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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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301 88
Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

2
372 117
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
202 81
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

4
160 61
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
150 58
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

6
157 65
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

7
164 72
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
143 60
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

9
101 36
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

10
188 90
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

11
135 66
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

12
107 53
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

13
99 48
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

14
91 44
Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

15
80 38
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

16
80 39
Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

17
75 37
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

18
91 49
Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

19
38 11
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

20
64 32
OM is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

21
75 42
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

22
71 41
Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

23
53 27
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

24
77 48
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

25
61 35
Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal