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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434 167
Darkthrone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Black metal, Crust punk

2
396 192
Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal

3
418 182
Bathory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

4
347 161
Emperor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

5
410 196
Burzum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal

6
381 158
Immortal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

7
297 116
Marduk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

8
343 159
Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal

9
277 131
Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Medieval music, Medieval metal, Thrash metal

10
363 194
Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

11
292 115
Dark Funeral is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

12
180 87
Dissection is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

13
199 117
Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Dustin Moore added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

14
228 113
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

15
173 98
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

16
214 128
Venom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Black metal

17
168 90
Taake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

18
112 51
Mgła is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal

19
192 113
Enslaved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

20
172 103
1349 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal

21
168 102
Watain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

22
116 73
Ulver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

23
124 73
Old Man's Child is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

24
120 78
Belphegor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Blackened death metal, Death metal

25
115 75
Carpathian Forest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal