Doom metal is a genre that’s largely based around Black Sabbath influences. Many people consider Black Sabbath’s song “Black Sabbath” as the first ever doom metal song. Black Sabbath kept making songs in the style throughout the 70’s and early 80’s. An album that inspired much of the modern style of doom metal is “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” by Candlemass. In many ways it was an updated version of Black Sabbath, having a dirgy sorrowful feeling as well a thrash metal influenced metallic edge. Candlemass continues to produce quality music to this day.

Doom metal became more extreme in the early and mid 90’s as the british and swedish scenes mixed it with more extreme metal styles and spawned the death/doom movement. Finland is also a strong breeding ground, especially in terms of bands that mix doom with melodic death metal. Amorphis album “Tales From the Thousand Lakes” is good starting point for the finnish style of doom. Paradise Lost is perhaps the band that best demonstrates the mix of music styles, as their early albums have quite clear Black Sabbath influences in the guitars as well as the aggression from the blooming late 80’s death metal scene.

Doom metal styles

As it is an ever-morphing genre, doom metal exists in several styles. Some of the most popular are:

Best doom metal bands

  • Amorphis
  • Anathema
  • Black Sabbath
  • Candlemass
  • Forgotten Tomb
  • Ghost Brigade
  • Katatonia
  • Paradise Lost
  • Rapture
  • Slumber
  • Solitude Aeturnus
  • The Foreshadowing

If you want to read about the bands on the list in depth, read my best doom metal bands article.

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Soliloquium is a death/doom metal band from Sweden inspired by Katatonia, Anathema and Paradise Lost. You can download our entire discography for free on our Bandcamp. If you like our music, feel free to spread it around and make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest news. Don’t be shy, you’re the one getting free metal music that you will hopefully enjoy!

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