What I really like these days is the urban feeling of the music of american bands like Ludicra and Cobalt. There is a distinct air to their music that is unmistakably american and although "urban" is the word to describe the feeling that the music invokes, there is a genuine and mesmerising passion present. In the end I can't help but think that the americans are much more preferable when sticking to what they can do best, instead of aping the european black metal music and iconography. Cheers to Ludicra and Cobalt...
Also lately I've been thinking of posting about noteworthy black/death metal bands with female members, but currently I'm bored to type more than 50 words so...
Soundtrack of damned days:
Everything and anything by Ludicra
Gin by Cobalt
Born Again by Overmars
Souls at Zero by Neurosis
Theokomodia by George Pilali
Nattestid Ser Porten Vid by Taake
The Goat... And Other Re-Animated Bodies by Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
Strength Power Will Passion by Holy Moses