Top Ten Darkest Bands of All Time

This list is about Darkness in music,not about the musicians,many musicians did horrible things in their lifes but didnt produced "Dark Music".

The Top Ten

1 Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. The band is also known for the infamous events surrounding them including the 1991 suicide of vocalist Dead (in which former guitarist Euronymous took pictures of Dead's more.

They have a album cover that shows that dead is death

How can these guys live their lives well?

Should be number one. Not only is their music very dark, the band in general is just dark. They started Norwegian Black Metal and even started the church burnings. Euronymous was their guitar player and one of the darkest, most controversial musicians of all time. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

I know this list has nothing to do with the acts some of these musicians did in their lives, but the way Dead killed himself and Euronymnous took a photo of his dead body and placed it as the front cover of their album Dawn of the Black Hearts is one of the darkest things I have ever heard. How do you people not find that unsettling?

2 Darkthrone Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band. It formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene. Their first three black metal more.

Where's Swans, Nine Inch Nails, Sunn O))), or Nurse With Wound

Literally like four of these bands are actually dark. Darkthrone, Mayhem, and Death are the only ones here even resembling anything heavy. No Gnaw Their Tongues? No Sunn O))) or Portal? Impetuous Ritual?

Well, the name says it - Metalmaniakkk

I don't mind mayhem but darkthrone is WAY Darker. The name literraly says it! - GreenDayFan21

3 Gorgoroth Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. Formed in 1992 by Infernus, the band is named after the dead plateau of evil and darkness in the land of Mordor (a fictional location in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings).

Probably the darkest band of all time because of how truly satanic they are. And they might be one of the only known metal bands who do worship and glorify Satan.

Deicide are also know to worship Satan. Don't know how any metal fan could have missed that

They actually worship satan.Just goes to show you how bad and dark they are.-DarkBoi-X

4 Sunn O)))

They trapped their claustrophobic friend in a coffin and recorded vocals

They have the creepiest stuff I've ever heard.

5 Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Nobody understands what darkness is in music. It's not how heavy it is, or how often they say "Satan" in a song. Darkness lies in gloom, lyrics, etcetera, which is what Joy Division was.

By far the darkest band on the list. Joy Division put forth a personal darkness that is more real than any Satanist metal band. This band gives you the chills when you actually read the lyrics. The songs, "In a Lonely Place," "Decades," and "The Eternal" are masterpieces that portray a personal darkness that is almost too close to home.

Without a doubt and possibly one of the more respectable on this list.

Just read Ian's lyrics. Most poetic suicide letters ever.

6 Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Listen to tracks like "Daddy" from their self-titled debut album, or really anything off of Life Is Peachy or Issues (among others), and you'll get a sense of why this band deserves a very high ranking on this list.

Their first album shows a girl on a swing looking up on a man who's shadow looks unsettling. Their last song of their first album Daddy, talks about how lead singer Jonathan Davis was molested as a child. They also have other albums such as Life is Peachy, Issues, and Follow the Leader which are also pretty dark. Dark nu metal band and I like it!

Their self-titled debut album deals with themes of child abuse, drug abuse, and bullying. Plus, it even has a creepy cover of a little girl on a swing starring back at a creepy shadow.

Also, listen to Daddy. The final track on the album. And you'll truly see why they deserve a really high spot on this list.

Show me a song darker than daddy and I don't mean some satanic crap where they talk about religion I mean full on mental break down kind stuff.

7 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

Very anti-Christian band. Anti-Christian the ed songs include Raining Blood, Disciple, and Jihad.

8 Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

Scream Bloody Gore is on of the most brutal and darkest Metal albums of all time, the Denial Of Life track is terrifying,Leprosy is even Darker. - GREYBOYY

Boy are they dark. They have a dark logo, dark album covers, dark song meanings, this is one dark band.

Their later stuff wasnt that dark.

9 Stalaggh
10 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Not an Evil band but very Dark. - GREYBOYY

I love this group very much & I'm listening their "Going under" right now! - Fan_of_Good_Music

What are you guys thinking. - RalphBob

This band is nice

The Contenders

11 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Downward Spiral is the darkest album I've ever heard

Trent Reznor is the true king of darkness

Very dark, but not suicidal as Curtis (Joy Division)

Have you even seen the music video to Closer?

12 Nurse With Wound

Industrial music on the opposite side of Rammstein.


13 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.

Natramn (the singer) cut his own hand off and sew pig feet on it.

Look up the backstory behind this band's obscurity. It's chilling.

Listening to Natramns vocals will either make you laugh or really scare you - Metalmaniakkk

14 Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

I'm not sure whether Varg Viking actually burnt down a church.

How is korn above Emperor?! Are you nute? The drummer STABBED a guy 38 times in the back! He then went and burned down a church with Varg Vikernes and Euronymous.

15 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Check out their songs, Meaning of Life, Inside the Fire, and Down with the Sickness and you'll see why they're on here.

16 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their strong influence on the development of extreme metal. Formed in 1981 as Hellhammer, the band became Celtic Frost in 1984 and was active until 1993.

The Monotheist was a Doom/Gothic hyper heavy and dark album. - GREYBOYY

Their first stuff was kinda dark but man the monotheist was just darkness surrounding. but that's why I love it

Needs to be at least on the top 10

17 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Come on, inventers of Doom Metal,25 is too low.

The first dark metal band.

The creators of Heavy Metal music. Not as dark as Curtis, Reznor or Smith.

18 System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.
19 Cradle Of Filth Cradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The band's musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic black metal and other extreme metal styles.

Some of the bands that was put before this is ridiculous! Has anyone actually ever taken the time to read the lyrics versus these other band's lyrics? CoF needs more appreciation then they are credited for!

"Her ghost in the fog" Absolute horror song...

Just disturbing.

They should be above evanenscnce

20 King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.

For a satanist, King Diamonds work really isn't all dark and gloomy. It's pretty much just regular heavy metal with satanic lyrics. - Metalmaniakkk

21 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.
22 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

Marilyn Manson is way more darker than Ozzy Osbourne. Really.

The Antichrist Superstar as he is referred to.

Some of his antichrist superstar stuff was dark, other than that really is just shock. Still one of my favourite bands, though.
One of his darker/dissonant songs is Tourniquet.

23 Alvin And The Chipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks, originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply The Chipmunks, is an American animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., for a novelty record in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, more.


Most disturbing music I´ve ever heard in my life

Dark production and disturbing lyrics.

Easily the most dark, depressing band ever

24 Deicide Deicide is an American death metal band formed in 1987 by bassist and vocalist Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim. They are known for their blasphemous and satanic lyrics which have resulted in bans, lawsuits and criticisms from religious groups and the public. Frontman Glen Benton is also known for more.

Glenn Benton is filled with pure hatred for Christianity. - Metalmaniakkk

25 Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church more.

Burzum higher than Cannibal Corpse? Just because he killed someone?

Burzum's music is way darker than cannibal corpse's.
In general black metal is darker than death metal.
Burzum killed a person and he spent 20 years in prison while cannibal corpse makes only violent music - Rapamafiosa

Burzum's riffs are dark and mysterious, especially in the early works. - GREYBOYY

Lead guitarist killed Mayhem's guitarist. 'enough said.

Just because he killed someone? We're talking about music here, not crimes or disgusting acts. - GREYBOYY

The lead guitarist's name is Varg Vikernes.

26 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Alternative Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning Pool.
27 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.
28 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Cannibal Corpse is gory, yes, but I would actually say bands like KoRn and Joy Division are darker, because their lyrics can apply to people living with abuse and depression. Cannibal Corpse lyrics are like a horror movie, while Joy Division and KoRn lyrics are more like a suicide note, so which one is darker?

Have you seen their album art? It's enough to make you puke your guts out.

Not scary at all. Very bland radio rock with brutal death metal elements. Might as well say Nickelback is the darkest band ever.

There are much more darker bands out there - Metalmaniakkk

29 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

These guys expressed there true pain in their music.

Dirt is a complete masterpiece filled with pain and suffering and The Tripod Album is one of the darkest albums you will ever hear

Try to listen to Nutshell or Down in a Hole without crying.

Probably the most depressing band of all time.

30 Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.

A really Anti-Christian band. But they're surprisingly not devil worshipers.

Satan My Master. That's all.

31 Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

Has anyone heard the satanist album? Dark as all hell in everyway possible.

Should be higher! - GreenDayFan21

32 Monarch!
33 Amebix
34 Portal Portal is an Australian extreme metal band whose style is an unorthodox fusion of death metal, black metal, dark ambient and experimental music.
35 Eagle Twin
36 Swans

Swans is one of the bleakest bands of all time

The Seer is a profoundly unsettling record.

If you've listened to Public Castr*tion Is a Good Idea, you would agree. Or really anything from that period.

37 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

Not dark as in scary, but more like dark as in depressing.

You wanna know how depressing their music truly is? Listen to anything off of their self titled debut album and One-X or Life Starts Now and you'll see why they deserve to be on here.

Their darkest songs (in my opinion) are Animal I Have Become, It's All Over, World So Cold, Get Out Alive, Scared, and Overrated.

They're super good at putting emotion in their music. You can really feel the hard feeling in the melody of their songs.

38 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Hiding in the shadows, that's where Tool hides! You probably haven't heard of it, but when you hear them, the truth is revealed! These guys are some of the darkest here, much darker then My Chemical Romance and Slipknot for sure!

Songs like Schism, Prison Sex, Jimmy, Right in Two, and Pushit are all extremely dark and depressing

Surprised these guys are so low on the list

Undertow is darker than Aenma

39 The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

Charlotte Sometimes, One Hundred Years, A Strange Day and Lullaby are some of the creepiest and Darkest songs I've ever heard. Why aren't they higher on this list?

Pornography is one of the darkest albums

Don't forget Disintegration and Bloodflowers

40 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Only song ever that is too creepy for me to listen to is "The End"

The Doors are one of the fist bands that brought darkness into the picture. Listen to "The End" and you'll know what I mean.

The Doors of Perception, Morrison does have plenty of darkness in his poetry

41 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.
42 HIM HIM was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström.

Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 and Venus Doom alone make for some pretty dark records. The overall pathos is somewhat eaten away by their lighter records, though.

43 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.

30 Seconds to Mars above this maniac?! Lmao, Listen to The Tenth Sublevel of Suicide and you will all see that Leviathan deserves top ten, along with Silencer - Metalmaniakkk

44 Winter Winter is an American extreme metal band from New York. They take their name from the Amebix song of the same name.

This band has created the darkest music ever.

45 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

These guys give me the creeps.

They're so ' creepy. I mean, have you heard Mein Teil and watched the music video to P***y? Ew!

46 The Residents The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.
47 Dark Funeral Dark Funeral is a Swedish black metal band from Stockholm Sweden, founded by guitarists Blackmoon and Lord Ahriman in 1993. They emerged during the second wave of black metal.
48 Bauhaus Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J.
49 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

I wouldn't quite call muse a dark band. However, they do indeed have their dark moments (Space Dementia, Apocalypse Please, Hysteria etc)

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