Biggest Stars

Behemoth
Behemoth
POLBlack Metal

Behemoth

POLMetalBlack Metal
Cradle Of Filth
Cradle Of Filth
GBRGothic Metal

Cradle Of Filth

GBRMetalGothic Metal
Mayhem
Mayhem
NORBlack Metal

Mayhem

NORMetalBlack Metal
Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir
NORBlack Metal

Dimmu Borgir

NORMetalBlack Metal
Decalius
Decalius
USABlack Metal

Decalius

USAMetalBlack Metal
Darkthrone
Darkthrone
NORBlack Metal

Darkthrone

NORMetalBlack Metal
Bathory
Bathory
SWEBlack Metal

Bathory

SWEMetalBlack Metal
Immortal
Immortal
NORBlack Metal

Immortal

NORMetalBlack Metal
Myrkur
Myrkur
DNKFolk Metal

Myrkur

DNKMetalFolk Metal
Satyricon
Satyricon
NORBlack Metal

Satyricon

NORMetalBlack Metal
Igorrr
Igorrr
FRAProgressive Metal

Igorrr

FRAMetalProgressive Metal
Venom
Venom
GBRBlack Metal

Venom

GBRMetalBlack Metal
Dark Funeral
Dark Funeral
SWEBlack Metal

Dark Funeral

SWEMetalBlack Metal
Rotting Christ
Rotting Christ
GRCBlack Metal

Rotting Christ

GRCMetalBlack Metal
Zeal & Ardor
Zeal & Ardor
USABlack Metal

Zeal & Ardor

USAMetalBlack Metal
Marduk
Marduk
SWEBlack Metal

Marduk

SWEMetalBlack Metal
Burzum
Burzum
NORBlack Metal

Burzum

NORMetalBlack Metal
Dissection
Dissection
SWEDeath Metal

Dissection

SWEMetalDeath Metal
Belphegor
Belphegor
AUTBlack Metal

Belphegor

AUTMetalBlack Metal
Deafheaven
Deafheaven
USABlack Metal

Deafheaven

USAMetalBlack Metal
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Top Artists by Radio Spins Last month

Belchior
Belchior
USABlack Metal

Belchior

USAMetalBlack Metal
9.7K radio spins
Dimmu Borgir
Dimmu Borgir
NORBlack Metal

Dimmu Borgir

NORMetalBlack Metal
2.4K radio spins
Venom
Venom
GBRBlack Metal

Venom

GBRMetalBlack Metal
2.3K radio spins
Behemoth
Behemoth
POLBlack Metal

Behemoth

POLMetalBlack Metal
1.6K radio spins
D.A
D.A
PRYBlack Metal

D.A

PRYMetalBlack Metal
1.6K radio spins

Most Streamed Spotify Tracks

Past Month
1
Honeycomb
Honeycomb
118.9K streams
2
Alma Mater
Alma Mater
96.6K streams
3
Freezing Moon
Freezing Moon
94.8K streams
4
Caradhras
Caradhras
81.2K streams
5
Puritania
Puritania
58.6K streams
6
Chainsaw Gutsfuck
Chainsaw Gutsfuck
55.5K streams
7
Ov Fire and the Void
Ov Fire and the Void
52.7K streams
8
my eyes pt. 2 - lichmix
my eyes pt. 2 - lichmix
52.5K streams
9
He Whom Shadows Move Towards
He Whom Shadows Move Towards
48K streams
10
Götterdämmerung
Götterdämmerung
48K streams
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Honeycomb

2

Alma Mater

3

Freezing Moon

4

Caradhras

5

Puritania

6

Chainsaw Gutsfuck

7

Ov Fire and the Void

8

my eyes pt. 2 - lichmix

9

He Whom Shadows Move Towards

10

Götterdämmerung

Top Spotify Playlists

Extreme Metal
Extreme Metal
Spotify
462.8K followers
Black Metal Classics
Black Metal Classics
Adamlytek
44.5K followers
Black Metal Top Tracks
Black Metal Top Tracks
Playlistic
37.8K followers
Dungeon Synth
Dungeon Synth
Frans Hollender
29.9K followers
This Is Dimmu Borgir
This Is Dimmu Borgir
Spotify
28.2K followers
DSBM feelings overload
DSBM feelings overload
Ayberk
27.6K followers

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      Black Metal artists
      Spotify
      41.5M
      Streams on Spotify
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      0
      Views on YouTube
      Radio Airplay
      68.8K
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      Overview of Black Metal music

      Black metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music that originated in the early 1980s, primarily in Norway. It is characterized by its dark and often aggressive sound, raw production quality, and atmospheric elements. Black metal's lyrical themes often revolve around topics such as nature, paganism, folklore, misanthropy, and anti-Christianity. The genre has gained a reputation for its distinctive visual aesthetic, which includes corpse paint, spikes, and an emphasis on darkness and mysticism.

      Musically, black metal is characterized by its fast and tremolo-picked guitar riffs, rapid double-bass drumming, and shrieking vocals. The guitar work often features dissonant and melodic elements, creating an eerie and haunting atmosphere. Keyboards are also commonly used to add atmospheric layers and enhance the overall mood of the music. Black metal's raw production style, often intentionally lo-fi, contributes to its aggressive and chaotic nature.

      Black metal has had a significant impact on the wider metal scene, influencing numerous subgenres and bands worldwide. The genre's emphasis on atmosphere, rawness, and a rejection of mainstream norms has resonated with a dedicated and passionate fanbase. Despite controversies and extreme elements associated with the genre's early years, black metal has evolved over time, encompassing a wide range of styles and subgenres while retaining its core principles. Today, black metal continues to thrive as a diverse and influential genre within the metal community, offering a unique and often challenging musical experience.

      Which musicians and bands defined Black Metal music?

      Black metal music has been defined and shaped by several influential musicians and bands who have left an indelible mark on the genre. While the list is extensive and varied, here are a few notable figures who have played a significant role in defining black metal.

      As one of the pioneering bands of the genre, Mayhem's early work in the Norwegian black metal scene set the foundation for the genre's development. Their raw and aggressive sound, coupled with their controversial history, has had a lasting impact on black metal.

      The one-man project of Varg Vikernes, Burzum's early recordings helped define the atmospheric and melodic side of black metal. Vikernes' contributions to the genre, both musically and ideologically, have made Burzum an influential figure in black metal's history.

      Known for their raw and primitive sound, Darkthrone played a crucial role in shaping the Norwegian black metal scene. Their early albums, characterized by their lo-fi production and fierce musical style, have become classics within the genre.

      Emperor's symphonic and grandiose approach to black metal introduced a new level of complexity and orchestration to the genre. Their use of keyboards and intricate song structures influenced the evolution of black metal and inspired countless bands.

      With their icy and epic sound, Immortal brought a distinctive character to black metal. Their blend of aggressive riffing, relentless drumming, and distinctive raspy vocals became a trademark of the genre.

      Other notable Black Metal bands include Gorgoroth, Watain, Behemoth, and Marduk. These musicians and bands, among others, have helped define the sound, style, and ethos of black metal. Their contributions have shaped the genre's trajectory and inspired generations of black metal artists to explore new territories while staying true to the core elements of this intense and atmospheric form of music

      Which songs and albums defined Black Metal music?

      Black metal, a genre defined by its dark and intense sound, owes its evolution to influential artists who have left an indelible mark on its history.

      Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" (1994) solidified their position as pioneers of black metal, characterized by its atmospheric and controversial nature.

      Burzum's "Filosofem" (1996) showcased their melancholic and atmospheric style, further contributing to the genre's development.

      Darkthrone's "Transilvanian Hunger" (1994) exemplifies their raw and minimalist approach, defining the genre's primitive sound.

      Emperor's "In the Nightside Eclipse" (1994) introduced symphonic elements, pushing the boundaries of black metal with majestic melodies.

      Immortal's "At the Heart of Winter" (1999) showcased their icy and epic sound, blending aggressive riffing and relentless drumming.

      Bathory's "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" (1987) set the template for black metal, inspiring artists with their raw and sinister sound.

      Gorgoroth's "Antichrist" (1996) pushed the boundaries with their extreme and uncompromising style.

      These artists, alongside many others, have shaped the black metal genre, leaving a lasting impact on its trajectory. From Mayhem's atmospheric darkness to Burzum's introspection, Darkthrone's aggression to Emperor's grandeur, and Immortal's icy soundscapes to Bathory's foundational influence, each artist has contributed to the rich tapestry of black metal, forging its distinct identity within extreme music.

      Which music festivals and events represent Black Metal music?

      Black metal thrives in dedicated festivals that capture its unique atmosphere. Notable events include:

      Inferno Metal Festival (Norway): Renowned for showcasing established and emerging black metal acts, this Oslo-based festival unites passionate fans and artists from around the world.

      Wacken Open Air (Germany): While hosting various metal genres, Wacken Open Air embraces black metal as a vital part of its lineup, offering a global platform for bands to reach a massive audience.

      Beyond the Gates (Norway): Focusing on the darker and extreme sides of metal, this Bergen festival creates an intimate and immersive atmosphere for black metal enthusiasts.

      Roadburn Festival (Netherlands): With a history of featuring significant black metal acts, Roadburn attracts diverse metal fans who appreciate the genre's artistic and experimental aspects.

      Hellfest (France): Offering a prominent stage for black metal bands within its diverse lineup, Hellfest provides a grand platform for showcasing the genre's unique sound.

      These festivals, among others, promote and represent black metal, fostering community and providing bands with opportunities to express their creative vision to a passionate live audience.