Greatest Black Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem

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

One of the most influential black metal album, immortal has always been amazing. - Ananya

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

I always contended that Blood Fire Death was the greatest black metal album ever, but recently I saw Mayhem perform this album in its entirety live, front row. I knew the show was gonna be intense, but woa. They gradually turned the lights down, and fogged up the entire venue. After a dramatic intro, the members came out were black hooded robes. I was about 5-10 feet from Necrobutcher and Charles Hedger for pretty much the entire show. I made I contact with Necrobutcher at least 20 times that night and he had this blank, intimidating stare that could turn a man to Stone. Anyway, I had never seen a video of a recent mayhem show, and during the first breakdown in Funeral Fog, Atilla comes out with his hood up and... He literally looked like a demon of some sort. They made the whole album seem like a concept album with weird rituals in between songs. By far the most captivating show I've seen since King Diamond.

Sorry I rambled a lot. - ryanrimmel

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2 Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory

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

No way this one's not #1. - GREYBOYY

The best black metal album ever!

Bathory is great but I would choose blood fire death and hammerhead
Hail bathory! - Ananya

3 In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor

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

Emperor is amazing.

Amazing! - Oliwally

I am the black no no Satana
Emperor is back! Emperor rules! m/ - Ananya

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4 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum

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.

Much more then only black metal! This is art! - torth

I believe there will be nothing better then this masterpiece! The intention was to bring a counter reaction to death metal.
He was the reason that black metal was born!
This album is more then black metal! - torth


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5 Filosofem - Burzum

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

A true black metal classic!

Best after The Mysteriis in my opinion.

Jesus' tod's riff. Enough said

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6 Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone

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

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7 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection

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.

.. Can't understand its on this positions... Must be a matter of definition if its a black metal thing... The musicality of this album isn't still unmatched, secound to none in extreme Metal.

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

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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

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

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10 Blood Fire Death - Bathory

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 Newcomers

? Exercises in Futility - Mgła

This is a sheer class...

? Pale Folklore - Agalloch

The Contenders

11 Nemesis Divina - Satyricon

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

12 Sons of Northern Darkness - Immortal

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!

13 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.

14 Dark Medieval Times - Satyricon

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

15 Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler - Ulver

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

16 Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk - Emperor

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

17 Panzerfaust - Darkthrone
18 Panzer Division Marduk - Marduk
19 Pure Holocaust - Immortal
20 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

21 ...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?

22 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

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23 Bathory - Bathory

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

24 Pentagram - Gorgoroth


25 Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam - Gorgoroth
26 Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum - Deathspell Omega
27 Black Metal - Venom
28 Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism - Immortal
29 Far Away from the Sun - Sacramentum
30 Hammerheart - Bathory
31 Diadem of 12 Stars - Wolves in the Throne Room
32 Om - Negura Bunget
33 Lawless Darkness - Watain
34 To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost
35 The Dwelling - Sabbat
36 Nattens madrigal: Aatte hymne til ulven i manden - Ulver
37 Battles In the North - Immortal

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

38 The Somberlain - Dissection
39 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.

40 Dark Endless - Marduk
41 The Satanist - Behemoth
42 Cruelty and the Beast - Cradle of Filth

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

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

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

43 Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom) - Abigor
44 Autumn Aurora - Drudkh
45 Vikingligr Veldi - Enslaved
46 Incipit Satan - Gorgoroth
47 Destroyer - Gorgoroth
48 Stormblåst - Dimmu Borgir
49 Redesekration: The Gospel of Hatred and Apotheosis of Genocide - Infernal War
50 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir
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Top Remixes (16)

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. Stormblåst - Dimmu Borgir
2. Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
3. In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor

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