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Best Doom Metal Bands

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. (161 items)

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    Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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    Nightfall, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, From the 13th Sun

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    Dopethrone, Come My Fanatics..., Electric Wizard

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    Born Too Late, Saint Vitus, V

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    First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection, Review Your Choices, Relentless ...

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    Dopesmoker, Sleep's Holy Mountain, Volume One

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    The Dreadful Hours, Turn Loose the Swans, Symphonaire infernus et spera ...

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    The Ethereal Mirror, Caravan Beyond Redemption, Endtyme

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    Manic Frustration, Psalm 9, Run to the Light

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    Host, Symbol of Life, Paradise Lost

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    Death Is This Communion, Blessed Black Wings, The Art of Self Defense

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    Pain of Mind, Enemy of the Sun, Souls at Zero

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    Ashes Against the Grain, The Mantle, The Demonstration Archive 1996–1998 ...

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    Veronika Decides to Die, Martyre, For the Loveless Lonely Nights

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    Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, Danzig II: Lucifuge, Danzig

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    Reverend Bizarre / Orodruin, Reverend Bizarre/Minotauri split, In the ...

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    The Alchemist, Firewood, Witchcraft

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    Hope, The Morning Never Came, Ghosts of Loss

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    Downfall, Through the Darkest Hour, Alone

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    Pilgrimage, God Is Good, Variations on a Theme

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    Chrono.Naut / Nuclear Guru, Coup de Grace, The Big Black

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    Altar, Monoliths & Dimensions, Angel Coma

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    Eparistera Daimones, Shatter, Breathing

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    Take as Needed for Pain, Dopesick, 10 Years of Abuse (And Still Broke)

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    The Last Embrace, Elusive Truth, Jug Fulla Sun

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    The Beginning, Melissa, Don't Break the Oath

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    The Novella Reservoir, Amid Its Hallowed Mirth, Into Night's Requiem ...

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    To the Nameless Dead, Spirit the Earth Aflame, A Journey's End

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    With Vision, Nailed, As a Dog Returns

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    Destruction of the Void, Storm Warning, High on Infinity

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    Antithesis of Light, Embrace the Emptiness, Quietus

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    Come to Grief, ...and Man Will Become the Hunted, Miserably Ever After

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    Generation Void, Black Night, I Have Returned

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    Thy Kingdom Scum, The Second Coming, Houses of the Unholy

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    The Maniacal Vale, Esoteric Emotions: The Death of Ignorance, Subconscious ...

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    King of the Dead, One Foot in Hell, Frost and Fire

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    Shrinebuilder

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    Am Universum, Tales From the Thousand Lakes, Tuonela

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    Blue Sky Mind, Synchronized, The Machine That Won the War

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    Earthbound, Lovelessness, Quiet Earth

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    Us and Them, Pure, Selfless

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    Into Darkness, Into Darkness / Eternal Frost, Eternal Frost

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    Vilst er síðsta fet, Evst

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    Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth, Stream From the Heavens, Dancing in the Realm of ...

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    Valkyrie, Man of Two Visions

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    The Ritual Fires of Abandonment, Burning, With Echoes in the Movement of ...

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    Cthonic Rites, Moss, Tape of Doom

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    Aeternum Vale, Earthless, Dead Words Speak

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    Reflections of the Solstice, Distorted Birth: The Demos, The Last Sodomy ...

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