Bands/Musicians The Best Dark Metal Bands  

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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. (41 items)
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Bethlehem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Death-doom, Experimental rock, Gothic metal
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48 9
Summoning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal
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40 10
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ourworldsatwar added Death metal, Doom metal, Dark metal
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44 16
Samael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Industrial metal, Electronic music
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53 23
Ajattara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Acoustic music
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58 31
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock
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23 4
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal
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66 41
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient
9
18 7
Tvangeste is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Symphonic black metal, Heavy metal
10
40 27
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal
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37 28
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal
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20 13
Throes of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Black metal, Progressive rock, Post-rock
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21 14
Graveworm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal
14
27 20
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal
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11 5
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
bigdaddyg added Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal
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19 13
Myrkur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
kotbayun added Dark Metal, Gothic metal, Pagan metal. Symphonic Black Metal
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13 8
Caladan Brood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added
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6 3
Cemetary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Ferrist Bueller added Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Death metal
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15 13
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal
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9 7
Dolorian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
bigdaddyg added Doom metal, Dark ambient, Heavy metal
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10 10
Barathrum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Dark metal
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2 2
Albez Duz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
grifonzo007 added Occult Doom Rock, Gothic, Doom Metal
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21 23
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock
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11 12
Darkthrone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
GREYBOY added Crossover thrash, Black metal, Crust punk
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11 12
Beyond Dawn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Metal Bands
Synthpop, Black metal, Heavy metal