Where thrash was about chops, doom was predominantly about atmosphere. Avoiding the staccato crispness of technically-driven thrash metal, doom favoured enormous, lumbering basslines and almost operatic vocals creating an all-consuming air of menace.
Doom most notably owes its style to Black Sabbath, who influenced doom bands on both sides of the Atlantic to detune their guitars and play slow, grizzly basslines.
Doom took off in the late '80s before splintering into numerous niche genres in the early '90s: sludge doom, stoner doom and death doom, to name but a few.
Key band: Candlemass
Sweden’s most important contribution to doom metal pushed power chords and big bass on mid-'80s metallers.
Key album: Paradise Lost - Gothic (1991)
This vital band pushed doom to its limits with dark atmospherics and a more orchestral feel than its contemporaries.
Key track: Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
The track that inspired it all. Go straight to the source for creepy atmosphere and power chords.
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