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Melodic black metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good melodic black metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the group’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top melodic black metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Melodic black metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all melodic black metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest melodic black metal bands of all time, since the most famous melodic black metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best melodic black metal music.

You can click on the melodic black metal band names to see more information about that particular notable melodic black metal group. If they're near the top of the best melodic black metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top melodic black metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the melodic black metal band names themselves.

This list features artists like Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. Downvote your least favorite artists and upvote the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top. Make sure to give artists you favor (like Emperor or Satyricon) a vote.

All important, significant and iconic names in melodic black metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new melodic black metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of melodic black metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into melodic black metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good melodic black metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent melodic black metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best melodic black metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest melodic 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 melodic black metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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320 75
Dissection is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

2
176 58
Emperor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

3
159 59
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

4
116 40
Dark Funeral is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

5
213 98
Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

6
159 67
Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Medieval music, Medieval metal, Thrash metal

7
107 38
Naglfar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

8
108 43
Old Man's Child is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

9
66 19
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

10
67 24
Borknagar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

11
77 35
Lord Belial is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Melodic black metal

12
59 23
Sacramentum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

13
64 30
Dark Fortress is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

14
94 53
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

15
58 27
Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

16
48 20
Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Symphonic black metal

17
45 19
Samael is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
53 26
1349 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Black metal, Heavy metal

19
143 99
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

20
60 34
Moonsorrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

21
37 20
Carpathian Forest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Black metal, Heavy metal

22
38 21
Ancient is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Melodic black metal

23
41 25
Catamenia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal

24
103 81
Children of Bodom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Sean19231 added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal - Noted: One of the best guitarist ever ( Alexi Laiho ) and my person favorite drummer, Jaska Raatikainen. I feel they deserve a steady spot in at least top 15

25
22 11
Vreid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Thrash metal, Death 'n' roll, Black metal

26
34 22
Keep of Kalessin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

27
24 13
Negură Bunget is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Folk music

28
27 18
Wolfchant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

29
31 22
Omnium Gatherum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

30
14 6
Melechesh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
MikeSteelreaperStoker added Thrash metal, Black metal, Blackened death metal

31
17 9
Gehenna is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

32
27 20
Shining is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Black metal, Heavy metal

33
14 8
Abigor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Industrial metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

34
23 17
Shade Empire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

35
17 12
Agathodaimon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

36
20 15
Chthonic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Blackened death metal, Oriental metal, Melodic black metal

37
20 16
Stormlord is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Power metal, Melodic black metal

38
16 12
Dornenreich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Neofolk, Heavy metal

39
5 1
Vinterland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Κατερίνα added Melodic black metal

40
11 10
Setherial is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Black metal, Heavy metal

41
15 15
I.C.S. Vortex is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

42
10 11
Ophthalamia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

43
11 13
Shagrath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

44
10 12
Artefact is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Black metal, Melodic black metal

45
10 12
Mithotyn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

46
9 11
The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

47
7 9
Sakis Tolis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

48
6 8
Arthemesia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

49
6 8
Thurisaz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands

50
10 13
Sad Legend is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Melodic black metal