Griseus
Angelcorpse – Exterminate
Akitsa – Credo
Absu – Sun of Tiphareth
Thorns – Stigma Diabolicum
Order from Chaos – Dawnbringer
Setherial – Nord
Abigail – Forever Street Metal Bitch
S.V.E.S.T. - Coagula - L'ether du diable
Root – Temple in the Underworld
Sargeist – Satanic Black Devotion
Akral Necrosis – Underlight
Wulkanaz – Paralys
Nachtmystium – Black Meddle
Blut aus Nord - Odinist - The Destruction of Reason By Illumination
Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven
Dark Funeral – The Secrets of the Black Arts
December Wolves - Blasterpiece Theatre
Barathrum – Legions of Perkele
Klage - Dystopias Wiege
Nifelheim – Envoy of Lucifer
Austere - To Lay Like Old Ashes
I Shalt Become – Wanderings
Hoth – Oathbreaker
Oranssi Pazuzu – Kosmonument
Domgård - Ödelagt
Craft – Fuck the Universe
Straasha – Straasha
...and Oceans – The Dynamic Gallery of Thoughts
Conqueror – War.Cult.Supremacy
Evilfeast – Wintermoon Enchantment
Furia - Martwa polska jesień
Bilskirnir - Wotan Redivivus
Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
Caladan Brood – Echoes of Battle
Funeral Mist – Salvation
Xibalba – Az Dham Poop Ek
Rotting Christ – Theogonia

10th place = 1pt
The Revenge Project - Through Blood and Ashes
Sigh – Heir to Despair
Rotting Christ – Rituals
Pagan – Heathen Upheaval
Ov Hell - The Underworld Regime
Obsiquiae – Aria of Vernal Tombs
Morrigan – Celts
Midnight – Sweet Death and Ecstasy
Marduk – Iron Dawn
Kommandant – Stormlegion
Isvind – Gud
Gris - À l'âme enflammée, l'äme constellée...
Dimmu Borgir – Stormblast MMV
Desaster - The Arts of Destruction
Covenant – Nexus Polaris
Clandestine Blaze – Deliverers of Fate
Chaos Moon – Origin of Apparition
Carpathian Forest - Defending the Throne of Evil
Aura Noir – Black Thrash Attack
Ildjarn – Forest Poetry
Seth - Les blessures de l'âme
Behexen – Eternal Realm
Ithdabquth Qliphoth - Fyre Walk With Me
Kaevum – Natur
Graveland – Creed of Iron
Baise Ma Hache - Le Grande Suicide
Lugubrum – Winterstones
Svartidaudi – Revelations of the Red Sword
Verdunkeln – Verdunkeln
Sexdrome – Grown Younger
Elderwind – The Colder the Night
Sortilegia – Arcane Death Ritual
Nagelfar - Hunengrab Im Herbst
Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity
Samael – Worship Him
Havohej – Dethrone the Son of God
Nåstrond - Toteslaut
Limbonic Art – Phantasmagoria
Erraunt – The Portent
Kampfar – Fra underverdenen
Thy Worshiper - Klechdy
Darkthrone – Goatlord
Gris - Il était une forêt...
Branikald – Frost Vision
Abigor - Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
Hellstorm – Sacrifice Sacrifice
A Forest of Stars – Opportunistic Thieves of Spring
Cult of Fire - Mr̥tyu kā tāpasī anudhyāna
Apotheosis - Farthest from the Sun
Forteresse – Themes pour la rebellion
Fen – Carrion Skies
Naglfar – Vittra
Ludicra – The Tenant
Nadiwrath – Circle of Pest
Malignant Eternal – Far Beneath the Sun
Taake - Over Bjoergvin graater himmerik


BH's FINAL THOUGHTS
This was a total blitzkrieg on my end! You guys wound up breaking both the previous records for total ballots and unique albums by two each, and that was with a week and a half less voting time than usual when I do the AOTY polls. One thing I was kind of expecting and totally came to pass was the insane proliferation of randos. I've always noticed that black metal fans tend to spread votes out for more obscure releases, rarely concentrating on a few standouts whenever I do the AOTY polls, and that's as true here as ever, to an extent. On one hand, there were 371 randos, nearly 2/3rds of the list proper. But on the other hand, the top six albums all scored higher than the AOTY winner in 2018, we had more albums break 200 points than ever before, and three of them actually beat the previous high score. So we had a bit of a best of both worlds scenario, with a wide spread of great obscure albums and a few standout releases that everybody rallied around. DMDS and ITNE were on 33% and 24% of all ballots, respectively, likely the highest concentration of any albums in these occasional polls. It's also worth noting that while DMDS was definitively chosen as the best album, there has to be some consideration for Darkthrone to be chosen as the best overall band, with their entire classic trilogy landing in the top ten and Panzerfaust just barely missing the top 20. That is nuts. They absolutely dominated overall I'd say, but just had the votes split between their best albums enough not fall down to 4th place at the highest (also worth noting that until the last day when they got a few more votes to push them over Bathory, all three of those albums were sequential and in chronological order as well!). Another interesting thing of note was just how dominant the 2nd wave out of Scandinavia was in this poll. If we count Under the Sign of the Black Mark as the album that kinda "figured out" that 2nd wave sound before anybody else, then the only entry in the entire top twenty to be from after the 2nd wave and not from Norway or Sweden is Deathspell Omega with Paracletus. Norway and Sweden ran the poll in general, but France had a pretty solid showing as well with DsO, Blut aus Nord, and Peste Noire both garnering a lot of votes on their own. I'm actually pretty shocked at how underrepresented Greece is, with Rotting Christ and Varathron squeaking in a couple albums but for the most part ignoring the Hellenic scene entirely.

It's interesting to see how MA's tastes have changed over the years, because once upon a time I would've been shocked to see Thorns, Windir, and Absu so low. I can sort of understand the ones that can be slightly more controversial in terms of their "pureness" like Primordial, Sigh, Summoning, and Melechesh, but considering how well loved all of those bands are on MA it's still surprising to see how many classic MA favorites missed the top 50 entirely.

And for some final miscellaneous awards, the Rando Calrissian award for "Highest Ranking Album with No 1st Place Votes" goes to Darkthrone - Panzerfaust at 23rd place. This is the lowest ranking RC award yet but the top places were very packed so it's not too surprising. The Adrian Beltre award for "hitting for the cycle", aka "Garnering at least one vote for every position" goes to four albums! This has never been done before, but this time we had Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse, Immortal - At the Heart of Winter, and Immortal - Pure Holocaust all managing to pull it off. The Legion award for the band with the most albums voted for goes to Marduk with 8, and the Slightly Better Legion award for most albums voted for with no randos in the bunch surprisingly goes to Cradle of Filth, with 5!

Well, that's all for this one, folks! The best black metal albums of all time have been officially voted for by you, the denizens of the Encyclopaedia Metallum. Did you love it? Hate it? Want to rage about Rotting Christ missing the top 20? Talk about it here! Share your lists! Discuss! Tell me where I fucked up in Rando Corner because I always, always do! Thank you all so much, this has been a smashing success and I'll definitely do another off-month poll next year based on the turnout for this one.


Actually, there is one more thing, but I won't be handling it. I mentioned wishing I had the foresight to keep track of the years each album was released and wound up completely forgetting. But luckily, since you all are so beautiful, I actually had more than one offer to take care of such analysis for me! So if he's quick enough, the next post should be from Napalm_Satan with exactly that analysis!
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Hello everyone. I've popped in to bring an analysis of your ballots that accompanies BastardHead's list - on his behalf I have gone through every qualifying album submitted (including those in the rando corner) and formed a tally for each album's year of release to determine what the best year for black metal was. The tally used covered the years 1981 (an obvious starting point as this was the year Welcome to Hell was released) to 2019. To give a clearer picture of how black metal's quality has progressed based on this poll, there is also a chronologically ordered list. For this list, shown alongside the years that only have one album that got votes is the title of said album. These are the randos with respect to their year of release.

And so without further ado, the results:


List ordered by number of albums

Spoiler: show
  1. 1996 - 35
  2. 1995 - 31
  3. 1997 - 29
  4. 1998 & 2003 - 26
  5. 2009 - 25
  6. 2007 - 24
  7. 1994 & 2005 - 22
  8. 1993, 2006 & 2013 - 20
  9. 2001, 2011 & 2012 - 19
  10. 1999, 2004 & 2008 - 18
  11. 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 - 17
  12. 2000 - 15
  13. 2002 - 13
  14. 2016 - 11
  15. 1992 - 8
  16. 1984, 1987 & 1991 - 3
  17. 1985, 1989, 1990 & 2019 - 2
  18. 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1988 - 1
  19. 1986 - 0



List in chronological order

Spoiler: show
  • 1981 - 1 (Venom - Welcome to Hell)
  • 1982 - 1 (Venom - Black Metal)
  • 1983 - 1 (Hellhammer - Satanic Rites)
  • 1984 - 3
  • 1985 - 2
  • 1986 - 0
  • 1987 - 3
  • 1988 - 1 (Bathory - Blood Fire Death)
  • 1989 - 2
  • 1990 - 2
  • 1991 - 3
  • 1992 - 8
  • 1993 - 20
  • 1994 - 22
  • 1995 - 31
  • 1996 - 35
  • 1997 - 29
  • 1998 - 26
  • 1999 - 18
  • 2000 - 15
  • 2001 - 19
  • 2002 - 13
  • 2003 - 26
  • 2004 - 18
  • 2005 - 22
  • 2006 - 20
  • 2007 - 24
  • 2008 - 18
  • 2009 - 24
  • 2010 - 16
  • 2011 - 19
  • 2012 - 18
  • 2013 - 20
  • 2014 - 16
  • 2015 - 17
  • 2016 - 11
  • 2017 - 17
  • 2018 - 17
  • 2019 - 2


Based on these data, it can be concluded that 1996 was black metal's finest year!



Some Thoughts

For the next time this is done I wish to look at how many points and how many votes each year got alongside how many albums were voted for in those years, as this allows for a more accurate measure of the question I wished to answer. Aspects such as how many first place votes each year got and how many points each album got on average in a year could have been looked into. Sadly, this is a lengthier undertaking that was not really feasible in the time I had.

As for the lists; they do paint an interesting picture, one that can be explained easily after looking at it but wasn’t that easy to predict in the first place. 1996 as the absolute peak is one of two possibilities I saw coming (the other being a peak in the mid to late '00s); I expected a general peak in the mid to late '90s as this is the period that immediately follows several years of formative and iconic albums and as such would be a period ripe with inspired artists joining the fold. The mid '00s had a strong showing too, I would put this down to a series of high profile albums (particularly from the likes of DsO and Leviathan) perhaps ushering in another crop of new artists as they explored the strains of increasingly experimental BM, carrying on to the end of the decade.

The most unexpected peak was at 2003, it stands out among the first few years of the '00s in this poll as I do not associate that time as a good one for metal as a whole, really, let alone BM. The sounds of the '90s were no longer fresh by that point and inspiration had run dry, or so I thought. Perhaps it's just a coincidence as the numbers were dropping from 1999 onwards, and again this doesn't account for how many votes or points these albums get, but there's clearly more than meets the eye there. I did not expect the glaring omission of 1986, this is simply because I did not expect that nobody would vote for Obsessed By Cruelty when well over 500 albums were voted for. It is an album that is allowed by the rules and certainly qualifies as black metal if the likes of Hellhammer and Venom do. I guess as a somewhat derivative work by a band you don't think of when you think 'black metal' it being looked over makes sense.

I did anticipate that the overall trend would be up as the years went as more music is being released now than 15 years ago, and certainly it's easier to hear about that music and obtain it as the internet became more and more important to music distribution, marketing and the spread of word of mouth. However this didn't translate into more classic albums based on this poll, with the last few years having a fairly middling showing in terms of albums voted for, and if points were taken into account I reckon they would place even lower. The reverse is true obviously, with the earliest years having very few albums but this is trivial; black metal barely existed during that time period. The sheer number of albums being voted for (and as a result the very large amount of randos) was something both BastardHead and myself predicted based on how past polls turned out; it would seem black metal fans have a tendency to pick all sorts of obscure material. Of course, this is just how I see things. You can draw your own conclusions, of course; please feel free to discuss them here.

And of course, my thanks BastardHead as ever for doing these and for allowing me to help him with this, it was genuinely interesting seeing all the albums you voted for, and how they rose and fell as the ballots kept pouring in - speaking of ballots, thank you all for voting! A poll doesn't get very far without them!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:48 pm 
 

It seems not even the year 1999 has arrived for these voters.

The outstanding black metal album is Rebel Extravaganza, imo.

Samael, Enslaved, Moonspell all have much better efforts after their initial... perhaps the others as well... nevermind.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:16 pm 
 

A lot has changed since lastdodobird's poll (10 years ago i think). Filosofem was 3rd, Pentagram 16th, Arntor 17th (!!).

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Looks like I have a pretty fabulous listener's guide to work with next time I want to comb through the classics I've not heard before.
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Really satisfying outcome haha I'll be on this thread for a while now going through a lot of black metal I've never heard. Can't say I'm surprised at all about Mayhem and Emperor debut full lengths getting 1 and 2, but I am surprised Mayhem beat Emperor simply because it was looking like In the Nightside was consistently taking either the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd spot on people's lists. Happy to see a lot of my favorites make the top 100, with both Dissection's Storm of the Light's Bane and Emperor's Anthems in the top 10. Highly recommend for everyone to check out Marduk's Iron Dawn EP and Inquisition's Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith if you haven't already done so. Those were in my top 10 but it looks like I was the only one to vote for them. Iron Dawn is only three tracks, but it emulates the chaotic atmosphere of war better than any other cd I've ever heard. Inquisition's newest has some of the freshest riffs I've heard in black metal in a really long time, but all their albums are pretty kickass and got a lot of attention on this list.
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Negative Plane should have made it here....

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After a quick scan, looks like I had two albums in the top 50.

Thanks for putting in the work there. Must've taken a fair while to get all that done.
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I saw some wtf lists but the final one is great.

So Paracletus is the best of the new millennium, ok, even if I prefer Fas.

Well done BastardHead
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Great job! Love the Bathory appreciation.

Would like to know who else voted for Hades' Alone Walkyng and Verdunkeln's Einblick in den Qualenfall though.
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Every single thing I voted for except for Lorn got rando cornered. :( Y'all missing out big time on Odz Manouk, for the record!
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ofcourse the black metal albums people heard first were going to win this poll. Not surprised at all with this results although beyond the top 10 there are some interesting quirks. Personally im surprised at Absu ranking so low.

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MutantClannfear wrote:
Every single thing I voted for except for Lorn got rando cornered. :(


Glad to be of service. :panda:

Nothing exciting in the top 10, but I'm glad to see Paracletus at a well-deserved 15th place. Biggest disappointment: Nattestid ser porten vid not being in the top 20. Thanks for putting in the work, BastardHead!

Oh, actually the biggest disappointment: Burzum - Fallen in the rando corner...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:38 pm 
 

Sepulchrave wrote:
Would like to know who else voted for Hades' Alone Walkyng and Verdunkeln's Einblick in den Qualenfall though.


I voted for Hades - Alone Walkyng (number 9 on my list). I was wondering if it would get any other votes, and wouldn't have been surprised if it didn't.

I am surprised Emperor's self-titled 1993 EP didn't get any other votes (number 6 on my list).

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:42 pm 
 

korgull wrote:
Sepulchrave wrote:
Would like to know who else voted for Hades' Alone Walkyng and Verdunkeln's Einblick in den Qualenfall though.


I voted for Hades - Alone Walkyng (number 9 on my list). I was wondering if it would get any other votes, and wouldn't have been surprised if it didn't.


:metal: Solidarity.

My biggest disappointment is probably Pure Holocaust falling short of being in the top 10.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:45 pm 
 

Please note that I am not implying that DMDS doesn't deserve the win but I can't help but wonder how big of an impact Lords of Chaos (the film) had on this final result.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:51 pm 
 

i'm surprised to have so many randos on my list (6/10), but on the other hand black metal in its purest form has never really been that much my thing

here's my fairly melodic, easy listenin' bm list, since i neglected to post it in the poll thread:

1. Immortal - At The Heart of Winter
2. Thy Serpent - Forests of Witchery
3. Old Man's Child - The Pagan Prosperity
4. Mgla - With Hearts Toward None
5. Moonsorrow - Suden Uni
6. Rotting Christ - Non Serviam
7. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina
8. Obtained Enslavement - Soulblight
9. Gaerea - Unsettling Whispers
10. Naglfar - Vittra

also surprised that aura noir doesn't have an album above rando, but i guess their thrash/speed sound might have kept them off some people's lists... i know i omitted some stuff that would have technically counted because i don't personally view them as "bm enough"
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:00 pm 
 

DMDS won in no small part due to being many people's first BM album, mine included.

I had one rando vote (All Fours) and 2 in the top 10 - DMDS and Transilvanian Hunger. Man TH had to fight a close battle to stay in the top 10, it was knocked out of it at one point.

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Sepulchrave wrote:
Great job! Love the Bathory appreciation.

Would like to know who else voted for Hades' Alone Walkyng and Verdunkeln's Einblick in den Qualenfall though.

I voted for Verdunkeln's flawless "Einblick in den Qualenfall" album.Right now i am listening them again.Atmosphere and dark goth riffs just amazing.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:03 pm 
 

Sepulchrave wrote:
korgull wrote:
Sepulchrave wrote:
Would like to know who else voted for Hades' Alone Walkyng and Verdunkeln's Einblick in den Qualenfall though.


I voted for Hades - Alone Walkyng (number 9 on my list). I was wondering if it would get any other votes, and wouldn't have been surprised if it didn't.


:metal: Solidarity.

My biggest disappointment is probably Pure Holocaust falling short of being in the top 10.


:metal: Anyone who hasn't heard Alone Walkyng should definitely give it a listen.

I thought Pure Holocaust would be in the top ten for sure. It was in my top five. Never really cared at all about At the Heart of Winter.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:12 pm 
 

Pure Holocaust was in there for quite a while, actually. It only got displaced during the final days of the poll. It would have been nice if it made it, that album was the closest thing to a dark horse the poll had.

Oh yeah, my list:

1. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger (7th)
2. Deathspell Omega - Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum (49th)
3. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1st)
4. Leviathan - The Tenth Sublevel of Suicide (30th)
5. Blut Aus Nord - Ultima Thulée (41st)
6. Bosse-de-Nage - All Fours (Rando Corner)
7. Immortal - Battles in the North (156th)
8. Gorgoroth - Pentagram (34th)
9. Sarcófago - I.N.R.I. (40th)
10. 1349 - Hellfire (164th)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:07 pm 
 

A list having a Rotting Christ classic like "Thy Mighty Contract" ranked #25th, being the "strongest" of the Hellenic ones, is not a list I can take seriously at all.

It's an all-Scandinavian mainstream list.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:25 pm 
 

Very interesting list, I find it interesting looking at this nobody mentioned Temnozor or MoonBlood looking back at it. In addition it caught me by surprise that not as many people voted for Empyrium. The last thing I noticed is that nobody voted for For All Tid or Stormblast by DB which I usually know bm fans to consider their golden bm albums aside from Enthrone Darkness Triumphant.

All aside this is a solid list that shows the most iconic bands from around the world.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:38 pm 
 

I'd say the reason why DMDS won it by far was the fact that it is by far the most popular Mayhem album and virtually all black metal fans regard it in their top ten, whereas Marduk have by far more quality albums throughout their discography so their vote was split throughout 8 albums.

Surprised that Filosofem and Hvis Lyset Tar Oss feature so highly because there's only three proper songs on each album. Good as they are I just don't think there's enough material on them. Also expected Secrets of the Black Arts to feature at least in the top 20 but it only received 2 points!

Gonna by working my way through this list to check out the bands I've never listened to. If they're making people's top ten then they must be decent at best!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:46 pm 
 

Yes! DMDS won. No surprise because is the greatest BM album ever. I'm so surprised how high ranked is a Emperor's debut and especially Immortal's "At the heart of winter", that is in the top 10. It's a very good album but i don't think it's deserves being in the top. Well, the biggest losers are Setherial "Nord" ( only 2 points ) and Samael "Worship Him" ( 1 point ). Such a influential great classic have only 1 shitty point...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:49 pm 
 

Out of that list there are only 3 bands that I've never listened to: Cultes des Ghoules, Noenum and Verdunkeln. What do they sound like? Can't listen now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:50 pm 
 

lmao the top 10 might have just been pulled from google's generic results:
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it reads more like "quick, what are the first 10 black metal albums you can name?!"
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:02 pm 
 

CannibalCorpse wrote:
A list having a Rotting Christ classic like "Thy Mighty Contract" ranked #25th, being the "strongest" of the Hellenic ones, is not a list I can take seriously at all.

It's an all-Scandinavian mainstream list.


It's a poll, and a poll is going to be by default slanted towards what the largest number of people are familiar with, which in case of BM obviously is Scandinavian BM. I mean, even among those who prefer another scene--Hellenic or otherwise--there's going to be at least passing familiarity with the Scandinavian stuff, whereas this definitely isn't a guarantee the other way around.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:09 pm 
 

Damn trick, half my list got rando'd. In a way I'm not surprised because I know I was being a jebpiece with some of my choices, but uh, no love for Sear Bliss or Ophthalamia is a bummer.

narsilianshard wrote:
lmao the top 10 might have just been pulled from google's generic results:
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it reads more like "quick, what are the first 10 black metal albums you can name?!"

Seriously though :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:16 pm 
 

As always, big shouts out to BH for doing this. Preciate chu, king.

And salute to the god NS as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:36 pm 
 

I suppose this final list being what it is, is very unsurprising. Still, yikes at how... banal it is. :lol:

DMDS is still coma-inducing. Sorrynotsorry
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:43 pm 
 

Ah neat! My list is thus...

1. Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry - #82, not bad, but this album is something on a whole different level than anything I have ever heard.
2. Abyssmal Sorrow - Lament - You can probably tell I am partial to funeral doom.
3. Panopticon - The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness - Rando. It seems all of the Panopticon albums are randos.
4. Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters - Number 54, almost in the top 50!
5. Moonsorrow - Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa - Rando, which kinda surprises me. It might be because I listened to this album the most out of all of Moonsorrow releases. Something is really satisfying with the sound of footsteps through snow and rocky trails that adds to the atmosphere.
6. Mizmor - Yodh - Rando. Exceedingly heavy and dark, a massive doom and black masterpiece.
7. Nortt - Gudsforladt - Rando. Spine tingling depressive black/funeral doom metal.
8. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs - Rando. I'm not too surprised, they seem to have been forgotten.
9. Austere - To Lay Like Old Ashes - Rando. This one I am surprised about though.
10. Ondskapt - Dödens Evangelium - Number 165. I picked this album as the token "classic Norwegian black metal" album, honestly. It is my favorite of the bunch, and it is because of the melodic riffs and well crafted songs. The song Witch scared the shit out of me the first time I listened to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:54 pm 
 

I expected Under a Funeral Moon to be closer to #1. If I wasn't stubborn about picking 10 different bands I would have the first 3 Darkthrone on my list. I only did TH even though I like them all about the same depending on how I'm feeling. I wasn't expecting those Emperor albums, I never got to crazy about them, although it's been years since I really listened. Hvis lyset tar oss is one of my least listened to Burzum albums, and I usually prefer the self titled album/EP as "the most complete album". I've been enjoying Bathory more lately after these polls, Under the Sign is a pretty nasty album that was way ahead of it's time. Sacramentum - Far Away from the Sun is an often overlooked album I didn't ever listen to until like a year ago and was fucking amazed. Nice to see that in 20th place, if I had heard this years ago it might have made my list.

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DMDS is still coma-inducing. Sorrynotsorry

Like a happy magical coma?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:10 pm 
 

Many of us have been warning that it was not gonna work in the poll thread. :P
P.S: Anyway, thanks for the work!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:16 pm 
 

The first two albums are super boring to me... I'll stick to my randomness:
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1. Life Is Pain - Bloody Melancholy
2. An Autumn for Crippled Children - Try Not to Destroy Everything You Love
3. Heretoir - Existenz
4. Alrakis - Alpha Eri
5. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
6. Mgła - Exercises in Futility
7. Woman Is the Earth - Torch of Our Final Night
8. Gorgoroth - Incipit Satan
9. Trist - Zrcadlení melancholie
10. Ov Hell - The Underworld Regime.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:54 pm 
 

Just noticed that no one voted for Satan's Almighty Penis. Guess no one was touched by The Penis after all...

I wonder what BastardHead's list is. Please, tell us BH! nvm I found it. :P
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:37 pm 
 

Thanks to BH for organizing it. This list will be super-useful for making sure I plug any holes in my black metal collection.

DMDS taking nr 1 did not surprise me. While it certainly has the most hype around it for any black metal band, I don't think people are staying with it just because of the stories around it. Sure, I checked it out because it was "that album where the bassist killed the guitarist", but I never would have wasted my life listening to it hundreds of times if it was 100% hype and no content.

DMDS has riffs of the highest quality. I cannot name a single riff that is subpar at all. Mayhem spent many years writing that album (1988-1992 I think), and it shows. It's a very mature, challenging and top quality black metal.

narsilianshard wrote:
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it reads more like "quick, what are the first 10 black metal albums you can name?!"

So you're surprised that a poll of people's favourite black metal albums mirrors a list of the most popular black metal albums? lmao

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:39 pm 
 

Leviathan 2 albums in the top 50. lololol.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:10 pm 
 

Here's my top 10 with their final ranking:

1. Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
- Finished 4th, and I'm actually surprised it was ranked this high. I was expecting Under a Funeral Moon to take the second or 3rd place overall

2. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
- Finished 12th Such an amazing album. I like it better than UTSOTBM. Should have been up there in the top 10 :'(

3. Mgla - Exercises in Futility
- Finished 33rd, even if some folks said it's so not black metal and shitty and yada yada yada.

4. Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon
- Finished 6th, I'm suprised but at least it's in the top 10.

5. Ulver - Bergtatt
- Finished 13th, I think that the two black metal Ulver records split the vote a little too much for either to make the top 10. I love Bergtatt, 13th isn't too bad!

6. Nokturnal Mortum - Голос сталі
- Finished 38th

7. Sigh - Scorn Defeat
- Finished out of the top 200. I find this album to be such an overlooked gem of the 90's black metal scene.

8. Peste Noire - La Sanie des siècles
- Finished 109th. I'm surprised by this. I thought this album was held to a very high status by black metal fans. Maybe if we had more French metalheads in here, hahaha!

9. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
- Finished 1st, no surprise there. Great album. Not the best in my opinion but still one of the best.

10. Carpathian Forest - Defending the Throne of Evil
- Finished out of the top 200 :'(

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:22 pm 
 

Velvet_Creation wrote:
Please note that I am not implying that DMDS doesn't deserve the win but I can't help but wonder how big of an impact Lords of Chaos (the film) had on this final result.


I'm going to assume it's none. I don't think that the movie had such a lasting impact on MA's membership, and it mostly had even less impact on the amount of people visiting the forums.

tomcat_ha wrote:
ofcourse the black metal albums people heard first were going to win this poll. Not surprised at all with this results although beyond the top 10 there are some interesting quirks. Personally im surprised at Absu ranking so low.


I don't think it's just about what people heard first. Of course it doesn't hurt, but I think we also tend to give credit to bands/albums for their influence on the scene. The top 10 was filled with albums that codified the genre and left a massive mark on the scene, both because of the music and the backstories of these records. Not to mention that DMDS, the early Burzum albums and the unholy Darkthrone trilogy are all amazing albums beyond the hype and backstory.

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