​The Blackest of All Winters Playlist

Lisa Sanchez ​with special cult knowledge from Phil Storey
​Well, it doesn't need to be said, but winter is officially here. As always in Ohio, our grim season is punctuated by blistering cold, insurmountable snow, and bleak, soul-crushing darkness. There is only one genre I know of on Earth that can adequately capture the brutality and screaming madness of lake effect snow: black metal. The bands on this list capture the darkest essence of human suffering during these cold months. Plus, the songs are so long, if you start now, the music will last you until the end of spring. So, sit back, grab your extra savage mug of hot cocoa, and cuddle up with the best winter songs black metal can offer.

​1. Beyond the Permafrost - Skeletonwitch

​2. In the Absence ov Light - Behemoth

​3. Falling Snow - Agalloch

​4. Freezing Moon-Mayhem

​5. Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh - Goatwhore

​6. At the Heart of Winter - Immortal

​7. Winter Madness - Wintersun

​8. Blood Frozen - Dark Funeral

​9. Sunbather - Deafheaven

​10. The Bright White Nothing at the End of the Tunnel - Thantifaxath

​11. I Am the Black Wizards - Emperor

​12. Snowing Still - Rotting Christ

​13. Abscission - Deathspell Omega

​14. Red Winter - Toxic Holocaust

​15. A Remedy and a Fever - Altar of Plagues