(thrash from Germany. FFO: Sodom, Slayer, Exodus, you know the drill)
I probably won’t listen to this a lot and I bet it won’t make my year list, but it’s just kind of comforting that bands like these go on and on and fairly consistently churn out bangers that you can always turn to and just know you’ll enjoy.
This might very well make my list. It was always clear that the Skarstad brothers Will and Sam had more up their sleeve than black metal. I would argue that even their black metal is more than just that: expansive, creative and free of boundaries while still within the idiom, just check out the latest Ustalost record (which definitely will make my list). This new project of theirs, formed with the vocalist of Pop. 1280 and the drummer from Bambara (both unknown to me), is a weird amalgam of black metal, gothic and post-punk, a little industrial and a lot of atmosphere. Great release.
(Black/experimental from Norway. FFO: Ulver’s weirder releases, that last Blood Incantation album)
Legendary black metal act Satyricon is back - but not as you expected. Satyr and Frost have created a soundtrack for a Edvard Munch exhibition, inspired by his work. It’s very experimental, one track almost an hour long, and no you will not be able to bang your head. Is it good? It’s interesting. I’d love to hear it in the exhibition halls, where it was meant to be listened to.