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. (162 items)
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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    Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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    Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

    Doom metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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    Evoken is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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    Winter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

    Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Hamferð is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

    Doom metal

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    Doom metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Post-metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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    Doom metal, Sludge metal, Southern rock

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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