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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. (165 items)
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257 67
Candlemass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Candlemass Doom metal, Heavy metal

2
310 92
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Clark Benson added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

3
138 48
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Saint Vitus Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
131 46
Pentagram is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Pentagram Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

5
169 69
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Electric Wizard Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

6
134 51
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

7
127 47
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Cathedral Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

8
164 71
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

9
119 46
Trouble is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Trouble Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

10
136 59
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Sleep Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
72 22
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

12
82 36
Solitude Aeturnus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Solitude Aeturnus Doom metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

13
73 31
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Neurosis Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

14
92 47
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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15
78 39
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

16
68 33
Reverend Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Reverend Bizarre Doom metal, Heavy metal

17
80 44
Saturnus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Saturnus Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

18
68 36
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

19
55 28
OM is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
OM Doom metal, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

20
61 33
Sunn O))) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Sunn O))) Doom metal, Dark ambient, Black metal

21
63 35
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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65 37
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
High On Fire Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

23
26 7
Pallbearer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands

24
52 29
Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Orange Goblin Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock

25
54 31
Count Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Count Raven Doom metal, Heavy metal

26
48 26
Primordial is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Primordial Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

27
47 26
Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Spirit Caravan Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
44 24
Triptykon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Triptykon Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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61 39
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
EyeHateGod Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

30
46 28
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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45 29
Cirith Ungol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Cirith Ungol Doom metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
32 19
Place of Skulls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Place of Skulls Doom metal

33
42 29
Evoken is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Evoken Doom metal, Heavy metal, Death metal

34
32 21
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

35
26 17
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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19 13
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Melvins Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

37
30 25
Thergothon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Thergothon Doom metal, Death-doom, Heavy metal

38
28 23
Grief is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Grief Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

39
27 22
Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Esoteric Doom metal, Heavy metal, Experimental music

40
36 32
Godflesh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Godflesh Doom metal, Post-metal, Industrial metal

41
22 19
DOOM:VS is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DOOM:VS Doom metal

42
12 9
Bongripper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
DeathCometh666 added Bongripper

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13 11
Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Burning Witch Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

44
22 21
Church of Misery is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Church of Misery Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

45
9 8
Boris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

46
16 16
Shrinebuilder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Shrinebuilder Doom metal, Stoner rock

47
15 15
Bison B.C. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Bison B.C. Doom metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

48
22 23
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Iron Man Doom metal, Heavy metal

49
11 11
Ghost Brigade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Ghost Brigade Doom metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

50
10 10
Mirror Of Deception is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doom Metal Bands
Mirror Of Deception Doom metal