Best Black Metal Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Old School Black Metal

I'd call it Norwegian Black Metal or 2nd Wave Black.
Also, Varg is a pure legend

This is about the early bands of the 90ss, mostly from Norway and some from Sweden

-Dark Funeral - ryanrimmel

2 Atmospheric Black Metal

-Ancient Wisdom
-Wolves in the Throne Room - ryanrimmel

3 Symphonic Black Metal

Carach Angren
Dimmu Borgir
Shade Empire


-Old Man's Child
-Dimmu Borgir
-Cradle of Filth - ryanrimmel

4 Melodic Black Metal
5 First Wave of Black Metal

Truest black metal

The bands in the 80s that heavily influenced Black Metal as we know it. Some of these bands sound nothing like Norwegian Black Metal, but each band influenced the genre, whether it be lyrics, vocals, production, or image.

-Mercyful Fate
-Celtic Frost
-Sabbat - ryanrimmel

6 Ambient Black Metal
7 Progressive Black Metal
8 Red & Anarchist Black Metal

These subgenres are getting ridiculous

-Ives - ryanrimmel

9 Depressive/Suicidal Black Metal

Woods of Desolation is the best DSBM. Check him out - danimey

Yes, this exists.

-Make a Change... Kill Yourself
-Shining - ryanrimmel

10 Unblack Metal

You can hate me for adding this on here, I'm not even a fan. But this is better than Socialist and Depressive BM

-Crimson Moonlight
-Horde - ryanrimmel

The Contenders

11 National Socialist Black Metal

They just talk about Polotics Mythology and Paganism. There are some insane band like Peste Noire, Nokturnal Mortum and Inferum.

I can't believe this is a thing

-Fullmoon - ryanrimmel

12 Alternative Black Metal

Believe it or not, it's real: Lifelover, Psychonaut 4.
A lot of people refer to those two as depressive bm but they sound nothing like Trist or Make a Change Kill Yourself.
I've seen more and more people refering to these two as alternative bm.

13 Blackgaze

*shoe gaze, it's a mixture of shoe gaze and black metal, listen to mbv you poser

A mixture of show-gaze and black metal (its more of a subgenre that steams from atmospheric black metal).

Bands like Agalloch and Alcest.

Many of the popular bands are French.

14 Post-Black Metal

Deafheaven, Ghost Bath, Bosse-De-Nage, Agalloch, Myrkur, Frostreich, The Great Old Ones, Numenorean, NIC, An Autum For Crippled Children, Altar Of Plagues, Harakiry For The Sky, Ara Kra, Oathbreaker, N/O, Lantlos, Nullingroots, Au-Dessus, Anomalie, Germ.

15 Bestial Black Metal

Black metal that's way faster and way more chaotic. Also known as "War Metal" or "War Black Metal". Could be considered the BM equivalent of Brutal Death Metal.

16 Cosmic Black Metal

Mesarthim from Australia, check their EP called ''Pillars'', best example of Cosmic BM.

17 Black/Death
18 Technical Black Metal
19 Blackened Crustgrind

Leper from Canada, they also add a bit of ska to the mix.

20 Blackened Grind

Fusion of Grindcore and Black Metal. Knelt Rote's last two albums fit the style.

To the other comment: Blackened Grind is not a fusion of grindcore and black metal, that'd be BLACKGRIND. Blackened grind is grindcore with a bit of black metal. Knelt Rote IS Blackgrind.

21 Industrial Black Metal
22 Blackened Crust Punk

Crust punk with a bit of black metal: Iskra from Canada, they created the style.

23 Black Crust

Fusion of crust punk and black metal. 50/50. Not to be confused with blackened crust punk, which is mainly crust punk with a touch of black metal.
Young And In The Way is the perfect black crust band.

24 Black/Doom
25 Raw Black Metal

Bands such as:
- Satanic Warmaster
- Horna
- Sargeist
- Judas Iscariot

26 Vaporwave Black Metal

Yvyy from Brazil

27 Pagan Black Metal
28 Avant-Garde Black Metal

Terra Tenebrosa from Sweden.

Dodheimsgard, Deathspell Omega, Arcturus,

29 Black Punk
30 Blackened Death Metal
31 Folk Black Metal
32 Viking Black Metal
33 Psychedelic Black Metal

A Forest of Stars and Oranssi Pazuzu

34 Experimental Black Metal

Liturgy and Stalaggh

35 Blackened Goregrind
36 Noise Black Metal

Gnaw Their Tongues and Dead Reptile Shrine

37 Blackened Power Metal
38 Blackened Deathcore

Carnifex late stuff fits this style.

39 Black/Thrash

Fusion of black metal and thrash metal.

40 Black Ambient

Ambient music heavily influenced by black metal, not to be confused with Ambient Black Metal.

41 Blackgrind
42 Epic Black Metal

Bands like Summoning and Caladan Brood combine heaviness with epic music. Definitely worth a try! - Amz_P

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