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. (159 items)
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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

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    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

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    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

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    Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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    Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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    Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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    Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

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    Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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    Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Melodic death metal

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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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    Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

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    Doom metal, Death-doom, Folk music

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    Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

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    Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

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    Post-metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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    Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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    Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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    Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

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