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

Really Great album. Freezing Moon is excellent.

Has to be first.

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2 In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor

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

Emperor is amazing.

Very epic.

Amazing! - Oliwally

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3 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

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.

This is THE black metal album.

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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 A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone V 2 Comments
8 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.

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 Contenders

11 Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism - Immortal
12 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.

13 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

14 Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler - Ulver

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

15 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

16 Panzer Division Marduk - Marduk
17 Nemesis Divina - Satyricon

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

18 ...Doedskvad - Taake

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

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

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19 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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20 Panzerfaust - Darkthrone
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Top Remixes (14)

1. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
2. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum
3. Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone
1. Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
2. Panzerfaust - Darkthrone
3. Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism - Immortal
1. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
2. Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory
3. Filosofem - Burzum

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