These are just a few examples of some of the most iconic and influential black metal albums of all time, but there are many more that could be added to this list.

It’s worth noting that this list is subjective and there are many more albums that could be considered as iconic and influential black metal albums. Black metal has a rich history and continues to evolve and change with each new band and album that comes out. These albums have played an important role in shaping the genre and continue to inspire new bands and fans to this day.

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem (1994)

This album is considered one of the most influential and important black metal albums of all time. It was released posthumously after the suicide of vocalist Dead and the murder of guitarist Euronymous by fellow band member Varg Vikernes.

The album is considered to be one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time. It is known for its raw, aggressive sound, dark, occult themes, and its use of unconventional instruments such as a church organ. The album’s sound and themes were heavily influenced by the band’s interest in Satanism and the occult, as well as their desire to push the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in black metal at the time.

The album’s title, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas,” translates to “About the Mysteries of Lord Satan” and is a reference to the famous grimoire “The Lesser Key of Solomon.” The lyrics of the album were written by Dead, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the occult.

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem

In the Nightside Eclipse by Emperor (1994)

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This album is the debut full-length album by the Norwegian black metal band Emperor. It was released in 1994 and it is considered to be one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time.

The album is known for its symphonic and atmospheric elements, which set it apart from other black metal albums of the time. Emperor utilized orchestral instruments such as violins and keyboards to create a grandiose and epic sound, which added a new dimension to the genre. The band also incorporated elements of classical music, such as choral arrangements, which further added to the album’s grandeur.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by Norse mythology and the occult, with references to the “Nightside” and the “Eclipse” of the title, which represents the Norse concept of the end of the world. The lyrics also include references to the band’s interest in Satanism and the occult, and deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

The album’s production is also noteworthy, as it was recorded in a professional studio, which was unusual for black metal bands of the time. This allowed the band to achieve a high-quality sound that was not typically found in black metal albums of the era.

Under a Funeral Moon by Darkthrone (1993)

This album is the third full-length album by the Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone. It was released in 1993 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time.

The album is known for its raw and primitive sound, which was a departure from the more polished production of the band’s earlier work. This raw sound was achieved by recording the album in a makeshift studio and by using minimal production techniques. The album’s sound is heavily influenced by the early Norwegian black metal scene, with a strong emphasis on fast, raw, and aggressive guitar riffs and blast beats.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by death, darkness, and the occult, with references to death, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics were written by Fenriz, the band’s drummer, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

“Under a Funeral Moon” was a major influence on the Norwegian black metal scene and helped to establish Darkthrone as one of the most important and influential black metal bands of all time.

Under a Funeral Moon by Darkthrone

Burzum by Burzum (1992)

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Burzum is the self-titled debut full-length album by the Norwegian black metal band Burzum. It was released in 1992 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time.

The album is known for its raw and atmospheric sound, which was achieved by using minimal production techniques and a DIY approach. The album’s sound is heavily influenced by the early Norwegian black metal scene, with a strong emphasis on fast, raw, and aggressive guitar riffs, and blast beats. The album is also characterized by its use of synthesizers and samples, which added an eerie and atmospheric element to the music.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by Norse mythology and the occult, with references to Norse gods, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics were written by Varg Vikernes, the band’s sole member, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

Dawn of the Black Hearts by Mayhem (1990/1995)

This album is a bootleg live album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. It was recorded in 1990 during a concert in Sarpsborg, Norway and was released in 1995 by the Black Metal Records. It’s an infamous album due to the cover art which features a photograph of the band’s vocalist, Dead, who had committed suicide in 1991.

The album features a raw and chaotic sound, as it was recorded live without any post-production. The sound quality is not great, but it captures the intensity and energy of the band’s live performances. The album features songs from Mayhem’s first demo as well as songs from their full-length album “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” which had not yet been released at the time of the concert.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by death, darkness, and the occult, with references to death, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics are written by Dead, the band’s vocalist, who committed suicide before the album was released.

“Dawn of the Black Hearts” is considered as a controversial album due to the cover art and the fact that it was released without the permission of the band. It’s not considered an official release by Mayhem and it’s not widely available, but it has become a cult classic among black metal fans, due to its raw and chaotic sound and its historical significance as a document of the band’s live performances.

Dawn of the Black Hearts by Mayhem

A Blaze in the Northern Sky by Darkthrone (1992)

A Blaze in the Northern Sky by Darkthrone

This album is the second full-length album by the Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone. It was released in 1992 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time.

The album marked a significant departure from the band’s earlier death metal sound, and it’s considered the first true black metal album by Darkthrone. It’s characterized by a raw and primitive sound, heavily influenced by the early Norwegian black metal scene. The album features fast, raw and aggressive guitar riffs and blast beats, and the use of unconventional song structures.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by death, darkness, and the occult, with references to death, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics were written by Fenriz, the band’s drummer, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

The Somberlain by Dissection (1993)

This album is the debut full-length album by the Swedish black metal band Dissection. It was released in 1993 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time.

The album features a unique blend of melodic black metal and death metal, characterized by its fast and aggressive guitar riffs, blast beats, and use of unconventional song structures. The guitar work is particularly noteworthy, featuring intricate and melodic solos that are a staple of the band’s sound. The vocals are also noteworthy, featuring a mix of harsh black metal screams and death metal growls.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by death, darkness, and the occult, with references to death, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics were written by Jon Nödtveidt, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

“The Somberlain” was a major influence on the Swedish black metal scene and helped to establish Dissection as one of the most important and influential black metal bands of all time. The album’s unique blend of melodic black metal and death metal has had a significant impact on the black metal scene and continues to inspire new bands to this day.

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Kronet til Konge by Dodheimsgard (DHG) (1994)

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Kronet til Konge is the debut full-length album by the Norwegian avant-garde black metal band Dodheimsgard (also known as DHG). It was released in 1996 and is considered to be an important release in the avant-garde black metal genre.

The album features a unique blend of black metal, industrial, and experimental elements, characterized by its fast and aggressive guitar riffs, blast beats, and use of unconventional song structures. The guitar work is particularly noteworthy, featuring intricate and melodic solos that are a staple of the band’s sound. The vocals are also noteworthy, featuring a mix of harsh black metal screams and experimental elements.

The album’s lyrics were written by Vicotnik, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

Kronet til Konge was a major influence on the avant-garde black metal scene and helped to establish Dodheimsgard as one of the most important and influential band in the genre. The album’s unique blend of black metal, industrial and experimental elements has had a significant impact on the avant-garde black metal scene and continues to inspire new bands to this day.

Blood Fire Death by Bathory (1988)

This album is the fourth full-length album by the Swedish band Bathory. It was released in 1988 and is considered one of the most important and influential black metal albums of all time. It is also considered a classic in the viking metal genre.

The album features a unique blend of black metal and viking metal, characterized by its fast, aggressive and raw sound and use of unconventional song structures. The guitar work is particularly noteworthy, featuring intricate and melodic riffs that are a staple of the band’s sound, and the use of fast and furious blast beats that are a hallmark of black metal. The vocals are also noteworthy, featuring a mix of harsh black metal screams and viking-inspired clean vocals.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by Norse mythology, vikings, and the occult, with references to death, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics were written by Quorthon, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

Blood Fire Death by Bathory

At the Heart of Winter by Immortal (1999)

At the Heart of Winter by Immortal

At the Heart of Winter is the fifth full-length album by the Norwegian black metal band Immortal. It was released in 1999 and is considered one of the band’s most important and influential albums.

The album features a fast and aggressive sound, characterized by its powerful guitar riffs, intense drumming, and harsh vocals. The guitar work is particularly noteworthy, featuring intricate and melodic riffs that are a staple of the band’s sound, and the use of fast and furious blast beats that are a hallmark of black metal. The vocals are also noteworthy, featuring a mix of harsh black metal screams and clean vocals.

The album’s lyrics and themes are heavily influenced by Norse mythology, vikings, and the occult, with references to death, the end of the world, and the forces of darkness. The lyrics were written by Abbath, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, and they deal with themes of death, evil, and the end of the world.

At the Heart of Winter was a major influence on the black metal scene and helped to establish Immortal as one of the most important and influential bands in the genre.

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