Best Black Metal BandsAvAtArA
The Top Ten
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.
BATHORY! This band will always be the best for me, however the other bands on this list have their places well deserved. However I do believe that Darkthrone deserve to be a lot higher on this list than they already are, especially before Dimmu Borgir (go ahead HATE ON ME). Just my opinion... - LadyBanshee
I listen to Enter the Eternal fire and loved it in less than a minute, before the first four listens I had already checked their best albums and downloaded them. They make the type of music I always thought was a fantasy. If you are passionately hardcore, dark, and a little compassionate... They'll be the best thing you've ever heard (Nutty Nyc)
Rip quorthonV 29 Comments
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
Awesome songs and pretty furious while still being enjoyable. I like their album At the Heart of Winter very much. This, Bathory and Dimmu Borgir are at the top of the league.
Immortal makes only cold and dark masterpieces. - christianstefflV 38 Comments
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!
This is the best Black Metal band of all time in my opinion. The band that created the Black Metal atmosphere in my view. - ahh28
Blends terrifying and brutal together. As someone who comes from thrash and death metal Mayhem introduced me to Black Metal and I have yet to find a black metal band as talented as them.
pioneers - christianstefflV 38 Comments
He is the one man super band with the vocals of a crazy man!
My personal favorite artist in any form in any category for anything, definitely deserving of the number 1 spot, having pioneered second wave black metal. Even though he now refuses to associate himself with the scene and had no intention to start or take part in it in the first place. However, leaving my passion for Burzum aside, if it was placed second to Bathory I wouldn't be ultimately dissatisfied. But anything else? Bull. - KeyToTheWatchtower
This solo project has become some of the best Black Metal out there. - ahh28
I think this band deserve to be the number 1... this is about what black metal really is, raw, brutal and natural, plus Varg s writing is real..V 45 Comments
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 took everything a Black Metal band was supposed to be with the same general style as well as the embrace of church burnings, and then made it even better with their songwriting and brilliant vocals and musicians. The atmosphere and ominous feeling you get from listening to their stuff from "In the Nightshade Eclipse" gives many people chills and really feels like some evil force is present. Also, Emperor called it quits before they could become bad (as many bands stay active for way too long while their music becomes worse and worse), making many look up to them as "legends".
Emperor is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to black metal. They do represent the pinnacle of songwriting, musicianship, conveyance of emotional intensity and atmosphere as far as I know and hear - not to mention one of the only BM bands I've ever seen that don't look and sound like pretentious idiots.
Emperor must be number oneV 25 Comments
Cradle of filth are not BM.
Darkthrone is True Norwegian Black Metal and should be number 2m/
Highly respected Black Metal. - ahh28
Should be higherV 21 Comments
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
Dimmu Borgir! They should be a bit higher. Regardless, the rest of the bands (or most of them) are definitely worthy of their positions, such as Mayhem, Burzum, Immortal and of course, Bathory, however Behemoth should be up there too, or at least somewhere higher than they are. But hell, all metal (with the exception of the not so good metal) is good metal.
Dimmu Borgir should definitely be number one. Yeah this list is ok but this band should get higher position. All the ten bands are my favourites specially dimmu, mayhem and behemoth. Shagrath has such a class voice and the guitar of silenoz! Oh man! You just can't stop head banging while listening to them. My favourite is mourning palace and puritania. Heil Dimmu!
Get these posers off the list. - RamblesV 52 Comments
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.
This is the god of death metal in poland along with vader-basically death metal band but but many songs of this band has a twendency to black metal, they are one of the most professional band in the history-by the way nergal is cured and can compose more legendery songs like before
Absolutely horrifying and brutal. Pure art. Behemoth at least deserves top 3V 39 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.
One of the darkest and best black metal bands! Should be on at least top 5!
Easily one of black metal's darkest, most aggressive bands, Gorgoroth has consistently forged the path for bands looking for a heavier shade of the black metal movement. - JR302
Early Gorgoroth was the best. From 1993-1997 was their peak. Hat is literally the greatest black metal vocalist ever (unfortunately he is very underrated and has the sad name of Hat) and Pest being a great replacement for Hat. During this time, Infernys wrote some of the most evil riffs ever. Recommended album would be Pentagram, honestly my favorite black metal album. But the Ghaal and King of Hell era was just mediocre. Walking tabloids and scene queens don't go well with true Norwegian black metal - SirSkeletorThe3rdV 40 Comments
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. - GREYBOYY
crazy 2 here the music sounds better than a whole lot better than there counterparts
Lets not be stupid. There wouldn't be black metal with out these guys.
Venom Reign Black MetalV 13 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..
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.
The riffs these guys produced are incredible. #2 behind Bathory and the best Norwegian Black Metal band ever - ryanrimmel
The best band of the world!V 12 Comments
With such lyrical themes such as satanism, darkness and death but can still remain musically melodic and beautiful (black-metal wise), Dissection is definitely one of the greatest Black Metal bands ever, at least way greater than Demon Burger.
Anti-cosmic metal of death...
Please don't put bands like dimmu borgir here... They're not black metal band!
Pure Satanic swedish Black Metal. Hail the Legacy!
What should be #2.melodic vocals,guitars.storm of Light banes Was awesome.Too Bad Jon Nodviedt Left Us,What A BlkMetal Warrior!V 9 Comments
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.
Amazing Swedish Black Metal band. - ahh28
They're good, just not for me. I prefer Darkthrone.V 11 Comments
Great list but I think Dark Funeral should be much higher
Top 15? Dark funeral should be at least top 5!
I honestly do not understand how this guy's are not at least top 5... Those lyrics and riffs are just amazing, and those screams... Just amainzg
Dark funeral are awesome! I think they should be higher on this list!V 9 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 1st. - IronSabbathPriest
Another awesome pioneering actV 3 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!
One of the best bands around, the album "The Mantle" is literally the greatest piece of entertainment ever made - Tylerlangford1234
Black Metal in a non-conventional way! A lot of atmospheric and acoustic passages. Melancholy and epic musicianship!V 2 Comments
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 melodyV 1 Comment
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 3 Comments
Windir is not in the top 10? Even if not, 57 seriously? Laugh out loud this is not serious
One of the greatest Norwegian Black Metal Band Norway has ever known.
Windir is like Death, Legendary
Windir is amazing, both Valfar's and Cosmocrator's vocals are phenomenal, and while being really hard music, it has these beautiful softspots with clean vocals that blow me away. It's sad that they never got to become very famous before Valfar died.V 3 Comments
Listen to their albums Melissa and Don't Break the Oath, and you will find reasons to vote this band to take it up to the top ten!
King Diamond is the best Vocalist known to man. Mercyful Fate was the very first wave of Black Metal. All hail the King!V 1 Comment
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