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