Top Ten Darkest Bands of All Time

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21 Neurosis 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.
22 Cannibal Corpse 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: ...read 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

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24 Bathory 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 ...read more.

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

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25 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

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.

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26 Alice in Chains 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.

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

Probably the most depressing band of all time.

Not a metal band.

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27 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.
28 Marilyn Manson 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. ...read more.

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

The Antichrist Superstar as he is referred to.

Not a metal band.

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.

29 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read 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

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30 Behemoth 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.
31 HIM HIM HIM is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, under the name His Infernal Majesty.

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.

32 Muse 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 five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read 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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34 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 ...read 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

35 Winter Winter

This band has created the darkest music ever.

36 The Doors 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.

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

37 Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group formed in 1976 in Kingston upon Hull. The band comprised Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and Chris Carter.

The founders of industrial!

Listen to Hamburger Lady and Slug Bait and you'll see how dark they truly are.

They really like to show the extreme, violent side of man.

38 Dark Funeral 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.
39 The Cure 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

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40 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

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