The most important American Black Metal band?
Without a doubt Ludicra was one of the coolest bands to emerge from the Bay Area. They created these sonic soundscapes of crushing off-kilter black metal/shred/and all out fucking awesomeness. Ludicra was genre defying, innovative, and a breath of fresh air to the Black Metal and Underground community.
I was fortunate enough to make the 3-4 hour trek to see Ludicra before they broke up. They played this Epic show with Asunder and Corrupted a few years back and their energy, performance, and crushingness blew me away. They totally stole the night with their performance. I rarely bother listening to bands recorded music anymore/SO many studio bands and not enough people that can play/However, Ludicra was more than capable of absolutely ruling live and recreating the aura/if not better in a live scenario than they do on record, which is so Appreciated and Respected. They are a band's band.
Another radical thing about Ludicra is that they didn't care to spend their time wearing corpse paint and walking the traditional path of Black Metal, they stood apart by being different and having an open minded approach to their art. For that- they were really fucking special and unique. I found this band through file sharing about a decade ago. I listened to them a bunch when I first found out about them and Im still listening now. They withstood the test of time and I really feel like in the next couple of years people are going to truly appreciate what they did for the genre and scene as a whole.
Here's some videos of them performing live:
And here's my favourite albums of theirs: Fex Urbis Lex Orbis & Hollow Psalms
Another Great Love Song & The Ludicra Ep
Praise to Ludicra!