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We were asked to select five black metal albums that proved to be a major influence on our sound, as well as having pushed the evolution of the genre itself. For us, what sets black metal apart from other genres is that from its very beginnings no two bands wanted to sound the same, and whilst it has its sonic staples, it was born more of an ethos than of musical motifs, and consequentially the genre has become extremely broad. We look at it more as being formed from the mentality from whence the music came, as opposed to the music that comes out. There have been countless influential bands that have emerged since the genre’s inception that have been pivotal in stretching the musical boundaries of the genre, such as Deathspell Omega, Leviathan or Blut aus Nord, amongst others. But as we are restricted to only five selections, we have chosen five classic black metal albums that have proved hugely influential on us since our youth, and that we feel honed a certain niche within the genre that has continued to expand to the present day.



Emperor are an obvious and fundamental influence for Necronautical. Their technical and layered approach to black metal music never sacrificed an ounce of dark atmosphere from their sound. ‘Anthems…’ to us is the apex of their work; a chaotic, cinematic and darkly beautiful manifestation of their vision. It is bombastic and grandiose, yet at the same time very sincere. The ambition and purity of their musical vision for this album is absolutely awe-inspiring, and the bleak romanticism of the lyrics in combination with the artwork also make strong contributions to this. No matter how many times we hear this record, its epic moments never fail to send shivers up our spines, whilst its descents into cold, calculated chaos remain to be some of the most evil and uncompromising musical moments that we know of. Over twenty years since its release and this album still sounds fresh and innovative. ‘Anthems…’ has often been imitated, and yet never surpassed.


Dissection were a hugely important band for us growing up, and probably our gateway into the wider genre. Naut was lucky enough to have seen them live in 2004 as his first experience of a black metal concert. Their use of dark and yet catchy guitar melodies interspersed with cold, blasting black metal has been a fundamental influence on the way we construct our riffs and songs since our beginnings as a band. Tracks such as ‘Night’s Blood’, ‘Where Dead Angels Lie’ and ‘Thorns of Crimson Death’ are timeless heavy metal masterpieces that transcend the black metal genre, and yet were written and performed with such sinister satanic conviction that they could never be anything but. In our opinion, the songwriting and structuring on display throughout Dissection’s work is second to none. Their use of dark, melodic hooks, guitar harmonies and an untouchable vocal delivery from Jon Nordveit create a beautifully grandiose depiction of otherworldly darkness that remains untouchable to the present day. It is incredible that Jon composed songs like this at such a young ag