Best Doom Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were 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.

Of course. But surprised to see Opeth no where in the list

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2 Candlemass Candlemass Candlemass 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

Originators of the doom style and tag, what more can be said?

They are simply the Masters of Doom

Should be number 1...No one except them can produce the powerful doom metal songs...
Listen to Solitude...I repeat, LISTEN TO SOLITUDE! - Ananya

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3 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia 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.

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

Please listen "inheritance" from katatonia!

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

By far my favorite metal band in general. Renkse's vocal express such emotions as the lyrics as well as the melody of their songs are amazing. Both their deathdoom time and their softer stuff are equally amazing. I believe their albums Tonights Decision, Last Fair Deal Gone Down and Viva Emptiness are pure gems of melancholic doom metal... I Dunno wht I could do without them. They helped me through very difficult times in my life.

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4 Draconian Draconian

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

The best Doom Metal band of all time. Every song they create is a piece of art!

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5 Electric Wizard Electric Wizard Electric 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.

Hands down the best, most unique doom band around.

Electric Wizard...7th...WHAT?!?!.

No doom band can match Electric Wizard

This is a trip, hypnotic

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6 My Dying Bride My Dying Bride My 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?

Just amazing...Aaron's voice is so unique and catheline blake is my favorite

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7 Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun Swallow 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

Awesome band!

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8 Type O Negative Type O Negative Type 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.

Just listen to angel song... U will in love with this band

9 Ghost 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

Idiots, they're hard rock. Cheesy ass hard rock. Literally no doom elements whatsoever.

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

They introduced me to Doom Metel, because of them the gothic rocker within me had awoken

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10 Pentagram Pentagram Pentagram 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

It's sucks that a band like ghost can be above a true Metal band. - Rambles

True pionners. Great band, not like Ghayst

The Newcomers

? Place of Skulls
? Saint Vitus

The Contenders

11 Paradise Lost Paradise Lost Paradise 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!

Just listen to their guitar solo man!

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12 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.
13 Danzig Danzig Danzig 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. V 1 Comment
14 Sleep

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

Matt Pike may have not invented Doom, but by god he wrote the book on how to do it right!

"Dopesmoker" is the epitome of stoner doom (at least for me...)

15 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis 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

16 Woods of Ypres

I'm surprised that this band doesn't have more votes. Go listen to The Green Album and try to tell me it's not one of the most beautiful albums you've heard

Woods 5 is a flawless album! - Spineapple

Green Album is absolutely perfect. Check out Dirty Window of Opportunity. Very Type O Neg-ish, just better.

17 Uaral

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 BAND EVER

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18 Theatre of Tragedy

VERY BEST IN STILL AND MUCH FEELINGS IN THEIR MUSIC

19 Melvins Melvins The 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.

20 Sunn O)))

The slowest band in existence

21 St. Vitus

Surprised I didn't see them on here. They're one of doom metal's early pioneers.

Saint Vitus is the very definition of doom.they should be much higher on the list.
"I know I don't belong,
and there's nothing I can do
I was born too late
And I'll never be like you"
You can't be more doom than this!

22 Pallbearer
23 Trouble

30? Come on man! "Heaven on My Mind,"" Born in a Prison," "Run to the Light," "Memory's Garden","At the End of My Daze"

24 Virgin Black Virgin Black Virgin 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.

25 Witchfinder General Witchfinder General Witchfinder General were a heavy metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre. V 1 Comment
26 Acid King Acid King Acid King is a stoner metal band from San Francisco, California. It was formed in 1993 by frontwoman Lori S., drummer Joey Osbourne and bassist Peter Lucas.
27 Anathema

Anathema aren't only doom metal, they're beautifully designed doom metal. I mean, they're newest album The Optimist has more of a modernish sad rock style to it, but still one of my favourite records form them. Bands like Pallbearer and Reverend Bizarre will always be my favourite doom metal, but Anathema have won my heart over to them. I mean that literally...

Serenades and The Silent Enigma are brilliant.

Anathema is one of the greatest band ever.

All albums before 1998 brilliants - pruvet

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28 Khanate
29 Kyuss Kyuss
30 Ahab

This band is superb! If like Moby Dick and Doom metal this is the band. - InsanityJoe

31 The Obsessed
32 Monarch!
33 Pagan Altar
34 Burning Witch
35 Saturnus Saturnus Saturnus is a band from Denmark formed in 1991 playing melodic death/doom metal, with touches of gothic metal.

Listen to "For Your Demons", it is one of the most emotional songs I have ever heard.

If You don't know saturnus you better kill yourself, check Veronika Decides To Die Album, inspired from Paulo Coelho's Novel

Saturnus created such top-class death-doom music I have ever listened to. Check out 'I Long,', 'Lost My Way', 'Call of the Raven', 'Descending'.

The best doom & ambiental black band that existed on earth.

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36 Cathedral Cathedral Cathedral were a doom metal band from Coventry, England. The group gained attention upon release of its debut album, Forest of Equilibrium, which is considered a classic of the genre.

Draconian, Tiamat, Paradise lost, Katatonia are not doom metal. Bands. BS, pentagram, cathedral... They are doom metal bands. Listen to them and compere them.

Most of the bands on thisnlist are gothic metal, not doom. Listen to Forest Of Equilibrium, it's about as true as doom metal gets

For the beganer's I'll suggest a song"Ashes you leave". You are gonna love them. I bet.

37 Crowbar Crowbar Crowbar is an American sludge metal band from New Orleans, Louisiana, characterized by their extremely slow, low-keyed, heavy and brooding songs that also contain fast hardcore punk passages.
38 Khlyst
39 Black Boned Angel
40 Dark Sanctuary Dark Sanctuary
41 Shape of Despair Shape of Despair
42 Forest of Shadows

Come on this band is unique love the voice of Niclas Frohagen and theire last album Six Waves of Woe and the song Detached that is om my top 10 song this band is just what I need. - Mansonlooks

43 Mournful Congregation

Great band!

44 My Silent Wake

Very good death/doom band! - Jph

45 Evoken Evoken Evoken is an American funeral doom metal band from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, that is influenced by the Australian band Disembowelment and the Finnish band Thergothon.
46 Novembers Doom
47 Acrimony
48 Reverend Bizarre

How is this band not higher on the list. Great band.

Not well known, still true doom.

49 Sunn 0))
50 Empyrium Empyrium

Really? 38th? Listen to the turn of the tides and then consider what is DOOM

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