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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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603 129
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

2
269 116
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

3
235 82
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

4
224 93
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

5
312 132
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

6
237 112
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

7
173 42
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic rock, Gothic metal

8
136 65
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

9
257 136
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

10
193 94
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

11
168 109
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

12
177 55
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

13
175 76
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

14
141 83
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

15
103 41
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

16
147 41
Charon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

17
114 23
Entwine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

18
148 63
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

19
264 145
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

20
122 30
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

21
129 35
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

22
217 136
Epica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

23
106 39
To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

24
209 89
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

25
122 68
Anathema is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog