The Best Doom Metal Album

1.  Paradise Lost - The Plague Within 429
2.  Shape Of Despair - Monotony Fields 161
3.  Avatarium - The Girl With The Raven Mask 93
4.  Monolithe - Epsilon Aurigae 41
5.  Khemmis - Absolution 38
6.  Swallow The Sun - Songs From The North I, II & III (write-in vote) 29
7.  Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross 26
8.  Mourning Beloveth - Rust & Bone 24
9.  My Dying Bride - Feel The Misery (write-in vote) 18
10.  Chrch - Unanswered Hymns 15
  Evoke Thy Lords - Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar! 15
12.  Undersmile - Anhedonia 10
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Avatarium - The Girl With The Raven Mask

Casual listeners of the doom metal genre, or even those who are not big fans, should definitely spare some time for Avatarium. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you've probably done so already. The Girl With The Raven Mask is a worthy a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed debut, with Jennie-Ann Smith's powerful vocals at the front and centre once again against a backdrop of haunting melodies, which are paradoxically uplifting from the wretched soul of none other than Candlemass's Leif Edling.

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Chrch - Unanswered Hymns

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Chrch's melancholy debut drones with all the mournful destitution that its title suggests. Unanswered Hymns conjures up vast, unending soundscapes of repetitive, leaden riffing, with ethereal vocals despairingly haunting the edges. Every so often, the tone changes, and the spectre rises up in anger to strike at the listener after lulling them into a false sense of security [read: misery]. In three monolithic slabs of doom, Chrch unravel a lifetime of stoner-influenced, brain-devouring woe.

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Evoke Thy Lords - Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!

The wonderfully-titled Boys! Grow Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar! sees the Siberian cosmonauts laying down more stoner doom jams topped off with woodwind work of Irina Drebushchak, who "has a voice that could make a wolverine purr and plays flute so fine she makes Ron Burgundy sound like a hobo." Ride the Floom.

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Khemmis - Absolution

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On this phenomenal debut album, Khemmis blend together multiple flavors of doom to stir up a potent cocktail of sludgy riffs, smoky feedback, and enlivening guitar work. The vocals - sometimes pale and spectral, other times raw and projective - add their own range of stylistic nudges that complement the varying natures of groove. Whether enticing the listener into a complex atmosphere or violently battering them out of it, Khemmis have an exciting sound that they have mastered and made into an expert retelling of the doom genre.

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Monolithe - Epsilon Aurigae

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In an age where doom metal is still largely dominated by bands emulating the classics such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram, and Electric Wizard, Monolithe are a black sheep in this family that flies their banner of originality high. Since their inception these Frenchies have been on a doom voyage through mysterious realms of black obelisks, forbidden planets, and psychedelic substances, and Epsilon Aurigae is no exception. It's heavy, it's trippy, it's distinct, and it could very well be an interesting, alternative soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Touch the Monolithe and ascend!

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Mourning Beloveth - Rust & Bone

Start off your day with some sobering, melancholic death-doom - the type that will haunt your every waking hour with its ghostly wails and descending riffs until all that's left in this world is rust and bone. It's hard to beat that monstrous opener, "Godether," with its lengthy build into a cavernous whirlwind of swarming death, but there's far too much despair in this world to contain in only one song. Wandering back and forth between the operatic and the sinister, Mourning Beloveth have dished out another powerful offering of vital death-doom.

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Paradise Lost - The Plague Within

Paradise Lost managed to stun everyone in 2015, that's for sure. In their long discography, no album has managed so well to mix the old - a death doom sound, filled with despair and aggression - and the new - the melody, the clean vocals, and top-notch songwriting. Fact is, The Plague Within is nothing short of a modern classic!

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Shape Of Despair - Monotony Fields

Shape Of Despair insist on playing with our emotions. The grandiosity that is Monotony Fields only takes us deeper into the pit of despair and, at the same time, beauty. Bouncing between hollow growls and haunting clean vocals, the Finns tangle us into a dark lullaby we never want to stop. Shape Of Despair make a triumphant return with Monotony Fields. It was about time!

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Sorcerer - In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

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Old school, underground legends Sorcerer finally arrive on the scene with a debut that's nearly three decades late - but well worth the wait. They obviously won some kind of satanic lottery, because Anders Egberg sounds exactly the same as he did in the '80s, and the passage of time has only strengthened the graceful epic doom sound they first broached so long ago. In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross builds on their legendary demos, showing the world a band that can tackle new and exciting material with a veteran mentality and years of experience to throw weight behind every note.

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Undersmile - Anhedonia

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The UK doom foursome that is Undersmile are a fine example of a band who know how to nail the fusion between ominous and beautiful right down to a T. Fronted by the talented (and beautiful!) Hel Sterne and Taz Corona-Brown, on Anhedonia Undersmile lay down some dark, colossal, but nonetheless serene doomage, augmented by the exceptional vocals of these two ladies, a bit of violin, and, of course, some mandatory drum and bass thundering. Highly recommended for fans of Subrosa, Bloody Panda, Monarch, and the like.

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