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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. (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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    Born Too Late, Saint Vitus, V

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    Dopethrone, Come My Fanatics..., Electric Wizard

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

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    The Ethereal Mirror, Caravan Beyond Redemption, Endtyme

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

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    Dopesmoker, Sleep's Holy Mountain, Volume One

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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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    Hope, The Morning Never Came, Ghosts of Loss

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

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    The Beginning, Melissa, Don't Break the Oath

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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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    Downfall, Through the Darkest Hour, Alone

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    The Alchemist, Firewood, Witchcraft

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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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    The Last Embrace, Elusive Truth, Jug Fulla Sun

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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 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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    Destruction of the Void, Storm Warning, High on Infinity

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    Antithesis of Light, Embrace the Emptiness, Quietus

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    With Vision, Nailed, As a Dog Returns

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

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

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

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    Generation Void, Black Night, I Have Returned

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    Am Universum, Tales From the Thousand Lakes, Tuonela

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    Into Darkness, Into Darkness / Eternal Frost, Eternal Frost

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

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    Wolfheart, Under Satanæ, The Great Silver Eye

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    Us and Them, Pure, Selfless

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

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    Shrinebuilder

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    Vilst er síðsta fet, Evst

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    Amount to Nothing, Way of the Dead, Of Seismic Consequence

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    And We Wept the Black Ocean Within, As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our ...

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    Earthbound, Lovelessness, Quiet Earth

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    Misanthropic Alchemy, Possessed by the Rise of Magik, The Tomb

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    Asylum, Balance of Power, Awaken

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    In Return, Meanderthal, Torche

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    The Halo of Burning Wings, Hellfire and Funeral Bells, Rising From Below ...

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