Metal The Best Doom Metal Bands  

Reference
7.7k votes 915 voters 37.8k views 168 items

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)
list ordered by

1
282 78
Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

2
347 105
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Clark Benson added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

3
144 50
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

4
150 55
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
184 76
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

6
133 54
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

7
151 66
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
143 62
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

9
174 83
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

10
128 55
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

11
81 31
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

12
86 41
Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

13
86 42
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

14
76 35
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

15
74 35
Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

16
97 52
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

17
88 47
Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

18
69 35
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

19
35 9
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

20
73 40
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

21
71 39
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

22
59 30
OM is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

23
67 37
Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

24
59 31
Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

25
59 32
Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

26
52 27
Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
47 25
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

28
51 29
Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

29
52 30
Cirith Ungol is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

30
48 29
Primordial is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

31
63 44
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

32
35 20
Place of Skulls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal

33
46 31
Evoken is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

34
30 17
Winter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

35
37 25
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

36
10 1
Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

37
31 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
26 19
DOOM:VS is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal

40
30 24
Grief is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

41
24 18
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

42
14 9
Bongripper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DeathCometh666 added

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

44
15 11
Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

45
11 7
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
StealHeart added Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock

46
4 0
TheObsessed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added doom metal

47
23 22
Church of Misery is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

48
10 8
Boris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

49
18 17
Shrinebuilder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Stoner rock

50
5 3
40 Watt Sun is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
MatthewCowell added