Best Norwegian Black Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Mayhem Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.


Most important band in this list. If there was no Mayhem there would be no Black Metal. They set the landmark for the Black Metal genre and its culture. - Nord666

Before blindly voting for Mayhem, ask yourself this: Do you even listen to anything other than De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas? - farckashkun

Mayhem has continued to produce great music to this day...esoteric warfare was a great album as were all of it's predecessors

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2 Immortal Immortal Immortal is a black metal band from Bergen, Norway, founded in 1990 by frontman and guitarist Abbath Doom Occulta and former guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta.

Love these guys, especially the period when Abbath was on guitar and lead vocals. Sons of Northern Darkness got me hooked. I'm not a huge fan of the "Symphonic" Black Metal style, and instead prefer the full in assault. Don't care for the typical grunting black metal vocal style for effect, and much prefer the story telling vocals of a band like Immortal.

Man, the music is heavy.

Awesome style... Kick-ass drums with awesome guitars and great vocal range and with adventerous lyrics about the adventures of "Blashyrkh" actually they are lyrically better than other black metal bands in my mind - nooreldeen


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3 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church more.

I think Burzum is greatest black metal band, all of his albums are great, music and lyrics so beautiful. I think, Burzum must be on first position.

I don't like Varg Vikernes personally, but you can't hate his music. He's a genius Black Metal musician. - Nord666

Best Norwegian Black Metal Band ever and endless.

He rocks mysocks

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4 Darkthrone Darkthrone Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band. It formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene. Their first three black metal more.

Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger is the purest embodiment of norwegian black metal ideology. Moronic creatures who mindlessly voted for Mayhem know absolutely nothing about black metal. - Vip3r

The best, look no further than the unholy trinity!

One of the pioneers of black metal

Darkthrone released the very first "True Black Metal" full length A Blaze In The Northern Sky. As far as my knowledge goes, The mayhem demos and Deathcrush were out there but this was the first LP that hit the black metal scene. Every album after this is an amazing piece of Norwegian black metal art. you must own the unholy trinity!

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5 Emperor Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

Emperor had created a unique style in Extreme Metal. From a raw, atmospheric and symphonic Black Metal to a Progressive and complex Metal. One most important Metal band ever...

Emperor Is King! They have truly the most complex music of All in black metal history. Also the are most pure in the way their black metal presents itself.

No way number 1! I can think of heaps that would go above them.

I'm surprised to see these guys at number 1 they are my favorite black meral band of all time - countnightdark13

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6 Satyricon Satyricon Satyricon is a Norwegian black metal band formed in Oslo, Norway in 1991 by vocalist Satyr and drummer Frost. The band's first three albums typify the Norwegian black metal style. Since their fourth album in 1999, the band has moved towards a more traditional heavy metal style.

Here only because of their early stuffs (Nemesis Divina etc. ). I hate their new style, now, they sound more like industrial metal. - Nord666

Talented and awesome

Became weird
But were good

I prefer their new stuff over their old. guess I'm too mainstream. working my way to the more tradisional black metal, like immortal and emperor. I suppose you could compare them to metallica. old stuff loved by true fans, and new stuff liked by mainstreamers. I listen to pretty much anything from queen to cannibal corpse, but haven't gotten too deep into black metal yet.

7 Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir Dimmu Borgir is a Norwegian symphonic black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. The name is derived from Dimmuborgir, a volcanic formation in Iceland, the name of which means "dark cities" or "dark castles/fortresses" in Icelandic, Faroese and Old Norse.

Awesome band...great musicians...groundbreaking early albums up to In Sorte Diablo...last one sucked...waiting for ages for new stuff. Should be at number One...but other bands in list are very good Black/ Death Metal rules...

Old dimmu borgir is best. New one is okay but not that good

Dimmu Burgers best Burgers

Dimmu should be number one Di

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8 Gorgoroth Gorgoroth Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. Formed in 1992 by Infernus, the band is named after the dead plateau of evil and darkness in the land of Mordor (a fictional location in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings).

If this list was solely based on music, Gorgoroth deserves a much higher placing considering how strong their first 3-4 albums actually are.

Infernus (the best norwegian black metal guitarist), Gaahl (one of the best black metal vocalists), Grim (the 2nd best black metal drummer) and many more who played for gorgoroth, Is there any doubt about their awesomeness? - Nord666

Between Mayhem and Gorgoroth, Gorgoroth is the best at what they do, of course not bashing Mayhem in any way

Probably the most darkest of the blacks, Gorgoroth is an excellent band that should be at the top 3.

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9 Enslaved Enslaved Enslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed in Haugesund in June 1991. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway.

Progressive Black/Viking Metal, I love how they mix Progressive Metal with Viking/Black Metal. - GREYBOYY

10 1349 1349 1349 is a Norwegian black metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1997. The band's name comes from the year the Black Death reached Norway.

If you miss any of Frost's(Satyricon and 1349) kick-ass double bass drumming, you should definitely visit 1349. Although they have also been experimental over the years, the blast beats FROST is famous for can be evidently heard in their songs, with a lot more grooves, than just blast beats. Listen to Sculptor Of Flesh from their album Hellfire, to get the idea.

Best for sure!

The Contenders

11 Carpathian Forest

A RAW black metal band! The vocalist is completely insane! (I saw them live) - Nord666

Awesome thrash sound, evil vocals, and are almost perfect live

I'm the engine in CF!

12 Arcturus
13 Old Man's Child Old Man's Child Old Man's Child is a Norwegian black metal band from the city of Oslo. The band is the brainchild of Galder who is the only permanent member of the band now.

They are very good, must be in the top 10

The better half of Dimmu!

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

Actually Windir and Emperor should both be on number one

The melodies and the emotions that's Windir. Hail Valfar!

15 Taake

By far the top Black Metal act as of right now. His style is definitely orthodox non-symphonic, but is one of the most diverse and refreshing act's out there.

Dude taake is easily on of the greatest black metal bands ever. Hoest is the greatest black metal vocalist ever.

16 Ulver

Despite only releasing two proper black metal albums before moving onto electronic music Ulver is the greatest black metal band of all time. The album Bergtatt blends black metal with folk music effortlessly without one element overshadowing the other, and as a result it is the best black metal album ever recorded. - HvisLysetTarOss

One word: Bergtatt - FromScytheToSceptre

Made only 2 albums, they have made their place among the best bands - Ananya

They released the best Black Metal albums of all time, a brilliant, yet unappreciated BM album, and a debut EP that knocks the socks off most other bands... Not to mention their mastering of basically every genre there is. And what have Mayhem done? Released one decent album that's extremely hyped because of the bands history, a good EP and a couple of mediocre albums.

17 Ancient

My favorite on here

18 Tsjuder

The new album is very nice.

19 Borknagar

Such an underrated band. Their self titled album, URD, Winter Thrice, and The Olden Domain are all downright classic albums. Mayhem have De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, but what other full length classic do they have? Arguably Esoteric Warfare, yes (I absolutely love that album), but the mix in styles between prog, power, and black demonstrated by borknagar simply outclasses them.

20 Throne of Katarsis

The best

21 Antestor

Very good band

22 Ragnarok

band is one of the most kick arse.

23 Frosthardr
24 Urgehal
25 Arckanum
26 Thorns
27 Isengard
28 Death Temple
29 Dødsengel
30 Vitrectomy
31 Gehenna
32 The Konsortium
33 Wolves in the Throne Room Wolves in the Throne Room Wolves in the Throne Room is an American atmospheric black metal band formed in 2003 in Olympia, Washington by brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver. They have released five full-length albums, two live albums, and one EP to date. Their debut album, Diadem of 12 Stars, was recorded on a budget of just $1100. more.

Probably my favourite black metal band period. But they're not Norwegian. - IronSabbathPriest

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35 Sonic Reign
36 Maladie
37 Aura Noir Aura Noir Aura Noir is a Norwegian black/thrash metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. Aura Noir is heavily influenced by early thrash bands such as Voivod, Slayer, Sodom and Kreator, to the latter they have also dedicated some of their songs. The band's main lyrical themes focus on blasphemy, death, and more.
38 Kvelertak Kvelertak Kvelertak is a six-piece heavy metal band from Rogaland, Norway, formed in 2007. The group comprises vocalist Erlend Hjelvik, guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad, bassist Marvin Nygaard and drummer Kjetil Gjermundrød.
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