music 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 (259 items)

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Darkthrone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Darkthrone Crossover thrash, Black metal, Crust punk

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Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Mayhem Black metal, Heavy metal

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Bathory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Bathory Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Immortal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Immortal Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Emperor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Emperor Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Gorgoroth Black metal, Heavy metal

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Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Behemoth Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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Burzum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Burzum Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal

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Marduk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Marduk Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

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Dark Funeral is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dark Funeral Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Satyricon Medieval music, Medieval metal, Thrash metal

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Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

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Venom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Venom New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Black metal

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Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dimmu Borgir Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Dissection is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dissection Melodic death metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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1349 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
1349 Black metal, Heavy metal

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Enslaved is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Enslaved Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Taake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Taake Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Rotting Christ Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Watain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Watain Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Carpathian Forest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Carpathian Forest Black metal, Heavy metal

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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Ulver Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

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Windir is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Windir Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Old Man's Child is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Old Man's Child Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Helhammer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands

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Belphegor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Belphegor Black metal, Blackened death metal, Death metal

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Ancient is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Ancient Black metal, Heavy metal, Melodic black metal

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Leviathan Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Borknagar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Borknagar Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Arcturus Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Anaal Nathrakh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Anaal Nathrakh Industrial metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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Mgła is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Mgła Black metal

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Xasthur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Xasthur Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal

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Naglfar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Naglfar Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Samael is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Samael Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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Shining is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Shining Black metal, Heavy metal

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Hecate Enthroned is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Hecate Enthroned Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Behexen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Behexen Black metal

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Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Katatonia Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

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Summoning is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Summoning Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Wolves in the Throne Room is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Wolves in the Throne Room Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Ragnarok Black metal

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Tsjuder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Tsjuder Black metal, Heavy metal

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Enthroned is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Enthroned Black metal

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Drudkh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Drudkh Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Nargaroth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Nargaroth Black metal