A two-hour compilation, presenting each of the main categories that exist within doom metal, with two songs to provide an example of each of the categories.
TRADITIONAL DOOM: Slow, bluesy, classic sounding traditional heavy metal turned dark and depressive. Black Sabbath pioneered both heavy metal and doom metal with their signature style, while bands such as Pentagram, Saint Vitus, and Witchfinder General contributed to its formation as a style on its own.
EPIC DOOM: A more dramatic take on the style. Epic doom sees the style straying away from the more bluesy, rock-based riffs that are commonly heard in more traditional bands, and typically employ operatic tenor vocals. Candlemass pioneered the style, while Solitude Aeturnus, DoomSword, and Solstice have carried that torch with time.
STONER DOOM: Also known as PSYCHEDELIC DOOM, this category puts its main focus on thick bass rhythms, fat riffs, and heavy distortion or reverb on the vocals. It could be considered a mixture of doom and psychedelic/stoner rock, giving more of a hypnotic, hazy feel to the music. While Cathedral, Electric Wizard, and Sleep more or less pioneered the style, it's become very popular in the past decade with other fantastic bands such as YOB, Windhand, Conan, and a plethora of others.
SLUDGE DOOM: An abrasive and ugly mixture of Hardcore Punk and Doom. Typically blurring lines with the noisiness and distortion of Stoner Doom, the focus on this style is more on anger and disgust, with aggressive riffs and harsh vocals. While Grief and Eyehategod could be considered textbook examples of the style, other well-known groups such as Acid Bath and Crowbar have also been known to take the style to a faster interpretation.
DEATH DOOM: A combination of Death Metal and Doom Metal. The slow tempo and mournful atmosphere of Doom Metal meets the death growls, double bass drumming, and overall uglier sound of Death Metal. Bands such as diSEMBOWELMENT, Winter, and Asphyx have been known to play the style with more emphasis on the Death Metal end of the spectrum, while the likes of Mourning Beloveth, and Officium Triste have focused more on the Doom Metal elements.
GOTHIC DOOM: A romantic and melodic blend of Doom Metal with Gothic Rock or Darkwave tendencies. Though My Dying Bride are more commonly accepted primarily as playing Death Doom, the band has been known to delve into Goth territory as well. Type O Negative, Tiamat, and Virgin Black have more or less made themselves known in this category. Bands like Draconian, The Sins of Thy Beloved, and Theatre of Tragedy combine the style with harsh male vocals and ethereal female singing, creating a duet style of vocals known as "beauty and the beast" singing.
ATMOSPHERIC DOOM: Not far from the likes of Gothic Doom, Atmospheric Doom focuses on dreamy soundscapes; making heavy usage of clean guitars, keyboards, and calm Ambient passages. Clean vocals are more commonly used, though occasional grunts may appear as well. Some commonly known bands of this style would include The 3rd and the Mortal, The Gathering (Mandylion-era), and Lethian Dreams.
FUNERAL DOOM: Essentially extreme, ultra slow, dire sounding Doom. Enormous song lengths, extremely slow riffs, sparse drumming, and hopeless moods are common place of Funeral Doom. The style was pioneered by two Finnish bands; Skepticism and Thergothon, and ever since then, bands have continued to experiment and expand upon their influences; creating the likes of bands like Mournful Congregation, Worship, and Ahab. Though it's more common for bands to employ deep growled vocals, bands such as Funeral, Shape of Despair, and Murkrat have been known to make predominate usage of clean (female) singing as well.
BLACKENED DOOM (sometimes also known as DARK METAL): A marriage of the harsh guitar tones, tremolo-picked riffs, and screamed vocals of Black Metal, with the slow tempos and depressed moods of Doom. Bethlehem's first three albums can be considered the pinnacle of Black Doom, as well as Katatonia's first album, Dance of December Souls. Forgotten Tomb, Mourning Dawn, and Deinonychus have carried the torch of the style. The style also contributed to the branch off style of DSBM; Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, which can be described as eerie, downbeat, miserable sounding Black Metal such as Xasthur, Shining, and Silencer.
DRONE DOOM: The minimal nature of Doom Metal pushed to the absolute extreme! Dylan Carlson's band Earth pioneered the style of Drone Metal by playing repetitive Sabbath-influenced riffs at an extremely slow pace, blaringly loud, and without drums. Bands such as Sunn O))), Boris, Melvins, and Khanate have been known to forge their own unique interpretations of the style, blending the style with Sludge and Black Metal influences.
To those of you who aren't familiar with Doom Metal, or are looking to delve into some of the different sub-categories of the style, I hope this video will help out with that.