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.
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)
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
The G.O.A.TV 38 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
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.
Immortal makes only cold and dark masterpieces. - christianstefflV 39 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.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is one of the best albums in the whole genre, but others... - MerkwurdigliebeV 44 Comments
Cradle of filth are not BM.
Darkthrone is True Norwegian Black Metal and should be number 2m/
Highly respected Black Metal. - ahh28
Who is in black metal,knows what is darkthroneV 28 Comments
He is the one man super band with the vocals of a crazy man!
This solo project has become some of the best Black Metal out there. - ahh28
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
One of the oldestV 50 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.
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 28 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
Behemoth is greatV 49 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!
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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd
Gorgoroth is awesome.V 41 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
Lets not be stupid. There wouldn't be black metal with out these guys.
crazy 2 here the music sounds better than a whole lot better than there counterparts
Meh they’re okayV 23 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.
What, you have to revise this invalid list and adjust it instantly, this band should be at least in top 5
Anyone heard the newest album? doesn't even sound like black metal at all to meV 13 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!
Just a pure mastermind behind the masterpiece's, Hail Dissection!V 12 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
Another awesome pioneering actV 3 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 must be no. 4 or at least 5. REMEMBER, MY FUNERAL m/V 14 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
The best off all time beyond the shadow of a doubt it must be among top 5 bandsV 15 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!
This guys for me have a lot of value in level of listining music
have great riff's with such powerful outdoor and nature sound
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
Last saw them at the garage in London, awesome extreme metal band, long before that bought Frost on vinyl; think it was at metalheads. Eld.. was my favourite cd; and they should be in the top ten.V 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
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
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.
This list is so lacking it should be called top 10 black metal bands every one knows. Not that there isn't any good bands in it Burzum and Windir (Windir not being that popular though) are great and among the finest but Behemoth or Venom at the top common. Moonsorrow for example are far better than any or most of the top ones and its not even in the top 10. Where is Rotting Christ for example or Peste Noir. I agree with the statement that top 10s are personal opinions but this list seems poorly researched.
One of the greatest Norwegian Black Metal Band Norway has ever known.
Windir is not in the top 10? Even if not, 57 seriously? Laugh out loud this is not serious
Epic stuff.V 5 Comments
Nowhere near black metal - Ananya
Einherjer is not so much a "Black Metal" band, but more a viking metal band, kinda like Bathory by the way.
They may have some BM influences but to call them BM is wrong.
Hell yeah.. Kickass Newengland Style Thrashy Atmospheric Power metal influenced Black Metal! Disgusting Lyrics Too! About time a New England Band was put on this list. The only other black metal band from Massachusetts I know is Obsidian Tongue and they are no Rancid Abomination. Obsidian tongue didn't develop a new style of BM. Rancid Abomination DID! Should be in the Top 5 with Windir and some others. It's not quite Windir good but... Close. - damianichabod
The chant of the barbarian wolves is my favorite song of them
One of my favourite Bands, they're fantastic
The band that first got me into black metal!
Kinky - EliHbkV 4 Comments
Summoning is 100% AWESOME. ALL "lord of the rings" fans REALLY should hear this bands music. THEY make black metal AWESOME.
Summoning's black metal sound is very unique. Relying heavily on synths, they aren't as heavy as other bands on this list, but they are a fine bm band no less. This band proves how vast and unique of a genre black metal is.
Summoning makes amazing music. Both the lyrics and the music are fantastic. Me as a lord of the rings fan I recommend this band to all of the fans of the tolkiens books and the fans of the movies.
Greatst Epic Black Metal Band from Austria!V 4 Comments
Top 5 for sure these guys are amazing
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.
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.
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.V 11 Comments
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
47? Come on, I mean, ok they aren't black metal anymore, but there's one argument that they should be in top 30-20, and that is "Bergtatt: Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler"V 2 Comments
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
Must be next to Dimmu Borgir - BLACKEN
Must be top 20 on ANYONES list
53? They must be higher. Hell, anyone would vote for them if they knew they shared the same frontman as Dimmu Borgir - ryanrimmel
Their only one album is amazingly amazing, professional drummer...
His debut solo album is incredible - ryanrimmel
85? What? At least in the top ten list..
Good band at wrong category.
Top 30 at least
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.
Th fathersV 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
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
One of the best and most underrated metal bands today!
The band most underrated of Black Metal
Probably the best, but very unknown..
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 date
Such depression. I feel as my life revolves around the cover of drudkhs "blood in our wells" and I am on the sled being pulled ththrough medieval Ukraine!
It's a only true Norwegian black metal band
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.
This band is ass
This isn't black metal, this is hipster nonsense - SirSkeletorThe3rd
This band is awesome, you understand if you listen to the tara album
The new albums are evil and reek of occult magick abzu album is best so far.
''Apsu'' coming out in December 2017.
ABSU ALL THE WAY
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?
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