It’s a bold and brave statement but a very personal one, one from experience: the best produced and most ground breaking releases that are filed under Second Wave of Black Metal and/or Scandinavian Black Metal happened in the period of 1995 to 1997.
Sure there are a handful of classic releases before – and they are classics for me too, specially by Bathory and Darkthrone – but these 2-3 years will be remembered as the quintessential period marking the sensational rise of the bands featured in this mix, and in most cases considered by many to be coincident with the release of their magnum opus.