01) Taake , Noregs Vaapen (Karisma / Candlelight – 2011)
Absolutely nobody does what Hoest does. No one. Banjo in black metal? Yup. All of Taake’s records are great, but there’s something extra special about this one. It’s frenzied, but with purpose. It’s deliberately disorienting and you need to give this a number of listens to train your ear, but once you make that investment in Taake’s music, you’ll come to realize just how much layer and texture is present here. Hoest put so much effort into every sound and every note and Noregs Vaapen shows just how gifted a musician he really is.
Key Track: “Nordbundet”