Best Viking Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Bathory Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.


Bathory has invented this genre! What the hell is wrong with you people? Vote this great band to first place and Amon Amarth to second!

Swedish Black Metal band Bathory are considered as the pioneers of Viking Metal. - Nord666

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. - MoeinTPS

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2 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom.

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.

Viking metal is not a lyrical style. For something to be viking metal they must contain viking themed instrumentals too. - emilk

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.

Look man, amon amarth is a fantastic band and there is no doubt in that. but they are Melodic death metal, not viking metal. viking metal isn't just singing about vikings and boats and stuff. it is a genre, and bathory invented it. - MoeinTPS

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3 Ensiferum Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."

Maybe the best viking metal band now.

Best band of all genres
best Finnish band
best solos
best lyrics
simply the best - Odinest

4 Tyr Tyr Týr is a Faroese heavy metal band. Their subject matter revolves almost entirely around Viking lore, mythology, and history, taking their name from the Norse god of law and justice. V 3 Comments
5 Enslaved Enslaved Enslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed in Haugesund in June 1991. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway.

Very good band, I love how they mix Progressive Metal in Black/Viking Metal. - GREYBOYY

As fire swept clean the earth is one of the greatest songs in all of metal. - wolphert

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6 Falkenbach Falkenbach Falkenbach is a pagan black metal group from Germany that is signed to Prophecy Productions. The name means "Falconbrook" in German. The one permanent member is Vratyas Vakyas. They are one of the very first Viking metal bands, starting in 1989, with their first release that same year.
7 Turisas Turisas Turisas is a Finnish metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström, and named after an ancient Finnish God of war.

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/

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8 Finntroll Finntroll Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal.
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10 Equilibrium Equilibrium Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.

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".

The Contenders

11 Skalmold

They just sound beautiful and the lyrics are in Icelandic which always sounds great

Thy are the best thy are from Iceland and make great awesome I'm from Iceland my self but there music is unice even though u don't really understand what thy are saying just the sound is amazing

Absolutely the purest form of Viking Metal!

Skálmöld*, yes they are a very good band.

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12 Mithotyn

Metal vikingo de guerra a aa a a rrrghgggh h!

13 Mannegram

Great band but sadly they aren't very famous

One of my Favorit Bands in this Genre.

Månegarm (could someone write it correctly? ) is the best viking metal band ever - hub66

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

Was a great band but now disbanded.

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.

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.

15 Manowar Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.
16 Heidevolk

My Grandson love them, and he is only 17 months

Het bier zal weer vloeien!

17 Thyrfing

For fans of Finntroll (and these guys were doing it first! )

The best jerry, the best

18 Brothers of Metal
19 King of Asgard

Amon Amarth definitely at the top of Viking metal closely followed by king of asgard

20 Moonsorrow Moonsorrow Moonsorrow is a pagan metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 1995. Musically, the band incorporates elements of black metal and folk metal in their sound.

If you haven't heard this band, check them out now!

21 Månegarm


22 Arkona
23 Vintersorg
24 Kylfingar
25 Bifrost
26 Cruachan Cruachan Cruachan is a Folk Metal band from Dublin, Ireland that has been active since the 1990s. They have been acclaimed as having "gone the greatest lengths of anyone in their attempts to expand" the genre of folk metal.
27 Kampfar Kampfar

They are better than all others period.

28 Eluveitie Eluveitie
29 Winter's Wake
30 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.
31 Ultima Thule
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