A sprawling, massive debut record that was released 9 years after the band’s formation, Ne Obliviscaris’ Portal of I blew the metal world away with its incredible ambition and scope. The band’s music is a breathtaking tapestry of multiple genres, from jazz to flamenco to violin-tinged extreme metal, and almost impossible to categorize with a single label. FFO Opeth, Alcest, Enslaved.
Okay time for a rant. I know, I rant pretty much all the fucking time, but what can I say, I like to complain.
Why is “Entry level” used to insult bands/musicians? “Oh you listen to Dimmu Borgir? pfft, they are such an entry level black metal band!” …yes, yes they are. But is that really a problem? Some music is very inaccessible, few more so than Metal, especially Extreme Metal. But who exactly started their adventure into Black Metal with bands like SS-18, Hypothermia, and Beherit? Nobody. So bands like Dimmu Borgir, Myrkur, Carach Angren and Satyricon’s later stuff, can be used as a stepping stone, towards darker and more extreme things. I mean, making fun of someone for listening to “entry level” BM bands is like making fun of a toddler for not being able to eat a massive steak dinner. These bands will ease them into the scene and then they can explore it more, some may lose interest in these bands, but some may always love them, especially if they have feelings of nostalgia over them. I’m sure you still love at least one band from your early days of Metal.