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 Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene.

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?

Mayhem is a very satanic band

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2 Darkthrone 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

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3 Gorgoroth 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.

An actual satanic band.

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

4 Sunn O)))

They trapped their claustrophobic friend in a coffin and recorded vocals

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5 Korn 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 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.

A lot about pain, suffering, and cruelty.

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6 Death 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.

7 Joy Division 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.

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

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

An abyss that laughs at creation,
A circus complete with all fools,
Foundations that lasted the ages,
Then ripped apart at their roots.
Beyond all this good is the terror,
The grip of a mercenary hand,
When savagery turns all good reason,
There's no turning back, no last stand.

8 Evanescence 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

They're the best

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9 Slayer Slayer more.

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

10 Nurse With Wound

Industrial music on the opposite side of Rammstein.


The Contenders

11 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal 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)

Not a metal band.

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

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.

14 Silencer

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

15 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy 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 Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Z├╝rich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.

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 System Of A Down System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.
18 Cradle Of Filth 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.

Just disturbing.

They should be above evanenscnce

19 King Diamond 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

20 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, 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.

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