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Muzz Top 25 Black Metal

Following a few peeps lists, this is mine. One album per band.
1Cradle of Filth
Cruelty and the Beast

Cradle at their most alien, evil and extreme which in many ways is the essence of black metal.
2Dimmu Borgir
Enthrone Darkness Triumphant

A vicious yet classy reigning in of modern black metal. Blew all before it away.
Dark Medieval Times

Everything second wave Norwegian black metal represented in one castle.
4In the Woods...
Heart of the Ages

So innovative and groundbreaking it both defined and transcended black metal in one.
In the Nightside Eclipse

A masterpiece of atmospheric black metal.

Although 1184 and Likferd were incredible, this is Valfar's guitar playing crowning moment. Plus the accordions give this a distinct flavor.
7Limbonic Art
In Abhorrence Dementia

Off the planet and beyond extreme and quite brilliant.
Storm of the Light's Bane

The first melodic black metal record that was both riff centric and accessible.
9Caladan Brood
Echoes Of Battle

Black metal record of the decade hands down.

Struck a nerve musically and emotionally
11Lord Kaos
Thorns of Impurity

The most obscure of the picks but a classic in the genre and evil as hell.
Carrion Skies

A brooding masterpiece accentuating post tones.

Some of the best progressive black metal ever made highlighted with saxophone.
Pale Folklore

New breed of black metal that changed the genre.
15Midnight Odyssey
Biolume Part 1 - In Tartarean Chains

Sinister and mesmerizing from beginning to end.
16Lunar Aurora

Spooky Germanic black metal for long dark winters.
Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne

A different take on the genre taking black metal to new realms.

Come for the cover and Star Wars themes, stays for the riffs in these supreme multipart songs.
Heart of Akamon

An emotional folk black metal landmark record.
20Black Anvil
As Was

Grimy NY quartet produce brilliant progressive black metal album.
Endless Rivers

Could be any one of Hakan’s minimalist synths black metal records as the whole of this discography is greater than the sum of its parts. Hypnotic and evil atmosphere is everything
22The Kovenant
Nexus Polaris

A late 90’s symphonic black metal classic no 2 ways about it.
In Times

Progressive and melodic black metal that almost transcends black metal.

Another masterclass in melodic black metal that has the edge of evil atmosphere and incredible vocals.
25Can Bardd
The Last Rain

Epic melodic black metal with folk influences and great songwriting.
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