"Doom metal was born in the eighties and like almost any metal genre hugely inspired by Black Sabbath. The debate about Black Sabbath actually being doom metal or not still rages on to this day, but no matter your opinion, their influence on the doom genre has been enormous. While doom metal has some of its roots in blues music, the blues sound is dropped, but the blue note not. The slow, pessimistic and heavy sound played by mostly downtuned guitars is a trademark. In the eighties the typical Black Sabbath sound was developed further by bands like Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Trouble and Pentagram, in the form of traditional doom. In the nineties doom metal developed even further and combined it's sound with influences from almost any other metal genre and even took influences from outside the metal genre. This experimentation caused a huge diversity in bands within the doom metal genre. With doom subgenres as depressive black, doom/death, funeral doom, sludge, gothic doom, (ambient) drone doom and so on." Suggested Listening: 1. Candlemass - Nightfall 2. Reverend Bizarre - In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend (above left) 3. Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus 4. Warning - Watching from a Distance 5. Worship - Dooom 6. Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond the Crimson Horizon 7. Cathedral - Forests of Equilibrium 8. Pagan Altar - Mythical & Magical 9. My Dying Bride – Turn Loose the Swans 10. Thergothon - Stream From the Heavens Drone/Stoner/Sludge "A big potpouri of genres thrown on a pile, it might seem. But on closer inspection closely they're related. The genres named in this category are influenced by or developed out of the already broad genre of doom metal. Drone took the slow and heavy riffing of doom metal even further. With downtuned guitars and riffs hardly decipherable, this is a very extreme genre that is mainly the terrain of bands like EARTH, Boris and Sunn O))). The stoner metal genre, also hugely influenced by Black Sabbath, took the blues aspect more into account. But not only the blues sound, also the psychedelic sound of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and others were taken in. All in all this created a gerne of mellowed, laid back music, with a profound love for psychedelic and mariuhana induced excursions. Main bands: Sleep, Bongzilla and Weedeater. Sludge metal came to be as doom metal musicians starting adding agressive and abrasive hardcore influenced sounds to their compositions. Starting out with bands as Crowbar and Eyehategod, the genre developed over the years with bands as ISIS and Neurosis who added a more atmosperical and layered sound." Suggested Listening: 1. Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain 2. Sunn O))) - Black One 3. Nadja - Thaumogenesis 4. Boris - Amplifier Worship 5. Om - Conference of the Birds 6. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone 7. Bongzilla - Amerijunaican 8. The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand 9. Ufomammut - Snailking 10. Melvins - Houdini Any other fans?