Most Influential Black Metal BandsNord666 There were two waves of Black Metal. First one was from Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Brazil, and the second one entirely from Norway.
Here are the bands who proved to be the most influential acts for Black Metal.
The Top Ten
To my mind, Bathory are worth of at least sharing the first place with Celtic Frost, as I love both bands. However, I would put Bathory above, as Quorthon had more diversity. Rest In Valhalla.
Bathory came up with the black metal style and influenced thousands of other bands
Nearly every Black metal musician has been touched by Bathory. I do not know what this genre would be without Quorthon. Would it even exist the way that it does? Very unlikely. - LadyBansheeV 2 Comments
Yes they are a band that helped develop black metal, but stylistically they aren't black metal. They're more speed/heavy metal than anything. It's they're raw production quality on their first two albums and the lyrics/imagery that contributed to black metal, but they themselves aren't black metal. The same deal with Mercyful Fate. They're still a great band though. - MetalFoREVer1228
Not a Black Metal band in any way, but the term Black Metal came out of their Album with the same title! - Nord666
Invented black metal
Though Deathcrush was heavily influenced by early Death Metal/Grindcore bands and contained Gore themed lyrics (death worship) and a few Satanic songs but it was a highly influential album that took away Black Metal from Speed Metal,inserted "death growls" in Black Metal and crafted a new way of guitar playing (by Euronymous) that there was needed just one guitar player to play Black Metal unlike Bathory and Death Metal bands and other Metal genres in that time. - GREYBOYY
The first ever pure Black Metal band which was both musically and lyrically a Black Metal band.
And they were the men who made the genre what it is today with suicides, church arsons and murders. - Nord666
The highly distorted guitars and speed drumming makes it so unique compared to other black metal bands. Freezing moon is a must listen song
The most notorious and along side gorgoroth, famousV 2 Comments
Not only Celtic Frost were influential on Black Metal, they heavily influenced Death Metal bands like Death & Obituary and even labeled as a Death Metal band in their 1984-85 albums. - GREYBOYY
Swiss Extreme Metal band Celtic Frost were Avant-garde and were an experimental metal act but their albums like 'To Mega Therion' and 'Morbid Tales' were genre defining releases! - Nord666
Lyrics are non-satanic, their music is the heaviest Black Metal ever, what else do you want?
Immortal nr.1. Old school of "Pure Holocaust" Black Metal. They are "The true" Sons of the Northern Darkness.
Abbath Doom Occulta, Demonaz Doom Occulta, Grim, Horgh... Need I say more?
For me this is the most talented Black Metal band only next to Bathory and Burzum.
Lyrically no other black metal bands can beat them, and musically they are the chosen ones! - Nord666
Dimmu Borgir and Emperor helped form symphonic black metal and helped create bands like Old Man's Child, Behemoth and Cradle of Filth (I don't see how they're influential, they are just another mall core band like with Slipknot). They also use lots of melodies and symphonic instruments and sometimes clean vocals which was unusual for black metal at the time. It was all about using a popular form of music that everyone enjoyed (thrash metal) and using it as a weapon for Satanist propaganda and making it heavier and more progressive than ever.
Dimming Borgir also taught all the black metal bands that it's not all about Satanist themes and blast beats. In For All Tid and Stormblast, they were purely melodic and featured less blasts beats and satanist themes than their later stuff.
Dimmu borgir should be in top 5 they are quite influential they do awesome live shows I love this band db forewer
Dimmu ix one of ma best band with an amagine attitude and Vocal Which they have put in Burn in hell, metal heart when I listen to them I cnt Stop head banging they R just Amagine
The multi-instrumentalist genius Varg Vikernes showed a different pathway of Black Metal with albums like Det Som En Gang Var and Filosofem, sadly which was followed by only a few musicians. - Nord666V 2 Comments
The band which was influential to Mayhem, the corpse paint and the blast beats at certain way were one blueprint. The first full- lenght álbum INRI es the probe of the sound of black metal.
Danish Heavy Metal band Mercyful Fate led by King Diamond helped the Black Metal cultures (like Corpse Paint) to be popular. - Nord666
The guys deserve the same amount of credit that Venom has
The band which literally started Symphonic Black Metal. - Nord666
The creators of Symphonic Black Metal. - GREYBOYY
Dimmu Borgir isn't Black Metal. Darkthrone, Burzum and Mayhem made black metal the way it is today.
A missing link between Death Metal and Black Metal... The two musicians Nocturno Culto and Fenriz started as a Death Metal band but later changed to a Black metal group and own the genre in their unique style. - Nord666V 1 Comment
I've seen them live, once you start listening to them, you can't stop - Ananya
Gorgoroth is quite influencial it should been in top ten they have done some awesome events like black mass krakow
#14? , no complains, such amazing depressing lyrics and songs keeps me alive - Ananya
Yes, maybe they are not "pure" black metal but the first 3 albums were mostly black metal and for sure they influenced many teens who went on to form trve black metal bands. Trust me!
Possibly the best band ever in any genre.
You can very good listen too behemothV 1 Comment
This is the first black metal band to hail from Greece. They were the first black metal band to have influenced many metal bands with their melodic black metal and dark metal sound. I believe this is truly the best dark and melodic black metal band ever!
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3. Dimmu Borgir
2. Celtic Frost