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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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357 107
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
289 81
Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

3
148 53
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

4
155 57
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
188 79
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

6
152 64
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

7
136 56
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

8
180 85
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

9
152 69
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
132 57
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

11
86 34
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

12
90 43
Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

13
77 36
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

14
87 44
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

15
77 37
Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

16
98 53
Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

17
89 48
Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

18
37 10
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

19
70 36
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

20
72 40
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

21
75 43
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

22
59 31
OM is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

23
60 32
Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

24
67 38
Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

25
60 33
Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal

26
52 28
Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
48 26
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

28
52 31
Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

29
50 30
Primordial is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

30
52 32
Cirith Ungol is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

31
63 45
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

32
36 21
Place of Skulls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal

33
47 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
32 22
Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

37
10 1
Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

38
28 19
DOOM:VS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal

39
32 25
Thergothon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy 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
13 8
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
StealHeart added Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock

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5 0
TheObsessed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added doom metal

45
36 33
Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

46
15 11
Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

47
19 17
Shrinebuilder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Stoner rock

48
23 22
Church of Misery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

49
11 9
Conan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DeathCometh666 added

50
10 8
Boris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music