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Here's an intensive guide to 100 artists that inhabit the world of drones, ambients, noise and all the tiny variations within and between, both metal and beyond. One release per artist (aside from a few collaborations which I felt were of high quality and worthy of being mentioned). This is the world in which I am happiest, when structure is little more than a dot on the horizon of alien landscapes. This is where the mind drifts and consciousness and music become intertwined.

For those of you that have Spotify a large majority of these artists can be found on there. I've made two playlists incorporating them. The more drone and dark ambient oriented ones can be found HERE and the noisier ones HERE.

Created by: !J.O.O.E.! | 05.02.2012



1. Abandoned Place - Shadow Of Memory
Dark Ambient
2. Abruptum - Potestates Apocalypsis
Dark Ambient/Drone
3. Aderlating - Spear of Gold and Seraphim Bone Pt.1
Dark Ambient/Drone/Black Metal
4. Aghast - Hexeri im Zwielicht der Finsternis
Dark Ambient
5. Alec Empire - Generation Star Wars
Industrial/Musique Concrète
6. Anenzephalia - Ephemeral Dawn
Death Industrial
7. Arachnotaur - Slo=w Pertinacious Threnody On the Abnegation of Succour
Drone Doom
8. Asva - What You Don't Know Is Frontier
Drone Doom
9. Atrium Carceri - Kapnobatai
Dark Ambient
10. AUN - Black Pyramid
Ambient Drone
11. Barn Owl - From Our Mouths A Perpetual Light
Drone Doom/Ambient
12. Beherit - Electric Doom Synthesis
Electronic/Dark Ambient
13. Birchville Cat Motel - Our Love Will Destroy The World
Noise/Drone
14. Black Boned Angel - Verdun
Drone Doom
15. Blackfilm - Blackfilm
Cinematic/Ambient
16. Blut Aus Nord - Metamorphosis Of Realistic Theories
Avant-Garde Metal
17. Black Seas of Infinity - AMRITA - The Quintessence
Dark Ambient/Experimental
18. Bloody Panda - Summon
Sludge Doom
19. Bong - Beyond Ancient Space
Psychedelic Drone
20. Boris - Absolutego
Drone/Noise
21. Burning Witch - Crippled Lucifer
Extreme Sludge Metal
22. Burning Star Core - Challenger
Noise/Drone/Experimental
23. Burial Hex - Initiations
Death Industrial
24. Darsombra - Ecdysis
Dark Ambient/Drone
25. David Kristian + Ryosuke Aoike - Ghost Storeys
Dark Ambient
26. Deaf Center - Owl Splinters
Dark Ambient/Drone
27. Deathprod - Morals And Dogma
Dark Ambient/Drone
28. Desiderii Marginis - That Which Is Tragic And Timeless
Dark Ambient
29. Double Leopards - Halve Maen
Dark Ambient/Drone/Noise
30. Earth - Earth 2
Drone Doom
31. Elend - A World In Their Screams
Dark Ambient/Neoclassical
32. Gnaw Their Tongues - All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity
Black Metal/Noise/Drone
33. Halo - Body Of Light
Drone Doom/Noise
34. Hjarnidaudi - Pain:Noise:March
Psychedelic Drone Doom
35. Hlidolf - V01D
Drone Doom/Dark Ambient
36. Horseback - The Invisible Mountain
Drone Doom/Black Metal
37. Hototogisu - Green
Noise Rock
38. Hyatari - The Light Carriers
Drone Doom
39. Jessica Bailiff - Hour Of The Trace
Slowcore
40. Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul
Drone Doom/Dark Ambient
41. Khlyst - Chaos Is My Name
Avant-Garde Metal
42. KK Null - Fertile
Industrial/Experimental
43. Kodiak - Kodiak
Drone Doom
44. KTL - IV
Drone Doom/Ambient Drone
45. Konau - Speech From The Shadows
Dark Ambient/Drone
46. Locrian - The Crystal World
Experimental/Drone
47. Luasa Raelon - VAMPYR: Light Of The Beast
Death Industrial
48. Lull - Moments
Dark Ambient
49. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
Black Metal/Dark Ambient
50. Lustmord - Metavoid
Dark Ambient
51. m__ - Mono
Dark Ambient
52. Menace Ruine - The Die Is Cast
Neofolk/Drone
53. Methadrone - Retrogression
Psychedelic Drone Doom
54. Monno - Ghosts
Drone Doom
55. Moss - Tombs Of The Blind Drugged
Drone Doom/Extreme Sludge
56. Murmuüre - Murmuüre
Black Metal/Avant-Garde
57. Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness
Ambient Drone
58. New Risen Throne - Lonliness Of Hidden Structures
Dark Ambient/Drone
59. NON - Blood And Flame
Industrial/Experimental
60. Nurse With Wound - Soliloquy for Lilith
Experimental/Industrial/Dark Ambient
61. Nurse With Wound + Cyclobe - Angry Eelectric Finger 2
Experimental/Industrial/Dark Ambient
62. Paintings For Animals - Kristeater
Dark Ambient
63. Pocahaunted - Island Diamonds
Drone/Psyche-Folk
64. Pocahaunted + Robedoor - Hunted Gathering
Drone/Noise/Psyche-Folk
65. Propergol - Renegade
Power Electronics/Death Industrial
66. Prurient - History Of Aids
Power Electronics/Noise
67. Pyramids - Pyramids
Experimental/Black Metal/Shoegaze
68. Pulsefear - Perichroresis
Dark Ambient
69. Ramleh - Too Many Miles
Noise Rock
70. Robedoor - Rancor Keeper
Drone/Noise
71. Servile Sect - Stratospheric Passenger
Black Metal/Drone
72. Sleep Research Facility - Nostromo
Dark Ambient
73. Skullflower - Orange Canyon Mind
Psychedelic Noise Rock/Noise/Drone
74. Snow Lark On The Temple Mt. Doom - Guardian Or Avenger
Dark Ambient/Experimental
75. Subklinik - Cremated Graves
Death Industrial
76. Sunroof! - Slipstream
Power Electronics
77. Sunn O))) - White 2
Drone Doom/Dark Ambient
78. Sunn O))) meets Nurse With Wound - The Iron Soul Of Nothing
Drone Doom/Dark Ambient
79. Sutcliffe Jügend - When Pornography Is No Longer Enough
Power Electronics
80. Teeth Of The Lions Rule Divine - Rampton
Drone Doom
81. Tenhornedbeast - Hunts & Wars
Drone/Dark Ambient
82. The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
Ambient Drone
83. The Axis Of Perdition - Deleted Scenes From The Transition Hospital
Dark Ambient/Industrial Black Metal
84. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - Anthropomorphic
Dark Ambient/Experimental
85. Thomas Köner - Permafrost
Dark Ambient
86. Throbbing Gristle - The Third Mind Movements
Experimental/Industrial/Noise
87. Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
Ambient
88. To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie - The Patron
Experimental/Shoegaze/Noise
89. Torture Wheel - Crushed Under...
Drone Doom
90. Transitional - Stomach Of The Sun
Drone/Dark Ambient
91. Triangular Ascension - Leviathan Device
Dark Ambient
92. Vøid - Vøid
Drone Doom
93. Voice Transmissions with the Deceased - In Mourning
Dark Ambient/Drone
94. Vonn - Victim One: Agony
Drone Doom/Noise
95. Whisper Room - Birch White
Dark Ambient
96. Whitehouse - Asceticists 2006
Power Electronics
97. Wildildlife - Six
Psychedelic Rock
98. Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
Noise/Dark Ambient
99. Wrath Of The Weak - Persse
Noise Rock
100. Wormphlegm - In an Excruciating Way Infested with Vermin and Violated by Executioners Who Practise Incendiarism and Desanctifying the Pious
Funeral Drone



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Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 19:07  
First "like" modafuka.

I love dronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnNNNNNNNNNNNNNnnnnnnnnnnNNNNNNNNNNNNnnnnnnnnnnne.

Drone jokes never get old:

!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 19:19  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.02.2012 at 19:07

First "like" modafuka.

I love dronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnNNNNNNNNNNNNNnnnnnnnnnnNNNNNNNNNNNNnnnnnnnnnnne.

Drone jokes never get old:


Looool. You could have waited till I finished though brah! Ah well, just need a description and a pic now.
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 19:36  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.02.2012 at 19:19
Looool. You could have waited till I finished though brah! Ah well, just need a description and a pic now.


Would Murmuüre fit here? Because I think Murmuüre would fit here, Noisy shizzle ftw... Just saying
Same with Mories shizzle but I'm a fanboy so fuck it.

Also... Things Viral > Clean Hands Go Foul so hard... Although I like all their discography but Things Viral was their true masterpiece to me.

/rant.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 19:43  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.02.2012 at 19:36


Would Murmuüre fit here? Because I think Murmuüre would fit here, Noisy shizzle ftw... Just saying
Same with Mories shizzle but I'm a fanboy so fuck it.

Also... Things Viral > Clean Hands Go Foul so hard... Although I like all their discography but Things Viral was their true masterpiece to me.

/rant.

I just added Gnaw Their Tongues (and took something off, i don't want to go over 100 artists) even though Aderlating was already here.

I'll get rid of something else because Murmuüre should def be here.
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 19:45  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.02.2012 at 19:43
I just added Gnaw Their Tongues (and took something off, i don't want to go over 100 artists) even though Aderlating was already here.

I'll get rid of something else because Murmuüre should def be here.


Hehehehehe sorry for the extra work but yeah... they are worth it 100 is a pretty number.
I should start to check some of this shit out someday.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 19:48  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.02.2012 at 19:45


Hehehehehe sorry for the extra work but yeah... they are worth it 100 is a pretty number.
I should start to check some of this shit out someday.

Get a Spotify account bitch then most of will be in easy access ;]
InnerSelf - 05.02.2012 at 20:15  
I wish and my wishes come true, today I was asking my friend about some psychedelic ambient drone stuff and I got home and found this list
thanks
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 20:50  
Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 20:15

I wish and my wishes come true, today I was asking my friend about some psychedelic ambient drone stuff and I got home and found this list
thanks

Hope you like what was on here then xD
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 21:11  
Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 20:15

I wish and my wishes come true, today I was asking my friend about some psychedelic ambient drone stuff and I got home and found this list
thanks

That Horseback album is also rather psychedelic and extremely awesome.
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 21:27  
Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 20:15
psychedelic ambient drone stuff


Totally recommend stuff like Hjarnidaudi.
InnerSelf - 05.02.2012 at 23:05  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.02.2012 at 21:27

Totally recommend stuff like Hjarnidaudi.

Lucas rated them 9.6 o_O will start with this

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.02.2012 at 21:11

That Horseback album is also rather psychedelic and extremely awesome.


Not featured on the list ?
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 23:07  
Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 23:05
Lucas rated them 9.6 o_O will start with this


Along with that... check out Hlidolf, it's by the same dude from Hjarnidaudi but Hlidolf was actually first.
I know that Hjarnidaudi's debut is one of his favorite albums of all time. Same with me... one of my nine 10s.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 23:09  
Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 23:05



Not featured on the list ?

It is on here just not under "psychedelic" like a few of them are =P
InnerSelf - 05.02.2012 at 23:14  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.02.2012 at 21:11

That Horseback album is also rather psychedelic and extremely awesome.


Found it, I was searching for That Horseback
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.02.2012 at 23:15  
Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 23:14


Found it, I was searching for That Horseback

Haha, that would be an interesting band name ;]
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2012 at 23:19  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.02.2012 at 23:15

Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 23:14


Found it, I was searching for That Horseback

Haha, that would be an interesting band name ;]


Damn... That Lurker Of Chalice is totally rad.
InnerSelf - 05.02.2012 at 23:51  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.02.2012 at 23:19

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.02.2012 at 23:15

Written by InnerSelf on 05.02.2012 at 23:14


Found it, I was searching for That Horseback

Haha, that would be an interesting band name ;]


Damn... That Lurker Of Chalice is totally rad.


Milena - 06.02.2012 at 15:42  
So. Dark ambient, you say.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.02.2012 at 15:45  
Written by Milena on 06.02.2012 at 15:42

So. Dark ambient, you say.

Yup. It's like ambient, but kinda dark. Something along those lines.
Mr. Doctor - 06.02.2012 at 15:47  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.02.2012 at 15:45

Written by Milena on 06.02.2012 at 15:42

So. Dark ambient, you say.

Yup. It's like ambient, but kinda dark.


You don't say.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.02.2012 at 15:52  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.02.2012 at 15:47


You don't say.

I did yep, right here:

Quote:
Yup. It's like ambient, but kinda dark.
Milena - 06.02.2012 at 15:52  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.02.2012 at 15:45

Yup. It's like ambient, but kinda dark. Something along those lines.

Mind. Blown.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.02.2012 at 15:54  
Written by Milena on 06.02.2012 at 15:52

Mind. Blown.

Hey, it's what I do best. I'll blow anything for the right price.
Milena - 06.02.2012 at 15:58  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.02.2012 at 15:54

I'll blow anything for the right price.

I could come back in a zillion different ways to this, but I won't. Too easy.
/endspam
Mr. Doctor - 06.02.2012 at 16:55  
Written by Milena on 06.02.2012 at 15:58

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.02.2012 at 15:54

I'll blow anything for the right price.

I could come back in a zillion different ways to this, but I won't. Too easy.
/endspam


You'll definitely come back to him a zillion number of times after he is done blowing the first time.


I know
Milena - 06.02.2012 at 17:48  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.02.2012 at 16:55

You'll definitely come back to him a zillion number of times after he is done blowing the first time.


I know

1000 internets for your innuendos as well as your gay lovin'.
Slayer666 - 06.02.2012 at 21:47  
Hah, knew MoRT would be on this list just from reading its name.
IronAngel - 10.02.2012 at 00:23  
Hell yes, worth checking out. Most of it is probably a bit too disturbing to keep me interested, but I'll check out some titles later. My personal favorites from this list are Barn Owl, Pocahaunted, Earth and Lurker Of Chalice, I think. Certainly some of the more accessible albums listed, too. I prefer Grouper's two previous albums. And I don't think Deaf Center are exactly dark ambient so I won't mention them, even though their style is more my cup of tea.

I should make a "Floating In The White - A Guide To Ambient And Modern Composition" to combat all this dark and dreary stuff, but that wouldn't fit the concept of a metal forum. Ambient is best served beautiful, man.
InnerSelf - 10.02.2012 at 00:31  
Written by IronAngel on 10.02.2012 at 00:23

I should make a "Floating In The White - A Guide To Ambient And Modern Composition" to combat all this dark and dreary stuff, but that wouldn't fit the concept of a metal forum. Ambient is best served beautiful, man.


Do make this list, please and if they dared and deleted it we'll start "Occupy MS movement"
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2012 at 14:27  
Written by IronAngel on 10.02.2012 at 00:23

Hell yes, worth checking out. Most of it is probably a bit too disturbing to keep me interested, but I'll check out some titles later. My personal favorites from this list are Barn Owl, Pocahaunted, Earth and Lurker Of Chalice, I think. Certainly some of the more accessible albums listed, too. I prefer Grouper's two previous albums. And I don't think Deaf Center are exactly dark ambient so I won't mention them, even though their style is more my cup of tea.

I should make a "Floating In The White - A Guide To Ambient And Modern Composition" to combat all this dark and dreary stuff, but that wouldn't fit the concept of a metal forum. Ambient is best served beautiful, man.

I tend to agree about Deaf Center not necessarily being dark ambient (though it's certainly a constituent in their sound), it was just convenient for me to put them under that umbrella for the purposes of this list. I think they sit quite well here though.
Nightfall - 15.02.2012 at 07:25  
I really didn't expect to see some list related to dark ambient in this site. There are so many hidden gems. Abandoned Place for example is not well known; I'm glad to see it included there as well. I feel Grouper is way too dreamy for this list, though. Maybe you'd like to check out Lacus Somniorum, E.V.P. and Beneath The Lake.

Anyway, thumbs up for this. Great list!
Mr. Doctor - 22.02.2012 at 13:00  
Written by IronAngel on 10.02.2012 at 00:23
Ambient is best served beautiful, man.


I more often than not preffer my ambient to hit me hard in the stomach and to force me to sit in a corner terrified. I feel most alive while listening to music that makes me feel like I'm staring death right in the eyes.

Damn Abruptum's latest album really grew on me....
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.02.2012 at 16:44  
I stumbled on this exceptional droning/psychedelic doom band the other day which I will have to squeeze onto this list at some point. Their sound is awesome and expansive.



Just realised a riff from this song sounds remarkably like one from The Bees Made Honey... (Omens and Portents I: The Driver, to be exact)
Boxcar Willy - 20.05.2012 at 21:04  
I like this list a lot.

Thanks For making it Joe
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.05.2012 at 21:05  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 20.05.2012 at 21:04

I like this list a lot.

Thanks For making it Joe

You're welcome, I'll gladly accept all your monies into my Paypal account.
Boxcar Willy - 20.05.2012 at 21:25  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.05.2012 at 21:05

Written by Boxcar Willy on 20.05.2012 at 21:04

I like this list a lot.

Thanks For making it Joe

You're welcome, I'll gladly accept all your monies into my Paypal account.

you shall not recieve my Somber Eyes Royalties, but thanks to you I discovered Barn Owl
IronAngel - 22.05.2012 at 01:51  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 20.05.2012 at 21:25

you shall not recieve my Somber Eyes Royalties, but thanks to you I discovered Barn Owl


If you like Barn Owl, you should check out Expo '70, Ulaan Khol and Asva (the album What You Don't Know Is Frontier), at least. I assume you know Earth, Boris, Nadja, etc. For a similar atmosphere and sound with more shape and songwriting, check out psych folk/droners like Ilyas Ahmed, Forest Swords and Mount Eerie. I imagine you could also like Heroin And Your Veins, though it's probably a little lighter and more post-rock. Kinda like Bohren & der Club of Gore without the jazz, in fact.

That's all I can think of, off the top of my head and browsing my playlists. I imagine some Last.fm investigation might yield more results.
Boxcar Willy - 22.05.2012 at 01:56  
Written by IronAngel on 22.05.2012 at 01:51

Written by Boxcar Willy on 20.05.2012 at 21:25

you shall not recieve my Somber Eyes Royalties, but thanks to you I discovered Barn Owl


If you like Barn Owl, you should check out Expo '70, Ulaan Khol and Asva (the album What You Don't Know Is Frontier), at least. I assume you know Earth, Boris, Nadja, etc. For a similar atmosphere and sound with more shape and songwriting, check out psych folk/droners like Ilyas Ahmed, Forest Swords and Mount Eerie. I imagine you could also like Heroin And Your Veins, though it's probably a little lighter and more post-rock. Kinda like Bohren & der Club of Gore without the jazz, in fact.

That's all I can think of, off the top of my head and browsing my playlists. I imagine some Last.fm investigation might yield more results.

Woah, Thanks
Boxcar Willy - 12.08.2012 at 17:22  


How can you not like?
mz - 03.06.2013 at 11:23  
Why not making a similar list on industrial music? that would be much appreciated
!J.O.O.E.! - 16.06.2013 at 16:08  
Written by mz on 03.06.2013 at 11:23

Why not making a similar list on industrial music? that would be much appreciated

It could certainly be done, there's probably enough early industrial and some modern variants to make a list. I'm not as familiar with the style though so a lot of it would probably be putting albums I'd only listened to once or twice many years ago.
mz - 16.06.2013 at 16:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.06.2013 at 16:08

Written by mz on 03.06.2013 at 11:23

Why not making a similar list on industrial music? that would be much appreciated

It could certainly be done, there's probably enough early industrial and some modern variants to make a list. I'm not as familiar with the style though so a lot of it would probably be putting albums I'd only listened to once or twice many years ago.


I think the only other MS staff beside you who is deeply into industrial music is Jup and he is not interested in list making so your list would be the most useful thing in industrial department even if you think there might be some unnoticed artists/albums
Apothecary - 19.06.2014 at 16:57  
Currently going through a drone binge, I'll definitely be visiting this frequently in the coming weeks
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.07.2014 at 19:41  
Written by Apothecary on 19.06.2014 at 16:57

Currently going through a drone binge, I'll definitely be visiting this frequently in the coming weeks

Did you ever listen to Ensemble Pearl? Can't remember if I mentioned it on your drone status. It's basically another Sunn O))) / Boris collab.


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