#1
I've been trying to get more into black metal, but the severe lack of low end is putting me off more than the vocals or screeching guitars. There's some awesome dissonant guitar work I'm just struggling to get past the complete absence of low end, especially coming from more of a doom and sludge background where the low end is massive.

So, could someone recommend some black metal albums that aren't so lacking in low end? I've been listening to Xasthur's Subliminal Genocide and while the bass is still buried the kick seems to punch through more, at least compared to Darkthrone's early stuff, the only other black metal I'm really familiar with. Burzum's Belus also seems a little bassier which is cool. Anything I should check out?
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#2
If you want black metal to sound akin to sludge I don't think black metal is for you.

Typical black metal mixes nix the low end much as early hard core punk did. And although Belus is easily the best post pris po n Burzum, it ranks awfully low in his overall work. The recent Profanatica albums have less of a skimp on low end work - specifically Disgusting Blasphemies Against God. Other similar artists would include Havohej and Blasphemy but neither are anything close to the Norwegian sound.
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#4
I realize lots of low end in Black metal is a bit of an oxymoron. I;m not looking for it to be as bass heavy as sludge. I don't even care if the bass guitar is nonexistent, but the blast beats should at least have some punch, you know what I mean? Also, I don't know much Burzum, I was just looking through some BM stuff and noticed the production on Belus was a little less shrill than A Blaze In The Northern Sky for instance.
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I realize lots of low end in Black metal is a bit of an oxymoron.
How's so?

Listen to the aforementioned Profanatica, or Demoncy. Beherit's Engram is rather full-sounding as well.
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#8
Most of the classics of the genre revolve around that "necro" sound.

Modern, more fully produced Black Metal does exist, but honestly a lot of it isn't as good as the classics, not by a long shot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpkeOhTeeyc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5mH2Jq6SXU
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#9
again, bass is usually absent in the aforementioned Norwegian style of black metal.

Kep gave another great example of bass centered black metal with Beherit's Engram (and Drawing Down the Moon as well), and Absu is an American Black Metal band who has an excellent full sound without sacrificing quality of composition.

to seasoned ones, Blaze in the Northern Sky sounds polished. You have to realize that the low fi sound is meant to be aggressive and crude - which is what gives black metal it's charm.

Absu's Sceptre Command from their 2009 s/t
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWm8kVBTmVw
Beherit's Axiom Heroine from their 2009 album Engram
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnVwohl9Rrg&list=PL95CA56A276730005
Profanatica's Fvck the Blood of the Lamb from their 2010 album Disgusting Blasphemies Against God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvChccp0v0k
Blasphemy's Fallen Angel of Doom from the 1990 album Fallen Angel of Doom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6kh37y8B3M


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#10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM3f_rMipOA

Perhaps?

This is the best I can think of that fits your description.
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#11
I'm not looking for overly polished modern production, just a bit more oomph. Thanks for the suggestions. I boosted the lows a bit with an eq and that helped quite a bit. Electric Wizard's Wizard of Gore off Supercoven is super lo-fi but not lacking in bass, I guess I just don't necessarily associate lo-fi with a lack of low end, more a lack of definition and clarity. Still getting used to Black Metal, It's definitely interesting, I just need to find what niche fits my tastes.
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gave another great example of bass centered black metal with Beherit's Engram


this

When I first discovered black metal a few years ago I was actually a deathcore fan and the lack of low end threw me off as well, it's just something you get used to as the style sucks you in. But that said, here are some of the albums that sorta drew me in.

Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter, Sons Of Northern Darkness
Melechesh - The Epigeneses (probably spelled wrong)
Craft - Total Soul Rape
Burzum - Det Som Engang Var
Lord Belial - Revelations (will probably lose appeal quickly but it was good starting out)
#16
Krallice is also just terrible.
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#18
Blut Aus Nord. Ghost on bass - good stuff.
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#20
i unnno, certain Ruins of Beverast albums maybe?

You should be listening to Ruins of Beverast anyway though.
#22
So much BM so little time. Ruins of Beverast is pretty awesome.
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I'll tip my hat to Demoncy, Blasphemy, and the DBAG by Profanatica. Also,
Belial - Wisdom in Darkness
Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales
Ungod - Circle of the Seven Infernal Pacts

And of course...
Cianide - A Descent Into Hell