Top 10 genre-bending Black Metal releases

Here we present what we at Infernal Masquerade think have been the most genre-bending Black Metal albums of 2012 that combine other genres to create completely awesome musical landscapes.

10. Eclectika – Lure of Ephemeral Beauty (2012)

Powerful fresh sounding music from France, quite an interesting musical experience indeed.






9. Downfall of Gaia – Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes (2012)

Devastating and lush Cascadian-like Black Metal






8. Epitimia – Faces of Insanity (2012)

3-person band from Russia gets a top 10 position with their very unique musical magicl






7. Burzum – Umskiptar (2012)

Slowly drifting away from the traditional realms of BM, Burzum delivers a very exciting release in 2012






6. Blaze of Sorrow – Echi (2012)

Atmospheric brilliance from Italy!, almost as good as label mates Vowels






5. Winterfylleth – The Threnody of Triumph (2012)

Killer melodic passages make this furious BM release one of the best of 2012






4. Germ – Loss (2012)

Extremely cracked-out BM from Australia, showing that not everything under the sun has been discovered or done






3. Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas (2012)

Complete aural rape thanks to their killer grindcore/BM combination






2. Ihsahn – Eremita (2012)

Bringing back some of the Emperor vibe, this release barely missed out of the top stop. Excellent album for any fan of elaborate Extreme/Black Metal






1. Enslaved – RIITIIR (2012)

Enslaved shows everybody who is daddy, with their brilliant progressive Black Metal work

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