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741 bands
Rank Image Band / Formed / Genres Albums
1
Cradle of Filth
1991, United Kingdom
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
2
Sodom
1981, Germany
Thrash Metal, Black Metal
Persecution Mania (1987)  #140
Tapping the Vein (1992)  #246
Code Red (1999)  #317
3
Darkthrone
1987, Norway
Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
4
Burzum
1991, Norway
Black Metal, Ambient
Hvis lyset tar oss (1994)  #102
Det som engang var (1993)  #614
Filosofem (1996)  #673
5
Mayhem
1984, Norway
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
6
Dimmu Borgir
1993, Norway
Symphonic Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal
7
Behemoth
1991, Poland
Black Metal, Death Metal
The Satanist (2014)  #109
Evangelion (2009)  #311
Demigod (2004)  #318
8
Emperor
1991, Norway
Black Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
9
Immortal
1991, Norway
Black Metal
Pure Holocaust (1993)  #447
10
Summoning
1993, Austria
Atmospheric Black Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
Dol Guldur (1997)  #255
Stronghold (1999)  #430
Old Mornings Dawn (2013)  #564
11
Anorexia Nervosa
1995, France
Symphonic Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal
Drudenhaus (2000)  #94
Redemption Process (2004)  #647
New Obscurantis Order (2001)  #927
12
Anaal Nathrakh
1999, United Kingdom
Industrial Black Metal, Grindcore
13
Bathory
1983, Sweden
Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Viking Metal
Blood Fire Death (1988)  #465
Bathory (1984)  #1503
14
Deathspell Omega
1998, France
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
Paracletus (2010)  #650
Kénôse (2005)  [EP]  #915
15
Gorgoroth
1992, Norway
Black Metal
Pentagram (1994)  #81
Antichrist (1996)  #154
16
Shining
1996, Sweden
Depressive Black Metal, Black Metal
V - Halmstad (2007)  #189
Livets ändhållplats (2001)  #2057
17
Sigh
1990, Japan
Black Metal, Avant-garde Metal
Imaginary Sonicscape (2001)  #302
Scenes From Hell (2010)  #1082
In Somniphobia (2012)  #1407
18
Graveworm
1992, Italy
Melodic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
Scourge of Malice (2001)  #728
Engraved in Black (2003)  #4790
19
Dissection
1989, Sweden
Melodic Black Metal, Death Metal
The Somberlain (1993)  #1480
Rebirth of Dissection (2006)  [Video]
20
Deafheaven
2010, United States
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal
New Bermuda (2015)  #517
Sunbather (2013)  #684
21
Agalloch
1995, United States
Atmospheric Black Metal, Folk Metal
The Mantle (2002)  #438
Pale Folklore (1999)  #774
22
Marduk
1990, Sweden
Black Metal
Panzer Division Marduk (1999)  #2236
Blood Puke Salvation (2006)  [Video]
Rom 5:12 (2007)  #3437
23
Sad Legend
1997, Korea
Melodic Black Metal
Sad Legend (1998)  #83
The Revenge of Soul (2009)  #2473
Promo 1997 (1997)  [Demo]
24
Arcturus
1991, Norway
Progressive Metal, Avant-garde Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
The Sham Mirrors (2002)  #208
Aspera Hiems Symfonia (1996)  #655
25
Mgła
2000, Poland
Black Metal
Exercises in Futility (2015)  #348
Age of Excuse (2019)  #1246
26
Shade Empire
1999, Finland
Melodic Death Metal, Industrial Death Metal, Symphonic Death Metal, Black Metal
Anti-Life Saviour (2017)  [Single]
Omega Arcane (2013)  #353
27
Ulver
1993, Norway
Black Metal, Ambient, Electronic
28
Cult of Fire
2010, Czech Republic
Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
29
Dark Mirror ov Tragedy
2003, Korea
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
30
Inquisition
1988, Colombia
Black Metal
31
Dark Funeral
1993, Sweden
Black Metal
32
Enslaved
1991, Norway
Black Metal, Viking Metal, Progressive Metal
Vikingligr veldi (1994)  #513
Eld (1997)  #1014
Ruun (2006)
33
Satyricon
1991, Norway
Black Metal
Nemesis Divina (1996)  #1423
Dark Medieval Times (1993)  #1863
The Shadowthrone (1995)  #4046
34
Drudkh
2002, Ukraine
Atmospheric Black Metal
35
Sabbat
1984, Japan
Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Envenom (1991)  #697
Born by Evil Blood (1987)  [EP]
Desecration (1989)  [EP]
36
Blasphemy
1987, Canada
War Metal, Black Metal
37
Lifelover
2005, Sweden
Black Metal, Depressive Rock
Konkurs (2008)  #230
Pulver (2006)  #1263
Erotik (2007)  #2653
38
Lustre
2008, Sweden
Atmospheric Black Metal, Ambient
39
Chthonic
1995, Taiwan
Melodic Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal
Takasago Army (2011)  #674
賽德克巴萊 (2005)  #2756
武徳 / Bú-Tik (2013)  #3635
40
Mütiilation
1991, France
Black Metal
41
Revenge
2000, Canada
War Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal
42
Archgoat
1989, Finland
War Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal
Whore of Bethlehem (2006)  #966
Black Mass XXX (2020)  [Live]
43
Mesarthim
2015, Australia
Atmospheric Black Metal
The Great Filter (2016)  [EP]  #1238
Vacuum Solution (2021)  [EP]
44
Moonsorrow
1995, Finland
Folk Metal, Viking Metal, Black Metal
Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (2001)  #900
Suden Uni (2001)  #1465
Kivenkantaja (2003)  #1546
45
Toxic Holocaust
1999, United States
Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal
Conjure and Command (2011)  #2486
Primal Future: 2019 (2019)  #3610
46
Bethlehem
1991, Germany
Depressive Black Metal, Death Doom Metal
Dictius te necare (1996)  #493
Bethlehem (2016)  #2427
Dark Metal (1994)  #2819
47
Darkspace
1999, Switzerland
Ambient Black Metal, Dark Metal
Dark Space I (2003)  #696
Dark Space III (2008)  #1455
Dark Space ll (2005)  #2415
48
Behexen
1996, Finland
Black Metal
Horna / Behexen (2004)  [Split]
Rituale Satanum (2000)  #2401
49
Samael
1987, Switzerland
Black Metal, Industrial Metal, Electronic
Passage (1996)  #1829
Solar Soul (2007)  #2349
Ceremony of Opposites (1994)  #2705
50
Njiqahdda
United States
Atmospheric Black Metal, Psychedelic Rock
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 42,616
Reviews : 9,978
Albums : 153,321
Lyrics : 198,799