Finally, to the B's. If you have not already guessed, this list is pretty top-heavy. Once we get through the D's it will be smooth sailing.
Bathory had to make it here. Not just because Quorthon was an amazing musician, vocalist, and songwriter. Not just because they had a major hand in developing two different styles of metal. But it is because Bathory simply was a great band. A major influence on the development of black metal, Bathory's sound provided the framework for which most of the Norwegian second wave black metal bands were based. Then, with Blood Fire Death, Bathory moved in a different direction and pioneered Viking metal. Bathory's music has always had an epic feel, even in its raw black metal sound, but the turn towards Viking metal accentuated the epic quality. The band is quite simply one of a kind.
FAVORITE ALBUM: BLOOD FIRE DEATH