Hate Forest - The Gates LP
A true monument of Ukrainian black metal. 'The Gates' stands as one of the bleakest and most austere concept albums of any band. It works by reaching outside the typical constraints of a BM album to include field recordings and samples but does not compromise the atmosphere in any regard.
The album starts with the sounds of a fire crackling within the cold northern wastes and transitions into a long epic Hate Forest track which is, in its essence, the spirit of the band as a whole and ends with a long ambient passage of a heart beat pulsing.
It does not get much more real than this, all executed to the perfect effect.