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The Best Black Metal Bands on Bandcamp

Updated December 15, 2020 1.7k votes 198 voters 7.4k views

List RulesUnderground black metal of the Bandcamp generation only: no huge acts or big label sponsored bands.

It's hard to say what qualifies as real black metal these days. Ultimately, it's all in the eye of the beholder. Regardless of where you fall on what's sonically eligible for the black metal tag, it's hard to argue with the idea that Bandcamp and black metal is a match made in heaven. What's more suited to an abrasive, caustic, extreme, often anti-social genre of music with a long history of underground bands and labels than a website offering limitless music hosting, set-your-own-price sales models, and a direct conduit from artists to fans? Bandcamp is trve kvlt af. 

The best black metal on Bandcamp is some of the best black metal in the world right now. Artists from the United States to Poland, Germany, and Scotland have created mesmerizing, blistering catalogs of underground black metal available for streaming and direct-from-the-artist purchase on the site. There are also a number of fantastic underground metal labels on Bandcamp, the people who run many of which will friend you on Facebook and help you find even more underground metal (seriously). 

The rise of Bandcamp has coincided almost exactly with the resurgence of black metal in the popular consciousness, thanks to big, new acts like Deafheaven and Oathbreaker, and the unexpected commercial success of established blackened death metal bands like Behemoth. So bust out your corpse paint and vote up the best true underground Bandcamp black metal. Add anything you think is missing.