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.

Nocturnal Poisioning is a life-changing album. - Black_Abbath

Absolutely the biggest inspiration for my music

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.

2 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

Just listen it every night before go to bed

"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.

3 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.

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

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


4 Silencer 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.

Natty natty nattramn... the name is enough

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

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

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.

5 Trist

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

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).

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!

The singing sounds like the elephants from Street Fighter II

6 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!

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.

7 Shining

This should be wayy higher at least in the top 3.

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

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

Shining should be much higher. When I think of DSBM, I think of Shining. - velvetthorns

8 Make A Change...Kill Yourself

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

Harmony..warm handshake of pain

Surly the real emperor of DSBM

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

9 Psychonaut 4

Not DSBM but a great depressive rock band.

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.

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 the my favorite band in DSBM.

10 Woods Of Desolation

I love their acoustic work too

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.


The Contenders

11 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

12 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

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13 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.

Very dark and chilling

Easily one of the best out there.

Amazing, just breathtaking

I can feel the eternal pain in his distorted screams

14 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

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

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15 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.

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).

16 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...

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

17 Blutklinge

Das ist absolut genialer DSBM!

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

18 ColdWorld

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.

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.

19 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..

Fantastic and Emotional music! Sick and Excellent voices! The Top of DSBM! Absolutely to listen to!

20 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

21 Austere

Lol Austere is destroyer best band you must listen to

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.

Whoever it was that said that Austere are from NZ is wrong... They're from Australia lmao

22 Hysteria

Very depressive band from Croatia. Should be ranked higher.

Awesome one man band from Croatia

23 Forgotten Tomb

It really have that sad sound

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

24 Cosmic Church
25 Wedard

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

My Number One

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

Best of the world!

26 Gris

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


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.

27 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

"Eufori" is a masterpiece. Obviously the best DSBM album I've ever heard.
P.S. they were singing about drugs - their singer died because of overdose. Such in irony

28 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.

29 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

30 Sterbend

Great Stuff!


The BEST german DSBM-Band!

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

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31 Uaral

Whhnhhhaat? 34th
Uaral should be first...

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

32 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.

33 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.

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 Cry

Awesome indian dsbm band...

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

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 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!

41 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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42 Bethlehem

The best at what they do

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

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.

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.

43 Kalmankantaja

Amazingly depressive

It can absolutely possess your mind.


44 Exiled From Light

Definitely deserves top 3 in my opinion, most of these other bands can't express emotion like this one.

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.

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 Cheerful Depression

The best by far.

One of my favorites...

48 Hopeless

Great DSBM BAND from Spain.

Great band

Best DSBM Band Ever!

49 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.

50 Lost Inside

You can feel the sadness, this band is so good

This band is so great

Amazing band

Good band.. mostly use for the heroine users

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