metal The Best Gothic Metal Bands

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List Rules 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. (162 items)

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Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal Gothic metal

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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom Synthpop

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Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock Symphonic black metal

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My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
My Dying Bride Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal Death-doom

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Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Katatonia Doom metal, Death-doom Gothic rock

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal Power metal

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Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock Rock music

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Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lacuna Coil Progressive metal, Gothic rock Symphonic black metal

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Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Tiamat Doom metal, Progressive metal Gothic rock

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Therion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Therion Gothic metal, Power metal Heavy metal

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Anathema is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Anathema Doom metal, Death-doom New Prog

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Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Theatre of Tragedy Death-doom, Synthpop Gothic rock

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The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
The Gathering Doom metal, Death-doom Progressive metal

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Epica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Epica Progressive metal, Gothic metal Power metal

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The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
The 69 Eyes Horror punk, Glam metal Gothic rock

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Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal Cello rock

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Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom Progressive metal

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Draconian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Draconian Doom metal, Death-doom Melodic death metal

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After Forever is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
After Forever Progressive metal, Gothic metal Power metal

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Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Sirenia Progressive metal, Gothic metal Black metal

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Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal Heavy metal

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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal Extreme metal

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HIM is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
HIM Gothic rock, Rock music Gothic metal

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The Sins of Thy Beloved is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
The Sins of Thy Beloved Death-doom, Gothic metal Heavy metal

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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal Industrial music

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Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lake of Tears Doom metal, Progressive metal Gothic metal

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Danzig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal Post-metal

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Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal Thrash metal

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Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Sentenced Doom metal, Melodic death metal Gothic metal

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal Alternative rock

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Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Novembers Doom Doom metal, Death-doom Gothic metal

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Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Swallow the Sun Doom metal, Death-doom Progressive metal

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Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock Industrial metal

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Trail of Tears is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Trail of Tears Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal Heavy metal

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Eternal Tears of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Doom metal, Thrash metal Melodic death metal

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Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal Heavy metal

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Lacrimas Profundere is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lacrimas Profundere Doom metal, Death-doom Gothic rock

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To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
To/Die/For Doom metal, Gothic metal Heavy metal

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Deathstars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Deathstars Glam metal, Industrial metal Gothic metal

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My Silent Wake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
My Silent Wake Doom metal, Death-doom Folk music

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Silentlie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Silentlie Dark/Gothic Metal

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Charon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Charon Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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UnSun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
UnSun Gothic metal, Heavy metal Alternative metal

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Crematory is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Crematory Heavy metal, Death metal Doom metal

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For My Pain... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
For My Pain... Post-metal, Gothic metal Heavy metal

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Xandria is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal Alternative rock

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Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Floor Jansen Progressive metal, Gothic metal Power metal

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Battlelore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Battlelore Progressive metal, Melodic death metal Viking metal

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Silentlie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Silentlie

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Silentlie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Silentlie