This playlist will highlight some of the blackest sources of metal known to man. With the exception of EHG and Buried at Sea, I'd say the below 10 are my favorite bands.
Coffinworm – Start Saving for Your Funeral
I once heard these guys described as “Eyehategod with Gauntlets”. Of course, they don’t have the southern swing down but I think it’s accurate for people who don’t know much about music. These guys give me a boner that curves enough to hit Satan’s g-spot.
Thou – Belt of Fire to Guide Me, Cloak of Night to Hide Me
This is one of the Litmus Test Bands for me – “Do you like Thou?” If affirmative, they are good people. If negative, I question their lives. Absolutely crushing and no excuse for anyone to not have all of their stuff as most of it is free. Incredible guitar melodies over massive low end.
Lord Mantis – At the Mouth
Along with Coffinworm, Lord Mantis put a hurting on false metal twats and anyone else that bothered to record anything in the past 5 years. Drummer Bill Bumgardner does time in Indian and is insanely unique. Art work by J. Bartlett. Lord Mantis, at least this lineup, are no longer and are forging on without the great frontman/bassists Charlie Fell.
Indian – Slights and Abuse
Fuck you if you think I’d mention Lord Mantis and not Indian. Indian decided to wake up and make nothing but music that goes in dry and comes out bloody. Indian are no longer and have teamed up with the remains of Lord Mantis. Dylan O'Toole's vocals are scathing.
Burning Witch – History of Hell
True Seattle music, if you don’t know the history of Burning Witch you have been under a rock for the past 25 years with your Man-o-War CD’s talking about how awesome Lars Ulrich is as a drummer. They had the saying “Death to False Hippie Doom” and it’s entirely true. Burning Witch move at a truly glacier pace and the vocals surrender to the Ghost of Geddy Lee. Insane Sunn Amp volume dealers.
Dragged Into Sunlight – I, Aurora
I had a hard time picking just one song from DIS, so I recommend you listen to everything they have, including their newest offering “Widowmaker”. These guys have blackened every part of their music and have made amazing strides. And an incredible live act. This would me classified a bit more of a death metal act but they have successfully incorporated doom, black metal and (gasp) even some post-metal into their music without sounding disjointed. This is VERY hard to do.
Unearthly Trance – God is a Beast
Sadly, UT are no longer but their spirit grows within all doom/sludge/black music. I got to see them play without the aid of a PA (aka HIDING) and they pulled it off because they play hard and play loud. The chorus of this song is incredibly catchy and I dare you to not get it stuck in your head.
Portal – Larvae
Another band you must see live. I fucking hate live shows now (I hate smelly people and wish they’d quit touching me (and that’s just people, in general)) but would go see Portal again. My friend called Portal experience “the closest thing to an acid trip” after getting out of rehab. Portal is NOT for the average listener; this is like being in an insane asylum and occasionally things make sense. Occasionally. This is more death metal/black metal/horror metal/soundtrack to Lovecraft. If you've ever read H.P. Lovecraft and fell in love with the Cthulhu Mtythos, this is the music of The Great Old Ones.
Goatsblood – Ashtray Cunt Eyes
Way ahead of their time, Goatsblood are fucking raw and full of low-end hate with black tips that have gone way too unnoticed by the underground.
Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire – Lower Than Life, High as the Sky