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Best Black Metal Bands

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Black metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good black metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top black metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Black metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all black metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest black metal bands of all time, since the most famous black metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best black metal music.

You can click on the black metal band names to see more information about that particular notable black metal group. If they're near the top of the best black metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top black metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the black metal band names themselves.

List is made up of items like Carter Beauford and Joey Jordison. Vote for your favorite items by clicking thumbs up on them. Which is better for this list, Thurston Moore or Earth, Wind & Fire?

All important, significant and iconic names in black metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new black metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of black metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into black metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good black metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent black metal bands.

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, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal More
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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal More
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    Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal More
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    Medieval music, Medieval metal, Thrash metal More
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal More
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    Crossover thrash, Black metal, Crust punk More
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    Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal More
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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal More
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    Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal More
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Black metal More
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    Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient More
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal More
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    Urgehal

    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Black metal, Blackened death metal, Death metal More
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    Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
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    Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal More
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    Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Symphonic black metal, Viking metal, Black metal More
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    Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Zyklon-B

    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Black metal More
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    Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal More
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    Black metal More
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    Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal More
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    Goatlord

    Doom metal, Black metal, Death metal More
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    Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Melodic black metal More
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    Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal More
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    Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Melodic death metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Symphonic black metal, Black metal More
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    Root

    Black metal More
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    Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal More
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    Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal More
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    Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal More
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