ABOUT DEATH-DOOM METAL
Death-Doom Metal is a combination of many different elements and approaches from Doom Metal and Death Metal. According to a lot of websites, it's a Doom Metal subgenre as opposed to a Death Metal subgenre, but in my experience, it seems more from the extreme metal end taking the approach of doom. Either way, it doesn't really matter so much. It combines the aggression, high tempos, and morbidity of death metal with the dark, slow atmosphere of doom metal to create music with a lot of dynamic changes and playing on these two extremes and how they co-mingle. A lot of these bands overlap with Gothic Metal by virtue of the sound of Death-Doom being a good application for a gothic atmosphere in metal music. I myself found almost all of these bands while looking for good Gothic Metal. It's definitely not the same, but very similar.
FAVORITE DEATH-DOOM METAL
Anathema - Eternity
Anathema was in that general cluster of bands that would tour in the same kinds of circles, starting at extreme metal and ending at, or at least spending several years making atmospheric rock, much like The Gathering, Katatonia, Tiamat, and Paradise Lost. They took the shift to alternative rock very early in their career, but their work prior to that shift manages to be very iconic, heavy, atmospheric.
Anathema - Pentecost III
Anathema - The Silent Enigma
Blazing Eternity - Times and Unknown Waters
diSEMBOWELMENT - Transcendence Into the Peripheral
A very quirky band name for a very quirky band. Unfortunately short lived, they only had one album and several EPs before releasing one anthology and ending. I never really bothered to look into why. For such a short lived project, it manages to be one of the most popular bands, if not the most popular band of the style.
Draconian - The Burning Halo
Draconian - The Closed Eyes of Paradise
Draconian - Dark Oceans We Cry
The Gathering - Always...
The Gathering is more known as an atmospheric rock band if anything at this point, but started as a Death-Doom band, and a very good one at that. The progression from this to Mandylion to their later work really makes sense, each album, with a couple grating exceptions, softening their sound. Of their early work before Mandylion, this definitely is their best.
Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
Katatonia - Dance of December Souls
Katatonia is an interesting story. They took a dive into alternative / atmospheric rock music after being an extreme metal band, not because of a stylistic evolution in particular, but because the singer was starting to get concerned with his vocal health with his metal growls and screams. This is with his voice box in his prime, delivering a sufficiently brutal and elegant release the band is known for. I personally like it more than Brave Murder Day because of its flourishes, whereas Brave Murder Day is more of a no-nonsense Death-Doom album.
My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers
My Dying Bride is the band that I would say best charactizes the Death-Doom subgenre in its entirety. From its tonal quality, to album covers, even down to the titles for everything. The only problem with MDB is that it's like a super bitter cabernet with some super aged cheese. Very rich and bitter and you only really want a little bit at a time, once in a while.
My Dying Bride - The Dreadful Hours
My Dying Bride - Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
Paradise Lost - Gothic
You see, it's called Gothic but this is actually just Death-Doom. What came after is gothic. But I mean. Whatever. No need to split hairs, I just find it a funny detail. Call it whichever. But the title is Gothic.
Rapture - Futile
Rapture - Silent Stage
Rapture - Songs for the Withering
Sirrah - Acme
Sirrah - Will Tomorrow Come?
Tiamat - Clouds
Another iconic gothic and atmospheric band starting more on the extreme metal end. This isn't their first album, but was a culmination of their best early material.
Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo