The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album

1.  The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer) 153
2.  Eye Of Solitude - Canto III 118
3.  Monolithe - Monolithe IV 108
4.  Ataraxie - L'Être Et La Nausée 60
5.  Lycus - Tempest 40
6.  Funeralium - Deceived Idealism 34
7.  The Nihilistic Front - Procession To Annihilation 24
8.  Eibon - II 23
9.  Station Dysthymia - Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out 22
10.  Usnea - Usnea 20
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Ataraxie - L'Être Et La Nausée

Now this is, what we would call, a true, raw funeral/death doom experience, complemented with sovereign execution of several straightforward death metal passages. It has a depth, heaviness, blasting moments, undisputed production quality and unlimited songwriting capacity. A staggering two hours of pure satisfaction, where you shall enjoy every second of it.

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Eibon - II

Eibon's IInd album is 40 minutes or so of ugly, foul blackened sludged doom. Only instead of 6-7 tracks they crafted two 20 minute double-epics, tossing in some groovy psychedelia to boot, that each take their time to develop and the listener on a bleak, harsh journey.

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Eye Of Solitude - Canto III

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The continuation of well-acclaimed debut album Sui Caedere has reached the high-level potentials. Canto III will serve you with a vast share of heaviness, consistency and persistence, yet on the other hand, it can get quite emotional and compassionate. A fair dose of original doom metal mixture awaits you with this sophomore, yet very mature release.

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Funeralium - Deceived Idealism

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After six years of silence, Funeralium came back with a vengeance. Their sophomore album demonstrates, not so kindly, what extreme doom is all about. Deceived Idealism is a sick journey through soul-crushing riffs and agonized vocals. A few lighter parts as well as fast and relentless sections serve as contrast even though the sheer insanity is always around the corner. This gives the album the dynamism it needs in order to be the cohesive masterpiece it is.

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Lycus - Tempest

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A mesmerizing and sophisticated debut album, Tempest is as professional sounding as it is masterfully produced. In a genre where bands aren't always praised for their use of melody, Lycus manage to incorporate melodic elements into their otherwise completely oppressive and burdensome sound. This is a beautiful and even calming extreme doom release - nuanced, but without stepping away entirely from the minimalism so often associated with doom.

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Monolithe - Monolithe IV

For those who waited the full seven years to hear Monolithe III, 2013 offered something special: a follow-up album only one year after its predecessor. And in typical Monolithe fashion, what you get is a one-track album spanning nearly 60 minutes, comprised of some of the most crushing and high-impact extreme doom of the year. More melodic and inviting than previous releases, Monolithe IV could best be described as the band's most dynamic and weighty album to date.

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Station Dysthymia - Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out

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The only thing longer than the album title is the opening track, "A Concrete Wall". Slow, unflinching and unfeeling funeral doom injected with enough psychedelia and drone to leave you seeing trails while it runs you down and crushes your feeble shell.

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The Nihilistic Front - Procession To Annihilation

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After reading the names of the album and band, It's a no-brainer. This is extreme doom for no-bullshit people. A melting pot for everything that is wrong with mankind through the pounding sounds of doom, death, drone, and even noise. The painfully slow pace will slowly tear you apart, forcing you to beg for a mercy-killing which is provided by rare and intense bursts of fast anger. That was only the first track though... Can you handle the rest?

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The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer)

Alexander Von Meilenwald's level of consistency is truly something to marvel at. Returning with his fourth full length, his first attempt at a concept album is a depraved voyage through tales of German Inquisitors and Christian fanaticism. The black metal elements are somewhat hushed, in favor of unrelenting doom cloaked in an atmosphere of dark, medieval ambience. A bit of a different delivery, but still as formidable as the project has ever been.

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Usnea - Usnea

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Usnea's self-titled debut is a genre melting pot as it mixes in a variety of elements to add a harsher edge to their deathly doom. Usnea often approaches funeral doom in pace and it falls on you thick and slow with its densely oppressive atmosphere, crushing weight and noisily echoing guitar lines. With the addition of black and sludge to add to its abrasiveness and weight, this monster of a debut is punishing yet captivating.

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