Greatest Black Metal Albums

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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 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 wizards..in no no Satana
Emperor is back! Emperor rules! m/ - Ananya

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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!

You will most likely get abwt 4 or more favourites in your first listen of the album and I'm talking abwt serious addictive songs in the short list of songs there are in there -Nutty Nyc

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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

Det som en gang var are a musical masterpiece

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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.

Dunkelheit is the ultimate black metal song

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6 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.

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.

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7 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

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

IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOOORNS

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

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.

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 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

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

This should be in top 5

They are the sons. the sons of northern darkness

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

14 Nemesis Divina - Satyricon

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

15 Panzerfaust - Darkthrone
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.

Love it

17 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...

18 Panzer Division Marduk - Marduk
19 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.

20 Far Away from the Sun - Sacramentum
21 Pure Holocaust - Immortal

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

22 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

23 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.

24 ...Doedskvad - Taake

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

perfection

This one is sold out - Ananya

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

25 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

26 Pentagram - Gorgoroth

How is this not higher?

hat

27 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.

28 Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam - Gorgoroth
29 Exercises in Futility - MgƂa

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

This is perfect.

This is a sheer class...

30 Black Metal - Venom

Black metal my ass.

31 Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum - Deathspell Omega
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 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir

This album is mind blowing

34 Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism - Immortal
35 Lawless Darkness - Watain
36 Autumn Aurora - Drudkh
37 Hammerheart - Bathory
38 Thousand Swords - Graveland
39 Om - Negura Bunget
40 Diadem of 12 Stars - Wolves in the Throne Room
41 To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost
42 Dusk... And Her Embrace - Cradle of Filth

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

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

43 Battles In the North - Immortal

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

44 The Dwelling - Sabbat
45 Nattens madrigal: Aatte hymne til ulven i manden - Ulver
46 The Somberlain - Dissection

Masterpiece.

47 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

48 Dark Endless - Marduk
49 Black Shining Leather - Carpathian Forest
50 Vikingligr Veldi - Enslaved
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1. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
2. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum
3. Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone
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1. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
2. A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone
3. Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory
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1. StormblÄst - Dimmu Borgir
2. Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
3. In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor
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