The Best Gothic Metal Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Gothic Metal Bands

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List Criteria: Only bands that could be considered gothic metal bands, which includes groups like Type O Negative, Nightwish etc

Originating in the UK, gothic metal rose to prominence in the 1990s. The best gothic bands seamlessly blend doom metal and gothic rock (or even a fusion of doom and death metal) to create a heavy sound that's one of the darkest brands of metal. Band that are considered gothic metal bands have lyrics that are dark and introspective and generally draw from gothic fiction as well. As for the music, the best goth metal bands use heavy, loud guitars and synths to create a sound that is distinctive from other heavy metal subgenres.

So, what are the best gothic metals bands? You can't have a list of goth metal bands without the likes of Type O Negative, Nightwish, Paradise Lose, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and After Forever. These bands are the ones many fans associate as gothic band, so they have to be at or near the top of the list. The best gothic metal bands have rabid fanbases, so if you like any of these groups, you should jump in and have your voice heard.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best gothic metal bands. If you know goth metal and notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gothic metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gothic 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 gothic metal bands that you might've heard of. (158 items)


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    Bloody Kisses, October Rust, Dead Again

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    Host, Symbol of Life, Paradise Lost

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    Wolfheart, Under Satanæ, The Great Silver Eye

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    The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything

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    Once, Century Child, Oceanborn

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    Viva Emptiness, Last Fair Deal Gone Down, For Funerals to Come

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

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    Design Your Universe, The Phantom Agony, Consign to Oblivion

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    Comalies, In a Reverie, Unleashed Memories

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    Clouds, Skeleton Skeletron, Judas Christ

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    A Rose for the Apocalypse, Arcane Rain Fell, Where Lovers Mourn

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    The Silent Enigma, Judgement, Untouchable

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    Echos, Elodia, Revolution

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    Storm, Musique, Assembly

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    Invisible Circles, After Forever, Prison of Desire

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    Home, Souvenirs, Mandylion

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    Theli, Vovin, Gothic Kabbalah

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    At Sixes and Sevens, Nine Destinies and a Downfall, An Elixir for ...

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    Vinland Saga, Lovelorn, Elegy

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    Devils, Wasting the Dawn, Savage Garden

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    Hope, The Morning Never Came, Ghosts of Loss

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    Moons and Mushrooms, The Neonai, Black Brick Road

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    Perpetual Desolation, Live, All Alone

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

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    Razorblade Romance, Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 666

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

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    Bloodstained Endurance, Profoundemonium, A New Dimension of Might

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    Chaotic Beauty, Vilda Mánnu, Before the Bleeding Sun

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    The Anatomy of Melancholy, Shadow of Sorrow, A Garland of Tears

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    Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts, Songs for the Last View, Ave End

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    The Dying Daylights, Downhearted, Tearstained

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    Clinic for Dolls, The End of Life

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    Hollow Heart, IV, All Eternity

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    Fallen, Killing Romance

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    Fly, Live... At the Out of the Dark Festivals, Illusions

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    Down, Love & Death, The Cold White Light

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    Ravenheart, Salomé – The Seventh Veil, India

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    Mourning Sun, Dawnrazor, Fallen

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    The Last Alliance, Sword's Song, ...Where the Shadows Lie

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