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|10 Essential Black Metal|
10 essential albums from/relating to the black metal genre. (No Order)
Not really black metal, but this is where it all started. Also Venom's best album.
Blood Fire Death
Bathory's first four albums established a sound base for all other black metal, which included bad production (this is due to Quorthon not having access to good recording gear), shrieking vocals and faced-paced songs. The best album of Bathory's first four is Blood Fire Death.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
This is the band that spawned all those cute black metal stereotypes you hear about all the time. Way to go, Mayhem.
Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
A one man band, Varg Vikernes is one of the most famous names in black metal. Crazy as he is, his songs were genius, fusing together the standard black metal sound with synthy, atmospheric melodies.
Immortal known for their black metal "look" that is featured on all their album covers but one. Actually, Immortal's music is generally faster and heavier than most other black metal bands and does not use satanic lyrics like most other black metal bands.
In The Nightside Eclipse
Emperor evolved black metal even more with their first album. The song structures are very complex and use ambient synths.
Welcome My Last Chapter
Vinterland created this one album and mysteriously disappeared. Yet, this album is still way up there among the classics. It adds acoustic guitar under the already heavy electric guitars, giving the sound an epic feel. The album also experiments with several emotions, seeming to toy with the listener.
Storm of the Lights Bane
Similar to Welcome My Last Chapter, but less dark and epic. Still a classic album and a well-deserved spot on the list.
Darkthrone is on the more simpler, raw side of black metal, as most of the songs are recorded very rawly and tremolo-dominated.
Bergtatt is a rarity among black metal, as it uses lots of clean vocals, fantasy lyrics and melodic chord progressions. Acoustic guitars are also used liberally throughout. Probably the first black metal band to experiment with vastly different genres.
|I apologize for the lack of first wave black metal, but most of them really aren't black metal, although some are essential. Additional bands that I didn't put on the list: Merciful Fate, Enslaved, Satyricon, Gorgoroth.|
|Fairly similar to my essentials list with a few different selections for the same bands. It's difficult to do this type of list with only 10 spots but I think you did pretty well.|
|It's those stereotyps Mayhem started that I love though! I just love the fact that the lead singer from one of these bands is in jail because he killed the lead from another. Hilarious.|
|I'd add more Graveland to the list. 1,2,4,7,8,9, and 10 rule.|
|Nice list, I feel that Enslaved Frost belongs somewhere in here.|
|Personally I wouldn't classify Graveland as essential black metal, there are more worthy bands Balls tbh.|
Great list though, I'm really torn between liking "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" or "Blood Fire Death" more, but I think I'm leaning toward the former. Props for 7.
|mercyful fate rules but they're not BM. i probably wouldn't put 5, 7, or 8 on here.|
|I love all of these except 1. 1 is still pretty decent though. List definitely needs Don't Break the Oath by Mercyful Fate though for the first wave.|
|1 is amazing damn it|
and yeah celtic frost is necessary
mercyful fate isnt BM sry
|very conventional black metal list tbqh|