The Best Gothic Metal Album

1.  Triptykon - Melana Chasmata 400
2.  Dominia - Theophania 88
3.  Liv Kristine - Vervain 59
4.  Rise Of Avernus - L'Appel du Vide 51
5.  Elysion - Someplace Better 38
6.  Lenore S. Fingers - Inner Tales 21
7.  Unseelie - Urban Fantasy 20
8.  Amederia - Unheard Prayer 14
9.  NeraNature - Disorders 12
10.  Fright Night - Life Eternal 8
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Amederia - Unheard Prayer

After a full six years since their last full-length, Amederia delivers an album that will more than please fans of gothic doom metal with harsh and clean male vocals intertwined with delicate female vocals. With an abundance of pensive and sad keyboards in songs like "Together," and the drawn out gloom of the guitars in tracks like "Forbidden Love" and "Who We Are," Unheard Prayer covers even the warmest thoughts of love and existence in endless layers of melancholy.

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Dominia - Theophania

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Russia's Dominia underwent a metamorphosis of style open to clear display in their long-awaited follow-up to their 2008 release in Judgement Of Tormented Souls. From a directly aggressive death metal driven in melody, symphony and strong string presence, in 2014 the pace is slowed significantly as the violin and male/female vocal duality take precedence, and leads their sound into the bitter-sweet gothic metal of Theophania.

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Elysion - Someplace Better

Elysion is back with yet another seamless mixture of gothic metal and alternative rock, treating listeners to a full album of catchy hooks, excellent production, and lyrics to inspire the spirit. Christianna's vocals are warmer this time around with more natural melodies, Johnny's guitar riffs are instantly accessible, and their songwriting together make Someplace Better an album that not only attempts to create an album with broad appeal to metal and rock fans alike, it succeeds in even better ways than their debut.

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Fright Night - Life Eternal

If you've yearned for gothic metal that not only oozes melancholy but is decidedly goth, look no further than Life Eternal! Rooted in an earlier gothic rock sound, founder/songwriter Marianna has now evolved the band's sound to sublime gothic metal, one that feels like lost letters penned on papers left from centuries before. With a mixture of dreary female and male vocals, shadowy guitar riffs, and synths that evoke the atmospheres of walking in a graveyard on the most beautiful winter day, Fright Night deliver all the poetic gloom a listener could ask for.

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Lenore S. Fingers - Inner Tales

From the supremely catchy guitar riffs in "Victoria," to the offbeat "Doom," Lenore S. Fingers's debut features a unique mixture of soft guitars and driven gothic metal. With vocals that are as innocent as they are detached and full of self-realizations, and music that inspires a tearful search for discovery, Inner Tales is an album that is as picturesque and introverted as a sepia-toned photo of an abandoned cabin which stands within a field of wildflowers and barren trees.

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Liv Kristine - Vervain

With her new album, the metal siren has come closer to a proper gothic album than she's been in a while. Even though the album could use more support from deep male vocals (apart from the duet with Michelle Darkness on "Love Decay"), the songs on Vervain still stand strong on their own. Borrowing all around from Liv's career, she's delivered a very solid album.

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NeraNature - Disorders

It doesn't get any more personal than NeraNature's blend of gothic metal and downbeat atmospheric rock on Disorders. While the debut was instantly accessible and solid, the band's sophomore release delves deeper into vocalist Nera's artistic visions and lyrical ideas, and thus offers the listener a much more interesting half hour of music. From the brooding "In Contrast To," to the electronic-driven "Reverse" and "Mistaken," Disorders is full of inner tension wrapped in a somber and obscure gothic aura.

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Rise Of Avernus - L'Appel du Vide

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A gorgeous mix of classical music, gothic metal, and a pleasantly huge amount of death metal, Rise Of Avernus create a varied blend unlike any of their counterparts. Strong female vocals accompany growls, as is expected; what's unexpected is their constantly evolving harmonies and diverse journey through the metal landscape. The beauty in sorrow is only matched by the heaviness and aggression.

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Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

No introduction required for Triptykon, and no justification is necessary when it comes to Warrior's legendary status. But if you ever wanted any, Melana Chasmata is the album you need. Haunting melodies, mesmerizing rhythms accompanied by a damp and penetrating cold atmosphere - these are some of the qualities that make this album an accomplished and harrowing piece of modern extreme metal.

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Unseelie - Urban Fantasy

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Self-released debuts rarely sound this exquisite. From the dramatic arrangements wrapped in gothic atmospheres, to the obscurely elegant vocals of Anne-Emmanuelle, to lyrical concepts that pay tribute to the forsaken poets and the forgotten lessons of the mythical gods, Unseelie has already established their own unique sound with just one album. From the somber "Of Water And Dreams" to the dramatic "Prometheus' Pain," Urban Fantasy is nothing short of exciting and thought-provoking.

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