Best Norwegian Black Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 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.

The best BM

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2 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

They are still good up to day and from the time Euro and Dead were in band they are easily best black metal band of all the time

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3 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.

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


I can see them right now running around on the icefields here in blashyrkh if I take a look outside the Window ov my castle

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4 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.


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5 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.

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!

A Wild fenriz appeared!

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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


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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).

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

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

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

For consistency only; Gorgoroth was, is and will always be Black Metal!

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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.

I really like 1349. But I have noticed that a lot of their material is recycled - ryanrimmel

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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 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

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14 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.

15 Tsjuder

The new album is very nice.

16 Ancient

My favorite on here

17 Throne of Katarsis

The best

18 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

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.

19 Borknagar
20 Ragnarok

band is one of the most kick arse.

21 Urgehal
22 Frosthardr
23 Isengard
24 Death Temple
25 Gehenna
26 Thorns
27 The Konsortium
28 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

29 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.
30 Den Saakaldte
31 Sonic Reign
32 Maladie
33 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.
34 Dødsengel
35 Vitrectomy
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