1. Antaeus - De Principii Evangelikum
2. Anorexia Nervosa - Exile
3. Sa Meute - Hyperborée
The French version of Blackdeath...how is that a bad thing?
4. Deathspell Omega - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
Maybe the most hyped black metal band in existence, but not without good reason! Fas is by far my favorite DO album...although there is quite a bit of filler, when they really get going it's a total whirlfuck of complex technical blackness.
5. Blut Aus Nord - Odinist - The Destruction Of Reason By Illumination
If you haven't picked up from most of these album titles already the majority of French black metal acts concern themselves with existential topics-no mere "praise Satan" for these folks. Blut has been performing their warped version of existential Black metal for well over a decade and a half now. All of mainman Vindsval's releases are beyond solid, but Odinist has these especially woozy seasick guitars that meld so so well with the idiosyncratic drumbeats. Music to go slipping through wormholes to.
6. Nuit Noire - Infantile Espieglery
The very best of faerical blasting metal. The riffs are so simple but so good that I can't even stand it!
7. Mutiilation - Sorrow Galaxies
This actually isn't my favorite Mutiilation album (that would be the oh so fucked-up Black Millennium (Grimly Reborn) from 2001), but Sorrow Galaxies may very well be Monsieur Roussel's best work....streamlined, more technical, but still just as weird as ever. We're proud of ya Willie!
8. Blacklodge - Login:satan
Inject pure satan into your veins...drugged up, cyber-fetishist excellence.
9. Wolok - Caput Mortuum
By mutants for mutants.
10. Vlad Tepes/Belketre - March To The Black Holocaust
Couldn't get through this list without at least one LLN release. 2 words. Diabolical Reaps.