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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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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Clark Benson added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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

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144 49
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Saint Vitus Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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135 47
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Pentagram Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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

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135 55
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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

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

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123 49
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Trouble Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Sleep Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Amorphis 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
Solitude Aeturnus Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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

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Agalloch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Agalloch Doom metal, Post-metal, Dark ambient

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Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Swallow the Sun Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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

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

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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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

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

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Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Witchcraft Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal

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

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Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Sunn O))) Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

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Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Count Raven Doom metal, Heavy metal

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Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Orange Goblin Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

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

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

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Primordial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Primordial Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
EyeHateGod Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Novembers Doom Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

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Cirith Ungol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Cirith Ungol Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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

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

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Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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Winter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Winter Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

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Thergothon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Thergothon Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

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Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Esoteric Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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

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Bongripper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DeathCometh666 added Bongripper

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Grief is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Grief Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

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Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Godflesh Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

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Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added Witchfinder General Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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

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TheObsessed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
AutumnGrandbouche added TheObsessed doom metal

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Iron Man Doom metal, Heavy metal

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

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

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Bison B.C. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Bison B.C. Doom metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal