Hamferð – Támsins likam

Sorrowful, deep, slow, sometimes choral, sometimes solo. Guttural or wailing. Faroese doom-black metal band Hamferð combine all the elements I like best about bands like Sólstafir with both more of a classic black metal approach and at the same time a less noisy, laconic quietness.

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Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen

Ihsahn’s most experimental album is confusing. Is it some form of semi-electronic jazz? Black metal? Ambient drone with men’s choirs? A musical poem or maybe, gasp, pop music? Probably all of those.

For a very easy introduction, I recommend track 5, Pulse. The album can be bought on Bandcamp.