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 Diabolical Masquerade Nachtmystium
A Forest Of Stars Dimmu Borgir Naglfar
Abigor Direwolf Necromantia
Aborym Dismal Euphony Necrophobic
Abruptum Disiplin Negura Bunget
Absu Dødheimsgard Nokturnal Mortum
The Abyss Dornenreich Oathean
Aeternus Dragonlord Obtained Enslavement
Agathodaimon Drudkh Obtest
Ajattara Elvira Madigan Opera IX
Akercocke Emperor Ophthalamia
Akhenaton Enochian Crescent Ov Hell
Alcest Enslaved Peste Noire
The Amenta Enthral Phazm
Anaal Nathrakh Enthroned Primordial
Ancient Ephel Duath Radigost
Ancient Rites Ethereal Pandemonium Ragnarok
... And Oceans Ex Deo Renascent
Angst Skvadron Fleurety Rivendell
Anorexia Nervosa Fog Sacramentum
Apostasy Frost Like Ashes Sanctus
Arallu Gehenna Satan's Host
Arcturus Goatwhore Satyricon
Arthemesia Golden Dawn Sear Bliss
Astarte Gorgoroth Secrets Of The Moon
Asterius Graveworm Setherial
Astral Luminous Hades Almighty Shade Empire
Aurora Borealis Hate Profile Siebenburgen
Axamenta Hecate Enthroned Sirius
The Axis Of Perdition Heidenreich Solefald
Azahel's Forest Hellsaw Somnus
Bal-Sagoth Helrunar Sort Vokter
Barathrum Heresi Source Of Tide
Bathory Himinbjorg Stormlord
Behemoth Hollenthon Subliritum
Beherit Horde Suidakra
Belphegor Horna Summoning
Besatt Hortus Animae 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
Christ Agony Limbonic Art Tyrant
Chryst Lord Belial Ulver
Chthonic Ludicra Urgehal
Cirith Gorgor Lugubrum V:28
Cobalt Luna Ad Noctum Ved Buens Ende
Code Lunaris Vehementer Nos
Control Human Delete Lux Ferre Venom
Cormorant Lux Occulta Vesania
Covenant Malignant Eternal Vesperian Sorrow
Cradle Of Filth Manes Viking Crown
Crest Of Darkness Manii Virtigo
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
Destroyer 666 Myrkskog Zyklon-B

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