Best Black Metal BandsAvAtArA
The Top Ten
Best black metal band - Mbhsepiphoneplayer
Greatest black metal of all time
Quorthon the man the myth the legend
A very underrated band in general
An awesome band (formed by one man) and one of the pioneers in the black metal genre (together with Celtic Frost).
One of the best black metal bands I've heard.
One of the best viking metal bands I've heard.
One of the best thrash metal bands I've heard.
Classic band! Just listen Enter the Eternal Fire... And you'll know soon what I'm saying.
IMMORTAL, DARKTHRONE, BURZUM, MAYHEM AND EMPEROR should be at first spot irrespective of their position they equally important
This list totally wrecked
DIMMU BORGIR is greatly influenced by IMMORTAL
Whether or not you consider them to be the best, they're regardless the most black metal band there is besides Gorgoroth. And, I would say they're even more-so black metal -- they haven't released their names, they've perhaps stuck to the sound more than anyone else. It doesn't get more black metal than Immortal. - JR302
Black Metal has been a genre of adaptation. The original artists used what was available at the time to make outstanding metal music. Immortal takes the cake for best Black Metal band, because their sound evolved with the times. As high end production and tone control became available to them, they utilized it. Other bands purposefully release Black Metal with sub-par production to evoke the sound of the poorly recorded originals. Immortal does not jump onto the pretentious "kvlt" bandwagon with their sound. Instead, they have put their focus into making Black Metal for a new generation.V 40 Comments
Hail Mayhem. Necrobutcher, Dead, Euronymous and Hellhammer are emperors of the second wave!
An awesome band, greatly influences most bands of the death/black metal scene.
Dead was the first man to use the corpse paint.
The only band of the world to have a murderer and a murdered recording together.
Hail Mayhem! DARKNESS IS GLOWING!
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is one of the best albums in the whole genre, but others... - Merkwurdigliebe
This is the best Black Metal band of all time in my opinion. The band that created the Black Metal atmosphere in my view. - ahh28V 45 Comments
Darkthrone should be top three
Defining black metal. Later black-crust-punk also kicks - williamb
Cradle of filth are not BM.
Why is Immortal above Burzum and Darkthrone? Even Emperor are better than Immortal.V 31 Comments
The guy aside, the music is on another level.
Hail Varg, STOP WATCHING PORN START WATCHING VARG
Every song has an iconic or differentiating riff with every other instrument at top quality... Recorded and written by one man.
He is the one man super band with the vocals of a crazy man!V 54 Comments
No other band could be symphincally so accurate
Wtf!! How is Emperor not at the top of this list?? While I'll give Venom credit for starting the genre in a way, their music on the other hand sucks. Emperor are the kings of Black Metal! Every great element of Black Metal (other than the general riff structure and vocal approach, which goes to Mayhem) was done first by this band. Dimmu Borgir sounded like an Emperor tribute band at first and Satyricon isn't even Black Metal anymore they're more like Black Rock. Great list but Emperor should be a no-brainer #1 here. Kudos for throwing Celtic Frost in the list as well!! - sorteal
Emperor are my favorite by a clear mile. Ulver are my second, but they are way beyond black metal.
In the Nightside Eclipse was my introduction to Black Metal...there are plenty of aspects that led me to fully appreciate Black Metal...the highlight being the atmospheric quality (besides from the chilling sensation in the body) evokes an an intense yearning desire to voyage on a journey to wilderness, solitude and peace eternally away from the hustle and bustle of the city...sounds ridiculous but wow.. - Arhaan95V 31 Comments
While they're not completely black metal but, I feel they deserve their position on this list. They had a huge influence on a lot of extreme metal bands that emerged after the mid-90s.
Whilst staying true to their black metal origins, this band's sound evolves with every album. They're are pleasure to listen to, it's pure escapism for me. Love the fact that every album has a different feel and sound too.
These guy's are amazing. Hail Satan!
Honestly, I like Dimmu Borgir a lot (hate me), but they don't belong on this list. They aren't "true black metal", the top spots should belong to the bands Dimmu Borgir looked up to (Bathory, Immortal, Venom, Mayhem, Emperor, Celtic Frost)
Basically, they are too symphonic to be considered a true black metal band, because they took the "raw" element out of the music. - ryanrimmel
You can't go wrong with Venom alright
Not the best, but they're great, and I love them. I think Kirk Hammett put it the best. "Listening to Venom is like watching a bad horror movie, as long as you don't have high expectation's you'll enjoy it a lot"
LAY DOWN YOUR SOULS TO THE GODS ROCK AND ROLL
Even though bands like Venom, Celtic Frost or Mercyful Fate have influenced the genre a lot, neither of them are actually black metal. I'd say that Venom would be for thrash / speed metal list. - levtomas1998
Just because later bands change the style of black metal, it doesn't mean Venom, Celtic Frost weren't black, Celtic Frost were even Death Metal. - GREYBOYYV 25 Comments
How come these guys aren't at the top? Gorgoroth is but the most brutal (yet understandable in terms of melody) black metal band of all, these are the most satanic group of musicians there is and wrote the hymn of black metal that is Sign of an Open Eye.
Gorgoroth is awesome.
One of the darkest and best black metal bands! Should be on at least top 5!V 42 Comments
The first Black Metal band I have listened to I love these band
Behemoth is great
Behemoth should be way higher, and it is the best deathly black metal band to date (anytime) so its gotta be one of my favorites
Their not to black metal these days but I love their older raw black metal albums behemoth are defiantly one of my favorites.V 50 Comments
Their song themes are very dark and evil but what stands out to me is their musicality. They were playing so much more melodic and genius music than in my opinion a lot of other bands
Just pure masterpiece of a band made by a genius Jon Nodtveidt,
Just a pure mastermind behind the masterpiece's, Hail Dissection!V 15 Comments
18? What? This is by far the best black metal band ever! Granted, they experiment with a lot of different types of metal, but black metal is the true sound of Celtic Frost. Tom Warrior is an absolute genius, and he's basically my biggest inspiration for writing music
The first true Black Metal band. (Bathory is good but Hellhammer/Celtic Frost is ridiculously great) Danse Macabre is the most terrifying track you can hear.
Saddens me that the greatest, most influential black metal band is not even in the top ten. - IronSabbathPriest
#17? No way! They deserve to be in the top five. - IronSabbathPriestV 3 Comments
Hell! Why so low? They deserve to be in the top 3 along with mayhem and burzum! New black metal bands suck! For me dimmu borgir is not the real bm their melodies really ruin the black metal essence..
Anyone heard the newest album? doesn't even sound like black metal at all to me
Cradle of Filth are not black metal, nor the Dimmu Borgir, at least my opinion band who created anthem for norwegian black metal sound should be on the top of the list.
What, you have to revise this invalid list and adjust it instantly, this band should be at least in top 5V 13 Comments
They have released five albums, all of which are brilliant. I even got a signed copy of Marrow of the Spirit from the band! - IronSabbathPriest
This is the band that has defined my life. Ever since I heard The Mantle for the first time ever, my way of thinking and interests altered for the better. The dark dismal lyrics, sometimes about nature, are just so so powerful. I could not ask for a better gift in my life than Agalloch!
Black Metal in a non-conventional way! A lot of atmospheric and acoustic passages. Melancholy and epic musicianship!
The band that made me listen to black metalV 2 Comments
Best Black Metal band of all time in my opinion! They should at least be in the top 5 on this list!
The best off all time beyond the shadow of a doubt it must be among top 5 bands
Probably the most blasphemous band on the planet, as well one of the best black metal bands nowadays, the reason black metal is still strong. Check out their in my opinion best album, Panzer Division Marduk, and you'll know what I'm talking about, and they still reign mighty and unstoppable.
Unbelievable evil, great for all the family, best growler in the business.V 16 Comments
Not just a great Black Metal band, but one of the most creative and innovative bands making music today. Enslaved consistently release quality albums.
Enslaved should be higher on this list. One of the best bands of the past 20 years, black metal or otherwise.
Frost is my favorite black metal album. There are a lot of great albums in black metal such as spiritual black dimmensions by dimmu Borgir, pure holocaust by immortal and anything by gorgoroth and dark funeral but frost just stand out in this genera just like transylvanian hunger
Apparently this is an under-rated band! I thought they would be higher. :/ - elves23V 4 Comments
Watain is literally the best black metal band ever, it's one of the bands that made me the one who I am today
One of the best swedish black metal bands out there. Just listen to songs like Legions of the Black Light and Malfeitor and you'll see their greatness. - zappyo29
I like Venom but it's not black metal Watain actually is
Should at least be in the top ten.V 6 Comments
Really? 18? Dark Funetal kicks ass! They definitely should be way higher on the list. Top 5 at least.
UNCHAIN MA SOUL AND SATAN WILL BE LAUGHING FROM HIS THRONE
#14? still underrated.
Great list but I think Dark Funeral should be much higherV 17 Comments
For the longest time black metal had become really stagnant and most of the new bands were just recycling the old and not being any innovative until the genre. Until Wolves in the Throne Room arrive and took black metal to new places. They are by far the best modern black metal bands to date.
I just found this band the other day and I am so glad I did! They are so amazing. I was listening to their latest album, "Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten," and the story was so incredible. The whole ouija story was incredible! I definitely recommend.
Top 5 for sure these guys are amazing
Best symphonic black metal band ever existed to date, symphonies are just flawless. I am shocked how the band isn't even in top 10.. I think those who haven't listened Carach Angren should rot in hell.
The everything on this band is amazing.
The vocals are possibly the most listenable of any black metal band I've ever heard, alongside Darkthrone.
The symphonies are breathtaking, and the lyrics perfectly match the atmosphere given off by said symphonies.
Drums are no slouch either, with very well structured parts and an insanely talented player.
Guitars could stand to shine a bit more, though.
The best melodic black/death metal hybrid there is. The band has many influences from Dark Funeral and Dimmu Borgir in their compositions.
They should be at number 6.
Melodic yet aggressive,you can drown your sorrow deep within the song's melody
Definitely one of my favourites, listened to this since I was 13!
My favorite proto black metal band. 1st wave is obviously the best and I HATE IT when people say " well it's not really black metal, more thrash or speed etc". They just don't sound like 2nd wave. But Hellhammer is my favorite. I'm sorry, but they should have stuck to hellhammer rather than change to Celtic Frost... that's my opinion - Rusty665
So black and depressing
Old school 1st wave bm one of my fave bands
For me in the top 10. great sound - christiansteffl
They might not be black metal anymore. But you can't deny the brilliance of their albums. Bergtatt is an amazing black metal album that I find as underrated.
Bergtatt is the best black metal album ever. Period. No one comes close
They aren't black metal anymore, but Bergtatt is one of the best albums ever, and Natten's Madrigal is also. To see them at #41 is shameful.V 2 Comments
Ma god - brutal
Good band at wrong category.
85? What? At least in the top ten list..
Top 30 at least
Their only one album is amazingly amazing, professional drummer...
His debut solo album is incredible - ryanrimmel
Very underrated one man black metal band! Fran Marder and Kostogher are masterpieces
Alcest invented the blackgaze. They went far from the stereotypical black metal tematics talking about otherwordly, melancholic and ethereal things.
I'm in love with Neige. I had to say it, sorry guys.
Such a nice and pleasant band
You can feel their songs.. Ah.. such.. I don't know what to say about them...
Their songs (almost all) are so pleasant. - Kaustab
You can't make a list without this band they are so good at making their music
True Norwegian Black Metal. Needless to say more.
The most negative band on earth. I love them.
In my opinion, the best black metal band.V 3 Comments
Not only are they death metal, they're an awful talentless group. I'd rather listen to Black Veil Brides all day than this trash.
ONE OF THE BEST QUALITY DEATH/BLACK METAL BAND
Listen to them they are nice. give it a try
Best band ever.
More emotional value than any other black metal band.
Drudkh have shown that great black metal doesn't have to come from Norway. drudkh always delivers great albums my favorites being "Blood In Our Wells" and "Autumn Aurora"
Drudkh brings great albums my favorite being "blood in our wells"
Drudkh is the best black metal ambient/folk oriented style- band of the XXI century. They are unique, folkish melodic and atmospheric. Blood in Our Wells is their best relase to dateV 1 Comment
The band most underrated of Black Metal
One of the best and most underrated metal bands today!
Probably the best, but very unknown..
Unbelievable band! Invoking The Majestic Throne Of Satan🤘🤘🤘is probably the BEST BM record EVER
Nowhere near black metal - Ananya
What horna isn't from norway
It's a only true Norwegian black metal band
This band is ass
This isn't black metal, this is hipster nonsense - SirSkeletorThe3rd
Their music is organic, impassioned and often quite beautiful. They consistently deliver high quality songs.
Taking black metal to new places with heavily emotional music.
The best black metal ever heard is from leviathan
Leviathan is why I'm into black metal he deserves all possible thanks I can give
Way to low on the list
Some of the darkest, and most sinister Black Metal out there! - Spineapple
Awesome black metal who cares if they're national socialist they're a good black metal band with nice elements of folk
Very good black metal. their album lunar poetry is a masterpiece of black metal with a lot of folk and viking metal in the sound - christiansteffl
The I.N.R.I. album is some of the best first wave black metal music. listen to it and just try to prove me wrong. should be in the top twenty of any black metal list.
Sarcofago should be a lot higher. They were the first band to use Corpse Paint, way before MAYHEM did however. In fact, many Norwegian Black Metal bands such as Mayhem, Satyricon, Darkthrone, and Gorgoroth have all cited Sarcofago as a major influence.
Listen to INRI and you will understand - ryanrimmel
Fenriz, drummer of Darkthrone, included a Sarcófago track ("Satanic Lust") in his The Best of Old-School Black Metal compilation. That’s enough for you all?
Thrash, not black metal. Why?
One of the more interesting black metal bands, who released 3 fantastic albums in the late 90s
Black thrash still awesome
Best Band from Latvia! - Mikbiter15
This band is insanely good
In my opinion, Lyrical Content has rather little to do with the Genre. For example, you could rewrite a Mayhem song to be about how much you love kittens. It would have Black Metal riffing, Vocals, etc. It would still be Black Metal. The same goes for "Christian Metal". "Christian Metal" is NOT a Genre. Antestor is NOT a "Christian Metal" band. They are a Black Metal Band with Christian Lyrical Themes.
just hear it, and your life will change - rock2metal
This band should be way higher on the list. It paved the way for Christian black metal, and is my favorite black metal band (I'm a chrstian) For their best album(in my opinion) they had the drummer from mayhem (hellhammer) which makes the songs even more awesome. Great lyrics about the struggles of a Christian life. I think this band deserves a spot in the top 10V 4 Comments
One of the best black metal bands there is, everyone that knows can appreciate this beauty
Windir is surprisingly low at 53. They are my favorite band out of the ones in this list, along with Agalloch and maybe Immortal.
Should be way higher. Since they no longer exist since 2004 such a low rank is understandable but everyone who knows this band can appreciate the uniqueness of this band. By far my most favourite band of all time.
Should be in the top 10 at the very least, every album is great, If you like epic, melodic, heavy and experimental black metal this is a band you gotta check out.V 9 Comments
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