Isengard - Hostmorke LP (Black vinyl)
As a longtime Darkthrone fan and an appreciator of folk metal, I was thrilled to read that Fenriz had put out a few folk-inspired albums in the early '90s. I could not possibly have prepared for the record that I was soon to hear. This album alone may well be better than Darkthrone's entire discography - it ranges from blast beat-heavy black metal to melodic folk metal, even including an a capella song, and still feels mostly cohesive. Such a broad artistic range is rare in '90s black metal, and finding it on one album is nearly unbelievable. This impressive variety and the sincerity with which it is performed are the keys to Høstmørke's success.