Doom is a genre often overlooked by metalheads simply because it’s so unpalatable for those used to traditional song structures. You’ll never hear doom on the radio or even at most metal shows, so slip into the void with this list and check out our picks for the 10 Greatest Doom Metal Bands.

Good doom will always move at a sloth’s pace while using minimal dynamics. Empty space is key, as is the power of a big riff. Sometimes, a hypnotizing drone is all you need to captivate a listener. No matter the approach, these 10 bands have mastered the doom craft and became underground phenoms.

Though they may not be pure doom, some bands heavily based in the genre have achieved mainstream success. We’re talking about the almighty Black Sabbath and Type O Negative. Others had basically no chance for commercial success from the beginning, such as the funeral doom acts which occupy the bleakest corner of metal’s wide spectrum. If you ever end up hearing Skepticism on the radio, please let us know immediately.

Through decades of influence, these 10 doom bands have been chosen by us as the greatest of all time, so check out our video above and see if you agree with our picks.

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