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

Praise be to Oden!...and Satan for some reason...

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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.

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.

Its melo death with viking metal lyrics, its not viking metal. - emilk

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3 Ensiferum Ensiferum

Maybe the best viking metal band now.

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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 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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7 Falkenbach Falkenbach
8 Finntroll Finntroll Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal.
9 Einherjer
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

Skálmöld*, yes they are a very good band.

Deserves top 10 for sure. Viking metal should not be sung in English, it should be sung in Icelandic, faroese, old norse or anglo saxon. Just listen to Skálmöld and you'll understand, particularly the song Loki a 9 minute masterpiece of the genre.

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13 Mannegram

Great band but sadly they aren't very famous

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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.

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15 Heidevolk

My Grandson love them, and he is only 17 months

Het bier zal weer vloeien!

16 Thyrfing

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

The best jerry, the best

17 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.
18 King of Asgard
19 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!

20 Arkona
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Top Remixes

1. Bathory
2. Tyr
3. Ensiferum
1. Bathory
2. Amon Amarth
3. Enslaved



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