Best Sludge Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Melvins
A unique sound to sludge metal, its almost like really evil grunge music that's really heavy it somehow became metal
cus melvins was in it from the beginning
Buzz Osbourne is the godfather of Sludge and Grunge. The genres just wouldn't be the same without Buzz and Dale Crover's influence. Also have to give respect for Mark Deutrom's tenure with them. I've still never heard a bass tone as tasty as his.
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2Acid Bath
The most unique, innovative and creative band. They have a sound unmatched by any other band; their music captures the essence of darkness and suffering.
Found at an early age, probably just by chance, this band brought me through it all, and their ability to relate with you on a cellular level is unmatched. Dax Riggs either made a deal with the devil, or knows him on a personal level.
Their writing is unlike any other in the sludge genre. Truly reinvented sludge and metal. Dax Riggs is arguably the most overlooked lyricist and vocalist in the genre's history.
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3Flipper

4Weedeater
Pure, bubbling, oozing sludge. Dixon's screams and bass lines alone are enough to earn them a spot on the list. Pure southern filth.

5Eyehategod
Mastadon is great, but Eyehategod has been doing sludge, amazingly, for ten years longer. Seeing them in the early 90's was mindblowing and groundbreaking.
Eyehategod is rhythmic, filthy, and listenable all at the same time. Their bluesy, sludge/hardcore punk style of music is simply awesome, if you haven't listened to it, do.
In The Name Of Suffering is some of the most masochistic, brutal, almost bluesy sludge ever! Gotta love the pain of it.
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6Iron Monkey
It takes a true master of extremity to come up with something that is suffocatingly heavy, yet catchy enough to stay in your head for hours. Under the glacial sludge, filthy crust punk bits, and gleefully hateful lyrics/vocal delivery, there is an undeniable groove (courtesy of drummer Justin Greaves) and a healthy respect for melodic riffing (courtesy of guitarists Dean Berry and James Rushby) that ultimately puts this band above the rest of the sludge mental legions.
These guys certainly pushed to intensity level of sludge to the limits. With migrain inducing feedback, super heavy riffs, and vocals that sound entirely inhuman, it's wonderful stuff.
Bam! Pure angry sludge that pounds you right in the face.
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7Black Tusk
I love this band and I love their energy! I can't wait to see them again. Definitely one of my top favorite bands.

8Mastodon
They are just a fantastic band. They have produced such a great variety of music while also maintaining a very distinctive and memorable sound. They simply have a unique tone that people can only strive to emulate. Their music peaked with the album "Crack the Skye" but their new album is still fabulous.
I believe this should be in the top 10 because Mastodon just takes sludge to a whole new level. Their music has the technicality and precession of Northern industrial groups, the heart and soul of Southern groove bands, and that thick sludgy, dirty feel of Western sludge/stoner acts. They're also excellent in concert!
Mastodon is my favorite band...of ALL time. There music completely changed the way I feel about metal. Music of epic proportions and mighty walls of sound fall on you with every track. There also the most mesmerizing band fusing stoner rock progressive metal and sludge. THEY ARE GODS.
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9Crowbar
Heaviest Band ever! Truly awesome songs like Conquering, I Have Failed, Mourn the Illusion, All I had I gave. None Heavier than Crowbar still awesome after 25 years
Nothing thicker. Will never understand why this band does not get more respect. Kirk, Crowbar, and Louisiana mud FTW.
The Godfathers of sludge - on top please!

10Buzzoven

The Contenders

11Neurosis
This is one of the most important bands in the genre and should be on top! Not many bands can make the eerie moods that this band often makes! and not many bands can make you feel the darkness as this band does. One of the most important and most underrated bands in the genre! the best ever!

12Down
Kind of an all star band but with only three albums they earned their position between the best of the kind. From the southern "swampy" style of the Down II album to the great melodies and heavy guitars of NOLA and Over the under, all the southern and bluesy styles combined with really heavy music and a frontman like no other.
I love Nola. I like Melvin's as well but Eyehategod will be forgotten because of it's small fan base, what a shame.
This band should be number 1 their debut Nola was flawless and down II was a masterpiece also

13Kylesa
Kylesa has to be one of the best sludge metal bands of all time. Spiral Shadow and Static Tensions prove that.
I love all these bands but love my Kylesa the best...

Georgia seems to be taking over lately between Savannah and Atlanta...

14Black Flag

15High on Fire
Just pure fast tempo heavy sludgyness, love it.

16Alice In Chains
This is one of the first bands that played sludge...yet they are in this place! These guys deserve number 1...there is no other band that can do sludge better than AIC...

17Electric Wizard
Dopethrone and Come My Fanatics are stellar. Electric Wizard captures a great heavy sluggish feel with a lot of distortion, and (at least on Dopethrone album) lots of reverb on the vocals. Very cool. Electric Wizard is considered by many to be one of the heaviest sounding bands within the genre.
Electric Wizard to me is the quintessential sludge metal band. They are also the best ever!
What! Electric wizard is THE stoner metal band!

18Black Sheep Wall

19Cult of Luna
Taken it all to new level!

20Isis

21Sleep
Because it belongs at the very top with Electric Wizard.

22Corrosion of Conformity
Where is Pepper and Co.? Corrosion of Conformity

23Jucifer
Jucifer pleases my listening holes

24Torche

25Love Sex Machine
French Sludge Metal unrelenting and full on heavy

26Blood On the Dance Floor

27Demonic Death Judge
A fairly new band from Finland. This band's slow tempo riffs and deep growling will blow your mind.

28Bongzilla
Champagne when I'm thirsty, and...

29The Atlas Moth

30Grief

31Soilent Green
Sewn Mouth Secrets is a master piece...

32Lo-Pan

33Baroness
The blue record proves that sludge can be brutal and peaceful. Baroness plays insane music and deserves as much credibility as mastodon, if not more, especially since mastodon is moving away from the sludge genre while baroness is only attempting getting better at it.

34Gwar

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