Originally Posted by campj
Bob Dylan and Burzum made an album together. VargVarg. I am the curtains.
Panopticon did a really good split with Vestiges that can be downloaded for free. Check out Panopticon's drumming on the last track! It's definitely my favorite song on the split.
Lulu was the most entertaining release of 2011. I never laughed so hard at a review in my life!
edit: I need to listen to The Mantle. I've never really heard Agalloch before. Thanks for the tip.
That was quite good. Have you heard the Dylan/Burzum? Sounds interesting to say the least!
I'm real big on Agalloch. I'm guessing you'd like most anything by them. I think of them as black metal for people who don't necessarily like BM (and I like a fair amount of BM). They are very atmospheric. They do a good job of utilizing BM elements with folk, post rock and even gothic doom.
I think The Mantle (2002) is a good place to start in their neo folk vein. It's their least "metal" meaning it's not very extreme all things considered. I would put it up there as classic in the genre along with stuff like Moonsorrow and early Enslaved and Satyricon. But much less black.
I really enjoy their last two-Marrow of the Spirit (their last-2010) is a good mix of all of their styles. Marrow of the Spirit is fantastic IMO.
Ashes Against the Grain (2006) has less of a folk influence, but very atmospheric and more post rock-yet nothing like Isis, etc. Just a really unique album.
Pale Folklore, their first from '99. It's also good, but they didn't have the production they needed for their epic sound. But, it's a great release-female vocals that never came back on any of their other albums.
You can't go wrong with the Mantle, though. I can listen to that album time and time again. I thought it might even be laid back enough for my wife. Er....that was a mistake.
I prefer Agalloch, WITR, etc. to the kind of almost power metal folk metal-stuff like Turisas and Ensiferum is less interesting to me.