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Best Black Metal bands

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Fairly straightforward, but for everyone out there who can't put two and two together, which is the greatest black metal band?

Rated 0 points - posted 9 years ago by porcupinetheater in category Music.
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Burzum Report Abuse
Okay, Varg did murder Euronymous, essentially the genre's founder. But that's no need to overlook this outstanding, essentially solo contribution that proceeded that action, because it really is quite good stuff.
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Enslaved Report Abuse
There's a reason this list is essentially a Norwegian monopoly. That country has released some truly great stuff, and Enslaved deserve to be counted among the best. They truly are far too overlooked.
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Emperor Report Abuse
My personal favorite in this category, this band expanded the formula laid down by Mayhem, and added a more melodic element, while still being incredibly freaking brutal. Any list of the best black metal band will pretty much inevitably include Emperor in the top three, frequently holding the top spot. And with good reason.
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Moonsorrow Report Abuse
Based in Finland, their incredibly epic compositions, commonly greater than 10 minutes long, some even reaching the half hour point, their music manages to perfectly blend the black and folk metal styles. Their lyrics commonly deal with Finnish mythology and legends, and are entirely in their native language.
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Agalloch Report Abuse
Absolutely brilliant folk black metal, and probably the most European sounding American band I've ever heard. This music sounds like winter. Fantastic atmosphere.
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Darkthrone Report Abuse
This is the band behind Under a Funeral Moon and A blaze in the Northern Sky. Need more be said?
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Bathory Report Abuse
Well, here come the Swedes. Sweden, primarily the home of death metal, did manage to produce this bm jewel. Listen to Under the Sign of the Black Mark if you don't want to take my word for it.
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Mayhem Report Abuse
This band is to black metal what early Sabbath was to doom - the essential founders of a genre. They are legends, but their best music would unfortunately die with Euronymous.
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Ceremonial Castings Report Abuse
Barbaric Is The Beast... nuff said.
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Dimmu Borgir Report Abuse
Sure, some may say they may have sold out in recent years, but I defy anyone to say Enthrone Darkness Triumphant isn't a genre staple. And Death Cult Armageddon is a phenomenal addition to black metalers' catalogues, even with the beginnings of their move towards a more symphonic musicality.
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Satyricon Report Abuse
This band might not add a whole lot of new stuff to the genre, and their guitar lines aren't as typically brutal as many of their contemporaries, but man do they know how to give their songs a great atmosphere!
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Cradle of Filth Report Abuse
They aren't so great recently, but they were pretty damn good up to Midian.
-10 points - added 9 years ago by porcupinetheater - 1 comment
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Danny is the lord of extreme metal, the voice variation of him is a god gifted talent. I Love you FILTH!
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