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Please note that this list does not represent the most important, influential or legendary Black Metal albums, because we do not give albums their score based entirely on these criteria, and neither are these albums ordered based on their historical importance to the genre. Instead, this list simply shows the highest ranking albums that are currently in our database, ordered automatically and explicitly by the scores we have given them.

Review for The Ruins Of Beverast - Rain Upon The Impure

To put it simply, The Ruins Of Beverast's Rain Upon The Impure is Black Metal's answer to Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner, brilliantly condensed into this monument...

RANK: #1
Our Score:
97%
Review for Taake - Hordalands Doedskvad

I can imagine that for some up-and-coming Black Metal bands in recent years, it must have been somewhat depressing, or at least demotivating for their musicians...

RANK: #2
Our Score:
96%
Review for Nargaroth - Herbstleyd

One cannot talk about Black Metal at length without mentioning one of the finest Black Metal albums ever made. From start to finish, everything about Herbstleyd...

RANK: #3
Our Score:
96%
Review for Armagedda - Only True Believers

Armagedda were one of Sweden's shorter lived and lesser known Black Metal bands, originally formed under the name Volkermord in 1999 before changing their name ...

RANK: #4
Our Score:
96%
Review for Gorgoroth - Under The Sign Of Hell

Black Metal as we know it wouldn't be the same without the likes of Gorgoroth, and Gorgoroth wouldn't be the same without Under The Sign Of Hell, their most ref...

RANK: #5
Our Score:
96%
Review for Drautran - Throne Of The Depths

Listening to Drautran's Throne Of The Depths feels like voyaging to an ancient kingdom on the ocean floor, being carried by furious torrents and soothing curren...

RANK: #6
Our Score:
96%
Review for Negură Bunget - Om

If you have paid any attention at all to the Black Metal scene in the last 6 years, you will have surely seen the name Negură Bunget mentioned a number of time...

RANK: #7
Our Score:
96%
Review for Nagelfar - Virus West

Nagelfar's Virus West is one of Germany's most convincing Black Metal albums ever, but also one of the most overlooked, and in some cases underrated. It is an a...

RANK: #8
Our Score:
96%
Review for Lunar Aurora - Andacht

While some Black Metal bands follow in the footsteps of the genre's pioneers, others like Lunar Aurora prefer to create their own path. A common phrase for desc...

RANK: #10
Our Score:
96%
Review for Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter

With At The Heart Of Winter, Immortal finally cemented their legendary status within Black Metal forever, if they weren't considered legends already, with this ...

RANK: #11
Our Score:
96%
Review for Satyricon - Nemesis Divina

Satyricon need little introduction in this day and age, being one of the world's most recognized Black Metal bands and one of the distinct Norwegian pioneers of...

RANK: #12
Our Score:
96%
Review for Drudkh - Autumn Aurora

Ukraine, the largest country in Europe, is known for being home to endless forests, steppes, rivers, lakes and mountains stretching for as far as the eye can se...

RANK: #13
Our Score:
96%
Review for Nargaroth - Jahreszeiten

Nargaroth is one of Germany's finest Black Metal bands that has never ceased to amaze, releasing some of genre's most stunning and inspiring albums time after t...

RANK: #14
Our Score:
96%
Review for Burzum - Filosofem

For many, Burzum is almost synonymous with all the notoriety that Norwegian Black Metal gained during the early 90's. You can't blame people for connecting the ...

RANK: #15
Our Score:
95%
Review for Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse

Emperor needs little introduction, being the band that practically created the whole Epic / Symphonic Black Metal subgenre by themselves, and In The Nightside E...

RANK: #16
Our Score:
95%
Review for Deathspell Omega - Inquisitors Of Satan

Deathspell Omega are currently known for being one of the more talented Black Metal bands out there within those that can be classified as "Modern", "Unorthodox...

RANK: #17
Our Score:
95%
Review for IXXI - Assorted Armament

"Earth man, what a shit hole." These are the words of wisdom spoken by Ron Perlman in the motion picture Alien IV, captured and exploited perfectly in sample fo...

RANK: #18
Our Score:
95%
Review for Marduk - Opus Nocturne

The definition of "Opus" when refering to creative works generally equates to the artist's "Greatest Work", and Marduk's brilliant 1994 album Opus Nocturne fits...

RANK: #19
Our Score:
95%
Review for Aura Noir - Black Thrash Attack

Getting the right mix of Old School Black Metal and Thrash Metal is certainly no easy task, effectively proven by the existence of countless mediocre bands that...

RANK: #20
Our Score:
95%
Review for Wolves In The Throne Room - Diadem Of 12 Stars

Upon first hearing the name Wolves In The Throne Room, you may be tempted to guess what style of Black Metal this curiously named band plays. If you were guessi...

RANK: #21
Our Score:
95%
Review for Ravencult - Temples Of Torment

While some Black Metal albums are simply impressive, others go that extra mile and after impressing you first, they then proceed to completely blow you away. Ra...

RANK: #22
Our Score:
95%
Review for Lunar Aurora - Hoagascht

Every so often, an album appears with so much creativity within it that it just makes everything else seem to be almost mundane by comparison, and this is in it...

RANK: #23
Our Score:
95%
Review for Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness

If there is one Black Metal band that not only ranks amongst the most legendary of them all, but can also base their success exclusively upon the consistent qua...

RANK: #24
Our Score:
95%
Review for Taake - Noregs Vaapen

Ever since he founded Taake in 1993 under the name Thule, Ørjan "Hoest" Stedjeberg has consistently delivered top-notch Black Metal albums without fail, with s...

RANK: #25
Our Score:
95%
Review for Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

One of the first albums that one learns about upon introducing themselves to Black Metal is, in most cases, Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. This album is le...

RANK: #27
Our Score:
95%
Review for Inquisition - Nefarious Dismal Orations

Inquisition are Colombia's most revered and respected Black Metal band, and one of the most important bands to ever come out of South America, having released n...

RANK: #28
Our Score:
95%
Review for Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

Since it's release in 1994, the golden year of Black Metal for some, Darkthrone's fourth full length album Transilvanian Hunger has become one of the most iconi...

RANK: #34
Our Score:
94%
Review for Wodensthrone - Curse

From time to time, each one of Black Metal's subgenre's benefits from a sudden breath of fresh air, even the diverse and boundless subgenre that is Pagan Black ...

RANK: #38
Our Score:
94%
Review for Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss

While some may argue that Burzum's success is based primarily upon the fact that it's creator and sole member, Varg Vikernes, gained widespread notoriety after ...

RANK: #43
Our Score:
94%
Review for Gorgoroth - Pentagram

Little did he know it at the time, but legendary Norwegian Black Metal musician Infernus struck the musical equivalent of gold when he formed Gorgoroth in 1992,...

RANK: #44
Our Score:
94%
Review for Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

Emperor are considered as one of Norway's elite Black Metal bands, and they are so for two reasons. In The Nightside Eclipse, their debut album and masterpiece,...

RANK: #46
Our Score:
94%
Review for Vorkreist - Sublimation XXIXA

If you love Black Metal, like Death Metal and don't dislike Industrial Metal, then Vorkreist's 2006 masterpiece Sublimation XXIXA is the perfect album for you. ...

RANK: #48
Our Score:
94%
Review for Drudkh - Microcosmos

It is an undeniable fact that Ukrainian legends Drudkh are one of the world's most established and respected Pagan Black Metal bands, a feat made even more impr...

RANK: #56
Our Score:
94%
Review for Windir - 1184
RANK: #59
Our Score:
94%
Review for Skagos - Ást
RANK: #85
Our Score:
93%

Please note that this list does not represent the most important, influential or legendary Black Metal albums, because we do not give albums their score based entirely on these criteria, and neither are these albums ordered based on their historical importance to the genre. Instead, this list simply shows the highest ranking albums that are currently in our database, ordered automatically and explicitly by the scores we have given them.

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