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

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. ...read 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!

HE KNOWS HOW TO EXPRESS SOMEONE'S PAIN, SORROW and AGONY THROUGH THE SOUND OF DESTRUCTION...

So let me get this straight. All of you trVe kvltists bash on the whole emo culture because they are posers who like to cut themselves and are always thinking about suicide, yet you listen to music that is meant to be depressive and force people into contemplating suicide? Wow. No wonder the world is screwed. NO ONE MAKES SENSE ANYMORE. You're all a bunch of hypocrites.

That distorted sound somehow sounds amazing. Xasthur knows how to express it through their unique music, the pain n suffering of others. Never listened to anything like this before which was not so smooth n clean to hear yet the pain and sadness was clearer than anything else to me.
Xasthur truly rocks m/

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.

Thy Light

The soul of Paolo and the mastermind of Alex are one of the best duo combinations in BM scene since Fenriz/Nocturno Culto and the way they combine their efforts to make such masterpiece saved me from an imminent suicide more than once - sad music to heal your mana bar

Best DSBM, you really can feel the despair, the sadness, the hope fading... Best one! Also it has a very good vocal! "In the decaying reality, I am just a crawling worm in a world of lies"

"I am bitter taste of the gall"- This song is so depressive n really touches my heart every time I listen to this. Bridge guitaring is ultimate and most importantly lyrics! I love Thy Light so much. They just truly rocksm/

I think they are the best. I can listen to thire songs all day. I like Nocturnal Depression too but I can't listen to them more that one hour but Thy Light there are something else.

Lifelover

And you haven't added some other insanely awesome and signature songs of the band like "Alltid-Aldrig", "Nackscott" and "M/S Salmonella". In my opinion Lifelover are a genre of their own. They said they are "Narcotic Metal" but anyway, they were one of the best bands I've ever heard.R.I.P. B and goodbye 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.

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

Silencer Silencer was a Swedish black metal band. Based in Stockholm, the group formed in 1995 and disbanded in 2001 releasing only one full-length album and a demo.

Silencer is a pure art. You won't understand the real uniquiness of it until you listen to the album for a couple of times. This music has to be understood to judge it

Nattramn's vocals are just smothered in pure agoby. With his shrieks of self-loathing; he's probably cutting himself in his music recording. Those guitar riffs cannot get any more depressing and sorrow-smothered. Want a DSBM band that has that horrible vibe to it? Silencer is your band. Check out the songs, "Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels" and "I Shall Lead, You Shall Follow". Pure Depression of music, right there.

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.

Thank you, Nattramn and Leere. Each one of us have felt like this miserable at least once in our life. Silencer carries with their music with a perfect sense of melancholy after there's actually nothing left to destroy, all is dead and gone and so must you. All in all, Silencer is an essential DSBM legend band. However, listen to them with caution and keep sharp objects away from reach.

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).

One of he dsbm out there. It should be at least top two in my opinion.

One of my favorites, Zrcadlení Melancholie is one of the most depressing albums I have ever heard

Nocturnal Depression

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!

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.

Best DSBM band, great instrumental and ripping vocals, and such suicidal and melancholic lyrics. If you're new to DSBM, start with and, a great getaway for further exploring of DSBM.

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.

Shining

While Shining (specifically, Nikolas) hates being labeled a part of the DSBM genre, they certainly have the depressive element in droves. Progressive in song writing, varied in vocal styles and completely sincere in delivery, The Eerie Cold era Shining is some of the best black metal I've ever listened to. Insanely emotional and mindblowingly creative, you HAVE to listen to Shining as a metal fan of any sort.

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

Make A Change...Kill Yourself

Their first album is just unbeatable, just more than a MasterPiece.. I highy recommend their first album if you are looking for true depressive music. Just sit alone at the night with your headphones on and start from the 1st song and then 2nd and so on to the last, then you will know how much amazing album it is.

The first band I really listened to knowing of the dsbm genre and I can't express how beautifully sad and raw emotion comes through in these songs. Brilliant work and beautiful music

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

Great band. Some really great material put out by these guys.

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 a masterclass of deep, complicated music. They simplified the CLASSIC UNDERSTANDING of DSBM and made it more approachable and personal. The riffs are sensational, Graf's singing manner is visionary.

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.

Great dsbm band. Really shows the beauty of heavy instruments. If you want depressing this is what your looking for. Full of emotion... Great stuff.

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.

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.

The ironic thing about this band is it doesn't make me depressed. Far from it. There is so much beauty in the music.

I don't know how he does it but it's a masterpiece! Every song! Great musician

The Contenders

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.

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

Corpses in living masks, enough said.

I love dis band

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.

Drowning the light sould be nr 1! Just listen to The longing title track and Requeim for a fallen warrior

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 ...read more.

Definitely one of the most haunting black metal bands out there. Tentacles of Whorror is a perfect example.

Just listen to The idiot sun... Best DBSM coming from the states probably even better than Xasthur

Should be at least 2nd Leviathan's music is some of the best DSBM around! TThey even have a amazing split with Xasthur!

I can feel the eternal pain in his distorted screams

Life is Pain

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

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

"Oppressive Nights in Mental Asylum" is a master-piece od DSBM

Depressing riffs and painful voice

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

You just can feel the pain in these lyrics, they're just amazingly depressive in a sophisticated way.
I like the album Happiness stops here the most (especially songs Don't go, Letting go and Take me away).

UGH HAPPY DAYS <3
Such a beautifull band, what brought my attention to his band at first was the intros, many of their songs have intros with a sorrowfull, depressing dialogue and its effectively merged with background melodic guitar, it's a beautifull way to capture pain and explain a story in a way only one band can
Id reccomend as good examples of this, the songs abigail and dying alone done, this band deserves a top 3 place

Dhishti

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".

True Sri lanka Atmospheric Depressive Black Metal

Sick, disturbing and depressive in the blackest way possible..

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

Blutklinge

Das ist absolut genialer DSBM!

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

ColdWorld

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.

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'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.

About Abortions

This is the most authentic DSBM band I've ever listened to.. Every song talks about the real lives of Solitudo Cyfer and Thirteen Forever, about what they went through and their true emotions. They also give a lot of importance to issues every person has to deal with nowadays, like cyber bullism, mental issues, depression. Before listening to About Abortions, be aware that all the darkest feelings you've been trying to lock inside and to not show, will come out of your soul, destructive like a blow..

..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..

People! These guys are SELF-TAUGHT! They compose the Music, write the lyrics, take care of the mixing work.. Solitudo Cyfer plays all of the songs off sheets... He can't write tabs because of his illness.. And what about Thirteen Forever.. He has several health problems, but this didn't stop him from playing different instruments and writing plenty of songs... What's Depressive Suicidal Black Metal? It's them.

I can't stop to listen their songs... About Abortions make me cry, but they give to me the strength, because when I listen all this love into certain composition I say to myself: "there is still something whereby is worth fighting...The music of this authentic and excellent band"...So... About Abortions forever!

Austere

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.

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.

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"

First band I was introduced to in the DSBM genre, so maybe I'm just biased, but I do really rate them.

Totalselfhatred

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.

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

Way underrated here. Should be in the top 5 for sure.

Forgotten Tomb

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

They are amazing, best songs including darude sandstorm and the Marshall Mathers lp

Loves burial ground is now negative Megalomania!

Underrated! Needs to be in top ten!

Hysteria

Very depressive band from Croatia. Should be ranked higher.

Awesome one man band from Croatia

Cosmic Church
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!

Good band!

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