Top Ten Most Controversial Black Metal Bands of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

There was also the Dawn of the Black Hearts album cover and the violent stage performances.

If its varg, there is guarantied controversy. - gemcloben

From their violent performance to Dead's suicide to Euronymous murder by Varg. I don't really like the new singer it just doesn't suit Mayhem

Suicide, murder, church burnings and dawn of the black hearts cover. enough said.

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2 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 ...read more.

Burzum. Aka, Varg Vikernes. I love this band. I don't support varg's views but he is a talented musician. - IronSabbathPriest

Varg is talented. Obviously wasted talent. - gemcloben

No contest when it comes to controversial Black Metal bands...

It's a shame that another band has already used Schizoid as its name.

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3 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).

An actual satanic band.

How the hell is Emperor above Gorgoroth?

4 Emperor Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

The only controversial thing with them was Faust - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Wouldn't be controversial if not for Faust - FromScytheToSceptre

I don't think Emperor is Controversial, they don't kill or violent stage performances! sorry for bad English... that is not my native language

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6 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal".

Should be at least 2 and

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8 Shining

It is super suicidal and all for death of humanity.

9 Absurd Absurd Absurd is a German pagan black metal band, and has been classified as a "right-wing extremist" group by the Thuringian Landesbehörde für Verfassungsschutz.

Hate those guys - Mikbiter15

10 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 ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Behemoth Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
12 Marduk Marduk Marduk is a black metal band from Norrköping, Sweden. The band formed in 1990 and released their first album in 1992. Their name is derived from the Babylonian god Marduk, patron deity of Babylon.
13 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

They pretty much invented extreme metal including black metal

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15 Thy Art Is Murder Thy Art Is Murder

This isn't black metal at all. It's deathcore!

16 Rotting Christ Rotting Christ Rotting Christ is a Greek extreme metal band formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European underground metal scene.
17 Goatmoon

Goatmoon isn't really that controversial, sure Blackgoat is clearly a neo-nazi but that's pretty much it

18 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.

They rock, but they ain't controversial what so ever!

19 Watain Watain Watain are a Swedish black metal band from Uppsala, formed in 1998. The band's name is taken from a recording by the American black metal group Von.
20 Dark Funeral Dark Funeral Dark Funeral is a Swedish black metal band from Stockholm Sweden, founded by guitarists Blackmoon and Lord Ahriman in 1993. They emerged during the second wave of black metal.
21 Deicide Deicide Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987 by bassist and vocalist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim. They are known for their blasphemous and satanic lyrics which have resulted in bans, lawsuits and criticisms from religious groups and the public. Frontman Glen Benton is also known for ...read more.
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