Black Metal 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

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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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Bathory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Bathory Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Mayhem Black metal, Heavy metal

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Burzum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Burzum Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black 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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Immortal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Immortal Thrash metal, 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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Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Gorgoroth Black metal, Heavy metal

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Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Satyricon Medieval music, Medieval metal, Thrash 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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Marduk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Marduk Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

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Dissection is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dissection Melodic death metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dustin Moore added Dimmu Borgir Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Venom New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Black metal

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Enslaved is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Enslaved Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Rotting Christ Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy 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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1349 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
1349 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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Belphegor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Belphegor Black metal, Blackened death metal, Death metal

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Mgła is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Mgła Black metal

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Carpathian Forest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Carpathian Forest 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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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Ulver Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

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Windir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Windir Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Helhammer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 28 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) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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Borknagar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Borknagar Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Goatwhore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Goatwhore Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

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Ancient is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Ancient Black metal, Heavy metal, Melodic black metal

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Impaled Nazarene is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Impaled Nazarene Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Satanic Warmaster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Satanic Warmaster Black metal, Heavy metal, National Socialist black metal

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Enthroned is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Enthroned Black metal

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Leviathan Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Anorexia Nervosa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dustin Moore added Anorexia Nervosa Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

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Xasthur is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Xasthur Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal

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Anaal Nathrakh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Anaal Nathrakh Industrial metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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Hecate Enthroned is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Hecate Enthroned Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Tsjuder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Tsjuder Black metal, Heavy metal

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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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Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Ragnarok Black metal

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Arcturus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Arcturus Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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

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

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Wolves in the Throne Room is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Wolves in the Throne Room Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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Absu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Absu Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal