Best of Atmospheric Black Metal 2021

Then comes “atmospheric black metal”. This tag alone bears a lot of weight, and I’ve decided to include all of the post-black and blackgaze releases under that umbrella term. There might also hide a few “avant-garde” or more experimental entities in there, but at the end of the day it was an arbitrary call to include them or not. When I first started this blog, I wasn’t much into black metal, but it’s one of the first new genres to which I warmed, thanks to the amazingly diverse and creative minds sowing their seeds on the fertile soil of black metal. And so here are the five best albums of 2021, according to me only.


Number Five: Olhava – Frozen Bloom


Blackgaze and proud, Olhava released an amazing album in 2020, and they did it again in 2021! Congratulations!


Number Four: Windfaerer – Breaths of Elder Dawns


It’s the violin. I mean, the songs are great and all, but the addition of classical stringed instruments really puts Windfaerer above most of the rest. You might be reminded of folk metal at times, and Nē oblīvīscāris, but Breaths of Elder Dawn is an amazing atmospheric album.


Number Three: Der Weg einer Freiheit – Nokturn


Nokturn is no Finisterre, but it’s damn close! There’s a reason why the intro to the album is titled “Finisterre Ⅱ”. The band explores new territories, which might put off some people, but the album as a whole is an outstanding one in 2021!


Number Two: Cân Bardd – Devoured by the Oak


This Swiss band has really found their way on Devoured by the Oak. Ethereal, melodic, expansive… This album is a beauty!


Number One: Blurr Thrower – Les Voûtes


Les Voûtes is everything atmospheric black metal strives to be. The French band’s latest is a masterpiece that ought to be regarded as such and venerated for years to come. It’s emotional, purposeful, and poignant, and flies over all of the pitfalls of the genre. Truly, a gem.


Notable Releases

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Sunday, 31 January

Aylwin – The Arch Holder

30:28
atmospheric black metal
California
Pacific Threnodies

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Friday, 5 February

Blurr Thrower – Les Voûtes

39:04
atmospheric black metal
France
Les Acteurs de l’ombre

Read our review.

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O – Antropocene

41:37
post-black metal
Italy
Shove

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Monday, 15 March

Bríi – Sem propósito

56:24
atmospheric black metal
DF, Brazil
Independent

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Friday, 2 April

Olhava – Frozen Bloom

59:01
blackgaze
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Independent

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Friday, 16

Spectral Wound – A Diabolic Thirst

40:12
black metal
Montréal, Québec
Profound Lore

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Friday, 23

Cold Cell – The Greater Evil

48:33
atmospheric black metal
Basel, Switzerland
Les Acteurs de l’ombre

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Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος

76:11
atmospheric black metal
Αθήνα, Greece
I, Voidhanger

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Friday, 7 May

Nature morte – Messe basse

49:31
post-black metal
Paris, France
Independent

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Thursday, 13

Oriflamme – L’Égide ardente

45:46
black metal
Montréal, Québec
Sepulchral

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Saturday, 15 May

Panopticon – … And Again into the Light

71:03
atmospheric black metal
Minnesota
Independent

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Friday, 18 June

Sundrowned – Become Ethereal

41:35
blackgaze
Haugesund, Norway
Fysisk Format

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Friday, 25 June

Kollapse – Sult

41:20
post-hardcore
Aalborg, Denmark
Independent

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Tuesday, 24 August

Ambien – Visitations

24:05
post-hardcore
Fairfax, Virginia
Independent

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Friday, 27

Our Place of Worship Is Silence – Disavowed, and Left Hopeless

39:25
atmospheric black metal
Los Angeles, California
Independent

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Windfaerer – Breaths of Elder Dawns

63:30
atmospheric black metal
United States
Avantgarde Music

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Sunday, 29 August

Trhä – Endlhëtonëg

53:40
ambient black metal
Unknown
Independent

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Friday, 3 September

Trna – Исто́к

63:19
atmospheric black metal
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Independent

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Friday, 24 September

Still – { }

55:08
blackened post-hardcore
Hull, UK
Trepanation

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Friday, 8 October

Eos – Les corps s’entrechoquent

63:09
atmospheric black metal
Quebec City, Québec
Dissociative Visions

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Friday, 15

Noltem – Illusions in the Wake

40:49
atmospheric black metal
United States
Transcending Obscurity

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She Said Destroy – Succession

53:40
post-blackened progressive death metal
Norway
Independent

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The Silver – Ward of Roses

41:56
atmospheric black metal
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Gilead Media

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Friday, 22

Épiphanie – L’Aube

37:34
progressive metal
Québec
Independent

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Feral Season – Rotting Body in the Range of Light

44:47
atmospheric black metal
California
Profound Lore

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Vukari – Omnēs nihil

24:59
atmospheric black metal
Chicago, Illinois
Independent

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Friday, 29 October

Vivid Illusion – Vivid Illusion

54:24
post-black metal
United States
Independent

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Friday, 5 November

Glassing – Twin Dream

45:33
post-black metal
Austin, Texas
Brutal Panda

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Malebranche – Morcelé

52:11
atmospheric black metal
Montréal, Québec
Independent

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Mystras – Empires Vanquished and Dismantled

63:00
black metal
Αθήνα, Greece
I, Voidhanger

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Friday, 12

Cân Bardd – Devoured by the Oak

57:36
atmospheric black metal
Switzerland
Independent

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Friday, 19

Der Weg einer Freiheit – Nokturn

47:39
atmospheric black metal
Würzburg, Germany
Season of Mist

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The Temple – The Temple

41:28
blackened death metal
Auckland, New Zealand
Profound Lore

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Friday, 26 November

Kaátaíra – Inpariquipê

48:11
experimental folk
Brasilia, Brazil
Independent

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Friday, 3 December

Aquilus – Bellum Ⅰ

61:27
atmospheric black metal
Melbourne, Australia
Blood Music

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So Hideous – None but a Pure Heart Can Sing

32:00
post-black metal
New York, New York
Silent Pendulum

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Friday, 10 December

Ethereal Shroud – Trisagion

64:15
atmospheric black metal
UK
Independent

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Best of 2021

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01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal

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