The symphonic black metal thing came a bit later and I never understood it. The reason I ever listened to black metal was because it was extreme and harsh. That seems to take away the whole point. Now, I guess symphonic by itself is good, but then you add black metal shit on it, it ruins the whole thing. Or maybe I just haven't listened to the right things. I do admit I am out of the loop completely.
I got this double-CD by singer Vintersorg's project (from Vintersorg and also Borknagar) called Otyg, which is essentially folk metal. Or even maybe not even metal. It's okay, and definitely interesting as some of it is so far out there.
It also had maybe the best cover of Holy Diver I have ever heard, even if it's not representative of the album as a whole:
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I had a black metal phase back in the 90's, mostly for the aesthetic and atmosphere and angst and whatever true kult Norwegian church burning shit that was hip back then. Until I decided life is too short to listen to music with bad singers, questionable song-writing and that damn repetitive bass.
Since I moved on, I understand black metal has also moved on from the primitive beginnings of the Norwegian scene, but I only ever listened to those bands back then. Satyricon and Immortal being my favourites then. I saw Immortal in 2009 and it was cringe-worthy. My favourite Satyricon record was Nemesis Divina. I liked it a lot. But I don't even own it anymore. Gave it away I think. Or lost it when moving. I should play it again one day.
But I don't think I could get into newer bands. The music is just noise to me now, and the vocals are just ass.
I do like Sabbat, who some call a pioneer of black metal. But that's like blackened thrash metal or just thrash metal with Martin Walkyier, essentially. I love that stuff. But to each their own. I do know that I am getting less open-minded about music the older I grow. When I'm 80, there's probably only one song I like.
Eh, Black Metal has always been diverse, it's just the Norwegian scene got big due to having some heavy hitters that were run by young psychopaths. There was at least the Greek and Czech scenes to go along with it, both wildly different from each other and the Norwegian scene, and that's not counting all the other bands that kind of did their own thing across the world. As for not being able to get into any of it now, well, to each their own.