metal The Best Doom Metal Bands  

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Doom metal, a subgenre of heavy metal, is one of the first metal genres to catch on with the public. Known for it's slower tempos, low sound, brooding guitars and dark lyrics that usually featured images of despair, dread and death (so the whole doom thing isn't just a clever name), doom metal emerged at the end of the 1960s when hard rock was beginning to become a legit genre. The beauty of doom metal bands is that the sound has caught on globally. There are different types of doom metal bands in different countries and each have features unique to that area. But, doom metal remains one of the most popular forms of heavy metal.

So, what are the best doom metal band? Many people consider Black Sabbath the godfathers of doom metal. Their early albums are considered the first doom metal songs and after Sabbath, groups like Electric Wizard, Cathedral, Saturnus and Sleep are widely considered some of the best doom metal bands around. The doom metal bands on this list should be the ones that are recognized by public as some of the most innovative bands out there.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best doom metal bands. If you notice that a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list to how you deem it to be fit. This list answers the questions "who are the best doom metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest doom metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular doom metal bands that you might've heard of. (163 items)

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Candlemass Doom metal, Heavy metal

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Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Saint Vitus Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Pentagram Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Trouble Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Cathedral Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Electric Wizard Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
My Dying Bride Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Sleep Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Solitude Aeturnus Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Sunn O))) Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Swallow the Sun Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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OM is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
OM Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Witchcraft Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

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High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
High On Fire Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Count Raven Doom metal, Heavy metal

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Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Novembers Doom Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

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EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
EyeHateGod Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Reverend Bizarre Doom metal, Heavy metal

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Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Spirit Caravan Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Triptykon Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Saturnus Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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Primordial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Primordial Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Orange Goblin Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

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Cirith Ungol is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Cirith Ungol Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Place of Skulls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Place of Skulls Doom metal

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Winter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Winter Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

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Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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Evoken is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Evoken Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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Grief is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Grief Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Thergothon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Thergothon Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

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Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Godflesh Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

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Church of Misery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Church of Misery Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Esoteric Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

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Goatlord is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Goatlord Doom metal, Black metal, Death metal

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Unorthodox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Unorthodox Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Asbestos Death is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Asbestos Death Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Bongripper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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sHeavy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
sHeavy Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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DOOM:VS is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DOOM:VS Doom metal

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Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Burning Witch Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Ghost Brigade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Ghost Brigade Doom metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Iron Man Doom metal, Heavy metal