Greatest Black Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem

100% best album ever recorded...

What else could it possibly be?

One of the most influential black metal albums of all time.

The songs, the lyrics, the guitar, the drums, the bass, the cover art, THE BEST!

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2 In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor

The level of detail is incredible

The album cover is the most black metal thing I've ever seen

Emperor is amazing.

Amazing! - Oliwally

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3 Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory

Classic, cult & legend!

Honestly, this is the biggest influencer.

Fast, agressive, evil - perfect.

One of my top 15 favorite albums of all time. The reason why this is the best black metal album is that it could be released at any point in time (including today) and still be perfect, due to the experimental nature and unique production. - Caleb9000

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4 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum

Best Black Metal album ever. Every track it's an atmospheric landscape.

Det som en gang var are a musical masterpiece

My favourite Burzum album, absolutely perfect. Det Som En Gang Var and Tomhet are the best Burzum songs. - Merkwurdigliebe

Torment, Hatred, Passion, Rage, Sadness, and Darkness in the purest form delivered through the incomparable howls, thrashing riffs, and smashing drums of the most inspired musician of the millennium, and what a badass name too.

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5 Filosofem - Burzum

Dunkelheit is the ultimate black metal song

I was hypnotized with this album

Varg Vikernes Masterpiece! This Album got me into the World of "Black Metal"!

A true black metal classic!

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6 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection

Masterpiece, so evil but beautiful, Jon was truly a genius!

This or the Somberlain has to easily be the best black metal, of not best ALBUM of all time.

Melodic and Violent, led by a man who followed his beliefs, no matter what you think of the, til the end.

One of the best albums I've ever heard.

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7 Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone

Tr00 kvlt, I love it. - Black_Abbath

Very good album. One of the first BM albums that I heard. It's not my favorite of all time it's just my favorite in the top ten as well as gorgoroths destroyer and immortals at the heart of winter. Those 3 are my favorite in the top 10 on this list.

I got this when I was 8or 9years old, one of my favourite. - Ananya

No des ni nada no?

8 A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone

#22?!?! NO!

27th? Really they are black metal demons! And this album is such badass!
A blaze in the northern sky! 😈 - Ananya


9 At the Heart of Winter - Immortal

Awesome album, long and complex tracks with great riffs

The battle rages on. - Caleb9000

My favourite black metal album by my favourite black metal band.
It has great production, fantastic riffs, awesome lyrics.

10 Blood Fire Death - Bathory

A True Masterpiece! with unique production and beautiful acoustic part, quorthon's Fantastic harsh vocals, killer riffs, just... there is no way to describe this masterpiece. so great, so brutal and so beautiful at the same time. - MoeinTPS

The album that perfected the guitar sound for the 2nd wave of Black Metal to follow and proto-typed so called viking,pagan metal, basically indefinable and any top ten black metal list should not include Bathory or early Venom for that reason. They are beyond this.

This is great to listen to while playing Skyrim.

The Contenders

11 Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler - Ulver

Bergtatt effortlessly blends black metal and folk music. The true black metal masterpiece. - HvisLysetTarOss

12 Bathory - Bathory

This album should be number one because it basically started the black metal scene

Bathory's debut is the biggest influence

#17? Needs to be in top ten! totally sold out,elements in this awesome, raw riffs! , perfect. - Ananya

13 Sons of Northern Darkness - Immortal

They are the sons. the sons of northern darkness

This should be in top 5

What the f*** is wrong with you people, this is the greastest black metal album ever! Next to Blood Fire Death from Bathory!

14 Panzerfaust - Darkthrone
15 Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk - Emperor

Love it

The true emperors of black metal with their unmatched evilness and magic.
Each song got more riffs to make an album.

16 Panzer Division Marduk - Marduk
17 Dark Medieval Times - Satyricon

Basically, these guys started the whole "Viking medieval" thing in black metal, later used by Enslaved and many other bands.
This album doesn't get the attention it gets.
Each song on the album is basically my favorite.

This needs to be higher. It's basically pre-Opeth.

18 Far Away from the Sun - Sacramentum
19 Nemesis Divina - Satyricon

This devilish stuff totally blends in the real darkness, masterpiece! - Ananya

20 The Mantle - Agalloch

Perfection is this blackened prog-folk metal album. Perhaps, a one of a kind band. Take note that this is not what a purist would called "black metal". But this album is a journey on itself. Hypnotic.

21 Pure Holocaust - Immortal

This album is one fine vintage of black metal savagery! - InsanityJoe

22 Black Metal - Venom

Black metal my ass.

23 Deathcrush - Mayhem

Hahhaha, I love this one, Death Metal/Grindcore elements in this album are awesome, utra fast drumming, tempo changes, everything is awesome, and Euronymous's best riffs. - GREYBOYY

What a unmatched evilness and charisma...
Everything is awesome - Ananya

24 ...Doedskvad - Taake

No matter how all of you voted for mayhem, this is the best black metal album ever


This one is sold out - Ananya

Has anyone ever listened to this masterpiece? Y the hell its in 36?

25 Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost

No Celtic Frost means no black metal... They pioneered the genre and this album was one of those earliest first-waves stuffs!
This one MUST be at the 2nd spot after Bathory!

Simply excellent piece of creation. Celtic frost always have produced technically and musically awesome albums but this one out stands everything.

Honestly: I believe everything started here, «Into The Crypt of Rays», where the «Danse Macabre» that Black Metal has begun in the «Circle of the Tyrants» became a rite. This is the album to celebrate the Triumph Of Death...

26 Pentagram - Gorgoroth

How is this not higher?


27 Exercises in Futility - MgƂa

On of the best album ever created (without division into music genre)

Every time I listen to this album I wonder how beautiful it was

This is perfect.

This is a sheer class...

28 Unchain the Wolves - Destroyer 666

Underrated album, better that many because they don't just rip off Bathory while capturing that early Black Metal sound.

29 Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam - Gorgoroth
30 Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum - Deathspell Omega
31 Autumn Aurora - Drudkh

This album perfect, no other way to put it. Each track literally can't be improved.

32 The Satanist - Behemoth

The album is genius and one of the best blackened death metal albums of this new era

The best black metal album ever!

33 Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism - Immortal

This album way too low. - DKmen

34 Lawless Darkness - Watain
35 Om - Negura Bunget

A unique black/folk metal sound from Transilvania. A true spiritual journey, this album is one of a kind, remembering us once again about our strong bounding with nature and the earth.

36 Thousand Swords - Graveland
37 Hammerheart - Bathory
38 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir

Before they turned to garbage. It just sounds good. So good.

This album is mind blowing

39 Diadem of 12 Stars - Wolves in the Throne Room
40 Under a Funeral Moon - Darkthrone

Best album of all time!

This is actually my favorite Darkthrone album. I love the drone-ish sound it has. - Caleb9000

41 Dusk... And Her Embrace - Cradle of Filth

This is pure black metal, so is cruelity and the beast. Both amazing

If we are going to call COF black metal.. Then this album is awesome! I think if we are going to talk about the true black metal albums I think "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" and "Burzum" and "In The Nightside Eclipse" are my top 3. - nooreldeen

42 The Dwelling - Sabbat
43 Battles In the North - Immortal

How come none of Immortal's early albums are in the top 10? - Metalhead666

44 The Somberlain - Dissection


45 Nattens madrigal: Aatte hymne til ulven i manden - Ulver
46 Dark Endless - Marduk
47 Cruelty and the Beast - Cradle of Filth

Their first 5 with barker are all brutal masterpieces plain and simple.

Cradle of Filth has definitely sold out, but this one is a masterpiece!

Great album, They haven't sold out completely listen to hammer of witches and cryptonia

48 Black Shining Leather - Carpathian Forest
49 Vikingligr Veldi - Enslaved
50 Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom) - Abigor
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Top Remixes (20)

1. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
2. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum
3. Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone
1. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
2. A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone
3. Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory
1. StormblÄst - Dimmu Borgir
2. Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
3. In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor

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