Blashyrkh (mighty Ravendark)
Label: Osmose Productions
The cover art to 1995's Battles in the North is one of the more iconic in black metal. Resembling the ungodly progeny of Gene "The Demon" Simmons, the duo of Demonaz and Abbath filter classic heavy metal leather-n-stud imagery through Norse mythology and a darkly romantic understanding of ancient Scandinavian life on the tundra. The music is equally powerful. This is vintage black metal: Sweeping compositions are bathed in an orchestral brutality swirling about vocals that sound downright otherworldly. If you're a newcomer to this music, Battles in the North makes a great introduction.