Dødheimsgard: A Umbra Omega
Norway's avant-BM pioneers take a left turn
Five albums in 20 years might not sound like an impressive contribution to black metal's complex legacy, but then few bands have dared to drag the genre so purposefully far away from its raw and aggressive comfort zone.
Dødheimsgard effectively rewrote the rulebook in 1999 when the industrial explorations of 666 International almost singlehandedly rescued the Norwegian scene from a downward spiral of self-congratulatory repetition. They did it again with the more streamlined but no less startling Supervillain Outcast in 2007.