(sorry, i did a mistake. The comment was directed to >>3335
Ok, i agree with you at your first point. Katatonia sounds better than any of the first wave bm bands, BUT Katatonia was Doom/Death Metal (actually, they play "Depressive Rock" or something like that), which is different from Black Metal, so your point isn't certain at all.
What do you mean by "regular bm"? When BM started at the 80's with Venom, it was supposed to sound raw, powerful and sometimes fast, like heavy metal, or even faster like speed metal with Sodom's In The Sign of Evil EP. They didn't even care about being famous, they just sang with lyrics like blasphemy, sex, wars and about satan. This is called first wave bm.
Now, the 2nd wave of BM (or also called "trve black metal" by the kiddos) came with Norwegian and Swedish bands like Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, Marduk, Immortal, which most of them had a noisy, speedy, crushing technical powerful riffs, and neither they're being mainstream. The lyrics on those ones are the same as 1st wave, but more inspired to chaos, armageddon, pagan gods, occultism and mystic creatures with harsh vocals.
How can you say that it is "uninspired"? C'mon dude, learn a little about the origins from this genre.
DSBM is more like depression, suicide, misanthropy, death and stuff like that. The only band that i know and i listened to is Silencer and some songs from Nattramn's project "Diagnose: Lebensgefahr"
>now everyone wants to be Dark Funeral and Gorgoroth
Welp, Dark Funeral is probably not-too-mainstream. Gorgoroth is going the same way, and Cradle of Filth... i don't know, i've never listened to them, but they are more like death metal
If you hate "regular bm", OK, it's just your opinion...