View Full Version : Albums You Need to Listen To: Progressive Black/Folk/Viking Metal

06-13-2011, 12:28 AM
This is a pretty obscure area musically, but it is also one of the most musically impressive ones and includes a few of my favorite bands (Borknagar and Arcturus). Since I'm combining so many sub-genres, I'm also expanding it. So, here goes.

1.) Borknagar- Empiricism
2.) Arcturus- The Sham Mirrors
3.) Enslaved- Monumension
4.) Ulver- Natens Madrigal: Aatte Hymne til Ulven i Manden
5.) Age of Silence- Acceleration
6.) Solefald- Pills Against the Ageless Ills
7.) Moonspell- Wolfheart
8.) Akercocke- Words that Go Unspoken, Deeds that Go Undone
9.) Ihsahn- After
10.) Kekal- 1000 Thoughts of Violence
11.) ...And Oceans- The Symmetry of I, the Circle of O
12.) Ephel Duath- Rephormula
13.) Deathspell Omega- Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
14.) Borknagar- The Archaic Course
15.) Ephel Duath- The Painter's Pallete

06-13-2011, 09:23 AM
Again, I have never heard of any of these bands. What type of music is it really? I know what you called it but what does it sound like?

06-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Again, I have never heard of any of these bands. What type of music is it really? I know what you called it but what does it sound like?
Like black metal that's progressive. :lol: Seriously though, these are sub-genres that are harder to nail down, which is why I combined them here. Viking metal is black metal that's usually a little more atmospheric and folk music inspired which deals with Norse mythology themed subject matter. Folk metal is kind of the same without the viking stuff. Even then, there is a lot of variation between bands.

For example, Borknagar is a good example of progressive black metal.


It has black metal elements to it (like repeating parts and higher pitched screaming vocals), but is much more progressive and epic sounding really. (As a bonus, here is their new drummer going to town on this song. The drumwork in this is sick. Unfortunately, he isn't as good as their previous drummer Asgeir Mickelson, who is one of my top five drummers.)


Arcturus is another example of one that is a lot harder to pin down. They are progressive black metal for the purpose of this list, but they are really hard to classify in general.


This has black metal elements to it, but it is much more free form and features all clean vocals (as most of their last two albums, The Sham Mirrors and Slideshow Symphonies, do.) This also features some insane drumwork, courtesy of Hellhammer (my number one drummer, dude is ridiculous.)

Enslaved is generally considered the preeminent viking metal band. Again, the music has black metal elements, but is much more progressive, atmospheric, and droning (almost doom metal-like).


06-13-2011, 12:11 PM
I'll give you three E's all good bands I listen to every now and then, I am more of a melodic fan but I can listen to all metal. Eluveitie is my personal favorite of these three.

Ensiferum - Into Battle, Album - "Iron"


Eluveitie - Thosandfold, Album - "Everything Remains"


Equilibrium - Blut Im Auge, Album - "Sagas"