Best Doom Metal Bands

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1KatatoniaKatatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.

Please listen "inheritance" from katatonia!

I wouldn't classify their newer material (after Brave Murder Day/ Sounds of Decay) as doom metal, but they remain a great band to this day. Their doom material alone isn't my favorite, but it definitely packs a punch. - AngryByrd

The Great Cold Distance, Night is the New Day, & Dead End Kings are amongst the best of the genre.

They're more of a Gothic metal band, their first two albums were the only ones that included doom. - Metalmaniakkk

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2CandlemassCandlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström.

Just listen to solidarity. thank me later

Doom metal masters, Candlemass

Katatonia isn't metal! Candlemass are GODS of doom

I agree, Candlemass is amazing, but Katatonia's older material is very doomy, and unquestionably metal. I would highly recommend listening to Dance of December Souls and For Funerals to Come. - AngryByrd

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3Draconian

Definitely Draconian
One of the greatest doom metal bands EVER!
I've been listening to doom metal music for so many years now and I've never seen a band like them, they're the best in the business.
If you wanna try them just listen to "Death, Come Near Me" from the album "Arcane Rain Fell", the saddest 15:22 minutes of your life, do not listen to the Demo version of this song.
You'll love this band!
I'm sure. - d4rk92

The Solitude. It Grieves My Heart. I think that says enough. Where Lovers Mourn, I would say, is one of the greatest doom metal albums of all time. - djh101

Draconian is the only band which force you to cry, specially 'Death Coming near' song

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4Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

The first doom metal band and the first metal band in history definitely deserves to be at the top of the list.

Black Sabbath basically made doom metal just listen to the song Black Sabbath.

Best metal band of any sub group or future group.

They should be #1. - Powerfultekin

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5My Dying BrideMy Dying Bride are an English doom metal band formed in Bradford, England in 1990. To date, My Dying Bride have released twelve full-length studio albums, three EPs, one demo, one box set, four compilation albums, one live album, and one live CD/DVD release.

Number 1, and nothing else they just remind the genre and can't stand the place 16 - Rhapsody

One of Great Trinity of Doom Metal.

If there's one band who can do a bloody miserable, evil, slow, heavy as song, it's my dying bride.

That's what doom is, right? So why aren't they fighting with Candlemass and katatonia for nr1?

Sure best Doom band forever

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6Ghost B.C.

Ghost is in my opinion the best modern metal band. They have extreme satanic lyrics, but not the cliche Black Metal "Rawraghraw hail satan" kind. They have deep, dark, lyrics that literally make you feel like you are present at a Satanic ritual. Papa Emeritus has an incredible voice, great melodies from the instrumentalists, and they are good enough that Dave Grohl himself jumped on board. He produced Ghost's EP "If You Have Ghost" and performed studio drums. A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost basically said that Dave Grohl sometimes drums for Ghost in live performances. Ghost is one of those bands where I can honestly say that there is no song that I dislike. Even their worst song sounds good! - ryanrimmel

Dark and deep sound that Will give you goosebumps by their awesome sound.

Ghost shouldn't even be here, there not metal let alone doom metal, there a good rock band but not metal... if you think Ghost is the best modern metal band then I feel extremely sorry for you

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7Swallow the SunSwallow the Sun is a Finnish melodic death/doom metal band. They have a melodic, atmospheric doom metal sound.

Where as original doom metal pioneers like paradise and katatonia were only grasping the potential of the genre in regards to capturing human emotion, Swallow the Sun Perfected it making some of the most emotional music ever in any genre, Plague of Butterflies is perhaps the most beautiful I've ever heard

The music "Cathedral Walls" ft. Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) just explains why this is one of the best Doom Metal Bands in the world.

Just listen to "10 Silver Bullets" and "Rooms & Shadows" from "Songs From The North I" Album and you well know "Swallow the Sun" is God of Doom/Death Metal

They are number 1

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8Electric WizardElectric Wizard are an English doom metal band from Dorset, England. The band formed in 1993 and have recorded eight full length albums, two of which are now considered to be genre landmarks.

No doom band can match Electric Wizard

It baffles me that these guys aren't top 10 at least. go listen to "Funeralopolis", damn it!

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9Type O NegativeType O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".

The song Love You To Death alone beats everything Ghost has and ever will do ever.

October Rust, Bloody Kisses. Arguments are now invalid.

10PentagramPentagram is an American heavy metal band from Alexandria, Virginia, most famous as one of the pioneers of heavy metal, and the subgenre of doom metal in particular.

They not only pioneered doom metal, but metal in general. Alongside Black Sabbath, they are considered the early pioneers and sometimes founders of Metal - ryanrimmel

Good Doom Metal comes from this band, which I actually like better than Electric Wizard. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

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11Paradise LostParadise Lost are a gothic metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England and are considered by some to be one of the pioneers of the death/doom genre and of the gothic metal genre.

What are they doing down here? Paradise Lost invented both death-doom and gothic doom!

Guys, what, they the originators of everything we know about Doom Metal nowadays, especially gothic doom

I agree, with Dying Bride this band should be in the first place!

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12DanzigDanzig is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1987 in Lodi, New Jersey, United States. The band is the musical outlet for singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, preceded by the horror punk bands the Misfits and Samhain.V1 Comment
13MelvinsThe Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

Come on these guys influenced all of the heavy New Orleans bands like Crowbar. Not to mention they influenced Nirvana's Bleach, heaviest punk album. I have no idea why Crowbar isn't on this list because they should be second to Sabbath.

The Melvins are great how are they not at the top.

14Theatre of Tragedy

VERY BEST IN STILL AND MUCH FEELINGS IN THEIR MUSIC

15Sleep

Does no one know or appreciate Sleep on this site? They are by far one of the best stoner rock/metal bands ever and one of the best doom bands! There is no way they shouldn't be in the top 5 - ryanrimmel

16Uaral

Listen To Lament Song If You Want To Know Uaral Band - RaminLp

Come on 20? Really? I guess you know nothing about DOOM if UARAL is on 20th rate

Simply the pain and sadness, they are great

Best doom metal band ever

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17NeurosisNeurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.

Go listen to Through Silver In Blood and Times of Grace. If everyone who reads this does so, these guys will be at least number 10. - AngryByrd

18Virgin BlackVirgin Black is an Australian band that combines gothic-doom and symphonic metal influences. Signed to The End Records and Germany's Massacre Records, the band has released 4 albums and 1 EP.

One of the best songs in history has been released by this fantastic band which is "our wings are burning" this group also has another albums that every doom/gothic metel fan should listen.

19Celtic FrostCeltic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.
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