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The Best Gothic Metal Bands 

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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. (164 items)
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Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Paradise Lost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Moonspell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Tiamat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Theatre of Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Lacrimosa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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My Dying Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Katatonia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Draconian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Charon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Entwine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Sentenced is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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After Forever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Lake of Tears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Crematory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Poisonblack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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Amorphis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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To/Die/For is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands
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The 69 Eyes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gothic Metal Bands