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

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204 81
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Paradise Lost Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

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167 86
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lacuna Coil Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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112 74
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Theatre of Tragedy Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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160 74
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Moonspell Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

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126 63
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
My Dying Bride Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

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236 141
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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123 53
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Katatonia Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

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212 111
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

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106 53
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Tiamat Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

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172 105
Epica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Epica Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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96 62
Therion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Therion Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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95 66
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
After Forever Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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87 42
Anathema is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Anathema Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog

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100 84
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Sirenia Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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108 70
HIM is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
HIM Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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90 49
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
The Gathering Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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72 36
The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
The 69 Eyes Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

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136 69
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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76 58
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lacrimosa Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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79 44
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

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116 58
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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83 36
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Amorphis Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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139 95
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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83 38
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Draconian Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

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51 43
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lake of Tears Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

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70 63
The Sins of Thy Beloved is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
The Sins of Thy Beloved Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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58 24
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Sentenced Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

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196 154
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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37 17
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
HeWhoHews added Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

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40 19
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Fields of the Nephilim Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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65 55
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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40 31
Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Novembers Doom Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

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51 42
Eternal Tears of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Eternal Tears of Sorrow Doom metal, Thrash metal, Melodic death metal

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51 31
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Swallow the Sun Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

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51 46
Trail of Tears is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Trail of Tears Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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49 33
Lacrimas Profundere is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Lacrimas Profundere Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

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46 47
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Floor Jansen Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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46 35
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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36 26
Deathstars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Deathstars Glam metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

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37 27
Charon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Charon Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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35 27
My Silent Wake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
My Silent Wake Doom metal, Death-doom, Folk music

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27 29
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Crematory Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

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32 35
Battlelore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Battlelore Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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35 28
UnSun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
UnSun Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

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6 6
Silentlie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Louis Hopkins added Silentlie Dark/Gothic Metal

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33 26
For My Pain... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
For My Pain... Post-metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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31 24
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Poisonblack Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

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27 22
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Rotting Christ Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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17 13
Novembre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Novembre Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal