The Best Doom Metal Album

  • Blood Farmers - Headless Eyes
  • Capilla Ardiente - Bravery, Truth And The Endless Darkness
  • Clouds - Doliu
  • Doom:VS - Earthless
  • Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs
  • Helevorn - Compassion Forlorn
  • Kypck - Имена на стене
  • Narrow House - Thanathonaut
  • Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
  • The Flight Of Sleipnir - V
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    Blood Farmers - Headless Eyes

    After nineteen years Blood Farmers have finally returned with a follow-up to their self-titled debut album. Headless Eyes is everything a fan of traditional doom metal could wish for. Nods to the masters of yore, nods to horror films. Top-notch musicianship. Tunes to die for. Melodies that stick. An all-round super impressive work of art Headless Eyes turned out to be.

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    Capilla Ardiente - Bravery, Truth And The Endless Darkness

    This four-piece collective, featuring the members of Chilean's Procession, gives you a fairly traditional approach to the genre in the vein of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. Bravery, Truth And The Endless Darkness, their debut full-length release, contains a swaggering bass guitar lines, beautiful vocal delivery by Felipe Plaza Kutzbach and all topped with awesome epic riffs. The quintessence of a doom metal feast.

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    Clouds - Doliu

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    Clouds have made one of the strongest entrances into the doom world in recent memory with Doliu, an hour-long odyssey of atmospheric misery. The bitterly emotional, deeply personal vocal delivery - a mix of powerful cleans and somber growls - calls to mind the great Pat Walker. It's a haunting, overpowering dirge building up layer after layer of thunderous, grief-stricken doom in the vein of Eye Of Solitude (which shares vocalist Daniel Neagoe) or Saturnus.

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    Doom:VS - Earthless

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    Like The Body's 2014 collaboration with The Haxan Cloak I Shall Die Here, the album title here hits some kind of indescribable fear g-spot. The realization basically every human has ever made that they will die on Earth (I Shall Die Here has a picture of our planet on its cover) is pretty boring at this point. And at least Earth has trees and fish and stuff, dying here probably won't be all that bad for most of us. Being alive and Earthless, though, that would suck, and Earthless basically lives up to its name in this respect. It'll make pessimists of us all, Elon Musk is a fucking poindexter.

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    Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs

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    Featuring Primordial's Alan Averill (A.A. Nemtheanga) on vocals, Dread Sovereign had quite a lot to live up to, and they did. All Hell's Martyrs is the sort of utterly punishing doom that will utterly punish you.

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    Helevorn - Compassion Forlorn

    Helevorn's latest epitomizes that perfect mixture of death/doom and gothic atmospheres that few bands can master. From the inner turmoil of the addictive "Burden Me," to the sorrowful "Looters," finishing with the timeless melancholy of "Els Dies Tranquils," Compassion Forlorn is not only professional and mature, it features some of the most balanced and refined musicianship of the past year. Like hands outstretched before you, Helevorn's music is warm and familiar, ready to comfort you, and us all, as we march together to overcome and escape our personal and societal miseries.

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    Kypck - Имена на стене

    Finnish Russian speaking doomsters Kypck greeted us this year with their newest and most mature work to date. Combining genre-typical slow parts with faster approaches, the band keeps on developing and mastering their own sound. The discussion of problems like the KZ Birkenau and drunkards in Russia brings an authenticity to the lyrics that underlines the music in a special way. Other than predicted in the beginning, Kypck live longer than a mayfly and we can eagerly await more amazing music in the future.

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    Narrow House - Thanathonaut

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    The visceral Ukrainian doomsters return to us with another atypical album, showcasing saxophone and cello inside a richly sorrowful landscape. Depression and despair are just around the corner while the band hints at apocalypse via nuclear war both with atomic bomb-related sound bites as well as their dark brooding metal, and powerful tales told with widely varying song structures.

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    Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden

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    If there were one band last year to strike a doomed chord with fans of the genre and beyond, it was Pallbearer. Smoothly crushing tones perpetuate the greatest exercise in song craft and performance to the band's name, echoing the traditions of the genre in a fresh and consistently engaging sophomore effort.

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    The Flight Of Sleipnir - V

    The Flight Of Sleipnir have already established an interesting presence in the doom scene with their stimulating blend of the subgenre with black metal and folk elements. With V, the band appear to be turning the folk knob down, focusing more on a heavy, melodic brand of blackened doom. Though retaining many the signature sounds that have come to definite the band, this new album is darkly resplendent, quite likely more so than any of their prior material.

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    Write-in votes

    Electric Wizard - Time To Die
    John Gallow - Violet Dreams
    Occultation - Silence In The Ancestral House