Classic/Essential/Favorite Black Metal Releases





If you're just starting out listening to black metal, or you think you know it all, here is a list of the very best, the classics, or just some of my personal favorite black metal albums. Grab your corpse paint and get to it!

1349- Beyond The Apocalypse

Abazagorath- Sacraments Of The Final Atrocity

Abhorer- Zygotical Sabbatory Anabapt

Abigail- Forever Street Metal Bitch

Abigor- Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom), Opus IV

Abruptum- In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo In Aeternum in Triumpho Tenebrau

Absu- Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L., Tara

Absurd- Totenlieder

Abyssos- Fhinstanian Nightbreed

Addaura- Burning Of The Ancient

Agalloch- The Mantle, Pale Folklore, Ashes Against The Grain

Akercocke- The Goat of Mendes

Aldaaron- Supreme Silence

Alghazanth- Wreath Of Thevatat

Annthennath- States Of Liberating Departure

Anorexia Nervosa- Drudenhaus

Antaeus- Cut Your Flesh And Worship Satan, Blood Libels

Archgoat- The Light-Devouring Darkness

Arckanorum Astrum- Prozrenie

Arckanum- PPPPPPPPPPP, Kampen

Arcturus- Aspera Hiems Symfonia

Armagedda- Only True Believers

Asbel- Elgeist: Hymn For Lost Souls

Asgaroth- Trapped In The Depths Of Eve

Askival- Eternity

Astel Oscora- Eridian, Wormshire

Astriaal- Renascent Misanthropy

Aura Noir- Black Thrash Attack, Hades Rise

Averse Sefira- Homecoming’s March

Bathory- Bathory, The Return, Under The Sign Of The Black Mark, Blood Fire Death

Beastcraft- Into The Pit Of Burning Hell

Behemoth- As The Forests Dream Eternally, From The Pagan Vastlands, Grom

Beherit- The Oath Of Black Blood, Drawing Down The Moon, Engram

Behexen- By The Blessing Of Satan, Rituale Satanum, Blessed Be The Darkness Demo

Besatt- Hail Lucifer

Bethlehem- Dictius Te Necare

Black Funeral- Vampyr: Throne Of The Beast

Black Witchery- Inferno Of Sacred Destruction

Blut Aus Nord- Ultima Thulee, Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of The Icy Ages

Borge- Entraves de l’Ame

Borknagar- Borknagar, The Olden Domain

Bornholm- …On The Way Of The Hunting Moon

Burzum- Burzum, Aske EP, Det Som Engang Var, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, Filosofem

Carach Angren- Where The Corpses Sink Forever

Carcharoth- My Father Was A Wolf Demo

Carpathian Forest- Journey Through The Cold Moors Of Svarttjern Demo, Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Woods EP, Defending The Throne Of Evil

Catamenia- Location: COLD

Celtic Frost- Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion

Ceremonial Castings- Into The Black Forest Of Witchery

Cor Scorpii- Monument

Covenant- In Times Before The Light, Nexus Polaris

Cradle Of Filth- The Principal Of Evil Made Flesh, Vempire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein, Dusk… And Her Embrace, Thornography

Crimson Moon- To Embrace The Vampyric Blood

Cripta Oculta- Ecos Dos Dolmens Esquesidos, Sangue Do Novo Amanhecer

Cryptic Wintermoon- A Coming Storm, Of Shadows… And The Dark Things You Fear

Dark Fortress- Tales From Eternal Dusk

Dark Funeral- In The Sign, Teach Children To Worship Satan, The Secrets Of The Black Arts, De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult- Nocturnal March

Darkthrone- Soulside Journey, A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Under A Funeral Moon, Transylvanian Hunger, Panzerfaust

Destroyer 666- Unchain The Wolves, Phoenix Rising, Cold Steel…For An Iron Age

Diabolical Masquerade- Ravendusk In My Heart

Dimmu Borgir- Stormblast, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Dissection- Storm Of The Light’s Bane, Somberlain, Reinkaos

Dodheimsgard- Monumental Possession, Kronet til konge

Dodsferd- Cursing Your Will To Live

Drowning The Light- Drowned

Drudkh- Forgotten Legends

Eikenskaden- The Last Dance, There Is No Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Embracing Carpathian Mourning- Promo 2008

Emperor- In The Nightside Eclipse, Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

Enslaved- Vikingligr Veldi, Frost, Eld, Blodhemn

Enthroned- Toward The Skullthrone Of Satan

Evilfeast- Mysteries Of The Nocturnal Forest

Forest- Like A Blaze Above The Ashes

Forgotten Tomb- Songs To Leave, Springtime Depression, Love’s Burial Ground, Negative Megalomania

Forgotten Woods- As The Wolves Gather

Gehenna- Seen Through The Veils Of Darkness (The Second Spell)

Gnaw Their Tongues- All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity

Goatmoon- Death Before Dishonour, Finnish Steel Storm

Gorgoroth- Anti-Christ, Pentagram, Under The Sign Of Hell, Incipit Satan

Graveland- Carpathian Wolves, Thousand Swords

Gris- Il était une forêt, A l’Ame Enflamme A l’Ame Constelle

Hecate Enthroned- Upon Promeathean Shores (Unscriptured Waters), Dark Requiems and Unsilent Massacre

Hellhammer- Satanic Rites Demo, Apocalyptic Raids EP, Demon Entrails Compilation

Horna- Sanojesi äärelle

I Shalt Become- Wanderings

Immortal- Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, Pure Holocaust, Battles In The North, At The Heart Of Winter

Impaled Nazarene- Nihil, All That You Fear, Pro Patria Finlandia

Imperial Crystalline Entombment- Apocalyptic End in White

In The Woods- Heart Of Ages

Inquisition- Invoking The Majestic Throne Of Satan, Into The Infernal Legions Of The Ancient Cult, Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer

Isengard- Hostmorke, Vinterskugge

Keep of Kalessin- Through Times Of War, Armada

Leviathan- The Tenth Sub Level Of Suicide, Howl Mockery At The Cross, Tentacles of Whorror

Limbonic Art- The Moon In The Scorpio

Lord Belial- Enter The Moonlight Gate, Unholy Crusade

Lunar Aurora- Andacht

Manegarm- Nordstjarnans Tidsalder

Marduk- Dark Endless, Those Of The Unlight, Opus Nocturne, Heaven Shall Burn… When We All Are Gathered

Mayhem- Deathcrush, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Live In Leipzig, Dawn of The Black Hearts, Chimera

Mercyful Fate- Melissa, Don’t Break The Oath

Moonspell- Under The Moonspell

Morbid- December Moon EP

Mortuary Drape- All The Witches Dance

Mutiilation- Vampires Of Black Imperial Blood, Remains of A Ruined, Dead, Cursed, Soul

Mysticum- In The Streams Of Inferno

Naglfar- Vittra

Nargaroth- Herbstleyd

Necromantia- Scarlet Evil Witching Black

Nekrokrist SS- Suicide

Nocturnal- Unholycraft: Blood For The Glory Of Satan

Nokturnal Mortum- Goat Horns

Nyktalgia- Nyktalgia, Peisthanatos

Obtained Enslavement- Witchcraft

Odal- …Wilde Kraft

Old Man’s Child- In Defiance Of Existence, Vermin

Old Wainds- Scalding Coldness

Opera IX- The Call Of The Wood

Ragnarok- Blackdoor Miracle, Arising Realm

Revenge- Triumph. Genocide. Antichrist.

Rotting Christ- Thy Mighty Contract, Non Serviam

Sacramentum- Far Away From The Sun

Sarcofago- INRI

Sargeist- Let The Devil In, Satanic Black Devotion

Satanic Warmaster- Strength and Honor, Opferblut, Carelian Satanist Madness, Nachzehrer

Satyricon- Dark Medieval Times, Nemesis Divina, Shadowthrone

Seigneur Voland- Final Stand (Compilation)

Setherial- Hell Eternal

Shining- V: Halmstad

Silencer- Death- Pierce Me

Striborg- Mysterious Semblance, Nefaria/A Tragic Journey Towards The Light

Strid- Strid

Sturmkaiser- Veni, Vidi, Vici

Summoning- Dol Guldur

Taake- Nattestid Ser Porten Vid, Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik, Hordalands Doedskvad

Tartaros- The Grand Psychotic Castle

Thorns- Thorns

Thou Art Lord- Eosfaros

Tulus- Pure Black Energy

Twilight- Twilight

Ulver- Bergtatt, Nattens Madrigal

Varathron- His Majesty At The Swamp

Veles- Black Hateful Metal

Venom- Welcome To Hell, Black Metal

Vesperian Sorrow- Psychotic Sculpture, Stormwinds of Ages

Vintersorg- Till Fjalls

Vlad- In The Mist Demo, Yggdrasil Demo

Vlad Tepes & Belketre Split- March To The Black Holocaust

Watain- Lawless Darkness, Sworn To The Dark

Weakling-Dead As Dreams

Windir- Arntor, 1184

Winterfylleth- The Mercian Sphere, The Threnody Of Triumph

Wolves In The Throne Room- Black Cascade, Two Hunters

Xasthur- Nocturnal Poisoning, Subliminal Genocide, Telepathic With The Deceased, To Violate The Obvious