Viking metal bands

This list of Viking metal bands includes bands that have at some stage in their career played within the style of Viking metal.

Viking metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its galloping pace, keyboard-rich anthemic sound, bleakness and dramatic emphasis on lyrical themes of Norse mythology, Norse paganism, and the Viking Age. In most cases the Viking-themed metal consists of any combination of black and folk metal. The genre of Viking metal was pioneered by the Swedish band Bathory. Their first album Bathory was released in 1984 and is “regarded by many as the first black metal record.

Viking metal is “noisy, chaotic, and often augmented by sorrowful keyboard melodies.” Like folk metal bands, Viking metal acts “generally utilize some acoustic and other unusual instruments in addition to the traditional metal instruments.

Viking metal bands – list of Viking metal bands a-z

A

Ab Noctem (Italy)
Anaon Koll (France)
Annúlond (Australia)
Arkillery (United States)

B

Bathory (Sweden)
Bloodaxe (Canada)
Borgarholt (Norway)
Borknagar (Norway)

C

Crimfall (Finland)
Crom (Germany)

D

Dark Forest (Canada)

E

Einherjer (Norway)
Empyrean Plague (Canada)
Ensiferum (Finland)
Enslaved (Norway)
Ereb Altor (Sweden)
Evangeli (Sweden)

F

Falkenbach (Germany)
Fenris (Netherlands)
Fjällstorm (France)
Forefather (United Kingdom)
Forlorn (Norway)
Fortid (Iceland)
Frostmoon (Norway)
Furthest Shore (Finland)
Fyrdung (Sweden)

G

Galar (Norway)
Glittertind (Norway)
Grendel (Italy)

H

Halgadom (Germany)
Hávamál (United States)
Heathen Foray (Austria)
Helheim (Norway)
Heorot (Finland)
Hildr Valkyrie (Greece)
Himinbjørg (France)
Hour of The Wolf (Germany)
Hrossharsgrani (Austria)

I

Iuvenes (Poland)

K

King of Asgard (Sweden)
Kromlek (Germany)

L

Lords of the Mountain (Canada)

M

Magog (Sweden)
Manegarm (Sweden)
Minjar (Germany)
Mithotyn (Sweden)
Morrigan (Germany)

N

Nachtfalke (Germany)
Nomans Land (Russia)

O

Oskoreien (United States)

R

Runic (Spain)

S

Skálmöld (Iceland)
Skilfingar (Germany)
Slartibartfass (Germany)
Sólstafir (Iceland)
Surturs Lohe (Germany)

T

Talamyus (Canada)
The Vala (United States)
Thiasos Dionysos (Germany)
Thrudvangar (Germany)
Thundra Black (Norway)
Thurs (Norway)
Thyrfing (Sweden)
Trelleborg (Russia)
Twin Obscenity (Norway)

V

Vanir (Denmark)
Vintersorg (Sweden)
Vintundra (Germany)
Voluspaa (Norway)

W

Welter (Netherlands)
Wodanaz (Brazil)