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Mixing elements of gothic metal, black metal, doom metal and extreme metal, dark metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that uses verbal images of horror and violence in the lyrics. While there's no firm definition of what is exactly a dark metal band, groups generally have dark themes with someone even having lyrics about the occult. That's why you see some dark metal bands flashing the infamous devil horns sign at shows, which has become synonymous with heavy metal bands. 

So, what is the best dark metal band? Any list of dark metal bands must have Bethlehem at or near the top of the list. Widely considered one of the forefathers of dark metal, Bethlehem is credited for inventing the term dark metal and for that, all dark metal bands owe them a debt of gratitude. Other bands who are considered the top dark metal bands include Moonspell, Eisregen, Ajattara and Samael. If you're a dark metal fan, you definitely know everyone on this dark metal list. If you notice that one of your favorite dark metal bands isn't on this list, feel free to add them.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best dark metal bands. GIve a thumbs up for your favorite dark metal band, and vote down the dark metal band you don't think is as good as the others. This list answers the questions "who are the best dark metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dark 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 dark metal bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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Bethlehem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Bethlehem Death-doom, Experimental rock, Gothic metal

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

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Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Katatonia Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

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Samael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Samael Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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Ajattara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Ajattara Doom metal, Black metal, Acoustic music

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Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Tiamat Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

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Throes of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Throes of Dawn Black metal, Progressive rock, Post-rock

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ourworldsatwar added Ceremonium Death metal, Doom metal, Dark metal

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Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Graveworm Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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The Eternal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
The Eternal Doom metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Rotting Christ Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Beyond Dawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Beyond Dawn Synthpop, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Heimdall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Heimdall Power metal, Dark metal

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Antestor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Antestor Doom metal, Black metal, Dark metal

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Dark Suns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Dark Suns Doom metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Eisregen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Eisregen Black metal, Heavy metal, Dark metal

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Cadaveria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Cadaveria Doom metal, Thrash metal, Symphonic black metal

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Soulpreacher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Soulpreacher Doom metal, Black metal, Dark metal

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The Amenta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
The Amenta Industrial metal, Black metal, Industrial music

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Madder Mortem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Madder Mortem Doom metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Barathrum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Barathrum Black metal, Heavy metal, Dark metal

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Slechtvalk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Slechtvalk Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Bloody Hammers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
OccultRock added Bloody Hammers

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Ville Sorvali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Ville Sorvali Viking metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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Moonlyght is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Moonlyght Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal