List of Viking metal bands

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This is a list of Viking metal bands. Viking metal is a subgenre of black metal with a tempo ranging from mid-pace to fast, often accompanied with keyboard melodies and acoustic instrumentation.[1][2] It is characterized by its chaotic and noisy sound, slow pace, dark and violent imagery, and lyrical themes of Norse mythology, Norse paganism, and the Viking Age. It was developed in the 1980s through the mid-1990s as a rejection of Satanism and the occult, and instead embracing the Vikings and paganism as the leaders of opposition to Christianity. Nearly all Viking metal bands claim to have Viking ancestry.

Ted Lundström of Amon Amarth
Sven-Erik Lind of Drottnar
Slechtvalk at Occultfest
Warlord Nygård of Turisas
Heri Joensen of Týr
Band Formed Origin Notes
Amon Amarth 1992 Sweden [3][4][5]
Ancient Rites 1988 Belgium [6]
Ásmegin 1998 Norway [7]
Bathory 1983 Sweden [8]
Borknagar 1995 Norway [9][10]
Burzum 1988 Norway [11]
Darkwoods My Betrothed 1992 Finland [12]
Destroy Destroy Destroy 2003 United States [13]
Drottnar 1996 Norway [14][15]
Einherjer 1993 Norway [16][17]
Elexorien 2004 Netherlands [18]
Emperor 1991 Norway [19]
Ensiferum 1995 Finland [20]
Enslaved 1991 Norway [21][22][23]
Equilibrium 2001 Germany [24][25]
Falconer 1999 Sweden [26]
Falkenbach 1989 Germany [27][28]
Folkearth 2003 International [29]
Forefather 1997 England [30]
Glittertind 2001 Norway [31]
Grand Magus 1996 Sweden [32]
Heavy Load 1976 Sweden [33]
Hel 1999 Sweden [34]
Heidevolk 2002 Netherlands [35]
Helheim 1992 Norway [36][37]
Helrunar 2001 Germany [38]
Holy Blood 1999 Ukraine [39]
Kampfar 1994 Norway [40]
Korpiklaani 2003 Finland [41]
Leaves' Eyes 2003 Germany/Norway [42]
Lumsk 1999 Norway [43]
Månegarm 1995 Sweden [44][45][46]
Mithotyn 1993 Sweden [47]
Moonsorrow 1995 Finland [48][49]
Mortiis 1993 Norway [50]
Obscurity 1997 Germany [51]
Skálmöld 2009 Iceland [52]
Skeletonwitch 2003 United States [53]
Storm 1994 Norway [54]
Slechtvalk 1999 Netherlands [39][55]
Svartsot 2005 Denmark [56][57]
Thyrfing 1995 Sweden [58][59][60][61]
Trollech 1999 Czech Republic [62]
Turisas 1997 Finland [63][64]
Týr 1998 Faeroe Islands [65][66]
Unleashed 1989 Sweden [3][67]
Windir 1994 Norway [68]
Wolfchant 2003 Germany [69]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kahn-Harris, Keith (2007). Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. Oxford: Berg Publishers. ISBN 1-84520-399-2. 

Notes[edit]

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