The following albums have been given our All-Time Classic award. This includes perennial favourites that have withstood the test of time, career highlights, historically important, influential, distinguished, or otherwise noteworthy albums in the evolution of Black Metal, along with the occasional hidden gem and a few modern classics.

500 albums hold the All-Time Classic award
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Reviews for Venom - Welcome to Hell
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87% 4.4 star rating
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Reviews for Venom - Black Metal
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Mercyful Fate - Melissa
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92% 4.6 star rating
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Reviews for Slayer - Show No Mercy
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90% 4.5 star rating
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Reviews for Hellhammer - Satanic Rites
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87% 4.4 star rating
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Reviews for Bathory - Bathory
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93% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales
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92% 4.6 star rating
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Reviews for Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
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91% 4.6 star rating
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Reviews for Sodom - In the Sign of Evil
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90% 4.5 star rating
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Reviews for Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids
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90% 4.5 star rating
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Reviews for Destruction - Bestial Invasion of Hell
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88% 4.4 star rating
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Reviews for Venom - At War with Satan
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85% 4.3 star rating
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Reviews for Possessed - Death Metal
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Reviews for Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
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94% 4.7 star rating
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Reviews for Onslaught - Power from Hell

Onslaught begun as a Discharge-worshiping Hardcore Punk band with some decent demos in the early 80s, but it was in 1985 that the band moved towards another, more interesting direction. On "Power ...

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Average score infoOne more review is needed in order to make this album eligible for ranked awards
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93% 4.7 star rating
1 Review
Reviews for Kreator - Endless Pain
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90% 4.5 star rating
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Reviews for Celtic Frost - Emperor's Return
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90% 4.5 star rating
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Reviews for Bulldozer - The Day of Wrath
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89% 4.5 star rating
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Reviews for Possessed - Seven Churches
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88% 4.4 star rating
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Reviews for Bathory - The Return......
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87% 4.4 star rating
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Reviews for Destruction - Infernal Overkill
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87% 4.4 star rating
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Reviews for NME - Unholy Death
Best U.S. Black Metal albums

NME

NME's sloppy musicianship in the early days was an intentional result of being too fucking BM rather than being shitty musicians! Their later career showed us that they can be quite professional, but ...

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93% 4.7 star rating
1 Review
Reviews for Exorcist (USA) - Nightmare Theatre

You may have heard some stuff about an 80s phenomenon called simply “fake bands”. Essentially Some labels made some bands up that did not actually exist! the members were usually assembled ...

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93% 4.7 star rating
1 Review
Reviews for Destruction - Eternal Devastation
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92% 4.6 star rating
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Reviews for Kat (POL) - 666

666

When people think of the first wave of Black M, they mostly remember the obvious names, and some raw Thrash Metal albums from Germany, Brazil or the United States (well, not for that many U.S. Bands, ...

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Average score infoOne more review is needed in order to make this album eligible for ranked awards
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92% 4.6 star rating
1 Review
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