The Best Doom Metal Bands

List Rules
Only doom metal bands and artists.

Doom metal, a subgenre of heavy metal, is one of the first metal genres to catch on with the public. Known for it's slower tempos, low sound, brooding guitars and dark lyrics that usually featured images of despair, dread and death, doom metal emerged during the late 1960s when hard rock gained traction as a legit genre. Not only have doom metal groups' sound caught on globally, but their music has become one of the most popular forms of heavy metal to this day.

So, who are the best doom metal musicians? Many people consider Black Sabbath the godfathers of doom metal, but Electric Wizard, Cathedral, Saturnus and Sleep are also widely considered some of the OGs and overall best doom metal bands around who inspired countless newer groups across the genre. 

That said, it's up to you to determine which doom metal artists truly are the best. This list answers the questions "what are the top doom metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest doom metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the bands' music (i.e. good/bad albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular or famous doom metal groups that you might've heard of. 

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