1. Order of the Vulture: While all of their stuff is excellent and are an outstanding live act, the Christ Killer album is by far one of my favourites and probably the best release of the past decade. Members of Order are also in the Black metal band L'Acephale as well as Hail.
2. Iskra: From Vancouver, Canada, Iskra spawned from the ashes of the Hardcore Punk band Black Kronstadt. They are an outstanding live performers and are quite active in the Northwest; they are connected with a number of other bands but most notably Leper and Skagos. In Russian, Iskra translates to spark.
3. Summon The Crows: Summon the Crows hail from Oslo, Norway. So far they only have a single full length and a a couple demo releases.