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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Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Acid Bath Doom metal, Grunge, Heavy metal

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EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
EyeHateGod Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Crowbar Doom metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Soilent Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Soilent Green Doom metal, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Buzzov-en is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Buzzov-en Doom metal, Sludge metal

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Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Down Doom metal, Groove metal, Grunge

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Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Electric Wizard Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Mastodon Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Isis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Isis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Baroness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Baroness Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

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Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Corrosion of Conformity Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Kylesa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Kylesa Progressive metal, Crust punk, Heavy metal

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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Sleep Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Bongzilla Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Noothgrush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Noothgrush Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Weedeater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Weedeater Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal

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Iron Monkey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Iron Monkey Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Black Tusk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Black Tusk Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
High On Fire Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Black Cobra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Black Cobra Doom metal, Sludge metal

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Grief is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Grief Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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The Sword is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
The Sword Doom metal, Rock music, Viking metal

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16 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
16 Sludge metal

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Big Business is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Big Business Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Torche is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Torche Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Corrupted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Corrupted Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Floor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Floor Doom metal, Progressive metal, Stoner rock

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Black Label Society is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Black Label Society Groove metal, Grunge, Black metal

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Ufomammut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Ufomammut Doom metal, Post-metal, Psychedelia

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Dystopia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Dystopia Anarcho-punk, Crust punk, Heavy metal

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Buried at Sea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Buried at Sea Sludge metal

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Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Burning Witch Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Sourvein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Sourvein Doom metal, Sludge metal

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Pelican is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Pelican Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Harvey Milk Doom metal, Noise rock, Experimental rock

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Intronaut is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Intronaut Post-metal, Progressive metal, Progressive rock

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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Cavity is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Cavity Sludge metal

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Helms Alee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Helms Alee Noise rock, Sludge metal, Post-hardcore

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Old Man Gloom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Old Man Gloom Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Superjoint Ritual is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Superjoint Ritual Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Year of No Light is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Year of No Light Doom metal, Shoegazing, Black metal

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Cult of Luna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Cult of Luna Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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The Ocean is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
The Ocean Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

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Knut is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Knut Mathcore, Sludge metal, Post-hardcore

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Zoroaster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Zoroaster Doom metal, Sludge metal, Southern rock

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Brainoil is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Brainoil Doom metal, Sludge metal