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List Rules Only bands that could be considered gothic metal bands, which includes groups like Type O Negative, Nightwish etc

Originating in the UK, gothic metal rose to prominence in the 1990s. The best gothic bands seamlessly blend doom metal and gothic rock (or even a fusion of doom and death metal) to create a heavy sound that's one of the darkest brands of metal. Band that are considered gothic metal bands have lyrics that are dark and introspective and generally draw from gothic fiction as well. As for the music, the best goth metal bands use heavy, loud guitars and synths to create a sound that is distinctive from other heavy metal subgenres.

So, what are the best gothic metals bands? You can't have a list of goth metal bands without the likes of Type O Negative, Nightwish, Paradise Lose, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and After Forever. These bands are the ones many fans associate as gothic band, so they have to be at or near the top of the list. The best gothic metal bands have rabid fanbases, so if you like any of these groups, you should jump in and have your voice heard.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best gothic metal bands. If you know goth metal and notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gothic metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gothic 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 gothic metal bands that you might've heard of. (170 items)
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658 134
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

2
316 123
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

3
297 90
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

4
249 101
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

5
180 114
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

6
147 74
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

7
315 140
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

8
141 25
Entwine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

9
176 43
Charon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

10
154 85
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

11
110 78
The Sins of Thy Beloved is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

12
164 65
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

13
289 149
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

14
193 57
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

15
240 120
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

16
127 44
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

17
206 100
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

18
267 142
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

19
246 91
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

20
144 33
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

21
152 37
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

22
200 77
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

23
236 140
Epica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

24
90 29
Flowing Tears is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

25
132 42
To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal