Doom Metal is one of the older styles of metal, based in the roots defined by bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram. It's slow, heavy, pessimistic, and focused on doom. From mid-tempo origins it slowly shifted into being something else entirely; grand, epic, more depressive than punchy, but there's a fair amount of variety and differing styles for everyone to enjoy.

Traditional Doom Metal is the style that adheres to the mid-tempo punchiness of bands like Black Sabbath without getting lost in the sauce of atmosphere. If you like NWOBHM, you probably will like this style.

Funeral Doom Metal is the style for people who really love to focus on the atmosphere above all of the superficialities like.. coherent vocals, solos, and "good mixing". This is for people who really do not want to have a good time. No judgement, not everybody needs to have a good time. Sometimes it's good to listen to this kind of music. I for one find it pretty fantastic.

Death-Doom Metal is a combination of many different elements and approaches from Doom Metal and Death Metal. 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.


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

Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
the epicest doom album everest

Candlemass - Nightfall
This is the best traditional doom metal album to ever exist

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.

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.

Mournful Congregation- An Epic Dream of Desire

Mournful Congregation - Weeping

Mourning Beloveth - Dust

Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus

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 - A Map of All Our Failures

My Dying Bride - Songs of Darkness, Words of Light

Novembre - Wish I Could Dream It Again...

October Tide - Rain Without End

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

Saturnus - Martyre

Saturnus - Paradise Belongs to You

Sirrah - Will Tomorrow Come?

Slumber - Fallout

Solitude Aeternus - Aeternus

Solitude Aeternus - Into the Depths of Sorrow

Solitude Aeternus - Through the Darkest Hour

Solstice - New Dark Age
The whole thing is sung in a very Renaissance Fair kind of way that really grows on you.

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.

Warning - The Strength to Dream

Warning - Watching from a Distance