Doom Metal (eng. Doom metal, from doom- "rock", "death", "evil fate") is an extreme subgenre of metal, with a predominance of slow pace. Both music and lyrics in this genre are designed to express a sense of despair, fear and doom. The genre was greatly influenced by Black Sabbath, whose songs “Black Sabbath”, “Electric Funeral”, “Cornucopia” became the prototypes of doom metal. During the first half of the 1980s, several bands from England (Pagan Altar, Witchfinder General) and the USA (Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Trouble) singled doom metal into a separate genre.
Basis - classic metal instruments: guitar, bass and drums. This music is depressive, painful, usually slow and often monotonous. The structure of the guitars is often lowered, the bass guitar has a dense low sound, the riffs are rough, there are characteristic guitar “slip”, flashy feedbacks, relatively long “fading” solos, etc.
Traditional doom metal uses mostly clean vocals, but usually with a touch of despair and misery. But in other subgenres, the Duma mainly uses growling, adopted from death metal, in some groups screaming is also used.
At the same time, female vocals can be used in doom metal, sometimes even church choirs.
The atmosphere in the music of classical doom artists is very diverse, from cold, epic grief to despair and rage. Of course, unlike the same stoner-rock, doom music does not express positive emotions. Today, as before, the traditional doom-metal is far from popular, but this does not prevent it from remaining one of the relevant and influential underground forces. The most prominent representatives are: Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, Saint Vitus (Eng.), Count Raven (Eng.), Solitude Aeturnus, Skone, Krux and Warhorse.
Epic Doom Metal (English epic doom metal) is a subgenre of doom metal, characterized primarily by clear vocals, opera and choral singing. In the lyrics there is a strong influence of the Middle Ages and / or fantasy. However, it can be very difficult to distinguish epic doom metal from a traditional doom. His samples can be heard at Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Solstice, Isole, Scald, Altar of Oblivion, and Doomsword.