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***Currently working through suggestions and adding some spacey non-metal things when they cross my mind***
As a lover of all things sci-fi I find metal to be the most accommodating of genres when it comes to themes of space/aliens. This is a list of those albums which use this theme and/or evoke an overall 'spacey' atmosphere and which I find particularly intriguing and enjoyable. No order for now and a work in progress (recommendations most welcome) Last Updated: 9th April 2014

Created by: R'Vannith | 25.06.2011



1. Atoma - Skylight
Genre: Atmospheric/Post
2. Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part I: The Dream Sequencer
Genre: Progressive
3. Dol Ammad - Star Tales
Genre: Progressive/Electronic/Symphonic
4. Star One - Space Metal
Genre: Progressive
5. Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic : Calling
Genre: Progressive Power
6. Slough Feg - Traveller
Genre: Heavy
7. Vintersorg - Cosmic Genesis
Genre: Progressive
8. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
Genre: Psychedelic Black
9. Angst Skvadron - Flukt
Genre: Avantgarde
10. Devin Townsend - Ziltoid The Omniscient
Genre: Industrial Progressive
11. ---Black---
12. Alrakis - Alpha Eri
Genre: Ambient Black
13. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius
Genre: Post Black/Blackgaze
14. Bal-Sagoth - The Power Cosmic
Genre: Symphonic Black/ Power
15. Darkspace - III
Genre: Ambient Black
16. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
Genre: Black
17. Midnight Odyssey - Funerals from the Astral Sphere
Genre: Ambient Black
18. Murmuüre - Murmuüre
Genre: Nintendo Martian Black (Psychedelic Ambient Black)
19. Obsidian Gate - The Nightspectral Voyage
Genre: Symphonic Black
20. Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu
Genre: Psychedelic Black
21. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
Genre: Psychedelic Black
22. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
Genre: Atmospheric/Progressive Black
23. The Kovenant - Nexus Polaris
Genre: Melodic Black
24. ---Death---
25. Hypocrisy - Virus
Genre: Melodic Death
26. Hypocrisy - The Arrival
Genre: Melodic Death
27. Lunarsea - Hundred Light Years
Genre: Melodic Death
28. Nightfall - Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants
Genre: Melodic Death
29. Nightfall - Cassiopeia
Genre: Melodic Death
30. Nocturnus - The Key
Genre: Atmospheric Death
31. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
Genre: Technical Death
32. Obscura - Omnivium
Genre: Technical Death
33. Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
Genre: Melodic Death
34. The Faceless - Planetary Duality
Genre: Technical Death
35. Tiamat - The Astral Sleep
Genre: Gothic/Death
36. ---Doom---
37. Dolorian - Voidwards
Genre: Doom
38. Enshine - Origin
Genre: Atmospheric/Melodic Doom
39. Ixion - To The Void
Genre: Atmospheric Doom
40. Monolithe - Monolithe II
Genre: Funeral Doom
41. Monolithe - Monolithe III
Genre: Funeral Doom
42. ---Gothic---
43. Darkseed - Astral Adventures
Genre: Gothic
44. ---Hard Rock---
45. Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
Genre: Instrumental/Hard Rock
46. ---Heavy---
47. Atomkraft - Future Warriors
Genre: NWOBHM
48. Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Genre: Heavy
49. Sacred Blade - Of the Sun + Moon
Genre: Progressive/Heavy
50. Slough Feg - Hardworlder
Genre: Heavy
51. Steelwing - Zone Of Alienation
Genre: Heavy
52. ---Industrial---
53. Bloodstar - Anytime Anywhere
Genre: Industrial/Thrash/Doom
54. Blood Stain Child - εpsilon
Genre: Melodic Death/Trance
55. Combat Astronomy - Kundalini Apocalypse
Genre: Djent/Industrial
56. Frederik Thordendal's Special Defects - Sol Niger Within
Genre: Industrial/Thrash
57. Mechina - Empyrean
Genre: Symphonic/Industrial/Death
58. Screams Of Chaos - Genetic War
Genre: Viking Cyber (I kid you not, that's what they called it)
59. Waltari - Space Avenue
Genre: Industrial/Crossover
60. ---Post---
61. Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites
Genre: Sludge/Post-Rock
62. ---Power---
63. Dragonland - Astronomy
Genre: Symphonic Power
64. Edenbridge - Aphelion
Genre: Symphonic Power
65. Edenbridge - Arcana
Genre: Symphonic Power
66. Gamma Ray - Somewhere Out In Space
Genre: Power
67. Iron Fire - Voyage Of The Damned
Genre: Power
68. Iron Savior - Unification
Genre: Power
69. Keldian - Journey Of Souls
Genre: Symphonic Power
70. Pagan's Mind - Celestial Entrance
Genre: Progressive Power
71. Pagan's Mind - Infinity Divine
Genre: Progressive Power
72. Pathfinder - Fifth Element
Genre: Symphonic Power
73. Primal Fear - Black Sun
Genre: Power
74. Scanner - Hypertrace
Genre: Power
75. ---Progressive/Avantgarde---
76. Alchemist - Austral Alien
Genre: Progressive
77. Andromeda - Extension Of The Wish
Genre: Progressive
78. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
Genre: Avantgarde Black
79. Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies
Genre: Avantgarde Black
80. Ayreon - The Human Equation
Genre: Progressive
81. Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight Of The Migrator
Genre: Progressive
82. Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle
Genre: Progressive
83. Ayreon - 01011001
Genre: Progressive
84. Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Genre: Progressive/Metalcore
85. Cave In - Jupiter
Genre: Alternative/Avantgarde
86. Dan Swanö - Moontower
Genre: Progressive Death
87. Dol Ammad - Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed
Genre: Progressive/Symphonic/Electronic
88. Dol Ammad - Ocean Dynamics
Genre: Progressive/Electronic/Symphonic
89. Evergrey - Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy
Genre: Progressive
90. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
Genre: Progressive Death
91. Jupiter Society - First Contact//Last Warning
Genre: Progressive
92. Jupiter Society - Terraform
Genre: Progressive
93. Odd Dimension - Symmetrical
Genre: Progressive
94. OSI - Fire Make Thunder
Genre: Progressive
95. Oxiplegatz - Sidereal Journey
Genre: Avantgarde
96. Planet X - Moonbabies
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive
97. Planet X - Quantum
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive
98. Planet X - Universe
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive
99. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
Genre: Progressive
100. Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age
Genre: Progressive
101. Threshold - Critical Mass
Genre: Progressive
102. Transcending Bizarre? - The Serpent's Manifolds
Genre: Avantgarde/Symphonic Black
103. Transcending Bizarre? - The Misanthrope's Fable
Genre: Avantgarde/Symphonic Black
104. Voivod - The Outer Limits
Genre: Avantgarde
105. Zero Hour - The Towers Of Avarice
Genre: Progressive
106. ---Sludge---
107. Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
Genre: Sludge
108. Sunpocrisy - Samaroid Dioramas
Genre: Post/Sludge
109. ---Stoner---
110. Beastwars - Blood Becomes Fire
Genre: Sludge/Stoner
111. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Genre: Stoner
112. Nebula - Apollo
Genre: Stoner
113. New Keepers Of The Water Towers - The Cosmic Child
Genre: Progressive/Stoner
114. The Sword - Warp Riders
Genre: Stoner
115. Ufomammut - Idolum
Genre: Psychedelic/Stoner
116. Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Primum
Genre: Psychedelic/Stoner
117. Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Alter
Genre: Psychedelic/Stoner
118. ---Thrash---
119. Agent Steel - Alienigma
Genre: Speed/Thrash
120. Children - Hard Times Hanging At The End Of The World
Genre: Psychedelic Thrash
121. Target - Master Project Genesis
Genre: Progressive/Technical Thrash
122. Vektor - Black Future
Genre: Thrash
123. Vektor - Outer Isolation
Genre: Thrash
124. ---Non-metal---
125. Pyramids - Pyramids
Genre: wtf Ambient
126. Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles)
Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock
127. Jaïa - Blue Energy
Genre: Psytrance/Psybient
128. Klaus Schulze - Timewind
Genre: Ambient/Electronic
129. Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Genre: Ambient/Electronic
130. Sonar - Celluloid
Genre: Post-Rock
131. Eloy - Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Genre: Progressive/Space Rock
132. Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time
Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock
133. Ozric Tentacles - Swirly Termination
Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock
134. Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis
Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock



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Lit. - 24.07.2014 at 04:20  
I'm by no means an expert on grind, let alone sci-fi-gri. I'm sure I have a couple of albums on my iPod. Here's another I just got into recently.
Joodicator - 24.07.2014 at 05:31  
Written by R'Vannith on 24.07.2014 at 03:41

Written by Joodicator on 23.07.2014 at 16:38

...Could Tangerine Dream fit in the non-metal category?

Very snugly indeed. I have Phaedra up there at the moment, but did you have another one in mind?

Phaedra was exactly what I was thinking of, unless you already had it there and I'm blind.

I've got Cosmic Ground playing at the moment, it's really nice. Thanks
Ilham - 24.07.2014 at 05:45  
Written by R'Vannith on 24.07.2014 at 03:53

I will need some time to accommodate this kind of stuff to my palate. Very interesting sounds. Also very fitting for the list, I think. "zeroG"; I like the descriptor.

Nice to hear I didn't just misunderstand what you meant by "spacey". I have more where that came from.
But yeah, "zeroG" is the only word I found to describe that Amon Tobin track. Will use it more from now on.
Erik M. - 25.07.2014 at 23:17  
Written by R'Vannith on 24.07.2014 at 03:49

I have thought about it, but I'm as stubborn as a mule. To weasel my way out of your question, no band has albums like Ayreon >:[


It seems you are. Well, just know that THE doesn't actually belong here since it's no space metal, no matter how great or special the album is.
ldac89 - 21.08.2014 at 08:58  


In case you're not convinced of thy catafalque
Enemy of Reality - 06.10.2014 at 17:22  
Here are a few suggestions for your list:

Emeth - Aethyr
In Flames - Lunar Strain
Aeon Zen - Ephemera
Anup Sastry - Titan [EP]
Creation's End - Metaphysical
Nierty - Shadowstar Cenotaph
Empire Auriga - Ascending The Solarthrone
Mithras - Worlds Beyond the Veil
Augury - Fragmentary Evidence
Luca Turilli - Prophet of the Last Eclipse
Erik M. - 12.10.2014 at 22:53  
Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith should definitely be on this list.

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