Two early gems from the psychedelic Vikings in Enslaved. You all know (and hopefully love) this fucking band, so I won't digress too much about their history or sound. These guys really pioneered the whole "artsy black metal" thing in the early 90's, releasing a couple demos, these two albums, and another one called Vikingligr Veldi in 1994. Frost is an epic, brutal album, bleak and sad but also shrieking with menace. Hordanes Land is more of the same, only grittier and more primitive. High points galore. But the best part about Hordanes Land has got to be that recurring, too-loud keyboard note that comes around every couple bars on "Slaget i skogen bortenfor/Prologr/Slaget". It's amazing. If you don't know what I'm talking about, please check it out immediately.
Oh, and by the way: Hordanes Land is a split album with some band called Emperor, who soon after went on to record a decent little album called In The Nightside Eclipse. So there's that, too.
ENSLAVED - FROST (1994)
ENSLAVED/EMPEROR - HORDANES LAND (split album, 1993)
PS: My original cassette version of Hordanes Land has a glaring misprint -- Emperor is spelled EMPORER on the spine of it. This has GOTTA be worth some bucks. Confirm/deny, anyone?