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Top 30 Doom Metal Albums


Doom Metal is one of those genres that I'd never really taken much notice of until I started working my way through the MS top 200 albums. I'd listened to Black Sabbath when a teacher at my school gave me his copy of Paranoid to borrow around 2007/08, which I highly enjoyed! Since then, Over the last few years, I've discovered so many great doom metal bands such as Slumber, Doom:VS, October Tide and Swallow the Sun.

So here are my favourites of the genre with my rating, its sub-genre and release year:

(Score is an average of each album's song ratings, full list located here)

If you discovered any new albums or like the same sort of doom metal, be sure to give this list a thumbs-up and leave a comment so more people can find these amazing bands!

My other lists:
Top 500 Albums (ordered & rated)
Top 25 EPs (also ordered & rated)
Top 200 Overlooked Albums (with genres)
Top 200 Overrated Albums (trigger warning)
So I Heard You Like Wintersun... (Time II find new bands)

Created by: nonZero | 18.03.2024



1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
9.69/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 1970
2. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
9.50/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 1971
3. Slumber - Fallout
9.29/10 ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 2004
4. Doom:VS - Dead Words Speak
9.08/10 ยท Funeral Doom Metal ยท 2008
5. October Tide - Rain Without End
9.07/10 ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 1997
6. Doom:VS - Aeternum Vale
9.00/10 ยท Funeral Doom Metal ยท 2006
7. Swallow The Sun - New Moon
8.94/10 ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 2009
8. Swallow The Sun - Plague Of Butterflies
8.94/10 (track 1 only) ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 2008
9. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
8.93/10 ยท Gothic Doom Metal ยท 2005
10. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
8.92/10 ยท Gothic Doom Metal ยท 1995
11. Wine From Tears - Through The Eyes Of A Mad
8.91/10 ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 2009
12. Solitude Aeturnus - Alone
8.89/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 2006
13. Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die
8.88/10 ยท Gothic Doom Metal ยท 2006
14. Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
8.88/10 ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 2003
15. Kauan - Sorni Nai
8.86/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 2015
16. Candlemass - Nightfall
8.83/10 ยท Epic Doom Metal ยท 1987
17. Saturnus - Martyre
8.77/10 ยท Gothic Doom Metal ยท 2000
18. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
8.75/10 ยท Epic Doom Metal ยท 1986
19. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
8.75/10 ยท Funeral Doom Metal ยท 2006
20. Morgion - Solinari
8.64/10 ยท Death Doom Metal ยท 1999
21. The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
8.63/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 2007
22. Doomocracy - Visions & Creatures Of Imagination
8.63/10 ยท Epic Doom Metal ยท 2017
23. Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
8.63/10 ยท Gothic Doom Metal ยท 1997
24. Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops
8.61/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 1994
25. Amber Tears - Revelations Of Renounced
8.57/10 ยท Death Doom Metal ยท 2006
26. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
8.56/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 1972
27. Enshine - Origin
8.56/10 ยท Melodic Doom Metal ยท 2013
28. Bilocate - Sudden Death Syndrome
8.50/10 ยท Death Doom Metal ยท 2008
29. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
8.50/10 ยท Doom Metal ยท 1970
30. Draconian - Where Lovers Mourn
8.50/10 ยท Gothic Doom Metal ยท 2003



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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18.03.2024 - 10:12
nonZero
Are there any must-listens I'm missing here?

I've listened to Anathema, Paradise Lost, Katatonia and Estatic Fear - all good bands but I didn't enjoy them quite enough to make this list.
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18.03.2024 - 10:52
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
contributor
Does stoner count for this list?
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18.03.2024 - 11:12
nonZero
Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.03.2024 at 10:52

Does stoner count for this list?

I don't see why not. What did you have in mind?
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18.03.2024 - 11:23
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
contributor
Written by nonZero on 18.03.2024 at 11:12

Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.03.2024 at 10:52

Does stoner count for this list?

I don't see why not. What did you have in mind?

Electric Wizard's Dopethrone and High On Fire's Death is This Communiom, for example
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18.03.2024 - 12:09
nonZero
Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.03.2024 at 11:23

Written by nonZero on 18.03.2024 at 11:12

Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.03.2024 at 10:52

Does stoner count for this list?

I don't see why not. What did you have in mind?

Electric Wizard's Dopethrone and High On Fire's Death is This Communiom, for example

Dopethrone is pretty good, I didn't enjoy it enough to be on this list though. I've heard a couple of High on Fire albums but I'll check that one out!
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18.03.2024 - 14:16
Guib
Thrash Talker
I agree with both of F3ynman's recs and also as always, here are some of mine:

Horn Of The Rhino - Weight Of Coronation
Cathedral - Forest Of Equilibrium
Eyehategod - In The Name Of Suffering
Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Domkraft - The End Of Electricity
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer
Warhorse - As Heaven Turns To Ash
Ufomammut - Snailking
The Sword - Age Of Winters
Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom
Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance

There would be more but that's a good start I think? And I didn't include any of the bands you mentionned in your first post and also I believe none of them are in your "overrated" list . Most of those are also infused with Stoner & Sludge tbh.
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19.03.2024 - 12:22
nonZero
Written by Guib on 18.03.2024 at 14:16

I agree with both of F3ynman's recs and also as always, here are some of mine:

Horn Of The Rhino - Weight Of Coronation
Cathedral - Forest Of Equilibrium
Eyehategod - In The Name Of Suffering
Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Domkraft - The End Of Electricity
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer
Warhorse - As Heaven Turns To Ash
Ufomammut - Snailking
The Sword - Age Of Winters
Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom
Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance

There would be more but that's a good start I think? And I didn't include any of the bands you mentionned in your first post and also I believe none of them are in your "overrated" list . Most of those are also infused with Stoner & Sludge tbh.

The only one I've heard here is Age of Winters, which is a great album! Thanks for these, when I'm in the mood for Doom/Stoner I know where to look
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19.03.2024 - 13:44
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by nonZero on 19.03.2024 at 12:22

Written by Guib on 18.03.2024 at 14:16

I agree with both of F3ynman's recs and also as always, here are some of mine:

Horn Of The Rhino - Weight Of Coronation
Cathedral - Forest Of Equilibrium
Eyehategod - In The Name Of Suffering
Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Domkraft - The End Of Electricity
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer
Warhorse - As Heaven Turns To Ash
Ufomammut - Snailking
The Sword - Age Of Winters
Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom
Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance


The only one I've heard here is Age of Winters, which is a great album! Thanks for these, when I'm in the mood for Doom/Stoner I know where to look


Always a pleasure to help!
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20.03.2024 - 16:34
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
contributor
Oh I just noticed the lack of Kypck! Have you listened to them before?
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24.03.2024 - 01:43
Roman Doez
Hallucigenia
My man, you need to listen to Dolorian, Esoteric, Desire, Disembowelment and Unholy
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24.03.2024 - 14:06
Hooman
I like the list here and I'll check out some of the unheard albums for sure. But that Slumber album, it never gets old for me. I wish they record one more album before my death bed.
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24.03.2024 - 15:32
Vellichor
Nice list! Thereโ€™s many here I need to check out!
Hereโ€™s some of my favorites as well:
Giant Squid- Metridium Fields
Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches -Salemโ€™s Wounds
Obscure Sphinx- Void Mother
Hallatar- No Stars Upon the Bridge
Bees Made Honey In The Vein Tree- Grandmother
The 3rd And The Mortal- Tears Laid in Earth
Blood Ceremony- Living with the Ancients
The Answer Lies In The Black Void- Forlorn

Maybe youโ€™ll like some of these if you havenโ€™t heard them
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24.03.2024 - 15:42
Redel
moderator
Written by Vellichor on 24.03.2024 at 15:32

The 3rd And The Mortal- Tears Laid in Earth

Good to see there are still people out there today who are aware of this beauty of an album.
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09.04.2024 - 22:04
Lamahe
Written by nonZero on 18.03.2024 at 10:12

I've listened to Anathema, Paradise Lost, Katatonia and Estatic Fear - all good bands but I didn't enjoy them quite enough to make this list.


What a great list - very much my doomish tastes as well. Regarding the bands mentioned in your comment I'm completely with you regarding Katatonia - I just can't get into it as well. But...had a similar opinion re Anathema and Paradise Lost long time ago...until I've seen them playing live. Since then it somehow clicked for me big time and for sure they would make it into my doomish top-list now They say "the experience is not transferable" but maybe it could work for you as well?

Plus one recommendation I missed in this thread - they might not be hailed as a typical doom representatives but some borderline names have been mentioned here already AND they evoke sort of mood irrevocably (for me at least) = In the Woods...
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