Heavy Metal started in the 60’s through Black Sabbath as it is commonly known, it also known and respected that in the early tracks of Black Sabbath that Doom Metal was hinted at. Doom Metal is traditionally derived stylistically in blues but with added ‘thicker’ sounds like the tritone from the guitars and double kick drums featured. The lyrics add a darker feel to the music imagining pain, suffering, loneliness and so fourth. However, it was not coined until the late 70’s and early 80’s when Pentagram and was massively innovative in the making of the scene as it is today.
But in the 70’s bands less associated with heavy metal and more with ‘heavy rock’ (as I would call it) would come to be the foundations of this genre and forthcoming sub genres. These are bands like Budgie, Bang and Blue Cheer whom paved the way for a whole wave of thicker, heavier sounding music.
The wave through the 70’s produced the early 80’s ‘first wave’ as many historians of Heavy Metal have stated. These artists are considered as Witchfinder General, Saint Vitus, Trouble (US), Pentagram and Candlemass. Each of these are said to have ‘created’ the now well known sub-genres of the genre.
Witchfinder General’s Death Penalty, Trouble’s Psalm 9 and Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath are the centre of what is called Traditional Doom Metal and is closely tied with Heavy Metal the most. The trademark clean and high vocals over a thick crisp sound expressing dark lyrics are the usual elements of these above artists music.
Later, in the mid-80’s it is considered that Pentagram’s Pentagram (Now known as Relentless) and Saint Vitus’s self titled album are known to lay the foundations for the sub-genre known as Funeral Doom Metal with a more slower, slumber take on the traditional form adding death growls and screams to the mix of distorted guitars and heavy riffs.
This was followed on by the Swedish giants Candlemass and their release Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, which sworded the line between Epic Doom Metal and traditional. It’s attributes including operatic and dramatic vocals, loud and furious music with an optional fantasy tone buried beneath.
The last of the notable sub-genres and the most recently derived was Drone Doom, essentially very slow, heavily distorted and experimental based doom. This is often characterised and known to be artists like Sunn O))), Earth and Boris as the originators of this sub-genre.
Doom Metal, as in all genres of Heavy Metal, has fused together with other genres to create some other different sounds. Some of this music is notable of calling it something to make it more correctly accurate for fans and critics to indentify. Listed below are the fusion genres with a small detailed explanation and then notable artists of that sub-genre.
death-doom is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It combines the slow tempos and pessimistic or depressive mood of doom metal with the deep growling vocals and double kick drumming of death metal. The genre emerged in the late 1980s and gained a certain amount of popularity during the 1990s, but had become less common by the turn of the century. The notable artists are: Dream Death, Sempiternal Deathreign, Delirium, Necro Schizma and Winter.
Later in the 90's the sub-genre achieved widespread proclamation with the 'Peaceville Three' as Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost notable for signing with Peaceville during the height of the genre.
blackened doom encassing the themes and lyrical content and the shrieks and snarls of the vocals of black metal with the slower, thicker sound of doom. Notable artists include: Woods of Ypres, Forgotten Tomb and Barathrum.
stoner doom is a style of riff-based doom metal that’s fast and makes use of guitar or bass effects such as reverb, fuzz, phaser or flanger. The music is heavier , darker and slower than stoner metal and incorporating more psychedelic elements. The genre is strongly influenced by the psychedelic-oriented works of early Black Sabbath. Notable artists include:- Sleep , Acid King, Electric Wizard and Sons of Otis.
sludge doom is a style that combines doom metal and hardcore punk, sometimes traces of southern rock.. The composition is slow, heavy songs with faster tempos spread throughout the music containing elements of distorted wind instruments, hardcore drumming and politically intrigued lyrics. Notable artists include: Eyehategod, Crowbar, Buzzov*en, Acid Bath and Grief.
All Genres (some may link to their separate journal)
Traditional Doom Metal
Funeral Doom Metal
Epic Doom Metal
Drone Doom Metal
Death Doom Metal
Blackened Doom Metal
Stoner Doom Metal
Sludge Doom Metal
All Artists (Some will have a link to their artist profile)
Black Sabbath | Artist Profile
My Dying Bride
Sons of Otis
Woods of Ypres
Version 1 (Unfinished artists list)
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