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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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607 129
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

2
272 116
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

3
238 82
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

4
227 93
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

5
312 133
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

6
238 113
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

7
139 67
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

8
260 137
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

9
176 45
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added Gothic rock, Gothic metal

10
197 95
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

11
170 109
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

12
179 55
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

13
177 76
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

14
143 83
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

15
105 41
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

16
149 41
Charon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

17
116 23
Entwine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

18
150 63
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

19
124 30
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

20
266 145
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

21
131 35
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

22
108 39
To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

23
217 136
Epica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

24
210 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