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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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    Pure Holocaust, Battles in the North, Damned in Black

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    Antichrist, Destroyer, Under the Sign of Hell

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    The Apostasy, Demigod, Pandemonic Incantations

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

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    Blood Fire Death, The Return......, Under the Sign of the Black Mark

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    Filosofem, Hvis lyset tar oss, Det som engang var

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    Panzer Division Marduk, World Funeral, Dark Endless

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

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    Hellfire, Demonoir, Liberation

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    Monotheist, To Mega Therion, Morbid Tales

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    The Forest Is My Throne / Yggdrasill, Now, Diabolical

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    In the Nightside Eclipse, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, IX Equilibrium ...

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    The Forest Is My Throne / Yggdrasill, Blodhemn, Below the Lights

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    Lawless Darkness, Rabid Death's Curse, Casus Luciferi

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    Bergtatt: Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler, Nattens madrigal: Aatte hymne til ...

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    The Beginning, Melissa, Don't Break the Oath

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    Hordalands doedskvad, Helnorsk svartmetall, …Bjoergvin…

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    Black Metal, At War With Satan, Welcome to Hell

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    Abigail, Black Rose: 20 Years Ago, The Puppet Master

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    Blutsabbath, Lucifer Incestus, Bondage Goat Zombie

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    In Defiance of Existence, Born of the Flickering, The Pagan Prosperity

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    Aealo, Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, Theogonia

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    Black Shining Leather, Defending the Throne of Evil, We're Going to Hell ...

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    Celestial Lineage, Two Hunters, Malevolent Grain

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    Telepathic With the Deceased, Xasthur / Leviathan, The Funeral of Being ...

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    Storm of the Light's Bane, The Somberlain, Reinkaos

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    Blood in Our Wells, The Swan Road, Forgotten Legends

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    Towards the Skullthrone of Satan, The Apocalypse Manifesto, Regie ...

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    Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien, Gallows Gallery, Imaginary ...

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    Ugra-Karma, Latex Cult, Suomi Finland Perkele

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    Solar Soul, Ceremony of Opposites, Eternal

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    Ashes Against the Grain, The Mantle, The Demonstration Archive 1996–1998 ...

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    The Darkroom Sessions, V - Halmstad, Född förlorare

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    Through Thick Fog Till Death, Atomkinder, Goatcraft Torment

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    Strength & Honour, Carelian Satanist Madness, Black Metal Commando / ...

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    God the Lux, Firefrost Arcanum, Distractive Killusions

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    The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide, Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, ...

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    Sóknardalr, 1184, Likferd

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    Prosatanica Shooting Angels, Amarok, Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare ...

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    Minas Morgul, Dol Guldur, Lugburz

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    Mad Grandiose Bloodfiends, The Halls of Eternity, The Cainian Chronicle ...

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    With Hearts Toward None, Mdłości + Further Down the Nest, Presence

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    The Fire of Awakening, Epilogue, Carpathian Wolves

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    The Codex Necro, Domine non es dignus, In the Constellation of the Black ...

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    Blood Must Be Shed, Blood Must Be Shed / Wraths of Time, Necrolust / Total ...

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    Obscuritatem advoco amplectère me, In umbra malitiae ambulabo, in ...

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    Solens rötter, Cosmic Genesis, The Focusing Blur

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