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anonymous asked:

What are some black metal bands you recommend for someone trying to into the genre? There's just a lot of albums and I feel overwhelmed idk where to start

Haha I know how ya feel anon. I think I can help you out a little though. Keep in mind that my recommendations are gonna mostly be what I like, so you should definitely ask for more opinions. I’m gonna break it down a bit because black metal is insanely diverse and I can’t just throw a bunch of random bands together or it’ll drive me nuts lol. So here’s some stuff you could choose from.

Renowned Black Metal Bands:

Behemoth / Dark Funeral / Mayhem / Bathory / Darkthrone / Watain / Gorgoroth / Taake / Burzum / Immortal / Satyricon / Emperor / Carpathian Forest / 1349 / Tsjuder / Behexen / Nattefrost / Horna / Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult / Marduk / Venom / Belphegor

Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal:

Vesperian Sorrow / Graveworm / Hecate Enthroned / Agathodaimon / Saille / Winterhorde / Catamenia / Vreid / Galar / Gallowbraid / Naglfar / Dark Forest / Limbonic Art / Dissection / Anorexia Nervosa / Ancient / Carach Angren / Opera IX / Obtained Enslavement / Old Man’s Child

Atmospheric/Epic/Ambient Black Metal:

Summoning (They are my precious, I recommend them most of all) /  Waldgeflüster / Midnight Odyssey / Caladan Brood / Dreams of Nature / Ulver / Earth and Pillars / Eldamar / Saor / Blut Aus Nord / Hermodr / Mare Cognitum / Fuath / Skyforest / Enisum / Elderwind / Frostagrath / Sorrow Plagues / Wodensthrone / Lustre / Ash Borer / Arx Atrata / Old Graves / Oak Pantheon / The Ruins of Beverast

Black/Death Metal: Teitanblood / God Dethroned / Bestial Warlust / Necrophobic / Unanimated / Nocturnal Blood / Destruktor / Denouncement Pyre / Blasphemy / Archgoat / Keep of Kalessin / Melechesh

Black/Thrash Metal: Gehennah / Sodom / Destroyer 666 / Toxic Holocaust / Nifelheim / Desaster / Nocturnal Breed / Witchtrap / Nocturnal

Black Metal with Folk/Viking Style/Imagery: Windir / Enslaved / Thyrfing / Manegarm / Helheim / Mistur / Myrkgrav / Thrudvangar / Aquilus / Gernotshagen / Falls of Rauros / Panopticon / Forefather / Gwydion / Riger / Thorondir / Black Messiah / Kromlek / Helrunar / Drautran

Industrial Black Metal: Anaal Nathrakh / Blacklodge / Mysticum / Dodheimsgard / Thorns / Aborym / The Axis of Perdition

Depressive Black Metal: Frostagrath / Nocturnal Depression / Austere / Xasthur / Exiled From Light / Thy Light / Coldworld / Woods of Desolation / Wintercult / Hypothermia / Lifelover / Kalmankantaja / Forgotten Tomb

Various others I really love: Crimson Moon / Benighted in Sodom / Drudkh / Amestigon / Lunar Aurora / Battle Dagorath / Judas Iscariot / Antestor / Mortifera / Slechtvalk / Feigur / Black Autumn / Winterfylleth / Batushka / Mgla / Woe / Benighted / Pestilential Shadows / Funeral Mist / Arckanum / Deathspell Omega

Although I’m only at the tip of the iceberg here haha, I figure this should be a decent, fairly basic starting point for you to start delving into it. Try different stuff, you probably won’t fancy everything, and that’s definitely ok. (If this overwhelmed you even more I am truly sorry lol)