Metal The Best Gothic Metal Bands  

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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. (168 items)
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532 113
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

2
219 103
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

3
187 84
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

4
188 74
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

5
282 124
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

6
207 106
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

7
169 88
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

8
112 59
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

9
227 130
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

10
160 50
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

11
149 104
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

12
161 71
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

13
128 38
Charon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

14
126 79
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

15
137 62
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

16
90 39
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

17
251 142
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

18
207 129
Epica is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

19
110 29
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

20
115 32
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

21
98 37
To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

22
201 86
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

23
115 64
Anathema is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog

24
114 52
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

25
112 35
For My Pain... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

26
85 21
Entwine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

27
92 45
Battlelore is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

28
93 48
The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

29
278 262
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

30
88 74
The Sins of Thy Beloved is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

31
117 123
Therion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
82 40
Lacrimas Profundere is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

33
73 52
Eternal Tears of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Melodic death metal

34
66 33
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

35
61 50
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
HeWhoHews added Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

36
115 107
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

37
148 162
HIM is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

38
63 54
Trail of Tears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

39
71 63
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

40
51 42
Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

41
64 41
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

42
68 47
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

43
61 58
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

44
49 31
L'Âme Immortelle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

45
233 271
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

46
173 201
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

47
39 28
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

48
138 139
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

49
41 37
UnSun is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

50
33 31
Samhain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Horror punk, Gothic rock, Rock music