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The Best Doom Metal Bands  

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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. (172 items)
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Clark Benson added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
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Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal
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Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
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Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop
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Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
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My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom
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Trouble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
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Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal
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Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal
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Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal
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Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal
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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient
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Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
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Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal
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Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
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Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal
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OM is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal
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High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
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Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal
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Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal
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Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal
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Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal