Unapologetic, blasphemous, Satanic, evil, heathenish, pagan, ungodly, tyrannical, godless, savage, barbaric, crude, bestial, monstrous, wretched, fiendish, diabolical…just a few words that remind me of black metal. Within these 10 top albums you will definitely find that and much much more. Welcome to the be all end all top 10 black metal albums of all time list.
There are at least one of these a year, in fact Loudwire stole my thunder and put one out earlier this month. This is my own fault as I waited too long to write this article. I looked at several lists and came up with a scoring system to make up one final ‘best of’ list, so that you never have to look at another one again. Most of the lists I looked at had similar results, with the same albums making the top 10 list over and over again, with slightly different results on the chart. I did the research so you don’t have to. The higher the rank, the more points scored. If the album didn’t make the list at all, it lost some points.
Here is the top 10 black metal albums of all time:
Released in November of 1995, Dissection released this gem that included many different elements of metal. Using melodic passages within their black metal sound, they achieved something dark and evil with Storm of the Light’s Bane. Having a classic heathen sound to it, long time black metal fans have praised this album as a masterpiece.
Released on December 24th of 2006, The Ruins of Beverast took the world by surprise with Rain Upon the Impure. With atmospheric darkness with melancholic majesty, this album is easily the best in their discography as well as one of the best black metal albums in the world.
While Transilvanian Hunger was on a lot of these lists, A Blaze in the Northern Sky topped this album on several occasions. This evil and cold album just triumphs time and time again and just never seems to get old. An iconic release, a must listen type of album, Darkthrone made their mark early in their career with this album.
Bathory is one of the pioneering bands to not only do black metal but then transition into the Viking theme. Before that they released some very iconic albums, Under the Sign of the Black Mark being one of them. One of the greatest albums of all time, very few can even compare to what early Bathory was doing.
Romanian tyrants Negura Bunget released this monolithic album simply called “Om” and it’s driving riffs, atmospheric progressiveness and folk tendencies really drive home a great sounding album. I was new to this album upon my research and it blew my mind. A simply well made black metal wonderment.
The debut album from Ulver combined progressive black metal with experimental song writing and vocal work. Before changing their sound, Ulver managed to captivate the masses with this fresh new take on such a ravage genre. Very unique sound, a rather calm approach to black metal.
One of the quintessential black metal releases of all time, Emperor’s finest album “In the Nightshade Eclipse“, also just so happens to be one of the best black metal albums of all time! Pioneering the symphonic black metal genre with it’s use of the keyboard along side raw, primitive black metal compositions, this album is hailed as a legendary release.
Very little needs to be said about this. Literally everyone has heard this album as it’s referred to as a must listen for anyone who is remotely curious about the black metal genre. Pioneering the ambient sounds within black metal as well as utilizing thin layers of atmosphere to create a wall of relaxing yet dark melodies and sounds. The first half of the album is raw, the final half is relaxing and ominous. This album is legendary.
You think black metal and I bet you think of Immortal. Abbath specifically, with his goofy stage and media presence as well as Immortal’s undeniable familiar sounds, At The Heart of Winter is the golden era of Immortal. Not one single song on this album is bad, not one single note is wasted and the tasteful use of melodies with the raw and wicked compositions leave me wanting more! The song writing is stellar, the production is massive yet they maintain a frigid cold sound: At The Heart of Winter is breathtaking.
The quintessential black metal album and the best in the world according to the internet, Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is THE black metal to listen to when you’re in the mood for the genre. Essential blackened listenings, Mayhem’s finest release and easily the best in their discography, this is purely what this era of black metal was all about. Evil, dark and no holds barred riffs blowing your head apart.
That’s it! The top 10 BEST black metal albums of all time, as created by the internet! So what are your thought’s on this list? How would your top 10 list look?
This is basically the median of what you would find on several lists online. I did the work for you, so just share this with your friends. Someone looking to get into black metal for the first time? Give them this list. You’ll never need another list again.
Unless you want a top 50 or something…