Greatest Black Metal Guitarists

These are the musicians who have changed the definition of Extreme Metal and helped to spawn Black Metal through their guitar riffs.

The Top Ten

1 Quorthon (Tomas Börje Forsberg) Quorthon (Tomas Börje Forsberg) Tomas Börje Forsberg, known by the stage name Quorthon (1966-2004), was a Swedish musician. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the band Bathory, which pioneered the black metal genre and is credited with creating the Viking metal style. A multi-instrumentalist, Quorthon wrote more.

Blood Fire SHRED!

Easily Quorthon
No argument

He is the heart of bathory - Ananya

Lead guitarist and founder of Bathory. The most influential Black metal musician and the forerunner of the First Wave of Black Meta scenel. - Nord666

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2 Infernus (Roger Tiegs) Infernus (Roger Tiegs) Roger Tiegs (born on 18 June 1972), better known by his stage name, Infernus, is a Norwegian black metal musician and Satanist. He is the sole founding member and chief ideologist of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, which was formed in 1992, as well as the founder and head of Forces of Satan more.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? INFERNUS IS ON 5th? Infernus is the best black metal guitarist of all time with an epic and terror personality.. Probably the hottest dude in black metal... Overall he's the best guitarist in the black metal... Listen to Incipit Satan.. No one can play those riffs like him.

Guitarist and founder of Gorgoroth.
In my opinion the most talented norwegian guitarist. - Nord666

He is the best! - Ananya

The most techincally skilled bm guitarist

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3 Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) Ihsahn is a Norwegian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. He is best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Emperor.

Lead guitarist and bassist of Emperor.
Probably the most influential Second Wave of Black Metal guitarist. - Nord666

I'll say he is the best. Not the greatest. Oh wait. That (Was ) Quorthon. So Actually Ihsahn is the Greatest now these days.

Yeah this one has to be tops

Best of the Best

Progressive metal
Black metal
He can do everything

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4 Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. more.


A martyr for black metal, that created some of the best riffs black metal has ever known. If it were not for his death, he would certainly be appreciated more and considered an even more prominent figure in metal.

He is the best black metal guitarist ever after his murder mayhem have NEVER been as good as when he was alive and I only really listen to his and dead era of mayhem because after they both died its never been the same or as good

He comes up with amazing and atmospheric riffs all the time and has more feeling than any other black metal guitarist.

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5 Abbath Doom Occulta (Olve Eikemo) Abbath Doom Occulta (Olve Eikemo) Olve Eikemo, better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta, is a Norwegian musician who best known as the former frontman of black metal band Immortal and the current frontman of the band Abbath.

I think he should be number one.

Founding member and Lead guitarist/bassist of Immortal. - Nord666

He's best my father is best friend with him

Great soloist with almost Doom Metal riffs. Fantastic guitarist. Shouldn be at least #3

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6 Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson

Not just fantastic guitarist, but also clever person. As a founder of Marduk, he makes it a proffesional band. Not one of the bands which try to be the most brutal of them all.

Mastermind of one of the most prolific and consistent black metal bands, and creates an eerie, threatening guitar sound by himself.

7 Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum)

Ok, so when dark throne has complicated riffs, ted did em - Morbid_Deth

Lead guitarist of Darkthrone. Played for Satyricon too. - Nord666

8 Count Grishnackh (Varg Vikernes)

Not the best technician, but he was the most tasteful and fearless composer of the 2nd wave. His playing was based on serving the piece/music/song and on creating atmosphere. For black metal, those things, combined with adequate tremolo picking ability are the keys.

Multi-instrumentalist founder of Burzum. Originally ex-Mayhem and ex-Old Funeral bassist. - Nord666

He is the black metal Magician! The Mozart of Black metal - Ananya

Varg Must be Higher :) at least 3!
Listen to "Lost Wisdom" "Ea, Lord of Depth" and Outro of "Key To the Gate" then You Will understand What I Say

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9 Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection)

Pure genius creating evil yet beautiful melodies!

Amazing riff righter and his solos had so much feeling in them! Very underrated guitarist, his leads were so creative, some of the best in metal in my opinion.

Jon is seriously the best black metal guitarist ever. He wrote some of the best riffs, melodies, and solos in the genre. If you don't agree, go listen to "The Somberlain" and "Storm of The Lights Bane" track for track and see the light.

Jon Nödtveidt, master of harmonized guitar parts, and great riff writer... Damn, he wrote "Storm Of The Light's Bane"!

10 Nergal (Adam Darski) Nergal (Adam Darski) Adam Nergal Darski (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth. more.

legendary - Morbid_Deth

"Blow your trumpets Gabriel", "Lucifer" " Slaves shall serve "...check 'em out and you'll know - Ananya

Plays lead guitar for Blackened Death Metal band Behemoth. - Nord666

His solos are killer..

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The Contenders

11 Archaon (Idar Burheim)

Lead guitarist of 1349. - Nord666

12 Galder (Tom Rune Anderson)

Plays for Dimmu Borgir and Old Man's Child. - Nord666

13 Blasphemer (Former Mayhem) Blasphemer (Former Mayhem) Rune Eriksen is a Norwegian Spellemann-award winning musician and composer. He is best known as the former guitarist in the black metal band Mayhem under the stage name Blasphemer, which he took from a Sodom song.

Needs to be in top ten - Ananya

14 Satyr (Satyricon) Satyr (Satyricon) Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven is the vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Norwegian black metal band Satyricon.

This guy has made some of the best riffs I've ever heard

15 Malefic (Scott Conner)

He is the one man band Xasthur. One of the influential musician of DSBM (Depressive Suicidal Black Metal).
He is a mastermind of atmospheric and ambient music. - Nord666

Amazing versatility out of this guy

I love Xasthur a lot, the soul of DSBM - Ananya

16 Samoth (Emperor)

Best rhythm guitarist

17 Fenriz Fenriz Gylve Fenris Nagell, better known as Fenriz, is a Norwegian musician who is best known as being one half of the metal duo Darkthrone.

Should be in top 4 - Morbid_Deth

Black metal pioneer.


18 Lord Ahriman (Dark Funeral)

He composed the darkest tunes

19 Tormentor (Gorgoroth)

What a technical genius - Ananya

He wrote destroyer goddammit!

20 Harald Nævdal (Immortal)

Demonaz Doom Occulta. The guy literally tremolo picked himself into tendinitis. What a badass - MetalFoREVer1228

21 Thomas (Kampfar)
22 A. Morbid (Scott Å.)
23 Stian Bakketeig (Windir)
24 ICS Vortex (Dimmu Borgir)

Its perfect man

25 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

Absolute god. no one regrets this god!

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Top Remixes

1. Quorthon (Tomas Börje Forsberg)
2. Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection)
3. Infernus (Roger Tiegs)
1. Quorthon (Tomas Börje Forsberg)
2. Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan)
3. Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson


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