Black Metal

Black metal finds its roots in bands such as Venom and Bathory, and is often characterized by an inherently evil tone and a raspy vocal style (Quorthon of Bathory may or may not be the originator of this vocal style, but once you've heard him, you'll realize how influential he was to the scene). The earlier bands focused on minimal instrumentation, as represented by Darkthrone, early Mayhem, and older Immortal, while another group of bands explored a more symphonic, keyboard-driven style (Emperor, Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and still others have migrated towards an eclectic, avant-garde direction (Arcturus, new Mayhem). Norway continues to be the primary exporter of black metal bands, though certainly other countries around the world have produced fine black metal bands.


1349 Dismal Euphony Necrophobic
A Forest Of Stars Disiplin Negura Bunget
Abigor Dødheimsgard Nokturnal Mortum
Aborym Dornenreich Oathean
Abruptum Dragonlord Obtained Enslavement
Absu Drudkh Obtest
The Abyss Elvira Madigan Opera IX
Aeternus Emperor Ophthalamia
Agathodaimon Enochian Crescent Ov Hell
Ajattara Enslaved Panopticon
Akercocke Enthral Peste Noire
Akhenaton Enthroned Phazm
The Amenta Ephel Duath Primordial
Anaal Nathrakh Ethereal Pandemonium Radigost
Ancient Ex Deo Ragnarok
Ancient Rites Fleurety Renascent
... And Oceans Fog Rivendell
Angst Skvadron Frost Like Ashes Sacramentum
Anorexia Nervosa Gehenna Sanctus
Apostasy Goatwhore Satan's Host
Arallu Golden Dawn Satan's Wrath
Arcturus Gorgoroth Satyricon
Arthemesia Graveworm Sear Bliss
Astarte Hades Almighty Secrets Of The Moon
Asterius Hate Profile Setherial
Astral Luminous Hecate Enthroned Shade Empire
Aurora Borealis Heidenreich Siebenburgen
Axamenta Hellsaw Sirius
The Axis Of Perdition Helrunar Solefald
Azahel's Forest Heresi Somnus
Bal-Sagoth Himinbjorg Sort Vokter
Barathrum Hollenthon Source Of Tide
Bathory Horde Stormlord
Behemoth Horna Subliritum
Beherit Hortus Animae Suidakra
Belphegor ICS Vortex Summoning
Besatt Immortal Susperia
Bestial Warlust Immortal Bird Taake
Bethlehem Impaled Nazarene Thee Maldoror Kollective
Bishop Of Hexen Imperial Triumphant Thorns
The Black Inquisitor Thou Art Lord
Black Anvil Jotunspor Thundra
Black Crucifixion Judas Iscariot Thy Primordial
Blut Aus Nord Kampfar Thy Serpent
Borknagar Keep Of Kalessin Tidfall
Brown Jenkins Khold Torchbearer
Burzum Klabautamann Transcending Bizarre?
Cadaver Inc. The Konsortium Trident
Carpathian Forest The Kovenant Troll
Carpe Tenebrum Krallice Tulus
Catamenia The Legion Typhus
Chapel Lengsel Tyrant
Christ Agony Limbonic Art Ulver
Chryst Lord Belial Urgehal
Chthonic Ludicra V:28
Cirith Gorgor Lugubrum Ved Buens Ende
Cobalt Luna Ad Noctum Vehementer Nos
Code Lunaris Venom
Control Human Delete Lux Ferre Vesania
Covenant Lux Occulta Vesperian Sorrow
Cradle Of Filth Malignant Eternal Viking Crown
Crest Of Darkness Manes Vinterland
Crimson Midwinter Manii Virtigo
Cultes Des Ghoules Marduk Vhöl
Cynicon Master's Hammer Vondur
Daemonarch Mayhem Vreid
Dagorlad Melechesh Vulture Industries
Dark Fortress Meridian Watain
Dark Funeral Mezzerschmitt Weakling
Dark Philosophy Midnight Windir
Darkthrone Mindgrinder Winterfylleth
Dawn Mirrorthrone Withered
December Moon Mithotyn Wolves In The Throne Room
December Wolves Moon Woods Of Desolation
Demonaz Mörk Gryning Woods Of Ypres
Demontage Mutant Wykked Wytch
Destroyer 666 Myrkskog Wyrd
Diabolical Masquerade Nachtmystium Zyklon
Dimmu Borgir Naglfar Zyklon-B
Direwolf Necromantia  
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