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

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

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

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

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Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Satyricon Medieval music, Medieval metal, Thrash metal

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Naglfar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Naglfar Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

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Dimmu Borgir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Dimmu Borgir Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moonsorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Moonsorrow Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Viking metal

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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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

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Carpathian Forest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Carpathian Forest Black metal, Heavy metal

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

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Children of Bodom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Sean19231 added Children of Bodom 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

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

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Negură Bunget is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Negură Bunget Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Folk music

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Keep of Kalessin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Keep of Kalessin Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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

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Gehenna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Gehenna Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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

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

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Shade Empire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Shade Empire Symphonic black metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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

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Agathodaimon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Agathodaimon Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Abigor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
yodieyuh added Abigor Industrial metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Stormlord is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Stormlord Symphonic black metal, Power metal, Melodic black metal

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Chthonic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Chthonic Blackened death metal, Oriental metal, Melodic black metal

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

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

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

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

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The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
The Kovenant Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

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Mithotyn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Mithotyn Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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

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Ophthalamia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Ophthalamia Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Sakis Tolis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Sakis Tolis Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Thurisaz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands

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Shagrath is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Shagrath Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal

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Sad Legend is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Sad Legend Melodic black metal

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Siebenbürgen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Melodic Black Metal Bands
Siebenbürgen Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal