Best First Wave Black 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.
2 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.

The revolutionary band which changed many things for good - Ananya

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3 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.

This is my favorite first wave Black Metal band. - Rambles

4 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.

One of the first Black Metal bands, very influential. But often overlooked because of bands such as Burzum and Mayhem. - IronSabbathPriest

Frost has been amazing since the time they were known - Ananya

5 Sodom Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.
6 Sabbat
7 Bulldozer
8 Parabellum
9 Death SS
10 Hellhammer Hellhammer Hellhammer was a Swiss extreme metal band from Nurensdorf, active during 1981–1984. They are regarded as a key influence on black metal, and one of the founders of death metal.

They are kings


1. Hellhammer
(Mayhem is great, but they are 2nd wave…)

The Contenders

11 Tormentor

Atilla from Mayhem was the vocalist - ryanrimmel

12 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 more.

Mayhem must be on top 1 first wave is mayhem all the voter doesn't know anything about blackmetal

This is the first wave. Mayhem was not a part of the first wave, they were the second wave - ryanrimmel

Second Wave Jackoffs!

13 Vulcano Vulcano Vulcano is an extreme metal band from Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1981, it is one of the first Brazilian heavy metal bands of note; with reference to their influence on the South American black metal scene, Terrorizer reported that "many believe that Vulcano not only kick-started musical more.
14 Morbid
15 Destruction Destruction Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.
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Top Remixes

1. Mercyful Fate
2. Bathory
3. Celtic Frost
1. Mercyful Fate
2. Venom
3. Bathory
1. Mercyful Fate
2. Venom
3. Bathory


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