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Here's a list of mostly Gothic Metal albums, exclusively of the "Beauty and the Beast" type (which refers to clean "angelic" female vocals contrasted with male growls/screams). I made this list because it's one of my all-time favourite subgenres of which I own "a lot" of great albums. Since there are several lists of the best Gothic Metal albums on MS, I didn't feel like creating a similar one, but rather an exclusive list solely comprised of this subgenre. It could be useful as a guide for people who are searching for these kinds of albums, though I'm very open to suggestions since I obviously haven't heard all great albums yet. Lastly, everything on this list is at least worth a 7.5/10 rating and I only add a maximum of 2 albums per band.

Created by: Erik M. | 12.03.2013



1. Tristania - Widow's Weeds
1998
2. The Sins Of Thy Beloved - Lake Of Sorrow
1998
3. Draconian - Where Lovers Mourn
2003
4. Epica - The Phantom Agony
2003
5. Theatre Of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
1996
6. Tristania - Beyond The Veil
1999
7. Silentium - Altum
2001
8. Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
1999
9. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
2005
10. After Forever - Decipher
2001
11. Sirenia - At Sixes And Sevens
2002
12. Penumbra - Seclusion
2003
13. Unholy - Gracefallen
1999
14. After Forever - Prison Of Desire
2000
15. Theatre Of Tragedy - Theatre Of Tragedy
1995
16. Galadriel - The Mirror Of Ages
1999
17. The Sins Of Thy Beloved - Perpetual Desolation
2000
18. Sirenia - An Elixir For Existence
2004
19. Rise Of Avernus - L'Appel Du Vide
2014
20. Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo
2008
21. Trail Of Tears - A New Dimension Of Might
2002
22. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007
23. Lethian Dreams - Red Silence Lodge
2014
24. Lycanthia - Oligarchy
2012
25. Penumbra - Emanate
1999
26. Via Mistica - Fallen Angels
2004
27. Within Temptation - Enter
1999
28. Galadriel - Oblivion
2000
29. Darzamat - Solfernus' Path
2009
30. How Like A Winter - ...Beyond My Grey Wake
2003
31. The Gathering - Always...
1992
32. Tears Of Magdalena - Myths And Legends
2008
33. Remembrance - Fall, Obsidian Night
2012
34. To Cast A Shadow - In Memory Of
2011
35. Evig Natt - I Am Silence
2007
36. Leaves' Eyes - Lovelorn
2004
37. Diabulus In Musica - The Wanderer
2012
38. NOT YET RANKED ALBUMS
39. Mandrake - Forever
1999
40. Orphanage - By Time Alone
1996
41. Sunterra - Lost Time
2005
42. Trail Of Tears - Bloodstained Endurance
2009
43. Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light
1998



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Erik M. - 06.08.2013 at 22:31  
Written by InnerSelf on 06.08.2013 at 16:29

We DO have similar tastes in music ... your top 3 albums were the first to spring into my mind when i read the name of the list. Though I'd definitely put Moonspell's Wolfheart in the top 5.


Yep, it seems that way. Good to know people appreciate this list, hehe. I'm quite satisfied with it myself. Wolfheart is an interesting suggestion, but I don't think I'll add it because only a couple of songs (2 or 3 I think) feature female vocals and overall I don't get that "beauty and the beast" vibe from that album, but I'll listen to it again and then decide whether to add it or not.
Draugen - 20.08.2013 at 14:54  
Hey!

I don't know if you are still looking to add more albums to this list, but if that's the case, then I would suggest Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light. It's a really good but sadly overlooked album reminiscent of early Tristania and the like with some doom elements thrown into the mix as well.
Erik M. - 22.08.2013 at 21:10  
Written by Draugen on 20.08.2013 at 14:54

Hey!

I don't know if you are still looking to add more albums to this list, but if that's the case, then I would suggest Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light. It's a really good but sadly overlooked album reminiscent of early Tristania and the like with some doom elements thrown into the mix as well.


Hi again. I added Whispering Forest's album (also to my other list) so I'm definitely going to check it out soon, so thanks for the recommendation. I'm always looking for more great albums for my lists so keep the suggestions coming.

Edit: you weren't kidding, this stuff sounds really awesome! Definitely my cup of tea. And seeing as this is also a debut AND a death doom album, I can add it to 3 lists of mine. By the way, to me it also has some My Dying Bride in it if you ask me. At least, that's the first band I thought of when listening to this.
Draugen - 23.08.2013 at 11:41  
Written by Erik M. on 22.08.2013 at 21:10

Edit: you weren't kidding, this stuff sounds really awesome! Definitely my cup of tea. And seeing as this is also a debut AND a death doom album, I can add it to 3 lists of mine. By the way, to me it also has some My Dying Bride in it if you ask me. At least, that's the first band I thought of when listening to this.


Glad you liked it!

Hopefully by now being on three of your lists it will get discovered by more people.
Monolithic - 11.10.2013 at 23:01  
Well I see a lot of familiar names here so this list totally nails it.
Also, great to see Darzamat - Solfernus' Path here. \m/ I'm listening to it at the moment.
Erik M. - 11.10.2013 at 23:05  
Written by Monolithic on 11.10.2013 at 23:01

Well I see a lot of familiar names here so this list totally nails it.
Also, great to see Darzamat - Solfernus' Path here. \m/ I'm listening to it at the moment.


Thanks man. This list is really almost complete... just have to rank those last few albums and then it's done. Although when I discover a new album worthy of this list then I add it too of course.
Ozman - 13.10.2013 at 17:01  
The Gathering - Always is way too low on this list as is Orphanage
Erik M. - 13.10.2013 at 22:26  
Written by Ozman on 13.10.2013 at 17:01

The Gathering - Always is way too low on this list as is Orphanage


Orphanage isn't ranked yet because I've still not formed a proper opinion on it. Haven't listened to The Gathering in a while, but I wasn't amazed by it by any means, just a very good album. Maybe because the Youtube quality sucked, I'm not sure. In any case, I'll spin it again soon to find out.
Myriads - 10.05.2014 at 03:09  
Great list here! You have a bunch of my favourite bands and albums listed and the top few spots are definitely deserved. I highly recommend trying a new band called Akathisia. They've just released a digital EP which sounds closer to Widow's Weeds than almost anything else I've ever heard from the last ten years: http://akathisia.bandcamp.com/album/first-impact
Myriads - 10.05.2014 at 04:27  
Another suggestion while I'm at it :p Nox Aurea from Sweden. Their first album is the biggest piece of Draconian worship ever, while their second is a little less heavy on the gothic metal part and more on death doom. Two members went on to form When Nothing Remains, who have worked with Johan of Draconian himself now!
Erik M. - 15.05.2014 at 00:49  
Written by Myriads on 10.05.2014 at 03:09

Great list here! You have a bunch of my favourite bands and albums listed and the top few spots are definitely deserved. I highly recommend trying a new band called Akathisia. They've just released a digital EP which sounds closer to Widow's Weeds than almost anything else I've ever heard from the last ten years: http://akathisia.bandcamp.com/album/first-impact


Thanks, man! I'm going to check it out for sure. I mean, if it's like Widow's Weeds, then it should definitely be my cup of tea. Problem is, I basically only add full-length albums from bands that are featured on MS. If it's really good, I might add this EP though.

Written by Myriads on 10.05.2014 at 04:27

Another suggestion while I'm at it :p Nox Aurea from Sweden. Their first album is the biggest piece of Draconian worship ever, while their second is a little less heavy on the gothic metal part and more on death doom. Two members went on to form When Nothing Remains, who have worked with Johan of Draconian himself now!


I'm familiar with Nox Aurea and even had them on this list at one point. For some reason I deleted the album again, don't know why though. I'll re-listen to one (or both) of the albums and then I might add them again. But for the record, whether it's funeral doom, death doom or gothic doom, it's kind of irrelevant for this list. Yes, most of the albums here are gothic or have gothic influences, but that's because most "beauty and the beast" metal is (partially) gothic metal (as you probably know already ).
Erik M. - 17.05.2014 at 17:30  
Written by Myriads on 10.05.2014 at 03:09

I highly recommend trying a new band called Akathisia. They've just released a digital EP which sounds closer to Widow's Weeds than almost anything else I've ever heard from the last ten years: http://akathisia.bandcamp.com/album/first-impact


Okay, I listened to it and from what I've heard I wouldn't say it's very similar to Tristania's work. This is pretty much death doom with gothic elements. In any case very nice stuff indeed and a promising band. Looking forward to see a full-length album by these guys. But I won't add it to this list because of three reasons: it's an EP, they're not featured on MS, and the female vocals weren't present enough in the music for me to consider them a "beauty and the beast" band. The vocals are more like the Shape of Despair female background vocals. And those don't really count or else I'd have included Shape of Despair as well for this list.

By the way, have you heard this album:



Without a doubt the best gothic doom album of the last few years. If you haven't checked it out, you really should. I just ranked it on this list as well. Also check out Lethian Dreams - Red Silence Lodge, which is their new album. They weren't that great a week ago when I saw them live (female vocals weren't loud enough, for instance), but this album surely is very good. I replaced the debut with this one, because this is probably their best album to date.
Myriads - 20.05.2014 at 07:31  
Yeah, I've given Akathisia a few more listens now and the resemblance to Tristania is a little less obvious to me too. Widow's Weeds just has a very unique atmosphere that I find almost no other album has ever come close to being able to recreate, and Akathisia did remind me of WW, perhaps not so much in the music itself as the mood it evoked. It's definitely among my very favourite releases of the year so far though. And I have indeed heard Rise of Avernus! I live in Australia and keep moving from city to city and missing their tour dates but I agree that their album is quite fantastic.

Also really enjoying Red Silence Lodge lately, however I don't think it ought to be present on this list as there are absolutely no male vocals (clean or growled) present. I've been listening to Orphanage a lot lately and By Time Alone is really very good, especially considering that it was released back in 1996, so make sure to give it a few solid spins so it can get a good spot on the list!
Erik M. - 21.05.2014 at 01:28  
Written by Myriads on 20.05.2014 at 07:31

Yeah, I've given Akathisia a few more listens now and the resemblance to Tristania is a little less obvious to me too. Widow's Weeds just has a very unique atmosphere that I find almost no other album has ever come close to being able to recreate, and Akathisia did remind me of WW, perhaps not so much in the music itself as the mood it evoked. It's definitely among my very favourite releases of the year so far though. And I have indeed heard Rise of Avernus! I live in Australia and keep moving from city to city and missing their tour dates but I agree that their album is quite fantastic.

Also really enjoying Red Silence Lodge lately, however I don't think it ought to be present on this list as there are absolutely no male vocals (clean or growled) present. I've been listening to Orphanage a lot lately and By Time Alone is really very good, especially considering that it was released back in 1996, so make sure to give it a few solid spins so it can get a good spot on the list!


Huh, there are no male vocals at all on the new Lethian Dreams? I don't really know then why I put it on this list, hahaha. So yeah, you're right, it indeed doesn't belong here.

Australia huh? I guess it's understandable you keep missing them, seeing as Australia is damn huge. Hell, even if a band is playing in the north of the Netherlands I won't bother (since I live in south) attending the gig, and this country is tiny in comparison.

So far I really haven't given the Orphanage albums the time they deserve. Will be doing so sooner or later though.
Dark†SymphonY - 11.08.2014 at 22:34  


Not a particular favorite band of mine, but something to look into maybe.
Erik M. - 11.08.2014 at 22:43  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 11.08.2014 at 22:34

Not a particular favorite band of mine, but something to look into maybe.


Already checked an album from Elis out and can remember I didn't like it at all. It sounded way too "soft" for my taste. But I'll check out your suggestion nonetheless.
Dark†SymphonY - 11.08.2014 at 23:22  
Yeah, the band does have a softer edge to their music and does get boring too although the female vocalist is rather nice.
Also check out the debut from Tales Of Dark..., gothic/melodic doom group.
And also Siebenbürgen 's album Delictum, a melodic black band with female vocals.
Erik M. - 12.08.2014 at 22:17  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 11.08.2014 at 23:22

Yeah, the band does have a softer edge to their music and does get boring too although the female vocalist is rather nice.
Also check out the debut from Tales Of Dark..., gothic/melodic doom group.
And also Siebenbürgen 's album Delictum, a melodic black band with female vocals.


Saying "thanks for the suggestions" is a very standard reply, but this time I really mean it. Because Tales of Dark... seems to be the sort of stuff I would enjoy. And I have to be honest, I barely listen to gothic anymore, which I kind of regret. Siebenbürgen also seems like it's right up my alley (lame expression, I know). Found all three albums on Youtube as well, which is nice (as I have said many times already, I rarely download anything).
Vincint2002 - 30.09.2014 at 21:47  
Not sure if you still look at this, but you might want to check out a few bands listed below.

Amederia'a albums Sometimes We Have Wings and Unheard Prayer

Edenian's albums Winter Shades and Rise Of The Nephilim

Symphonian's album Incarnation Of Reality

Aut Mori's album Первая Слеза Осени (its a Russian band, with Russian vocals, but the music is nice if you dont mind non-English vocals)
Erik M. - 30.09.2014 at 22:33  
Written by Vincint2002 on 30.09.2014 at 21:47

Not sure if you still look at this, but you might want to check out a few bands listed below.

Amederia'a albums Sometimes We Have Wings and Unheard Prayer

Edenian's albums Winter Shades and Rise Of The Nephilim

Symphonian's album Incarnation Of Reality

Aut Mori's album Первая Слеза Осени (its a Russian band, with Russian vocals, but the music is nice if you dont mind non-English vocals)


Hehe, I've stopped updating most of my lists (or rarely update them), mainly due to lack of loads of free time which I did have when I created most of these lists...

Anyway, will still check out your suggestions, granted they are either on Youtube, Grooveshark or Bandcamp, so thanks.
Dark†SymphonY - 03.10.2014 at 21:07  
Ancestral Legacy - Saw this band in 'Latest band additions' but only heard their debut 'Of Magic Illusions'. Kinda reminds me a bit of Tristania. Something to look into?
Erik M. - 05.10.2014 at 22:56  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 03.10.2014 at 21:07

Ancestral Legacy - Saw this band in 'Latest band additions' but only heard their debut 'Of Magic Illusions'. Kinda reminds me a bit of Tristania. Something to look into?


Thanks for the suggestion. Their last two albums are on Grooveshark and I'm going to check out their 2nd album first. Couldn't find the debut...
annodomini - 12.10.2014 at 10:18  
Quite the list I would have made I missed frst two Silentium albums, also first Macbeth's albums, the last of SIlent Cry, On THorns I Lay debut album, Sunterra's "Gracefull tunes".

For me Silentium is one of the top's together with TSOTB, Tristania and Penumbra. Other is more like average, but still great stuff.

And I'm glad to see you added Via Mistica, because they were the most underrated gothic metal band in those years, IMO.
annodomini - 12.10.2014 at 14:11  
Oh, and I just realised, there is no Theatres des Vampires. 1997-2003 period is a top notch beauty and the beast gothic metal, I believe it should be included here

And also I recommend to check polish Sacriversum, whic last two albums were more than amazing.
Dark†SymphonY - 13.10.2014 at 20:38  
Something else for your gothic adventures,
Diathra - Gothic doom - Seen this band quite a bit on MS, from what I've heard their debut is probably the most doom influenced while their later stuff is more female fronted gothic. Not the best gothic band I've ever heard, but worth a listen
Erik M. - 13.10.2014 at 22:30  
Not used to getting so many suggestions for this list. Will be checking them out... some day.
Erik M. - 13.10.2014 at 22:56  
Written by annodomini on 12.10.2014 at 10:18

Quite the list I would have made I missed frst two Silentium albums, also first Macbeth's albums, the last of SIlent Cry, On THorns I Lay debut album, Sunterra's "Gracefull tunes".

For me Silentium is one of the top's together with TSOTB, Tristania and Penumbra. Other is more like average, but still great stuff.

And I'm glad to see you added Via Mistica, because they were the most underrated gothic metal band in those years, IMO.


Thanks for the suggestions. I must admit I haven't heard any albums by these bands, so nice to see there's still more good stuff in this subgenre. For some reason all of your suggestions are on on Grooveshark, which is very nice indeed. Will be checking out one album of each band and then add them if I like 'em (I'll let you know).

Written by annodomini on 12.10.2014 at 14:11

Oh, and I just realised, there is no Theatres des Vampires. 1997-2003 period is a top notch beauty and the beast gothic metal, I believe it should be included here

And also I recommend to check polish Sacriversum, whic last two albums were more than amazing.


I somehow never got around to check out Theatres des Vampires. Judged by the ratings, Suicide Vampire seems one of their best (?), so will check out that one. And sorry, but I won't add the last suggestions since they're not on MS.
Erik M. - 13.10.2014 at 22:56  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 13.10.2014 at 20:38

Something else for your gothic adventures,
Diathra - Gothic doom - Seen this band quite a bit on MS, from what I've heard their debut is probably the most doom influenced while their later stuff is more female fronted gothic. Not the best gothic band I've ever heard, but worth a listen


Thanks, but I can't seem to find any of their stuff online. Streaming only, since I don't download. If you can provide me with a link so I can stream it, I'll check it out.
annodomini - 14.10.2014 at 08:11  
Written by Erik M. on 13.10.2014 at 22:56

Written by annodomini on 12.10.2014 at 10:18

Quite the list I would have made I missed frst two Silentium albums, also first Macbeth's albums, the last of SIlent Cry, On THorns I Lay debut album, Sunterra's "Gracefull tunes".

For me Silentium is one of the top's together with TSOTB, Tristania and Penumbra. Other is more like average, but still great stuff.

And I'm glad to see you added Via Mistica, because they were the most underrated gothic metal band in those years, IMO.


Thanks for the suggestions. I must admit I haven't heard any albums by these bands, so nice to see there's still more good stuff in this subgenre. For some reason all of your suggestions are on on Grooveshark, which is very nice indeed. Will be checking out one album of each band and then add them if I like 'em (I'll let you know).

Written by annodomini on 12.10.2014 at 14:11

Oh, and I just realised, there is no Theatres des Vampires. 1997-2003 period is a top notch beauty and the beast gothic metal, I believe it should be included here

And also I recommend to check polish Sacriversum, whic last two albums were more than amazing.


I somehow never got around to check out Theatres des Vampires. Judged by the ratings, Suicide Vampire seems one of their best (?), so will check out that one. And sorry, but I won't add the last suggestions since they're not on MS.


I know, I just suggested it for your listening pleassure Let me know, when you get into those albums
Dark†SymphonY - 14.10.2014 at 19:07  
Written by Erik M. on 13.10.2014 at 22:56

Written by Dark†SymphonY on 13.10.2014 at 20:38

Something else for your gothic adventures,
Diathra - Gothic doom - Seen this band quite a bit on MS, from what I've heard their debut is probably the most doom influenced while their later stuff is more female fronted gothic. Not the best gothic band I've ever heard, but worth a listen


Thanks, but I can't seem to find any of their stuff online. Streaming only, since I don't download. If you can provide me with a link so I can stream it, I'll check it out.

I can't find much about this band either, they have songs on YouTube though (not full albums though). If I find anything else fitting this list, I'll post again
You most definitely have the best gothic bands listed anyway.
Erik M. - 14.10.2014 at 22:46  
Written by annodomini on 14.10.2014 at 08:11

I know, I just suggested it for your listening pleassure Let me know, when you get into those albums


Thanks again. You really know quite a lot of these bands it seems. Feel free to make a similar list if you feel like it. Just listened to Silentium - Altum and really enjoyed it. Great stuff. Consider it added.

Will be checking out the others in the coming weeks. I'll let you know when I checked everything out.
Erik M. - 14.10.2014 at 22:52  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 14.10.2014 at 19:07

I can't find much about this band either, they have songs on YouTube though (not full albums though). If I find anything else fitting this list, I'll post again
You most definitely have the best gothic bands listed anyway.


Alright, thanks man. Your gothic list is great too, for the record (even though there are a few albums on it that are misplaced, in my opinion ).
Baribal - 16.10.2014 at 20:03  
@ Erik M.
Great list, I found a lot of my favorites in there, especially "Widow's Weeds", "Lake Of Sorrow" and "Velvet Darkness They Fear".

Do you know the Gothic Metal band Mandrake? I don't like their newer albums that much (they also don't fit into the "Beauty And The Beast" scheme because grunts are missing in their newer works) but their debut "Forever" is great! That album belongs to my personal Gothic Metal Top 5.

http://metalstorm.net/bands/band.php?band_id=798&bandname=Mandrake
Erik M. - 18.10.2014 at 16:00  
Written by Baribal on 16.10.2014 at 20:03

@ Erik M.
Great list, I found a lot of my favorites in there, especially "Widow's Weeds", "Lake Of Sorrow" and "Velvet Darkness They Fear".

Do you know the Gothic Metal band Mandrake? I don't like their newer albums that much (they also don't fit into the "Beauty And The Beast" scheme because grunts are missing in their newer works) but their debut "Forever" is great! That album belongs to my personal Gothic Metal Top 5.

http://metalstorm.net/bands/band.php?band_id=798&bandname=Mandrake


Thanks a lot! Yeah, your favourites are among my favourites as well. Not surprising as those albums are total classics in the genre. I do know Mandrake, but haven't listened to them. In any case, I added the album to the list (non-ranked) and when I have checked it out (enough times) I'll rank it (which might take a while though since I haven't found the album yet).
Erik M. - 18.10.2014 at 16:23  
Silentium - Altum is now at #7, as it's one of the best albums of this style I've listened to. It really is top-notch gothic metal.

Changed the maximum albums/band to 2 instead of 3, so I deleted a Draconian and Tristania album. Having 3 albums/band is really too much, after all.
Erik M. - 18.10.2014 at 18:05  
Also added Sunterra - Lost Times. Enjoyed this a hell a lot as well. Damn, this annodomini guy gave me quite a few great suggestions for this list. Didn't think I missed so many bands.

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