Originally Posted by Magician
I recommend easing your way in with something like Mastodon and then trying the roster of Southern Lord or Battle Kommand, two excellent American black metal labels (and you don't have to deal with all the mess that is European and Scandinavian black emtal.)
Not sure I would classify Mastodon as black metal, but I could see how it could ease someone towards that genre. I guess I've never quite understood black metal either. Perhaps Mayhem isn't the best band to start with, but I've always gravitated towards thrash. Also, speaking for the campiness of black metal. Watch any music video by the band Immortal. Pure hilarity, and I'm sure the band does it intentionally.
As far as bands I want to like more than I do...
- Good, yet slightly irritating.
The Cool Kids
- I like them, I just can't sit through an entire album
- Yes, I realize how mind-blowingly talented they are. I just can't get into them.