The Greatest Black Metal Bands Bands/Musicians

The Greatest Black Metal Bands

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Known for fast tempos, shrieking vocals, distorted guitars and lo-fi recordings, black metal has emerged as one of the top heavy metal genres. Similarly to avant garde metal bands, black metal bands also feature unconventional song structures and lyrical emphasis on atmosphere. What does make black metal bands different than every other heavy metal band is that the band often will appear in corpse paint that looks like blood. A lot of the best black metal bands emerged in the first wave of black metal bands are still among the most beloved and most popular black metal bands. The genre originated in the 1980s and became associated with satanism and anti-religion lyrics.

So, what are the best black metal bands? Well for starters, any black metal bands list has to include the likes of Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Marduk and Deafheaven. Mixing black metal bands old and new, this list of black metal bands includes every great black metal band to have ever played. These are widely considered some of the top black metal bands. 

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best black metal bands. If you notice a black metal band that isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best black metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest black metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular black metal bands that you might've heard of (261 items)


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    A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon, Transilvanian Hunger ...

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    Antichrist, Destroyer, Under the Sign of Hell

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    Vobiscum Satanas, The Secrets of the Black Arts, Diabolis Interium

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    Pure Holocaust, Battles in the North, Damned in Black

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    De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Live in Leipzig, Wolf's Lair Abyss

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    Monotheist, To Mega Therion, Morbid Tales

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    Black Metal, At War With Satan, Welcome to Hell

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    Hordalands doedskvad, Helnorsk svartmetall, …Bjoergvin…

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