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. 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.

Xasthur practically started it all, and malefic knows how to make music that expresses sadness and pain more than any other dsbm band.

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 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

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


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...

Lifelover is simply the best band that has ever existed... To a great musician B, Rest in Peace...

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

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.


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!

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).

The singing sounds like the elephants from Street Fighter II

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.


Shining in halmstad have made the album of the genre never to be beaten.

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.

Make A Change...Kill Yourself

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

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

Simply the ecence of depression

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

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

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.

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

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.

Corpses in living masks, enough said.

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

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 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

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

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).


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..


Das ist absolut genialer DSBM!

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


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.

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!


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

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

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.


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"

This is the band that got me in to DSBM. One of the best that ever was or ever will be.

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!

Loves burial ground is now negative Megalomania!

Very good depressive black/doom.


Very depressive band from Croatia. Should be ranked higher.

Awesome one man band from Croatia

Cosmic Church

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.


Really emotional! More than the standard DSBM... Listening to Neurasthenie is like drowning into a desert of sadness!


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!


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


Listen to "del 3"

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.


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

The best dsbm and doom metal band

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

Pretty decent DSBM.


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

Best DSBM ever

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.


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

Nortt... so dark and humanless!


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.

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

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


Awesome indian dsbm band...

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


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

My Favourite dsbm

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.


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.


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!

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

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.

Hanging Garden

I like this band one of the best DSBM band

Best of the best


It can absolutely possess your mind.

Amazingly depressive



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


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.

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

Cheerful Depression

One of my favorites...

The best by far.


Great DSBM BAND from Spain.

Great band

Best DSBM Band Ever!

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