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Dark ambient artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good dark ambient 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 dark ambient bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Dark ambient 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 dark ambient bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest dark ambient bands of all time, since the most famous dark ambient artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best dark ambient music.

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

You can rank all of these artists, from Nine Inch Nails to Trent Reznor. The order of this list changes dyanimcally based on who likes what -- so make your voice heard by voting for your favorite artists. If you like Red or Aphex Twin, then make your voice heard.

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

The list includes all new dark ambient 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 dark ambient, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into dark ambient 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 dark ambient bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent dark ambient bands.

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

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raison d'être is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
raison d'être Dark ambient, Industrial music

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Lustmord is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Lustmord Dark ambient

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Desiderii Marginis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Desiderii Marginis Dark ambient, Electronic music

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Kammarheit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Kammarheit Dark ambient

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Burzum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Burzum Dark ambient, Black ambient, Black metal

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Sleep Research Facility is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Sleep Research Facility Dark ambient, Ambient music

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Shrine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
_1444430084460 added Shrine

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Nox Arcana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Nox Arcana Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Gothic rock

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Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Coil Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise music

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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Necrophorus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Necrophorus Dark ambient

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False Mirror is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
False Mirror Dark ambient, Drone music

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BloodboX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
ThomasBlackbunch added BloodboX Darkambient

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Delerium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Delerium Dark ambient, Pop music, Worldbeat

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Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Sunn O))) Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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TVLPA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
michael-idehall added TVLPA Ritual Dark Ambient - https://www.facebook.com/TVLPA

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Oöphoi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists

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Deutsch Nepal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Deutsch Nepal Dark ambient, Ambient industrial

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Nortt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Nortt Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black ambient

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Arcana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Arcana Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Ethereal wave

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Death In June is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Death In June Dark ambient, Folk music, Post-industrial music

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Elend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Elend Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Gothic rock

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13 9
Throbbing Gristle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Throbbing Gristle Noise rock, Dark ambient, Electronic music

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Buckethead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Buckethead Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

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Darkspace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Darkspace Post-metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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Za Frûmi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Za Frûmi Dark ambient, Neofolk

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Leviathan Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

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7 3
Nurse with Wound is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Nurse with Wound Dark ambient, Drone music, Industrial music

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Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Skinny Puppy Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

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Einstürzende Neubauten is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Einstürzende Neubauten Dark ambient, Noise rock, Industrial rock

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11 8
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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11 8
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio Dark ambient, Neofolk, Martial music

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Die verbannten Kinder Evas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Die verbannten Kinder Evas Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Dark wave

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Dargaard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Dargaard Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Dark wave

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Rome Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Folk music

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7 4
Beherit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Beherit Dark ambient, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Amber Asylum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Amber Asylum Neoclassical Dark Wave, Dark ambient, Progressive metal

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Velvet Cacoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Velvet Cacoon Dark ambient, Black metal

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Dahlia's Tear is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists

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Wolves in the Throne Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Wolves in the Throne Room Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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The Kovenant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
The Kovenant Dark ambient, Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal

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Midnight Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Midnight Syndicate Neoclassical Dark Wave, Halloween music, Dark ambient

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Current 93 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Current 93 Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

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Antimatter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Antimatter Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Trip hop

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Militia Christi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Militia Christi Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Black metal

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Black tape for a blue girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Black tape for a blue girl Dark ambient, Rock music, Folk music

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Senmuth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Senmuth Doom metal, Dark ambient, Electro-industrial

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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensem... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Dark ambient, Dark jazz, Future jazz

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Ah Cama-Sotz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
Ah Cama-Sotz Dark ambient, Electronic music, Noise

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:zoviet*france: is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dark Ambient Groups/Artists
:zoviet*france: Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Industrial music