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

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

2
157 18
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added

3
242 114
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

4
211 80
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

5
200 90
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

6
298 131
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

7
224 111
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

8
241 136
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

9
121 64
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

10
178 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
153 109
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

12
170 76
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

13
168 55
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

14
138 41
Charon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

15
96 41
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

16
142 63
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

17
132 83
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

18
258 144
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

19
214 132
Epica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

20
117 30
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

21
124 35
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

22
104 39
To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

23
121 66
Anathema is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog

24
206 89
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

25
119 37
For My Pain... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal