Best DSBM Bands

DSBM (Depressive/Suicidal Black Metal) is a Metal sub-genre and a type of Black Metal. The main themes of DSBM songs are hate, death, misery, pain, sorrow and loneliness of human life. Listing best bands of this genre.

The Top Ten

1 Xasthur Xasthur Xasthur is a black metal and acoustic project of American musician Scott Conner, formed in 1995. Xasthur was perhaps the most notable black metal group from America. In 2010, Conner announced the end of Xasthur, after 8 black metal albums. However, in 2015, Conner revived Xasthur as an acoustic project. more.

OK! Thank you everyone for voting your opinions which have taken Lifelover to the top of this list (I personally am a big fan of Lifelover). But if you are voting for a list to choose which one is THE BEST DSBM band, you gotta believe that without Xasthur there would be no existence of DSBM!


It is a shame that Malefic has decided to stop with his project, but to me he has left a mark in depressive black metal history. With all his past great albums, I see his greatest works with Xasthur.

I must say that DSBM does not have to be completely black metal. So that's why I choose xasthur because you'll never hear anything like this again. Nocturnal Depression is also my favorite.

Absolutely the biggest inspiration for my music

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2 Lifelover

1. Mental Central Dialogue
2. Expandera
3. Cancertid
4. I Love (To Hurt) You
Listen to any of these songs and you automatically vote for Lifelover, here.

Epic! They only word to describe this band. Sad, they got disbanded after the death of B.
Rest In Peace B.

Unique. The songs "Mental central dialog", "Myspys" and "Twitch" are among the most desperate, depressive, painfull inspiring guitar riffs/vocal/lyrics match in this Earth...

Most unique DSBM band that shows off many different metal and rock traits, truly awe inspiring.
Listen to all of the albums!
start with Pulver though

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3 Thy Light

"In decaying reality, I am just a crawling worm in a world of lies. "

Dsbm from Brazil. They are absolutely amazing. Powerful screams, Fantastic composer, they're music is impressive. They are everything.

The screams are just so powerful. Thy Light manages to capture the beauty of sadness and despair in their music.

What can I say... Basically nothing just go and listen m/

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4 Nocturnal Depression

I remember the first time I've heard this type of songs, and the one who really catched me with that it was Nocturnal Depression. I don't even know how they aren't in the first place. I don't care 'bout the other band, but, If you're trying to listen for the first time DSBM, Nocturnal Depression is the band. Period.

This band is just.. More than awesome! I always listen to them when I come home. It's so relaxing and depressing.. It's just like Happy Days, it gives me chills.

My descent into the creative agonizing vortex of DSBM began with Nocturnal Depression. I heard "... And Fall The February Snow" and was blown away by its heart-breaking, obscure beauty. I was hooked immediately and now of course, I'm a huge fan of a myriad of other dsbm artists. ColdWorld, Thy Light, Sterbend, Drowning The light, From The Sunset, Forest & Grief- these are bands I am very fond of, but Nocturnal Depression will always occupy the central chamber in this "dsbm junkie's" heart!

Helping me getting out of depression, my favorite is Autumn from Four Seasons to A Depression.

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5 Silencer Silencer

Very depressing band, you can feel the sadness in the lyrics. Amazing raw sound

Depressive, scary, makes you wanna suicide. Nattramn's screams are really good and they have some really good songs like: Death - Pierce me, and Sterile Nails And Thunderbowels.

I listened to Death - Pierce Me, and I am not kidding when I say that was the scariest, and worst songs I've heard in my life. I was sort of getting into it at first, but the first scream completely startled me, and it turned me away from this band immediately. Let's not forget how mentally insane Nattramn supposedly is/was. This is how I imagine prison is mentally. - ryanrimmel

I would choose Xasthur if I didn’t know Silencer. Silencer is utterly better than any other DSBM band without a doubt, having far more memorable songs and having a much more unique vocal style than even Xasthur...Yes, I actually do like that voice. - romanempire249

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6 Make A Change...Kill Yourself

No other band can capture what it feels like to be completely lost in anguish and pain.

Simply the ecence of depression

Literally no band can compete. The true essence of pain.

Harmony..warm handshake of pain

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7 Trist

Depressive, Burzumish, bleak, suicidal. You might as well say, many bands are depressive, bleak, suicidal. Hell no! This is a marvelous piece of work.

This is black metal the way Varg Vikernes started it. Sorrowful and painful, without cheesy fag-gothic keyboards or female vocals. With a guitar, a bass and a drumkit, Trist manages to create a crushing atmosphere, with great inspiration and painful Burzum-like musicianship!

Trist should be number 1. No band uses such easy dark riffs to create the most melancholic atmosphere. The songs are long and dark, mostly instrumental, sometimes pierced with painful screams (not like for example Lifelover which uses more piano and spoken words).

The singing sounds like the elephants from Street Fighter II

Oh my god...just perfection...

The guitar..Yes..THE GUITAR! - Ananya

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8 Shining

Suicide is not just killing yourself, but killing the world and the people outside.

So bleak and atmospheric and depressing, Shining has to be the best DSBM artist out there. They use samples very effectively, and are just perfect. Admittedly, they have some not so good songs, but seriously, when they write a good song, they write a good song.

No other band has the same misanthropic hatred of humanity as Shining does. A band that truthful hates the world and I took to them as a perfect outlet to embrace the hatred we all have for human scum. All Hail Shining.

Shining are the king's of what people have dubbed "DSBM" or depressive suicidal black metal, Kvarforth even came up with term and in my opinion no one is as evil as Niklas. Shining should be like 2 or at least 3

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9 Woods Of Desolation

Just the best combinations of sounds. Guitar tone, vocals, lyrical theme, riffs, beautiful melodies and heavy depressive riffs that simultaneously bring you up while exploring the absurdity of life. Love it and cannot get enough.

They get to the bone

A combination of really raw, passionate and sorrowful elements, though WoD can be both crushingly heavy and gently melodic. My favourite DSBM band by a long stretch.

I love their acoustic work too

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10 Psychonaut 4

No matter, how this voting will end, because Psychonaut 4 is the most completed band in DSBM and, for me, even in the whole music world. It's not about the taste, it's about the fact. Maybe, the band's native country is one of the main reasons of their music being so real, so dark, painful, and even lovely, too. I think, Psychonaut 4's spirit is the Georgian spirit at the same time: fighting love, hate, self, others, and just fighting, but at the end not winning and not losing it. To say the truth, their music even has saved my life once, instead of making me worse.

Psychonaut 4 is probably the best DSBM there is. They have such sad guitar riffs combined with some of the most depressing lyrics I've read

These guys are really talented. Both "Have a nice trip" and "Dipsomania" are genius! True emotions + sad guitar riffs = Psychonaut 4

I love Pyschonaut 4 a lot. They're one of my favorite DSBM bands ou there. Their music is melancholic and the vocalist's voice is truly heartbreaking. Their origin in Georgia adds to their mysterious charm.

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The Contenders

11 ColdWorld

ColdWorld first introduced me to DSBM with the song Dead Star, and I must say that it was the most beautiful and melancholic songs my ears have ever had the privilege of listening to. Its such a well orchestrated piece from the music to the vocals themselves. I have never felt such raw emotion as I have with that song, and that's what I think music should do in the first place. It was art in its purist form. So for that ColdWorld gets my vote.

I first discovered ColdWorld a long time ago, and it didn't really click with me at first. At The time, this was prior to my love for black metal, and I wasn't used to such raw sounding music. But the more I listened to black metal, it just grew on me. I came back to this artist and listened again and again. Melancholie² soon became one of my favorite albums of all time, and I listen to it very often. TheStarsAreDeadNow is a great piece of work as well. I only wish he'd come out with a new album. ColdWorld creates such a unique atmosphere that I can't describe. My favorite song has to be either Cancer, or Hymn To Eternal Frost. I strongly recommend ColdWorld to anyone getting into DSBM.

I'm a one huge dsbm fan and ColdWorld is in the top of my favourite bands list. Such a unique and beautiful music and vocals. Simply ART. I can feel it through my body. It helped me in the hard times like a friend. For me it's on the top.

Perfect music for a cold winter day, when your life is just a glimpse of a dead society we are forced to live in. And even on a hot summer day, Coldworld's music is like a fresh breeze calming you down.

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12 Happy Days

Why is Happy days on the 10th place?! It should be at least on the top 5, I can't rate this bands in order, but if I would make a top 10 list of dsbm bands it would have contain these following bands; Hypothermia, Lifelover, Apati, Psychonaut 4, Happy days, Gris, Nocturnal depression, Totalselfhatred, forgotten tomb and Austere. And not Xasthur, Xasthur is a very overrated band.

They're one of the best bands I've ever listened to! Not that much howling sounds is what I like about them unlike a lot of the dsbm bands I keep finding but I'm not dissing the other! No one can replace Happy Days! Happy Days truly expresses sadness and depression more than any other band. :D

Cold, raw atmosphere.. Amazing band. I like the very raw aspects of the old albums, where you can feel all the hatred, sorrow in the vocals.

I think he is underrated. Very talented

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13 I'm In a Coffin

As much as I like other DSBM bands, I'm In A Coffin are something really special. Just pure crushing despair, in the best way possible.

Corpses in living masks, enough said.

I love dis band

The first DSBM band I heard on, they�'ll always be one of my favourites

14 Drowning The Light

Drowning The Light plays a form of simple nihilist black metal that takes me to a dimension beyond the reality... This is because of the sound of the guitars, and the guitar melodies are dominating the music of this band. It's just that they are quite inventive in their riffs, with some more elements of doom metal to it.

Whenever you hear a DSBM band the main thing that attracts you to the music is its atmosphere. And in this case no other band can match this one!

An awesome band with some greatest works of depressive metal scene.
I like their intro's for almost every songs by them.

Pure awesomeness... especially the of the most prominent and important bands of black metal art... - Ananya

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15 Wedard

This should be number 1, I mean everything he released is pure awesomeness

Einsamer Winterweg is the best album I have ever heard since 1993

Best of the world!

My Number One

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16 Leviathan Leviathan Leviathan is an ambient black metal solo project of Jef Whitehead (A.K.A. Wrest), formed in 1998. Wrest records and plays all instruments including vocals entirely on his own. Despite having early problems with the release of Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, it was released March 24, 2008 in Europe more.

Easily one of the best out there.

I can feel the eternal pain in his distorted screams

Amazing, just breathtaking

Very dark and chilling

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17 Life is Pain

I was listening to this during my first, serious overdose.

This is the music of the damned, depressed and dying.

Depressing riffs and painful voice


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18 Dhishti

True Sri lanka Atmospheric Depressive Black Metal

Miles ahead of any other band in the list. Showing that truly unique black metal can be created outside of what we think of as "the black metal world".

One of the best creative sounds that I've heard...

Awesome band

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19 Austere

Underrated. I would like to see Austere at top ten because this band is a very talented group and makes sorrow and painful black metal better than most of the bands over it.

But Leviathan? Its not a DSBM band at all.

I really am disappointed that this band is lower than I wanted it to be, I would've put these guys right above Woods of Desolation; But songs like Just For A Moment, This Dreadful Emptiness And Memories... It easily to see that these guys are extremely underrated.

DSBM Forever.

New Zealand is the last place I would expect to find truly miserable, authentic DSBM and yet here it is. I think they deserve a good ranking mostly off the back of "To Lay Like old Ashes"

Austere is the best of all dsbm. no one can capture this pure agony, broken heart of this band. beauty. this should be first, and ranked from Austere, Harakiri for the Sky, Shining, Xthaur, Make a Change KYS, Thy Light, Woods of desolation, and cold world. personal favorites. and some others.

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20 About Abortions

About Abortions is absolutely my favourite DSBM band.. Their unique and authentic sound pierces directly through the listener's soul.. Lyrics are pure poetry and the Music is really emotional.. They are what I call ARTISTS.

The DSBM Band can change this scene another time! Perfect!

..I used to listen to their full length album "Substance of my psychosis" during my daily trip to the conservatory.. In those days in which outside the sun is bright, and all seems calm...while inside a storm devours your soul... And I know, it'll might be strange, but it always makes me feel better... It's like we're fighting together... Just to say how much About Abortions' Artists are precious and close to my heart..

This band should be on Top5. PureDSBM

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21 Nyktalgia

Nyktalgia are one of the best SDBM bands ever. Like other German black metal band they also keep their roots solid and great musicianship I must add.
A decade of suicide and depression...

Exitus letalis or misere nobis are very impressive, two of the most beautiful songs in the whole world of the black metal! Nyktalgia rule!

"Universe of blind Instincts
Uncontrolled emotions, unbridled passions
Orgasmic, Dionysian dizziness
Illusions... phantoms of wretched weakness"

Nyktalgia describes the essence of their music perfectly with their opener Misere Nobis already. They differ from classical DSBM bands however, having the bite of traditional Black Metal between their flesh-ripping suicidal riffs. The excellent arrangements between Drums and Guitar outclass the average DSBM bands in my opinion, you can hear that Winterheart and Malfeitor are no newbies to the matter and also very talented musicians in general. And just when you think you heard a synth or a cello here and there, you might be surprised - they use none of these. It's all done by guitar. Keep that in the back of your head while you listen. Exitus Letalis.

22 Blutklinge

Das ist absolut genialer DSBM!

Weiss evtl. jemand von Euch, wo ich sein Album "Reflection Of A Bleak Mind" kaufen kann?

23 Gris

They are the masters here! Such an awesome band with great compositions like: Profonde Misanthropie, Where So Many Tombs Were Forgotten & Lueur d'Ombre!

Great vocal range on Gris's Foret album, with a lot of atmosphere, memorable riffs, and probably the best instrumental closing in DSBM history. The first time I heard this album, late at night, all alone in the dark, I nearly vomited, then I was depressed for days.


My first dsbm group... The first time I heard "Il Etait Un Foret" I immediately fell in love... No words can describe their jobs. Pure symphony

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24 Totalselfhatred

The best - as for me - powerful; lyrical; deep; perfect orchestration. Amen

Wow, only 24th? Never thought they were that underrated! One of the first DSBM band I discovered with Lifelover and Psychonaut4, and my favorite one! Their tracks have the power to fill me with intense melancholy, and a weird feeling I can't even describe. Powerful.

25 Forgotten Tomb

The pure emotion Herr Morbid drains into his music is more than enough to be a strong contender.

Underrated! Needs to be in top ten! - Ananya

Loves burial ground is now negative Megalomania!


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26 Hysteria

Very depressive band from Croatia. Should be ranked higher.

Awesome one man band from Croatia

27 Forgive Me

Bleeding, Cutting,myself
I've Tainted the walls
Forgive me..
Iam leaving...

28 Starless Night

Great band...give em your votes

HELL YES! - Shea

M/ I've been listening to their old demo and I'm liking it.

29 Apati

The best of the best

Super mega ultra depressive and suicidal. Rip Obehag. Best of DSBM. Maestro

I think this band isn't the best in DSBM.. But these guys are really talented and I love their songs.. Rip obehag

Literally the best DSBM I've ever heard, their vocals and guitars are the best. They totally "capture" the emptiness feeling...

R.I.P. Obehag

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30 Kalmankantaja

It can absolutely possess your mind.

Amazingly depressive


31 Hypothermia

Listen to "del 3" - Ananya

They are the best in my humble opinion. Their slow riffs, their slow atmospheres with the Kim's voice could kill everyone.

Listen at "Melankoli"

No one can hold a candle to Kim Carlsson.

Skogens Hjärta is possibly one of the most beautiful DSBM albums to ever hit this planet.

32 Cosmic Church
33 Sterbend

Very good band. But since they have no longer publised any other, they are not in the first places. I hope they do someday.

The BEST german DSBM-Band!

Great band for DSBM

Great Stuff!

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34 Uaral

They are a great band, their music is really melodic. I enjoy when they sing Spanish softly it adds a great touch to it. I recommend everyone to listen to their uniqueness. Most of the times they sound like their actually crying and that is what I look for in a depressive band, a lot of crying. They are. By far the best depressive black metal band I have ever heard. I highly recommend them.

They put all their emotions and sadness in their songs... Best doom metal band ever

Best dsbm band ever

I listened they are lost..

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35 Nihilistic Misanthropy

Cold and raw, unique sound!

Nihilistic Misanthropy are just unique, so raw and cold. they have an amazing name and they prove why they choosed NM as their name. I love them and they should be ranked higher

36 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.

This is not DSBM. It's not Black metal. It's not even Metal.

This is insulting to the genre. Take this out

This genre makes my ears bleed


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37 Nortt

For me Nortt is the PUREST Depressive Black Funeral Doom Metal and Nortt can take over any other band in this list.

Cold winter night in deep dark forest - that how nortt sounds like. Sound like death breathing in your ears.

Nortt. The sound of a cemetery. Only the dead would appreciate this music

Can't get more trve than this

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38 Xathrites

Just for this song : My Last Day Story. You must listen this band!

My Favourite dsbm

39 An Autumn for Crippled

Depressing, full of emotion, and truly surrounding. Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love is an incredible, rounded album that's easy to lose yourself in.

40 Cry

Awesome indian dsbm band...

Heads off not only hat just go n go n go inside the depths of songs

41 Abyssic Hate

One of the earliest and still one of the best Depressive Black Metal bands of all times. It's a shame that Abyssic Hate now buried under modern DSBM garbage

They are very innovative, showing that anger and sadness can be effectively combined into a sorrowful rage

They are not a very popular group but they make very good music, you must check them out.

They are so creative...needs more attention - Ananya

42 Mütiilation

I listen to their cover of "Possessed" by Venom on their "Destroy Your Life For Satan" demo nonstop during my depressive stages. I absolutely love this band.

They pretty much invented DSBM.

Best french black metal band!

43 Ghost Bath

I can't even express how much I love this band. If more people knew about them, they would totally be #1, or at least, the top 5 best dsbm bands. They're incredible.

Should be number one! This band is absolutely amazing! Such a depressing band!

Incredible band

All I have to say is.. Moonlover. Anazing band

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44 Bethlehem

The best at what they do

How is it that nobody has bothered to comment on these guys. They've been around since '92 and practically layed the groundwork for this type of music. Listen to the second and third albums. His vocals are more psychotic than anything I've ever heard. Even more so than Nattramn, Sterbend, or I'm In A Coffin.

"Dictius Te Necare" is a milestone when it comes to DSBM vocals.

The album “Dictius Te Necare” is a masterpiece. The vocals are uniquely incredible in how they perfectly convey such raw psychotic melancholy. Beautifully spine-chilling.

Very surprised they’re not rated higher.

45 Anti

Anti Mean Anti...
Anti Is Who Get Real Idea About Feelings
Hailz For Your Music

46 Hanging Garden

I like this band one of the best DSBM band

Best of the best

47 Hopeless

Great DSBM BAND from Spain.

Great band

Best DSBM Band Ever!

48 Cheerful Depression

One of my favorites...

49 Exiled From Light

The first album is a masterpiece. The second album is perhaps too long and repetitive but I still like to listen it through but the real good stuff are the last three songs.

50 Annorkoth

From Russia. Cool stuff

I think this band is from Australia, if I'm not wrong and there songs are total great for DSBM. Thumps Up~

Actually, HE is from Russia. And he is also the master behind "Skyforest", his newest project. Is also known as 'Blurry Lights'. Anyway,very powerful, depressing, and beautiful all in one package. For a solo artist, his work is quite impressive. Recommend highly for anyone into this genre, although it would be accurate to refer to this as atmospheric b.m. than DSBM, I think.

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1. Silencer
2. Lifelover
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