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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. (169 items)
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540 116
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

2
222 106
Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Synthpop, Gothic rock

3
188 87
Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

4
190 77
Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic rock

5
283 129
Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Synthpop

6
211 109
Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

7
230 133
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

8
150 107
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

9
162 73
Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

10
169 92
My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Doom metal, Death-doom

11
161 53
Draconian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Melodic death metal

12
113 63
Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Gothic metal

13
140 63
The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

14
253 142
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

15
131 40
Charon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal

16
208 130
Epica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

17
127 81
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

18
91 40
Crematory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Death metal, Doom metal

19
112 30
Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Melodic death metal, Gothic metal

20
118 34
Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

21
100 38
To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

22
201 87
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

23
115 65
Anathema is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, New Prog

24
115 53
Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

25
114 36
For My Pain... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Post-metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

26
87 22
Entwine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

27
93 46
Battlelore is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

28
94 49
The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Horror punk, Glam metal, Gothic rock

29
12 0
Marilia Adamaki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
IrisAristi added

30
283 263
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

31
89 75
The Sins of Thy Beloved is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

32
117 124
Therion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

33
83 42
Lacrimas Profundere is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic rock

34
74 53
Eternal Tears of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Melodic death metal

35
66 34
Fields of the Nephilim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

36
62 51
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
HeWhoHews added Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

37
117 110
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

38
72 64
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

39
148 165
HIM is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

40
63 55
Trail of Tears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

41
51 43
Novembers Doom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Gothic metal

42
64 42
Swallow the Sun is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Death-doom, Progressive metal

43
69 48
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

44
62 59
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

45
50 33
L'Âme Immortelle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Electro-industrial, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

46
237 274
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

47
41 29
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

48
173 205
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

49
138 141
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

50
42 38
UnSun is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal