During Black Sabbaths rise in the 70s, there was no prediction of the immense influence the four from Birmingham, England, could have had. Universally credited with inventing heavy metal, Black Sabbath’s riff-intensive sound also had a major influence on the development of doom metal.
The genre is expansive and encompasses a myriad of different sounds with traditional styled doom mainly bowing at the altar of Tony Iommi as acts have tried their best to capture his asserted heaviness and incomparable sense of annoyance. Themes of isolation, depression, questioning life and purpose, lost love and other dark emotions permeate this branch of metal’s evolutionary tree, also thanks in large part to Sabbath.
Over the decades we have seen the implementation of death/doom, which takes the more powerful power of death metal and combines it with slower tempos and typically heartbreaking melodies. Funeral doom slowed things down even more and is based on atmosphere above all else. Elsewhere, metal feels empowering and is a cathartic means of expressing rage and more fleeting emotions, while doom sticks to the more tender side, definitely a niche within the broad spectrum of heavy metal.
With nearly 50 years of material to draw from, we’ve scoured every corner of the doom world to bring you the 25 Best Doom Metal Albums of All Time in the gallery below!
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