Top 10 Greatest Black Metal Albums

The Top Ten
1 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem Product Image

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.

This is the only black metal album I really enjoy (other than anything by Bathory, of course. They're still awesome)

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

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

2 In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor Product Image

Emperor is amazing.

3 Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark - Bathory Product Image

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.

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

The best black metal album ever!

No way this one's not #1.

4 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection Product Image

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

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

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

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

5 Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum Product Image

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.

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!

A lot of my favourites here, but this one encapsulates black metal as I like it - less mindless drum pounding, more reflection.

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

6 Filosofem - Burzum Filosofem - Burzum Product Image

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

Best after The Mysteriis in my opinion.

A true black metal classic!

Another black metal classic..

7 At the Heart of Winter - Immortal At the Heart of Winter - Immortal Product Image

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

Simply the best one in it's genre, alongside bathory's hammerheart.

The battle rages on.

8 Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone Product Image

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.

9 Blood Fire Death - Bathory Blood Fire Death - Bathory Product Image

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.

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.

This is great to listen to while playing Skyrim.

10 Panzerfaust - Darkthrone Panzerfaust - Darkthrone Product Image
The Contenders
11 Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler - Ulver Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler - Ulver Product Image

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

12 A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky -  Darkthrone Product Image
13 Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk - Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk - Emperor Product Image

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

This should be number 1! Simply THE best black metal album. It has never been bettered. How is this only at 14?!

This and Nightside are absolute classics. Everything that came later is pretty mediocre though.

14 Nemesis Divina - Satyricon Nemesis Divina - Satyricon Product Image

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

15 Bathory - Bathory Bathory - Bathory Product Image

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

16 Dark Medieval Times - Satyricon Dark Medieval Times - Satyricon Product Image

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.

The flutes and ambient keyboards just make this album so atmospheric. It takes me to another time and place, far away from the degeneracy and shallowness of the modern world.

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

17 Sons of Northern Darkness - Immortal Sons of Northern Darkness - Immortal Product Image

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

This should be in top 5

18 Panzer Division Marduk - Marduk Panzer Division Marduk - Marduk Product Image
19 Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost Product Image

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.

20 Deathcrush - Mayhem Deathcrush - Mayhem Product Image

In my opinion the best Mayhem album, as it contains the live versions of the band's most emblematic period. Also the best black metal album, as it embodies the full spirit of the genre.

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.

I don't like putting one album over the next... but Deathcrush is amazing

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

21 The Mantle - Agalloch The Mantle - Agalloch Product Image

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.

I don't have enough linguistic resources to express the beauty of this atmospheric black metal album

22 Far Away from the Sun - Sacramentum Far Away from the Sun - Sacramentum Product Image
23 Exercises in Futility - Mgła Exercises in Futility - Mgła Product Image

This is a sheer class...

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

This is perfect.

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

24 Pentagram - Gorgoroth Pentagram - Gorgoroth Product Image

This one should be at least top 10. Come on!

How is this not higher?

25 Black Metal - Venom Black Metal - Venom Product Image

This should be at the top 10, as well as At War With Satan. Great albums from an underrated band.

Black metal my ass.

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