Best Viking Metal Bands
Contrary to popular belief, viking metal is not defined by lyrical content. Amon Amarth is not viking metal because their sound is pure melodeath. There is a sound to it, and this band epitomizes the sound.
Bathory invented viking metal and created some of the best songs in the genre: Shores In Flames, Blood Fire Death, A Fine Day to Die, Valhalla, One Rode to Asa Bay, Twilight of The Gods, Under the Runes, The Lake, Lake of Fire, Nordland, Ring of Gold, Forever Dark Woods, Death and Resurrection of a Northern Son, The Wheel of Sun, and many more. There would be even more had Quorthon not been taken from us too soon. If you want to get into this genre then check out this band along with Ensiferum, TYR, and Enslaved.
My favorite Black Metal and Viking metal band! The music that Quorthon Created, is just so epic and beautiful that you can just close your eyes and travel to a whole another world. Just go check out some stuff like twilight of the gods / through blood by thunder, ring of god, a fine day to die, father to son, and they're so many masterpieces that I can't count. Just go check it out if you haven't yet.
Bathory wrote songs on daily life of the vikings. What other band could write epic masterpieces even without referring to epic battles? Bathory is undisputably the innovators and forerunners of this genre. Many other good bands too though!
I love Amon Amarth but they're not Viking Metal! Neither are Tyr or Manowar! Viking Metal is a subgenre of Black Metal! It's not just any Norse Mythology themed Metal. Bathory deserve to be first!
I love this band! Usually, I'm not a big fan of growling, but Hegg does something that makes it interesting and almost melodic. The ridiculous speeds of their songs is incomparably epic. If your going to go Viking Metal, Amon Amarth is a versatile band that almost any lover of metal can enjoy.
People argue that Amon Amarth is melodic death metal and not viking metal but come on guys all they sing about is vikings... They're viking metal. And just because Bathory was the first viking metal band doesn't mean they're the best. Amon Amarth does viking metal the best
The instruments and the vocals are melodic death metal. Viking metal is all really just a lyrical style and these guys only sing about Viking mythology and Vikings pillaging villages.
Ok, this will be a handfull... Amon Amarth is not viking metal. Altough their lyrical themes have to do with vikings and such their music sounds nothing like the epicness of the genre known as Viking Metal (Which is slowed down black metal with clean vocals) One could argue that Johnny Cash is Metal because he sings about hell n' stuff but it's incorrect. Amon Amarth is Death Metal. Not bad Death Metal. But DEFINITELY NOT Viking Metal
Maybe the best viking metal band now.
The best of vikings obviously.
From Afar is pure genius!
Tyr are the KINGS of the Faroe Islands. Not only do they have viking metal classics like Blood of Heroes or By The Sword in My Hand, but they have also provided heavy metal spins on Faroese traditional ballads, my personal favorites being Turið Torkilsdottir and Ragnars KvæðI. Best form of Faroese cultural exchange EVER!
Very good band, I love how they mix Progressive Metal in Black/Viking Metal.
As fire swept clean the earth is one of the greatest songs in all of metal.
Turisas is very overlooked. Their album The Varangian Way is what got me into Death Metal with Folk Influences 'Viking' Metal. definitely should be higher up this list. m/
Everything they put out is amazing. Should be much higher on this list.
If you are new to this band, check out the album "Sagas".
Absolutely the purest form of Viking Metal!
Amon Amarth is my favorite death melodic band. Simply the best
They just sound beautiful and the lyrics are in Icelandic which always sounds great
Windir is most famous for its brutal black and viking metal songs mixed with melodic intervals and both harsh and clean singing in English, Bokmål (standard Norwegian), and Sognamål dialect (native to the origins of the Windir band members). This is known as Sognametal by many fans, and bands from the same area like Sigtyr, Feign, Mistur, and Cor Scorpii continue to play this style to this day. Windir would undoubtedly be a legendary band today if frontman Valfar died in a snowstorm. When band members formed another memorable band known as Vreid, they were very good but lost the Sognametal/viking spark that Valfar had given them. If you've never heard of them, listen to their final 3 albums, considered masterpieces today.
Windir is in my opinion one of THE best bands of all time, the first two albums were composed and made by a single person. Terje Bakken was a great composer, he made the perfect mic of harsh vocals, and simply beutiful guitar riffs. It's a shame he died at the age of 25.
Was a great band but now disbanded.
They're so promising.
Amazing band. One of my favorites.
The best jerry, the best
If you haven't heard this band, check them out now!
Amon Amarth definitely at the top of Viking metal closely followed by king of asgard
They are better than all others period.