Greatest Gothic Metal Bands

The Top Ten Greatest Gothic Metal Bands

1 Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

Amazing since the Floor incorporation. But not Gothic, is a Symphonic band.

I love this band, but please stop calling it "gothic." Having a couple of emotionally sad songs does not make it gothic metal. - yungstirjoey666

I guess it is one of the best gothic bands I've ever listened.. Just hope they got to the 1st rank and fulfill our hopes forever..

This band is garbage. These people have no idea what they are talking about.

2 Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

Epica is my best gothic band ever, she really had great voice and good lyrics of their songs...and of course " AMAZING BEAUTY"

Nightwish, eah... That's good gothic metal in this world, I think. But I like epica better than evanescence and manson.. Manson not scare me

For me it's the #1 by far. I like the others groups listed here (especially Nightwish with Tarja), but Epica surprise me from the first album to the latest.

Epica on position 13?! I still cannot believe that! Simona's voice and the symphonic music surrounding her is just awesome. Come on!

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

Best Gothic Rock band ever. Amy Lee's voice is simply enchanting...i get goosebumps whenever I listen to her. To be honest, I thought the only gothic rock band was evanescence. And I'm not suprised to know none of those top 10 bands. Guys, If you listen to any song by this exemplary'd fall in love. I seriously adored them by listening to one song. And now, here I am, their most loyal fan. DO THE WORLD GOOD. AND LISTEN TO THEM.NOW.VOTE HIGHER! I'm SHOCKED THIS BAND isn't IN THE TOP TEN.SHAME ON YOU!

Their music is honestly just beautiful! They sing about what's real and/or what people can relate to, not just the good and happy stuff some people want to hear - Meg21

Amazing band, with lead singer Amy Lee who has with no doubt the best female vocals in the whole music industry. This is the best gothic band in my opinion, and #4 does not do them justice!

Evanescence is the one who introduced me to the genre. The song lyrics Amy writes are just fantastic. Amy makes the pain look beautiful. She becomes the strength of the listener and her mind just imprints whoever listen to her. Surely, according to me this should be on the top 1 position :))

4 Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

Of the options given, WT is the best. But that's only because THE BEST band wasn't included - Kamelot. As for Nightwish, used to be a huge fan (before they fired Tarja) but when they replaced Tarja with Annette, it went down hill for me. It just wasn't the same and a lot of the songs felt too poppy. Also I have seen Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Epica, and WT live at one point or another and none of them (except possibly, possibly Lacuna Coil) compare to Kamelot live.

Within Temptation is best Band Ever. Sharon is Angel.

Within Temptation is not only a band... It's a complete package... The number 1

It is the best band ever... Love you Sharon... You bear the voice of heaven...

5 Type O Negative Type O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".

There's humor, intelligence, creativity and slamming chord progressions in their music. Their tempo changes and melodic interchanges coupled with the growling, gut-wrenching vocals of Pete Steele are unrivaled. They kick ass with tracks like Profits of Doom and then make you shiver with a track like Love You To Death (an intensely beautiful and powerful song). Don't understand why they aren't in the top 10.

Oh Lord have mercy, this band is gothic/doom metal at its best. With tracks like Christian Woman, Black number 1, Everything Dies, White Slavery, Pyretta Blaze, and countless other hits, there should be a Gothic/Doom metal Hall of Fame for these guys.

Apparently no one here has heard of the greatest Gothic band since The Cure, seriously Evanescence is above Type O Negative which is a shame if you ask me. This band is like the Metallica of Gothic metal and the Megadeth of Gothic music in general (The Cure brought Goth to the masses so they are number one in my book). - deangelo.gracey.39

Why aren't Type O Negative the top, or at least in the top five? They're amazing, their sound is unique and Peter Steele's vocals in every one of their albums are dark and talented.

6 Draconian

They are truly best gothic metal band. Their beauty and the beat vocal creates dark feeling. Awesome keyboard creates great atmosphere. Gothic metal means sorrow, pain, loss, darkness-all this things is present in their music. Only metal band that makes me cry. It is very sad that lisa had left the band.

As with all music based lists on this site, I dare congratulate Draconian with the fact that they are in fact the highest rated gothic metal band on this list, thus are number one, the bands that are higher in this list are all influenced by the genre, but none of them is for 100% a part of it, although they are popular in the gothic scene, at least where I come from, also am I truly delighted to see 2 bands from my home country are above this band on this list, go Netherlands!

The best gothic metal band according to this poll. The first three don't count since they are not gothic metal. - Diplomate

Draconian is the only gothic metal band I see here. CoF are black metal, Him is rock (not even metal), Epica and Nightwish are power metal, and so on.

7 Lacuna Coil Lacuna Coil is an Italian metal band from Milan. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal.

Christina is a more Genuine Rocker and not some mindless Babe in Black. The band is truly one of the pioneers that I can't live without. Andre was always a great vocal Growler and better, but he Really has stepped it up and grown his vocals so very well that he now has more of an up front and often lead vocalization ie: Delirium album

Lacuna Coil is really awesome! Andrea and Christina sound great!

All song is the best ever lacuna coil love you

Just wow... I love dark adrenaline album of em...

8 Tristania

, great band! Specially their first albums! Viveke's voice is just haunting and beutiful! They were one of the first gothic metal band's to stand out! Every time I listen to songs like The Ravens, And My Lost Lenore. Just takes me to another world, and feel another atmosphere. Even though that people that played important role in the band like, Mortem And Vibeke left. They still figured out ways to keep their spirit, I was impressed with Illumination even though mortem haded already left. And the new singer its not a soprano but she is doing a very good job, I loved rubicon and I can allways feel their spirit, Tristania Forever!

How is Tristania only 8 and Sirenia 14? These are actual gothic metal bands compared to the others here. - Diplomate

Vibeke Stene is one of the greatest female singers ever. Compositions are brilliant. They are so complex and various. All songs have specific dark, sometimes even creepy atmopshere. Whole band are great musicians and their playing technic is faultless. Of course, bands which are above are great too but they aren't gothic metal at all.

I like tristania and vibeke stene

9 Theatre of Tragedy

Their first three albums are superb! Great band in general (aside from the electro pop period). I can't believe bands like Nightwish, Epica and After Forever are on this list! I love all those bands, but they are symphonic, not gothic. When will people stop calling every female fronted band gothic?

This is true gothic and deserves to be on top. Great numbers like a distance there is, a rose for the dead, fragment, hollow hearted-heart departed..

This is the only true Gothic Metal band in the top 10. don't get me wrong, I love bands like Nightwish and Epica but Gothic they are not. Theatre of Tragedy and Saviour Machine are the best Gothic Metal bands out there.

Theatre of Tragedy is without any doubt an essential part of the gothic metal stage as much as Nightwish is.
This being said, it's mandatory to mention that ToT's first two albums are absolutely unique. This band is a genre in itself. With lyrics that would make Shakespear wish he worked for them and the exquisite use of "Beauty and the Beast" vocals over trademark instrumentation their sound is one that will definitely warp your soul, once you're ready for it.

10 Paradise Lost Paradise Lost are a gothic metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England and are considered by some to be one of the pioneers of the death/doom genre and of the gothic metal genre.

The godfathers of the genre and still very good. They should be way up the list. Marilyn Manson is not gothic metal, something more like industrial! Neither is Nightwish, they are symphonic power metal.

Still the best band in the world. Conquerors of all genres (even the not very good ones), now they're back to their gloomy, growling best. The Plague Within is nothing short of being a sensational return to their roots and for any other band to be considered above these gothic, doomy maestros is a travesty. Pioneers.

These guys pretty much created this genre with their second album "Gothic". 15 albums and recently got back to their best ever sound.

I think they should be in upper position, the concept of Gothic was made true with their album with the same name.

The Contenders

11 Sirenia

Sirenia should be in top 10, with the likes of Tristania, Draconian and Theatre of Tragedy

"I will be straight up honest here about this. Sirenia is almost indescribable in words! There are very few bands out there that can both bring me to tears, and at the same time make my hair stand on end. Sirenia is one of them. Furthermore, this band has saved my life on occasion, in times when I truly needed strength to endure this world's hardships. That is no lie! Thank you Sirenia you shall forever be with me in my heart! May you REIGN FOREVER! "

How is Sirenia only 14? I voted for Tristania, but Sirenia should be higher too, they are gothic metal unlike most bands here. - Diplomate

Until now I have never listened to a band which was even close to Sirenia's songs. I've never heard even such a song.

I just wish that they was in every radio station...

12 Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa, their songs, dreams, taste and their Gothic music atmosphere are respectful, prideful, Masterpiece and best in the world.

Lacrimosa really stands out. The band has its own sound, and its own character. One of the examples of (broadly) popular music that is very much close to real art.

They started as Dark Gothic band and now they are more like Gothic Alternative, this is a great band.

Artistic Gothic music as a Masterpiece that never can not be described. No Gothic bands could be compared with Lacrimosa.

13 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.

Wow. OK, this is coming from a Goth. Not your emo wannabe who stares at the floor all day thinking about death, but a Goth in the actual sense of the word. I know Goth music. I mean, I know Goth music probably better than anyone within 500 miles of me. And none of these bands are remotely Goth, save a couple. Type O Negative was Goth for Bloody Kisses, and that was a real landmark in the genre. I voted for Cradle of Filth just because I like them the best, and they have a few Romantic, morbid themes. They really aren't Goth though... As for Evanescence though... Get over it you little girls, you find me one true "Goth" (not emo, mind you) who actually considers them Goth and we will have something else to talk about. Goth music is dead, and has been dead since the late 80's. There may be a few bands that spring up now and then, but near all the bands existed in the 80's. Try out Bauhaus and Christian Death for a start and stop calling any band that dresses in black ...more

I completely agree. As a goth myself I have came to realize that goth music is dying. I wish more people would listen to Bauhaus or alien sex fiend or hell even siouxsie and the banshees - SatansPrincess666

What? The only bands on this list that are gothic are cradle of filth and nightwish! Dimmu borgir is satanic black metal, and marilyn manson is industrial pop punk, damn you people are stupid! - shelbyjordathonjones

Marilyn Manson definitely isn't gothic metal, but where are you getting the idea that he is pop punk from lol, he's industrial rock. - username4122

The Best gothic metal band ever! if you heard Hallowed Be Thy, Name, Nymphetamine, or Her Ghost In the Fog, they are the best songs of cradle of filth, Amazing band, cradle have a great voice, they are the best, and the guitar is amazing!

Definitely one of the best gothic metal bands of all time. Beautiful, emotional and powerful music. I would have chosen Seraph in Travail too, but... alas, nobody knows they exist.

14 After Forever

After Forever - great Gothic metal band with female vocals, probably the best in the whole metal scene. Oh, incomparable Floor Jansen!.. Especially beautiful in the first two albums - Prison of Desire and Decipher. And indeed all art - gorgeous!

I only discovered this band recently, I love doom metal, and I love classical/operatic music, and they combined the two! BRILLIANT!

I love it, the best

15 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.

HIM were only Gothic Metal with their first album, 'Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666' which I believe is an extraordinary album, one of their best. They are now considered rock though.

What's better than putting up a mix of 70's Sabbath vibe, 80's pop hooks and the dark aesthetic of Type O Negative? All this and emphasizing on love rather than hate, which is something that seems to get rarer and rarer in the world of Rock and Metal.

HIM best gothic metal band with greatest vocalist Ville Valo

They're the best band. First you have to understand their music, then you'll love it.

16 Delain

Meet them this year at a within temptation concert. But they where better! Went back for their own concert a few months later, it was absolutely great! Best band of this moment! So much energy playing great songs!

This band perfected symphonic gothic metal. It should be number one

I love 'em they are the legends" - Ananya

How can delain don't be nr.1? Or at least on the top 1!

17 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.

All the emotion MM puts into his amazing songs just blows my mind. Whenever I hear his voice I feel free - like a bird. He saved from the dark corners of my soul. Anyway, he's awesome.

Not exactly gothic metal but he's a goth and I love him so... I'll vote him to

This band is just great

Very inspirational and mind blowing.

18 The Sins of Thy Beloved

Watch their live show on YouTube. Some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. Melodic and very atmospheric with droning low frequency guitar and keyboard. Anita's performance is hypnotic. Sins of thy Beloved deserves a much higher spot.

Please Listen to The sins of thy Beloved and think about beauty in the dark - Angra-Mainyu

TSoTB, early ToT, early Tristania, early Sirenia — the best gothic metal bands EVER. We will no longer hear any music as beautiful as those bands produced. - Diplomate

19 Moonspell Moonspell is a Portuguese gothic metal band. Formed in 1992, the group released their first EP Under the Moonspell in 1994, a year before the release of their first album Wolfheart.

I love many bands in here, like Evanescence, Nightwish, and I am adore Within Temptation (specially in their first album, which is pure gothic and doom metal mixed with symphonic metal). I also Love Tiamat But Moonspell simply feels the most gothic. It's origin in the late 80's/early 90's makes it one of the oldest gothic metal bands in the world. They were never afraid of showing experimentalism and showing their roots and influences. They appear quite frequently in top gothic bands/gothic albums lists, and not without reason. In fact, simply, their one of the darkest bands without even crossing into black metal territory (exclude Wolfheart and Under the Moonspell EP for a second).

What the heck? Most of the bands here aren't even Gothic Metal Bands! Epica, Nightwish, Lacuna Coil are all Symphonic Metal! Moonspell are the best representatives here of the genre in question! MOONSPELL ROCK!

I agree, Moonspell is (next to The Vision Bleak) the most Gothic metal band on this list

This is the best! The others listed are mostly symphonic metal!

20 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

Why aren't they on here? Please vote for the most talented band of all time guys! Opeth's vocals and lyrics have a defined gothic vibe still they have much better song composer than most of the bands on here

21 Tiamat

So dark and sensual.

While Wildhoney, a masterpiece is well known, there are very less known masterpieces too.

What, Tiamat nr 23? Such a great band, deserve to be in top 3. Listen to Wildhoney, a masterpiece..

Wildhoney... alone is enoughto make tiamat number 1

22 Charon

Charon is a GREAT band few people listen to. If you like Paradise Lost and Lacuna Coil, you'll love them. They are real good. A true Gothic metal band. They aren't posers like evanescence, epica and marilyn manson... -. -

Great skill, meaningful lyrics and catchy melodies. Amazing band, great motivational music.

23 Leaves' Eyes Leaves' Eyes is a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band from Stavanger, Norway and Ludwigsburg, Germany.

I cannot understand why this band hasn't appeared before! One of the best bands in the gothic panorama, much more authentic than Manson or Evanescence. Liv Kristin: the haunting voice from the early and greatest years of Theatre of Tragedy. Thumbs up for them, please!

They are just wonderful!

24 Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced more.

This is getting ridiculous, it's power metal, not gothic metal. - Diplomate

Kamelot - Most awesome band ever, hands down. The composition is exquisite, the execution is perfect both in studio and live, and the whole band really contributes in a meaningful way. Just listen to "Torn" from their new CD, Silverthorn, and tell me they aren't incredible.

KAMELOT IS AWESOME! I don't know how I would live without this band, its literally given me a Reason To Live "that's Ayreon, yeah but the singer Tommy was singing that. So I can say that?! Yep ok thanks"

25 Theatres des Vampires

ACTUAL Gothic Metal. Not your whiny hot topic crap (Evanescence and Nightwish, I'm looking at you).

26 Anathema

Without Anathema, Paradise Lost and My dying bride we won't be here speaking about gothic metal: listen to "The Silent Enigma", "Alternative 4" or "Eternity" albums... Great sounds and atmospheres!

27 Katra
28 Motionless In White Motionless in White, often abbreviated MIW, is an American metalcore band from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Probably the best modern goth metal band ever. They mix a deathcore-driven angry sound with gothic themes and amazing melodic music. These guys aren't metalcore, they're the definition of modern gothic metal and truly deserve the top spot at this list.

I really like how they've stepped away from the Metalcore scene (thank god). I know a lot of people criticize their newer stuff, but it's definitely better than their old stuff. They've finally found a genre that suits them and, personally, I love it.

There first stuff was utter crap. The Whorrer sounded like pubescent boys on their man-period. But take into account MIW's newer stuff- Specifically Infamous and Reincarnate. Off of Infamous, America is definitely not super heavy- but still an insane track. And compare Reincarnate, City Lights, and Immaculate Misconception- they're all completely different but still sound original and incredible. They're all amazingly talented. Motionless In White IS the definition of Gothic Metal. - StainedGlassEyes

I am relatively new to this band but they are amazing, there whole sound is so powerful especially with the power behind the lyrics which are clear in songs such as devils night and immaculate Misconception

29 Xandria Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1997. The band's music combines elements of symphonic metal with light electronic elements.

Very good band! Deserves to be among the first places!

They have nothing to do with gothic metal. - Diplomate

Xandria with Manuela Kraller is awesome!

30 Darkseed

Great riffs, great solo, great music, great VOCAL, great lyrics,
Everyone can make contact with their song, even not metalheads
Darkseed is only band in it's own genre

31 Deathstars

It s should be number one!

I don't listen Gothic much but I did listen deathstars ad evanessence so I think death Star actually deserves to be number 1.

Combining all the classicness of past goth greats and creating their own bundle of joy

1st metal band I ever heard :D

32 My Dying Bride My Dying Bride are an English doom metal band formed in Bradford, England in 1990. To date, My Dying Bride have released twelve full-length studio albums, three EPs, one demo, one box set, four compilation albums, one live album, and one live CD/DVD release.

Come on... I mean for cereal My Dying Bride should be top 10 AT LEAST!

Amazingly haunting, provokes the same feeling you get if your bride was dying, but also arouses Tolkien type imagery as well

Dimmu Borgir isn't goth. Nightwish isn't goth. My dying bride is most certainly goth

Gothic darkness approaching epic

33 The 69 Eyes

Great songs like "gothic girl" and a couple more. - SatansPrincess666

I just love their recent works

34 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén.

You are joking, right? - Diplomate

35 Powerwolf Powerwolf is a German power metal band created in 2003 by Charles and Matthew Greywolf. The group is notable for having dark themes and images, both musically and lyrically.
36 Lake of Tears

There's just something overwhelmingly true, natural and genuine in their minimalistic yet perfect pieces. They don't sound like they're trying too hard, their music is simple and beautiful. Also, seemingly sad and mournful music hides some sort of joy and happiness. If I was to describe what I feel when listening to them in one word, it would definitely be,peace".

37 Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.

Love Katatonia but it isn't really gothic metal. It's it's own genre, it went from death-doom to alternative doom, but has never been gothic.

And what exactly is "Katatonia" doing here at 37th position? Katatonia is one of the best metal banda out there. Their songs such as "unfurl" and "for my demons" are a pieces of true art!

Once of the best bands in the world, but is strange and no have a only musical genre defined.

38 The Gathering

I don't consider them "Goth" but a great band nonetheless.

39 Mortal Love

Awesome goth metal band one of the best I have ever heard along with deathstars oh anthema is good but not goth metal

Manson (n)! Sucks!

The best gothic metal band

40 Unsun
41 Amorphis Amorphis is a Finnish metal band formed in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they have evolved into playing other genres, such as folk metal and progressive metal.
42 Macbeth

Great fusion of different style of metal! Andreas has a great voice

I actually really like macbeth - SatansPrincess666

43 Elysion

All metal seems disgraceful compared to them. The songs are purely self-opinions that affect the music in very emotional ways. You can never get enough, their music is of little amounts but magnificent in all ways that I can understand. Great vocals, back round music blasts with proper non-pop standards. No rap, slow beat, EMOTIONAL AS HELL!

44 Vampires Everywhere!

Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em! They sound like a cross between Wednesday 13 and Deathstars

This band is awesome, really love their cover of "rape me"

These Guys are AWESOME!
Love my Vampires!

45 Sentenced

Real finish goth metal sound and lyrics

46 Green Carnation Green Carnation is a progressive metal band from Kristiansand, Norway formed in 1990. Green Carnation's trend of music has continuously become less and less heavy after every release; from straight forward death metal, to a progressive doom metal sound, to an atmospheric gothic metal sound, to a melancholic more.

Great band which receives no hype :( - Psi

47 For My Pain...
48 The Sisters of Mercy

To the person who just called The Sisters of Mercy emo... I hope you're deliberately trying piss people off, otherwise you're one of the most idiotic poseurs I've ever came across.

This is gothic band

The sisters of mercy is THE gothic band. The real gothfathers. Listen to lucretia my reflection and you'll know what I'm talking about...

Sisters of Mercy classic legends of goth metal, awesome long dark gothiness sped along by fast metallic guitars

49 Lacrimas Profundere

My release in pain. enough said. I don't even really listen to Gothic metal but this song I still found extremely intriguing. Edgar Allen Poe

Their style has gone from doom roots to a more mainstream gothic style but it's great all the way through. - dragonzrmetal

Maybe Gothic in a general sense but many cross-over fans I'm sure

50 Saviour Machine

Wow, most of the bands on this list are not Gothic metal. Just because it is a female fronted metal band does not mean that it is goth. I love Nightwish and Epica but they are not Gothic metal. Saviour Machine is an amazing gothic rock/metal band. If you don't believe me, just go listen to them.

Ohne of the best band in the world.

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