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Best Metal Bands from Sweden

15 Best Metal Bands from Sweden

Best Metal Bands from SwedenScandinavia is a heavy metal breeding ground, with each country cultivating its own scene. Sweden has given the world some great metal bands. From old school Swedish death metal to the “Gothenburg Sound” of melodic death metal, many genres originated or developed in Sweden. The bands on this list are a diverse group, ranging from the aforementioned death metal styles to progressive, power metal and even black metal. The following list of 15 of the Best Metal Bands from Sweden is really only scratching the surface of this remarkable metallic nation :


1. Candlemass

Dedicated purveyors of balls-out doom metal since 1984, Leif Edling...

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Bathory

BathoryBathory was an extreme metal band formed in Vällingby, Sweden, in 1983 and named after the infamous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory. The band’s frontman and main songwriter was Quorthon (Tomas Forsberg). Considered to be one of the most influential acts in heavy metal, Bathory’s first four albums are considered to be “the blueprint for Scandinavian black metal”. The band departed from this style on their fifth album, Hammerheart (1990), which is often cited as the first Viking metal album. Bathory continued in the Viking metal style throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, although the band returned to thrash metal with the albums Requiem (1994) and Octagon (1995). Bathory ended when Quorthon died from heart failure in 2004.

Disc_BathoryThe band Bathory was formed in Vällingby in 1983...

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Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s

10 Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s

Best Black Metal Albums from 1980sBlack metal famously exploded with spectacular effect in the early 90s, with countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Greece all picking up the torch. Nevertheless, the roots of the genre lie firmly in the 80s, and even though it was a sparser and less clearly defined movement back then, there are still plenty of classic albums that deserve your attention. Here’s 10 of the Best Black Metal Albums from 1980s.


Venom – Black Metal (Neat Records, 1982)

Some say that Venom merely gave the black metal genre its name, others argue that this is a retrospective view and point out that the bands and fans who got into the scene prior to the 90s ‘second wave’ explosion viewed the trio as black metal through and through...

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Black Metal

BLACK METAL (1981-present)

Black Metal is an extreme sub-genre and subculture of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures and an emphasis on atmosphere, though many different characteristics and techniques may be employed. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms.

Initially a synonym for “Satanic Metal,” Black Metal is often met with hostility from mainstream culture, due to the actions and ideologies associated with it. Many artists express extreme anti-Christian and misanthropic views, advocating various forms of Satanism or ethnic paganism...

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