Best Orthodox Black Metal Band

What band is the best?

  • Deathspell Omega

    Votes: 20 35.7%
  • Watain

    Votes: 8 14.3%
  • Funeral Mist

    Votes: 5 8.9%
  • Averse Sefira

    Votes: 13 23.2%
  • Ofermod

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Antaeus

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Nefandus

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Katharsis

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Glorior Belli

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Ondskapt

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • S.V.E.S.T.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Malign

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 7 12.5%

  • Total voters
Averse Sefira is good, but I really do not even think they're close to Deathspell Omega. They have a lot more high quality material. I don't like Watain much. Still need to hear several of these bands.
6 or 7 of these bands are in my top 10 for black metal... I can't decide. I've been rather impressed by Antaeus lately. I discovered Ondskapt about a week ago and that shit's incredible. I've been heavily listening to Watain, Averse Sefira, and DSO for about a year. And I was rather upset when Glorior Belli dropped off the Absu tour.
Definitely Averse Sefira, but calling them "orthodox" black metal is a stretch. The only reason they're lumped into that sub-sub-genre so frequently is because of their ties to Antaeus, Watain, and Secrets of the Moon.

S.V.E.S.T. would be next, although their recent split with DSO fucking sucked. Still, Urfaust was awesome. Another band that it would be a stretch to call "orthodox", though.

Next would be Ofermod, and definitely the best band that I would consider to be a part of the orthodox movement.

From the rest, Watain's first album is good, as is half of their second, but their newest one sure is shit. Funeral Mist's demos were good, but "Salvation" was rather boring, and "Maranatha" was absolutely awful. Antaeus's first album is AWESOME, and DPE is decent, but "Blood Libels" sucks. Nefandus is bog-standard and has no reason to exist- old stuff or new stuff. Katharsis are hit-and-miss, but there's no denying VVORLD VVITHOUT END. Glorior Belli... LOL. You know a black metal band is going to suck when they mention Pantera as a primary influence. Their latest is more southern rock than black metal. Ondskapt have cool stylistic ideas, but have a hard time turning those into songs. Malign... LOL. Quite possibly the happiest band in metal. DSO mostly sucks, although there are a few ok riffs on SMRC.
the correct answer is clearly Watain.

I actually really dig Watain, but I don't know enough about this genre to make an informed decision. Deathspell Omega is amazing, but I didn't think they fell into this genre of "orthodox" black metal. I always thought of them as one of the more avant-garde black metal artists.

I suppose I've never really understood what "orthodox" black metal means.

In my humble opinion ... Unchecked means I haven't formed an opinion on it, probably cause I haven't even heard of it before.