The "bad" production of Black Metal is what makes certain Black Metal great. It gives it that atmosphere, ambiance and rawness which adds a lot of depth to the music. It's not easy to get into but once you do....oh boy. Projects like Paysage d'Hiver, Darkspace, Fell Voices etc. are fantastic. There are some that get it really wrong however.
Totally clean production can really ruin a black metal band/project too. I hate some black metal that is too clean. It defeats the whole point of black metal.
Yeah this, I tend to gravitate to the rawer end of BM anyway, production itself is not so important as atmosphere, and that grim diabolical atmosphere I look for in BM is better served with a distant, obscure sounding anti-production job, wether it be by intentional design like the Les Legions Noires bands, or they just couldnt afford/didnt know any better like early Burzum.
Not that everything needs to be like that, the likes of Emperor or Deathspell Omega need a bit more space in their sound and a better production to get their thing across but again atmosphere is the most important thing.
The likes of Deafheaven and their ilk do nothing for me, I can see why people like them but it totally lacks that all important atmosphere I look for in BM, they just sound like post-rock bands playing really fast to me.
Tried listening to Velvet Underground's debut LP last night. First three tracks threw me for a complete loop, to say the least.
Was totally expecting punk rock or some shit, based on what I vaguely heard about them on a Lou Reed tribute one time. I should probably look these things up beforehand
Still though, this sounds dope.
I remember having a simlar reaction first time I heard them, had read loads about them and was expecting it to sound like The Stooges or something and didnt understand this weirdo art music I was hearing, took me a awhile to get it but once it clicked, oh man, one of the greatest albums ever, All Tomorrows Parties