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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 (so the whole doom thing isn't just a clever name), doom metal emerged at the end of the 1960s when hard rock was beginning to become a legit genre. The beauty of doom metal bands is that the sound has caught on globally. There are different types of doom metal bands in different countries and each have features unique to that area. But, doom metal remains one of the most popular forms of heavy metal.

So, what are the best doom metal band? Many people consider Black Sabbath the godfathers of doom metal. Their early albums are considered the first doom metal songs and after Sabbath, groups like Electric Wizard, Cathedral, Saturnus and Sleep are widely considered some of the best doom metal bands around. The doom metal bands on this list should be the ones that are recognized by public as some of the most innovative bands out there.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best doom metal bands. If you notice that a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list to how you deem it to be fit. This list answers the questions "who are the best 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 band's music instead of just voting for the most popular doom metal bands that you might've heard of. (168 items)
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336 101
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Clark Benson added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

2
273 76
Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

3
147 52
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
139 49
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

5
179 72
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

6
141 60
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

7
131 54
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

8
146 64
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
171 81
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

10
126 54
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

11
78 29
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

12
85 40
Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

13
75 33
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

14
84 42
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

15
95 51
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

16
72 35
Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

17
84 47
Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

18
33 9
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

19
70 39
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

20
58 30
Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

21
58 30
OM is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

22
69 39
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

23
64 35
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

24
65 37
Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

25
58 32
Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

26
51 27
Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
46 25
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

28
48 28
Primordial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

29
49 29
Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

30
7 0
Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

31
50 30
Cirith Ungol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
62 43
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

33
46 30
Evoken is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

34
34 20
Place of Skulls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal

35
29 17
Winter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

36
35 24
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

37
30 22
Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

38
32 25
Thergothon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

39
24 17
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

40
25 19
DOOM:VS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal

41
14 9
Bongripper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DeathCometh666 added

42
28 24
Grief is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

43
36 33
Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

44
14 11
Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

45
3 0
TheObsessed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added doom metal

46
10 8
Boris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

47
18 17
Shrinebuilder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Stoner rock

48
23 23
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

49
22 22
Church of Misery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

50
17 17
Agents of Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Gothic metal