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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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312 90
Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

2
379 121
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
207 81
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

4
164 63
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
154 59
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

6
159 66
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

7
168 72
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
149 61
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

9
103 36
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

10
191 92
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

11
140 67
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

12
108 53
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

13
100 48
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

14
93 44
Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

15
82 38
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

16
82 39
Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

17
77 37
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

18
41 11
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

19
91 49
Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

20
65 32
OM is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

21
76 42
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

22
73 41
Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

23
54 27
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

24
78 48
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

25
62 35
Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal