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