The Best Melodic Black Metal / Metalgaze

1.  Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn 269
2.  Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy 221
3.  Shade Empire - Omega Arcane 207
4.  Deafheaven - Sunbather 182
5.  Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle 98
6.  An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love 51
7.  Amiensus - Restoration 49
8.  Vreid - Welcome Farewell 42
9.  Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering 32
10.  Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius 31
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Amiensus - Restoration

A massive melodic black metal debut with a gloomy atmosphere and hints of dark folk, Restoration is at times reminiscent of Agalloch and Woods Of Ypres, but with a more progressive approach that allows each track to build momentum before ending with intense bursts of energy. Amiensus put their technical songwriting ability and precise instrumentation to the test with this debut, an extremely mature release that hints at a very promising future for these young Americans.

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An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love

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Released later in year with little to hype surrounding it, the fifth release from The Dutch band manages to blow everything in the scene to bits. The claustrophobic wall of fuzz and noise from the guitars combined with the caustic vocals and droning, relentless drums push the album to a whole new level. The warm sound and pink cover are reminiscent of Deafheaven... who knows, maybe the key to a great black metal album is pink. A must hear.

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Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius

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Great guitar work & a fantastic sense of when and how to properly use samples to really complement the music sets Apocynthion apart from many others in the Post Black/Blackgaze genre. The compositions on Sidereus Nuncius are truly fantastic and are based around the theme of space exploration and man's insignificance within the universe, which is both intriguing & thought-provoking. So sit back, relax, and allow Apocynthion to take you on an ethereal journey that's out of this world.

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Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle

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Echoes Of Battle is, quite simply, dedicated to sounding as much like Summoning as humanly possible without officially joining the band and helping the band members write new material. The guys from Caladan Brood know it, you know it, even your dog knows it. So just sit back and let this incredible fantasy-style atmospheric black metal debut impress you with its familiarity and similarities, but also with its impeccable execution and mature sound.

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Deafheaven - Sunbather

We all know it, but lets say it anyway. Pink is always better.

The sophomore release form this San Francisco band is nothing short of dazzling. Full of warm post-rock layering and eerie black metal song structure, there's something here for everyone to love. Written by two crazy dudes (whom I recommend you all follow on Twitter for some entertaining shenanigans), this album is what every black metal shouldn't be. Warm, uplifting... and pink, yet somehow it works, and I'm certainly not complaining. must hear for 2013.

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Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy

These Greek metallers are back with another solid output of their unique tribal-infused black metal, once again utilizing their elaborate song structures to engage the listener. Rotting Christ maintain a dark atmosphere with elements of classical instrumentation, and the eerie progressive melodies lend their hands to the album's occult vibe, making Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy one of the most varied melodic black metal albums of the year.

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Shade Empire - Omega Arcane

Shade Empire have surpassed everything they've done previously with the wonderfully constructed Omega Arcane, an intensified and focused compilation of elements taken from the band's previous releases, still sticking true to their modernized technically driven melodic black metal. Brutal straightforward heavy riffing and electronic influences with bombastic orchestration make for an epic listen from beginning to end.

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Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn

Summoning have returned with yet another Summoning album - unsurprisingly traditional and unabashedly similar to their previous works, yet just as grandiose and magnificent as anything they've released in the past. Typically synth-heavy and densely lengthy, Old Morning's Dawn ticks all the right boxes and keeps intact everything that pleases fans of the band's style.

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Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering

The Indonesian metal scene may be more known for its brutal death metal but Vallendusk prove the scene has a lot more to offer by serving us up this seriously high quality atmospheric black metal album. Unlike the majority of bands in this genre that operate with a more depressive mid-tempo sound, Vallendusk differentiate themselves by employing a faster & more upbeat tempo with undoubted post & folk influences. Whether it's the melodic hooks or acoustic folk passages, this record will grip you throughout. If epic, melody-driven atmospheric black metal is your thing, we seriously suggest you give this a spin.

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Vreid - Welcome Farewell

With their sixth full-length album since the band rose from the ashes of Windir, Vreid have released what can only be defined as their most consistent and purposeful effort to date. Catchy riffs and melodic leads - all captured by a sleek modern production - make way for an easily captivating listen without ever deviating from the traditional black metal foundations, picking up exactly where 2011's V left off.

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