Best Viking Metal Bands


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1Amon AmarthAmon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

People argue that Amon Amarth is melodic death metal and not viking metal but come on guys all they sing about is vikings... They're viking metal. And just because Bathory was the first viking metal band doesn't mean they're the best. Amon Amarth does viking metal the best

The instruments and the vocals are melodic death metal. Viking metal is all really just a lyrical style and these guys only sing about Viking mythology and Vikings pillaging villages.

I love this band! Usually, I'm not a big fan of growling, but Hegg does something that makes it interesting and almost melodic. The ridiculous speeds of their songs is incomparably epic. If your going to go Viking Metal, Amon Amarth is a versatile band that almost any lover of metal can enjoy.

Everyone else can fight for second place. AA eviscerates!

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2BathoryBathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.

Bathory has invented this genre! What the hell is wrong with you people? Vote this great band to first place and Amon Amarth to second!

Swedish Black Metal band Bathory are considered as the pioneers of Viking Metal. - Nord666


I do not understand how this is even a debate. Bathory will always be the best viking metal band to ever exist. This is indisputable. - LadyBanshee

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Maybe the best viking metal band now.

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4TyrTýr is a Faroese heavy metal band. Their subject matter revolves almost entirely around Viking lore, mythology, and history, taking their name from the Norse god of law and justice.V2 Comments
5EnslavedEnslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed in Haugesund in June 1991. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway.

Very good band, I love how they mix Progressive Metal in Black/Viking Metal. - GREYBOYY

As fire swept clean the earth is one of the greatest songs in all of metal. - wolphert

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6TurisasTurisas is a Finnish metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström, and named after an ancient Finnish God of war.

Turisas is very overlooked. Their album The Varangian Way is what got me into Death Metal with Folk Influences 'Viking' Metal. definitely should be higher up this list. m/

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8FinntrollFinntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal.
10EquilibriumEquilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.

Everything they put out is amazing. Should be much higher on this list.

If you are new to this band, check out the album "Sagas".

The Contenders

11MithotynV1 Comment

Great band but sadly they aren't very famous

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13HeidevolkV1 Comment

They just sound beautiful and the lyrics are in Icelandic which always sounds great

Thy are the best thy are from Iceland and make great awesome I'm from Iceland my self but there music is unice even though u don't really understand what thy are saying just the sound is amazing

15WindirWindir was a black metal band from Sogndal, Norway. The band combined black metal with folk music and mythology.

Was a great band but now disbanded.

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17MoonsorrowMoonsorrow is a pagan metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 1995. Musically, the band incorporates elements of black metal and folk metal in their sound.

If you haven't heard this band, check them out now!

18ManowarManowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.
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List StatsUpdated 4 Dec 2016

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Top Remixes

1. Bathory
2. Tyr
3. Ensiferum
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2. Amon Amarth
3. Enslaved



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