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