Top 3 Black Metal Bands Of All Time That I Would Treasure

Do you guys love metal music? If you love the genre, then you are one of my types. I love metal music just not because of their music but for the reason they create wild ambiance, pain, and sorrowful stories.

But not all the metal songs deliver such a theme; some might be destructive; some have the usage of slam words that the people of underage are said to remain out of its access.

There are some happy metal songs as well. Just because metal music does not mean that it always has to be the sad, arrogant, or anti-social type of song. Some can be storytelling and social songs as well, which bring the social evils to the light.

Whether the song is gloomy, destructive, arrogant, or anything else, I’m always a metalhead. I don’t really care about the sub-genres of the metal music that we have had throughout the years.

But I do care about their influence on me. One of the influencing metal genres for me is ‘Black Metal.’

Black Metal is one of the major sub-genres of metal music, which features fast tempo and shrieking vocals.

Many people find that Black Metal music is disturbing, but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever experienced.

There is a misconception that Black Metal is a subgenre of Heavy Metal. However, this is totally false. Black Metal and Heavy Metal are totally different. Everyone with a rock voice can sing Heavy Metal but not Black Metal.

For that, all you need is years of intense vocal practice sessions.

So I have listed the top 5 ‘Black Metal bands of all time below!! See some details.

1) Mayhem

Mayhem is one of the outstanding Black Metal bands you might have noticed if you are a ‘Black Metalhead.’ They are the band formed in 1984 in Oslo, Norway, and one of the founders of the Norwegian Black Metal scene.

The initial phase of Mayhem was so controversial because of their notorious live performances. Similarly, it included the shocking incident of the band’s vocalist, PerYngve Ohlin, back in 1991.

A couple of years later, the band Oystein Aarseth was murdered by former member Varg Vikernes in 1993. Vikernes has now his own band named Burzum.

Mayhem since has new band members, including Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Attila Csihar, Teloch, and Ghul.

Mayhem’s Studio Albums

  • De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)
  • Grand Declaration of War (2000)
  • Chimera (2004)
  • Ordo ad Chao (2007)
  • Esoteric Warfare (2014)
  • Daemon (2019)

You might not find the quality in sons that the original band members gave during the initial phase of their career. Nevertheless, they are one of the pillars of Black Metal, as of the current Metal scenario.

2) Bathory

Bathory is a Swedish Black Metal band, which was formed in Vallingby in March 1983. Bathory is one of the pioneers of black metal and Viking metal named after Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

Bathory is one of the experimental black metal bands, who has attached the taste of different metal genres in their albums. As per Lords of Chaos, the first four albums of Bathory is a blueprint for Scandinavian black metal. 

However, they got rid of the black metal sound in their fifth record Hammerheart (1990). Similarly, they added the flavor of thrash metal style on their albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995).

Bathory’s Studio Albums

  • Bathory (1984)
  • The Return (1985)
  • Under The Sign of Black Mark (1987)
  • Blood Fire Death (1988)
  • Hammerheart (1990)
  • Twilight of the Gods (1991)
  • Requiem (1994)
  • Octagon (1995)
  • Blood On Ice (1996)
  • Destroyer of Worlds (2001)
  • Nordland I (2002)
  • Nordland II (2003)

Similarly, Bathory has five compilation albums on their account. You can listen to Bathory if you like their musical theme.

3) Darkthrone

Darkthrone is another Norwegian black metal band formed in Kolbotn, Norway, in 1986. Initially, the band was created as a death metal band under the name Black Death. But later in 1991, as influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost, the band worked on the black metal genre.

Darkthrone now is a duo of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto after the guitarist Zephyrous left the band back in 1993. The historical timeline of Darkthrone’s albums suggests that the band has strayed away from the black metal scene since 2006 and leaned more towards the elements of heavy metal, punk, and speed metal. Some often consider it as a band like ‘Motorhead,’ led by the late Lemmy Kilmister.

Since then, the band has remained underground as it has sought to stay out of the mainstream music community.

Darkthrone’s Studio Albums

  • Soulside Journey (1991)
  • A Blaze in the Northern Sky (1992)
  • Under the Funeral Moon (1993)
  • Transilvanian Hunger (1994)
  • Panzerfaust (1995)
  • Goatlord (1996)
  • Total Death (1996)
  • Ravishing Grimness (1999)
  • Plaguewielder (2001)
  • Hate Them (2003)
  • Sardonic Wrath (2004)
  • The Cult Is Alive (2006)
  • F.O.A.D (2007)
  • Dark Thrones and Black Flags (2008)
  • Circle The Wagons (2010)
  • The Underground Resistance (2013)
  • Arctic Thunder (2016)
  • Old Star (2019)

The band is led by Fenriz Red Planet (who also has a career in Isengard and Valhall) and Nocturno Culto. The former band members include Ivar Enger, Dag Nilsen, and Anders Risberget.