These Are 40 Best Black Metal Albums Of All Time, According To Metal Hammer

The folks from Metal Hammer Magazine have recently unveiled their rundown of 40 greatest black metal records in history.

The guys noted in the intro:

“After Venom coined the term back in the early ’80s, black metal has gone on to become one of heavy music’s most innovative about and feared sub-genres.

“Today we see the likes of Behemoth and Deafheaven as the bands rewriting the blueprint for black metal, but extreme music has given us countless high points over the past four decades – from the frozen north of Scandinavia to the darkest depths of South America.”

You can check out the list below, visit the source for full commentary.

Venom – ‘Black Metal’
Hellhammer – ‘Apocalyptic Raids’
Celtic Frost – ‘To Mega Therion’
Sodom – ‘Obsessed By Cruelty’
KAT – ‘Metal and Hell’
Sepultura – ‘Morbid Visions’
Vulcano – ‘Bloody Vengeance’
Sarcófago – ‘I.N.R.I.’
Bathory – ‘Under the Sign of the Black Mark’
Tormentor – ‘Anno Domini’
Blasphemy – ‘Fallen Angel of Doom…’
Master’s Hammer – ‘Ritual’
Darkthrone – ‘A Blaze in the Northern Sky’
Samael – ‘Blood Ritual’
Emperor/Enslaved – ‘Empero/Hordanes Land’
Beherit – ‘Drawing Down the Moon’
Immortal – ‘Pure Holocaust’
Impaled Nazarene – ‘Ugra-Karma’
Mystifier – ‘Göetia’
Mayhem – ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’
Vlad Tepes/Belkètre – ‘March to the Black Holocaust’
Dissection – ‘Storm of the Light’s Bane’
Burzum – ‘Filosofem’
Mysticum – ‘In the Streams of Inferno’
Rotting Christ – ‘Non Serviam’
Absu – ‘The Sun Of Tiphareth’
Ulver – ‘Bergtatt – Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler’
Satyricon – ‘Nemesis Divina’
Gorgoroth – ‘Antichrist’
Arcturus – ‘Las Masquerade Infernale’
Weakling – ‘Dead as Dreams’
Windir – ‘1184’
Forgotten Tomb – ‘Springtime Depression’
Watain – ‘Casus Luciferi’
Taake – ‘Hordalands Doedskvad’
Evilfeast – ‘Funeral Sorcery’
Blacklodge – ‘Solarkult’
Negura Bunget – ‘Om’
Marduk – ‘Rom 5:12’
Deathspell Omega – ‘ Fas – Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum’