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The Best Sludge Metal Bands  

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Sludge metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good sludge metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top sludge metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Sludge metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all sludge metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest sludge metal bands of all time, since the most famous sludge metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best sludge metal music.

You can click on the sludge metal band names to see more information about that particular notable sludge metal group. If they're near the top of the best sludge metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top sludge metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the sludge metal band names themselves.

These artists, like Alice in Chains and Pantera include images when available. Dowvote the artists you don't like and upvote the ones you do. The order changes depending on votes. If you're not a fan of Ministry or Layne Staley, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in sludge metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new sludge metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of sludge metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into sludge metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good sludge metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent sludge metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best sludge metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest sludge 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 sludge metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Grunge, Heavy metal
2
Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal
3
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal
4
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music
5
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal
6
Down is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Groove metal, Grunge
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Soilent Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Deathgrind
8
Buzzov-en is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Sludge metal
9
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
10
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
11
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music
12
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal
13
Kylesa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Crust punk, Heavy metal
14
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
15
Isis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
16
The Sword is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Viking metal
17
Weedeater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal
18
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
19
Black Tusk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
20
Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
21
Iron Monkey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Sludge metal
22
Grief is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal
23
Torche is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
24
Noothgrush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal
25
Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock