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Black Metal Bands

Can you guess the names of these prominent black metal bands from the clues provided?
Bands are in alphabetical order.
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Last updated: October 10, 2023
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Tara
Black/thrash metal band from Dallas, Texas. Their lyrical themes often involve Celtic, Sumerian and Mesopotamian mythology.
Absu
We Will F***ing Kill You
British band from Birmingham whose name means "snake's breath" in Irish. They mix grind, death and industrial metal into their sound.
Anaal Nathrak
Ashes Against The Grain
Band from Portland, Oregon, named after a resinous wood. Their sound features acoustic guitars, neo-folk & post rock influences.
Agalloch
Grand Luciferian Theophany
One of Finland's first black metal bands. They are openly satanic and their music has strong anti-Christian themes. Also goats.
Archgoat
Hammerheart
Swedish band featuring late frontman Quorthon. They are considered a major influence on black & viking metal.
Bathory
The Satanist
Black/death metal band from Gdansk, Poland. Frontman Nergal has faced numerous blasphemy charges in his home country.
Behemoth
Drawing Down The Moon
Finnish band whose name is Syriac for Satan. They branched out into dark ambient for two of their 90s recordings.
Beherit
The Work Which Transforms God
French avant-garde/atmospheric/industrial black metal band. Their name is German and literally translates as "blood from north".
Blut Aus Nord
Dunkelheit
Band of notorious Norwegian musician Varg Vikernes, who burnt down several churches & murdered Mayhem guitarist Euronymous.
Burzum
Defending The Throne of Evil
Norwegian black metallers featuring frontman Nattefrost. Other albums include "Morbid Fascination of Death" & "Black Shining Leather".
Carpathian Forest
To Mega Therion
Swiss extreme/avante-garde metal band featuring Tom G. Warrior. They were a major influence on the later extreme music scene.
Celtic Frost
Dusk And Her Embrace
Well known English band featuring vocalist Danni Filth. Their music is also described as symphonic or gothic metal.
Cradle of Filth
Unchain My Soul
Swedish band founded by Blackmoon & Lord Ahriman in 1993. They are fond of Latin album titles & the usual satanic schtick.
Dark Funeral
A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Influential Norwegian musical duo featuring drummer Fenriz & vocalist/guitarist Nocturno Culto.
Darkthrone
Sunbather
San Francisco band who created a unique sound blending black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock, later dubbed "blackgaze" by reviewers.
Deafheaven
Paracletus
Mysterious avant-garde black metal band from France who have never performed live.
Deathspell Omega
Puritania
Norwegian symphonic black metal band whose name is derived from a volcanic formation in Iceland. They often get flack for being more melodic & commercially successful than their peers.
Dimmu Borgir
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Influential Norwegian band, featuring Ihsahn & Samoth. Former member Faust was convicted for a 1992 murder.
Emperor
Vertebrae
Norwegian band who incorporate progressive rock, jazz & other diverse influence into their sound. Most of their lyrics relate to Norse mythology & they are sometimes labelled as viking metal.
Enslaved
Under the Sign of Hell
Satanic Norwegian band, once featuring notorious musician Gaahl. They are named after a wasteland region of Mordor from the LOTR.
Gorgoroth
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Apocalyptic Raids
Tom G.Warrior's first band. Their primitive sound was ridiculed by the music press during their active years, but they proved influential on the later extreme metal scene.
Hellhammer
Sons of Northern Darkness
Norwegian band featuring Abbath & Demonaz. Their music videos for the album "Battles of the North" were very influential on the genre's imagery.
Immortal
Ugra Karma
Controversial Finnish band featuring Mika Luttinen and named after the idea of Christ becoming a vampire.
Impaled Nazarene
The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide
San Francisco one man band whose music is often charmingly described as "depressive suicidal black metal".
Leviathan
Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered
Swedish band named after an ancient Babylonian deity. Other albums include "Dark Endless" and "Opus Nocturne".
Marduk
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Notorious & highly influential band who started the Norwegian black metal scene. Vocalist Dead committed suicide in 1991, while guitarist Euronymous was murdered in 1993.
Mayhem
Melissa
Danish heavy metal band featuring vocalist King Diamond, known for his distinctive falsetto voice. Their image & satanic themes were a big influence on black metal.
Mercyful Fate
Wolfheart
The most well known of Portugal's metal bands. Their sound is also described as gothic metal. other albums include "Irreligious".
Moonspell
Kentucky
Kentucky one man band who incorporates bluegrass and Appalachian folk music into its sound. Also notable for its environmentalist & political themes.
Panopticon
Triarchy of the Lost Lovers
Greek band who have received a lot of negative publicity over the years due to their controversial name. Their sound is also described as gothic metal.
Rotting Christ
Ceremony of Opposites
Swiss band who started in 1987 as old school black metal but who gradually evolved into an industrial/electronic metal outfit.
Samael
I.N.R.I.
Cult Brazilian band whose name means "sarcophagus" in Portuguese. Their sound and image were a big influence on the later Norwegian scene.
Sarcófago
K.I.N.G
Norwegian band featuring members Satyr and Frost. Their later sound is more accessible & has been described as "black 'n' roll".
Satyricon
V: Halmstad (Niklas angående Niklas)
Swedish band featuring Niklas Kvarforth, whose music is sometimes classified as "depressive, suicidal black metal."
Shining
Myr
Band originally named Thule, whose lyrics are all sung in the Norwegian language. Hoest is their only constant member.
Taake
Grymyrk
Band of guitarist Snorre "Blackthorn" Ruch who is credited, along with Euronymous, with pioneering the original tremolo-picking Norwegian black metal riffing style.
Thorns
Blood Inside
Band whose name is Norwegian for "wolves". They started as black metal but evolved into an experimental electronica band.
Ulver
Welcome to Hell
English NWOBHM band who are considered a major influence on the later thrash and extreme metal scenes. Black metal even took its name from this band's second album.
Venom
Rabid Death's Curse
Swedish band known for their over the top stage shows involving pyrotechnics, candles, Satanic rituals, animal carcasses & blood.
Watain
Born from the Serpent's Eye
Atmospheric black metal band from Olympia, Washington, who incorporate post-metal into their sound. Other albums include "Two Hunters".
Wolves in the Throne Room
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Level 58
Jul 17, 2023
There were some excellent quizzes on death and black metal on Jetpunk already, but for the sake of completion I have covered them in this series as well. I also recommend you checking out user Origin's metal quizzes too.