Doomology 101: Doom Metal Appreciation

The purpose of this thread is to facilitate the discovery of new music and spread the warm, fuzzy goodness of Doom Metal and all its various flavors and genres. For those new to the sub-genre, below is a brief description of what Doom Metal is, along with a very short history.

[What is Doom Metal?]:
From Wikipedia:
Doom metal is an extreme form of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Electric Funeral" and "Into the Void". The Beatles' 1969 song "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is sometimes considered to be the first ever work of doom rock/metal. During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England (Pagan Altar, Witchfinder General), the United States (Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Trouble) and Sweden (Candlemass, Count Raven) defined doom metal as a distinct genre.

Within the umbrella sub-genre of Doom Metal, the following major categories have emerged:

  • Traditional Doom: influenced by 70s and 80s heavy metal and NWOBHM bands

  • Epic Doom: influenced by classical/thematic music, clean/operatic vocals, fantasy/fantastical lyrical themes

  • Stoner Doom: sometimes referred to as "psychedelic doom", influence of bass-heavy, fuzzy guitar and psychedelic instrumental effects. In some cases, chant-like vocals are incorporated.

  • Sludge Doom: commonly known as simply sludge metal, traditional doom metal foundation with influences of hardcore punk and/or southern rock. Tempos of sludge songs can vary wildly compared to more traditionally slow doom metal sub-genres.

  • Funeral Doom: combines influences of death-doom and funeral dirge type music, very slow tempo, sometimes synths are included to add atmospheric emphasis

  • Drone Doom: commonly known as Drone Metal. Defined by feedback and droning, sustained notes and chords that are repeated throughout a song

  • Death-Doom: usually combines the slower Doom Metal tempo with growling vocals and double-kick and/or blast beat drumming techniques that are synonymous with Death Metal

  • Black-Doom: also known as Blackened Doom. Influences of Black Metal themes and characteristics.

[Brief History]:
The origins of the Doom Metal style are traced back to the early 1970's when bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram first began to push beyond the limits of the common rock music structure of the times. By combining higher instrument volumes, more distortion, and darker lyrical themes, the foundation of the sub-genre took root.

Doom Metal would not officially become a known term or sub-genre until the 1980s when the term became synonymous with this style of music. The style became increasingly popular in the UK and United States during the 1980s and quickly spread to countries such as Sweden and Finland. Swedish band, Candlemass (who would become known as the originators of Epic Doom Metal) are contributed by some to have supplied the origin of the term "doom metal" with their first full-length album, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus from 1986.

During the 1990s Doom Metal continued to evolve as more of the major sub-categories of Doom were formed. Doom Metal thrived within the US, as various regional styles (such as southern, northeastern, and northwestern) were created that incorporated subtle differences based on their local cultures.

Now that we've covered the basics, let's dive into the music. Feel free to post music from your favorite doom bands or send me a PM if you have a band that you'd like included in this thread.

Let the doom begin!


Let's start with the roots . . .

Black Sabbath (early years)

Country of origin: United Kingdom
Location: Birmingham, England
Formed: 1969
Years active: 1968 (as Polka Tulk), 1968-1969 (as Earth), 1969-2006, 2011-present
Genre: Heavy/Doom Metal

Black Sabbath (Full-length) (1970)

Paranoid (Full-length) (1970)

Master of Reality (Full-length) (1971)

Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (Full-length) (1972)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Full-length) (1973)

Sabotage (Full-length) (1975)

Technical Ecstasy (1976)

Never Say Die! (Full-length) (1978)


Now its a free-for-all . . .

Electric Wizard

Country of origin: United Kingdom
Location: Bournemouth, Dorset (early, later), Somerset (now)
Formed: 1993
Years active: 1988-1991 (as Lord of Putrefaction), 1991-1992 (as Thy Grief Eternal), 1992-1993 (as Eternal), 1993-present
Genre: Doom/Stoner Metal

Electric Wizard (Full-length) (1995)

Come My Fanatics . . . (Full-length) (1997)

Chrono.Naut (EP) (1997)

Supercoven (EP) (1998)

Dopethrone (Full-length) (2000)

Let Us Prey (Full-length) (2002)

We Live (Full-length) (2004)

Witchcult Today (Full-length) (2007)

The Processean (EP) (2008)

Black Masses (Full-length) (2010)

Legalise Drugs and Murder (EP) (2012)

Time to Die (Full-length) (2014)


Country of origin: United Kingdom
Location: Liverpool
Formed: 2006
Years active: 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2009-present
Genre: Stoner/Doom Metal

Battle in the Swamp (EP) (2007)

Horseback Battle Hammer (EP) (2010)

Monnos (Full-length) (2012)

Blood Eagle (Full-length) (2014)

Revengeance (Full-length) (2016)


Country of origin: United States
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Formed: 2008
Years active: 2008-present
Genre: Stoner/Doom Metal

Windhand (Practice Space Demo) (Demo) (2010)

Windhand (Full-length) (2012)

Soma (Full-length) (2013)

Grief's Infernal Flower (Full-length) (2015)

Ocean Chief

Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Mjölby
Formed: 2001
Years active: 2001-present
Genre: Stoner/Sludge/Doom Metal

Fluidage (Demo) (2002)

Oden (Demo) (2003)

Tor (Full-length) (2004)

Den förste (Full-length) (2009)

Sten (Full-length) (2013)

Universums härd (Full-length) (2014)


Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Nässjö
Formed: 2004
Years active: 2004-present
Genre: Sludge/Doom Metal

Counting Heartbeats (Full-length) (2007)

Shadows of the Shapeless (Full-length) (2009)

Sole Creation (Full-length) (2013)

Got any good death-doom?

Novembers Doom - Aphotic

Thanks to the awesome suggestion from @Eli_is_the_name


Country of origin: United States
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Formed: 2008
Years active: 2008-present
Genre: Doom Metal

2010 Demo (Demo) (2010)

Sorrow and Extinction (Full-length) (2012)

Foundations of Burden (Full-length) (2014)

Fear and Fury (Single) (2015)


There will be more Death/Doom to come . . .

Northern Torment

Country of origin: Canada
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Formed: 2012
Years active: 2012-?
Genre: Death/Black/Doom Metal

Intoxicated Mythology (EP) (2012)

Need to add in their album from 2013 but I cant find one track yet :(


Country of origin: United States
Location: Oakland, California
Formed: 2011
Years active: 2011-present
Genre: Death/Doom/Black Metal

Grave Descent (Full-length) (2014)


Country of origin: Canada
Location: Armstrong, British Columbia
Formed: 2014
Years active: 1989-2014 (as Morbid Darkness), 2004-2014 (as Godcursed), 2011-2014 (as Worms of the Birth)
Genre: Death/Stoner/Doom Metal

Dreams of 11.14 (EP) (2014)

Tor I: Behind the Shroud of Mist (EP) (2015)

Tor II: Wrap Three Times (EP) (2015)

Tor IV: The Desolates (EP) (2015)

Dreamcleaver (Full-length) (2015)

Your posts are quickly becoming one of the ways I discover new music...


Glad to hear it :D

Now for some more goodness. Here's one of the most well-known stoner/doom bands who began as Asbestos Death and then morphed into Sleep.

Asbestos Death

Country of origin: United States
Location: Oakland, California
Formed: Asbestos Death ?, Sleep 1990
Genre: Doom Metal; Stoner/Doom Metal

Unclean (EP) (1989) + Dejection (EP) (1990)


Volume One (Full-length) (1991)

Volume 2 (EP) (1992)

Sleep's Holy Mountain (Full-length) (1992)

Jerusalem (Full-length) (1998)

Dopesmoker (Full-length) (2003)

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Another legendary Doom/Drone band. Their sound went through multiple phases, with a heavy emphasis on Drone in their early years and a very chilled-out, jamming stoner/doom sound later on. . .


Country of origin: United States
Location: Olympia, Washington
Formed: 1990
Years active: 1990-1997, 2003-present
Genre: Drone/Doom/Stoner Metal

Extra-Capsular Extraction (EP) (1991)

Earth 2 - Special Low Frequency Version (Full-length) (1993)

Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions (Full-length) (1995)

Pentastar: In the Style of Demons (Full-length) (1996)

HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method (Full-length) (2005)

Hibernaculum (EP) (2007)

The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (Full-length) (2008)

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (Full-length) (2011)

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (Full-length) (2012)

Primitive and Deadly (Full-length) (2014)


Country of origin: United States
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Formed: 1998
Years active: 1998-present
Genre: Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal

...and Justice for Y'all (Full-length) (2001)

Sixteen Tons (Full-length) (2002)

God Luck and Good Speed (Full-length) (2007)

Jason... The Dragon (Full-length) (2011)

Goliathan (Full-length) (2015)

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Everyone's favorite Epic Doom legends . . .


Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Stockholm
Formed: 1984
Years active: 1982-1984 (as Nemesis), 1984-1994, 1997-2002, 2004-present
Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Witchcraft (Demo) (1984)

Second 1984 demo (Demo) (1984)

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (Full-length) (1986)

Messiah Marcolin joins the band and there is world peace and tidings of good fortune! . . .

Nightfall (Full-length) (1987)

Ancient Dreams (Full-length) (1988)

Tales of Creation (Full-length) (1989)

Messiah Marcolin leaves the band booooo! Rabble rabble! . . .

Chapter VI (Full-length) (1992)

Dactylis Glomerata (Full-length) (1998)

From the 13th Sun (Full-length) (1999)

Messiah Marcolin returns yay! Rainbows and happy times. . .

Candlemass (Full-length) (2005)

No Messiah again. Ffs . . .

King of the Grey Islands (Full-length) (2007)

Death Magic Doom (Full-length) (2009)

Don't Fear the Reaper (EP) (2010)

Psalms for the Dead (Full-length) (2012)

Death Thy Lover (EP) (2016)

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Etherial Riffian

Country of origin: Ukraine
Location: Kyyiv
Formed: 2010
Years active: 2010-present
Genre: Stoner/Doom Metal

Shaman's Visions (Full-length) (2011)

Aeonian (Full-length) (2014)

I AM. Deathless (EP) (2016)


Country of origin: United States
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Formed: 1996
Years active: 1996-2006, 2009-present
Genre: Stoner/Doom Metal

Their sound changed a bit after Elaborations of Carbon, so if you don't like their earlier stuff, check out The Illusion of Motion and the newer albums. Personally, I dig their stuff starting with Catharsis in 2003.

YOB (Demo) (2000)

Elaborations of Carbon (Full-length) (2002)

Catharsis (Full-length) (2003)

The Illusion of Motion (Full-length) (2004)

The Unreal Never Lived (Full-length) (2005)

The Great Cessation (Full-length) (2009)
The last track on this album (The Great Cessation) is an epic crank-up-the-volume and veg out track

Atma (Full-length) (2011)

Clearing the Path to Ascend (Full-length) (2014)


Country of origin: United States
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Formed: 2005
Years active: 2005-present
Genre: Stoner/Sludge/Doom Metal

The Great Barrier Reefer (Full-length) (2006)

Hippie Killer (Full-length) (2007)

Heroin (Full-length) (2007)

Hate Ashbury (Full-length) (2008)

Satan Worshipping Doom (Full-length) (2010)

Sex Tape / Snuff Film (EP) (2011)

Miserable (Full-length) (2014)