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10 Essential Black Metal

10 essential albums from/relating to the black metal genre. (No Order)
Black Metal

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.
Pure Holocaust

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.
Transilvanian Hunger

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.
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