The Best Sludge Metal Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Sludge Metal Bands

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Sludge metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good sludge metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top sludge metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Sludge metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all sludge metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest sludge metal bands of all time, since the most famous sludge metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best sludge metal music.

You can click on the sludge metal band names to see more information about that particular notable sludge metal group. If they're near the top of the best sludge metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top sludge metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the sludge metal band names themselves.

These artists, like Alice in Chains and Pantera include images when available. Dowvote the artists you don't like and upvote the ones you do. The order changes depending on votes. If you're not a fan of Ministry or Layne Staley, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in sludge metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new sludge metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of sludge metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into sludge metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good sludge metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent sludge metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best sludge metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest sludge 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 sludge metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Paegan Terrorism Tactics, When the Kite String Pops, Demos: 1993 - 1996 ...

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

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    Crowbar, Sonic Excess in Its Purest Form, Sever the Wicked Hand

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    ...At a Loss, To a Frown, Sore

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    Sewn Mouth Secrets, Confrontation, A Deleted Symphony for the Beaten Down ...

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    Prick, Houdini, Stag

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    Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow..., Down III: Over the Under, NOLA

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

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    Dopethrone, Come My Fanatics..., Electric Wizard

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    Blind, Wiseblood, In the Arms of God

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    God Luck and Good Speed, 16 Tons, ...and Justice for Y'all

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    Crack the Skye, Leviathan, Blood Mountain

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    Dopesmoker, Sleep's Holy Mountain, Volume One

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

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    Apogee, Stash, Gateway

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    Time Will Fuse Its Worth, To Walk a Middle Course, Spiral Shadow

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    Failing Early, Failing Often, Live For Nothing

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    Blue Record, Yellow & Green, Red Album

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

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    Our Problem, Iron Monkey, Ruined by Idiots: Live and Unleashed

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    Taste the Sin, Passage Through Purgatory, Set the Dial

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    A Lethal Dose of American Hatred, Use Once and Destroy

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    Stronger Than Death, The Blessed Hellride, 1919 Eternal

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    Dystopia, The Aftermath..., Human = Garbage

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    Vulgar Display of Power, Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven

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    In the Absence of Truth, Oceanic, Panopticon

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    El mundo frio, Llenandose De Gusanos, Se hace por los suenos asesinos

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    Bestial, Feather and Stone, Invernal

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    Demo, She Lived for Others but Died for Us, Migration

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    Life...The Best Game in Town, Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men, The Kelly ...

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    Sound Track From Film "Mabuta No Ura", Altar, Rock Dream

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    Emerald Vulture, Black Fangs, Will to Mangle

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    Death of This Dry Season, Brainoil

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    Here Come the Waterworks, Mind the Drift, Head for the Shallow

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    Snailking, Idolum, Eve

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    Crippled Lucifer (10 Psalms for Our Lord of Light), Rift.Canyon.Dreams, ...

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    Somewhere Between the Train Station and the Dumping Ground, Goin' Ann ...

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    Zoloft Smile, Blaze of Incompetence, Scott Case

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    In Return, Meanderthal, Torche

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    Floor, Floor, Every Happy Slumber

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    The Plot Sickens, Fifteen Covnts of Arson, Monuments to Thieves

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    Heliocentric, Anthropocentric, Precambrian

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    Terraformer, Challenger, Bastardiser

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    Dog Magic, Zoroaster, Matador

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

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    Metridium Fields, Monster in the Creek, Cenotes

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    Harmonic Tremors, Bird of Prey, Savage Masters

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    The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, Pelican, PLCN/TAAS

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    Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressionism, Christmas, ...

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    Conqueror, Silver, Jesu

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