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Here's a list that contains only Death Doom and Melodic Death Doom Metal albums, so Gothic (check out my other list for that), Funeral or Sludge Doom etc. are NOT included here (but elements from those subgenres might be present in some of the albums on this list). The reason I made this list is because "death doom" is easily one of my all-time favourite subgenres of music in general. Also, there's not a single similar list on MS to be found (at least to my knowing), hence why I feel people who are into this subgenre can use this list to find out more great music. The list is ordened to my own preference and all these albums are worth at least an 8/10 (the alphabetically ranked albums on the bottom of the list will eventually be ranked among the others, but I haven't listened enough to those to do so). The styles (pure/melodic/atmospheric death doom metal) of the ranked albums are also added so it's easier for people to find what they're looking for. I only add 1 album per band for the sake of variety as well as for keeping the list comprehensible. Lastly, give me suggestions so I can check 'em out and add them to the list (only albums that are featured on MS).

Created by: Erik M. | 04.08.2013



1. Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
1996 / Style: Pure/Atmospheric
2. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993 / Style: Pure
3. Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
1996 / Style: Melodic/Atmospheric
4. Desire - Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul...
2002 / Style: Melodic/Atmospheric
5. Disembowelment - Transcendence Into The Peripheral
1993 / Style: Pure
6. Anathema - The Silent Enigma
1995 / Style: Pure/Atmospheric
7. Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
2002 / Style: Pure
8. Officium Triste - Reason
2004 / Style: Melodic
9. Ataraxie - Slow Transcending Agony
2005 / Style: Pure
10. Slumber - Fallout
2004 / Style: Melodic
11. Ophis - Stream Of Misery
2007 / Style: Pure
12. Process Of Guilt - Erosion
2009 / Style: Pure/Post
13. Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
2003 / Style: Melodic
14. Wine From Tears - Through The Eyes Of A Mad
2009 / Style: Melodic
15. Celestial Season - Solar Lovers
1995 / Style: Pure
16. Sadness - Ames De Marbre
1993 / Style: Avantgarde
17. Bilocate - Sudden Death Syndrome
2008 / Style: Melodic
18. Indesinence - Vessels Of Light And Decay
2012 / Style: Pure
19. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
1994 / Style: Melodic
20. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992 / Style: Pure
21. Doom:VS - Earthless
2014 / Style: Melodic
22. Decomposed - Hope Finally Died...
1993 / Style: Pure
23. Hanging Garden - Inherit The Eden
2007 / Style: Melodic
24. Unholy - Gracefallen
1999 / Style: Pure/Atmospheric
25. Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion
2006 / Style: Melodic
26. Morgion - Solinari
1999 / Style: Pure/Atmospheric
27. Necare - Ruin
2005 / Style: Melodic
28. Chalice Of Doom - Into Hypnagogia
2013 / Style: Melodic
29. October Tide - Rain Without End
1997 / Style: Melodic
30. Why Angels Fall - The Unveiling
2010 / Style: Atmospheric
31. Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light
1998 / Style: Atmospheric
32. Hooded Menace - Never Cross The Dead
2010 / Style: Pure
33. Forest Of Shadows - Departure
2004 / Style: Pure/Atmospheric
34. Winter - Into Darkness
1990 / Style: Pure
35. Inborn Suffering - Wordless Hope
2006 / Style: Pure
36. Rapture - Futile
1999 / Style: Melodic
37. Shattered Hope - Absence
2010 / Style: Melodic/Atmospheric
38. Before The Rain - ...One Day Less
2007 / Style: Pure
39. Nox Aurea - Ascending In Triumph
2010 / Style: Melodic
40. Mourning Lenore - Loosely Bounded Infinities
2010 / Style: Melodic
41. Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure
2005 / Style: Pure
42. Doomed - In My Own Abyss
2012 / Style: Pure
43. Black Sun Aeon - Darkness Walks Beside Me
2009 / Style: Melodic
44. The 11th Hour - Burden Of Grief
2009 / Style: Pure
45. Ablaze In Hatred - The Quietude Plains
2009 / Style: Melodic
46. Falling Leaves - Mournful Cry Of A Dying Sun
2012 / Style: Melodic
47. The Gathering - Always...
1992 / Style: Pure
48. Graveyard Dirt - For Grace Or Damnation
2010 / Style: Pure
49. NOT YET RANKED ALBUMS
50. Abysmal Darkening - No Light Behind
2011
51. Anhedonist - Netherwards
2012
52. Frailty - Lost Lifeless Lights
2008
53. Frozen Pain - Remembrances
2006
54. Helevorn - Forthcoming Displeasures
2010
55. Morphia - Frozen Dust
2002
56. My Lament - Broken Leaf
2009
57. On The Edge Of The NetherRealm - Different Realms
2010
58. The Fall Of Every Season - From Below
2007
59. The Prophecy - Revelations
2006
60. Vin de Mia Trix - Once Hidden From Sight
2013



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Góral - 22.12.2013 at 23:43  
Very interesting list, though very selective (this has its advantages and some disadvantages). After explaining a few details, I say "yes". + 1 from me
Erik M. - 23.12.2013 at 21:17  
Written by Góral on 22.12.2013 at 23:43

Very interesting list, though very selective (this has its advantages and some disadvantages). After explaining a few details, I say "yes". + 1 from me


Thanks a lot man. Initially I had 2 albums/band and after that even 3 albums/band as a maximum, but the list got too big because of the many suggestions, hence why I now have only 1 album/band. I think a list like this which has around 60 albums is pretty big already and it would easily be 80 albums long if I'd have 2 albums/band set as a maximum. I might still do that, but I have ignored this list lately and I'll first order all albums (now 15 of them still aren't ranked).
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.01.2014 at 20:58  
You seemed to have branched away from exclusively having melodic death doom. Winter, Disembowelment, Hooded Menace etc. Maybe time for a title and description change
mz - 12.01.2014 at 21:53  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 20:58

You seemed to have branched away from exclusively having melodic death doom. Winter, Disembowelment, Hooded Menace etc. Maybe time for a title and description change

he probably means that death doom+melodic death doom albums are included here by "(melodic) death doom"
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.01.2014 at 21:58  
Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 21:53

he probably means that death doom+melodic death doom albums are included here by "(melodic) death doom"

If so this is a confusing way of highlighting that fact
mz - 12.01.2014 at 22:03  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 21:58

If so this is a confusing way of highlighting that fact


Yeah I've noticed that. This method is used extensively in our language and probably several other ones but I haven't seen it much in English tbh.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.01.2014 at 22:04  
Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 22:03


Yeah I've noticed that. This method is used extensively in our language and probably several other ones but I haven't seen it much in English tbh.

Fair enough. I think a simple "death doom and melodic death doom" type description would allay any confusion.
mz - 12.01.2014 at 22:16  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 22:04


Fair enough. I think a simple "death doom and melodic death doom" type description would allay any confusion.


Agreed but I guess "(Melodic) death doom" is vague and thus, more artistic
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.01.2014 at 22:18  
Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 22:16

Agreed but I guess "(Melodic) death doom" is vague and thus, more artistic

Perhaps, but melodic death doom is far from an artistic genre
mz - 12.01.2014 at 22:26  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 22:18


Perhaps, but melodic death doom is far from an artistic genre


Erik will disagree as melodic death doom is seemingly his most favorite genre
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.01.2014 at 22:27  
Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 22:26

Erik will disagree as melodic death doom is seemingly his most favorite genre

Too lacking in experimentation for me to be considered artistic =P
Erik M. - 14.01.2014 at 00:13  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 20:58

You seemed to have branched away from exclusively having melodic death doom. Winter, Disembowelment, Hooded Menace etc. Maybe time for a title and description change


I never had only melodic death doom here. The list immediately had lots of "pure" death doom as well, like the ones you mention.

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 21:58

If so this is a confusing way of highlighting that fact


Is it really? I don't see what's confusing about it at all. If this list was only about melodic death doom I would've called the list "The Best "Melodic Death Doom" Albums". Pretty big and obvious difference if you ask me.

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 22:04

Fair enough. I think a simple "death doom and melodic death doom" type description would allay any confusion.


I won't change the title (it will be too long, hence why I chose this list title), but I can change it a bit in the description so it's more clear.

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.01.2014 at 22:27

Too lacking in experimentation for me to be considered artistic =P


I guess so, but experimentation isn't necessarily equal to quality. But I do know you prefer experimentation in your music, but I can't say I need that all the time.
Erik M. - 14.01.2014 at 00:13  
Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 21:53

he probably means that death doom+melodic death doom albums are included here by "(melodic) death doom"


Indeed, that's exactly what I mean.

Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 22:03

Yeah I've noticed that. This method is used extensively in our language and probably several other ones but I haven't seen it much in English tbh.


I honestly cannot see what's so confusing about this. it's pretty logical if you ask me.

Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 22:16

Agreed but I guess "(Melodic) death doom" is vague and thus, more artistic


Well, it's pretty obvious even without reading the description I'd say. Hell, I've even added the style of each album (pure, melodic or atmospheric, in most cases).

Written by mz on 12.01.2014 at 22:26

Erik will disagree as melodic death doom is seemingly his most favorite genre


I don't really care honestly. That being said, it's hard to say if it's my favourite genre, but if I had to choose it would indeed be melodic death doom. I also listen to a lot of atmospheric black, so that one would come 2nd.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.01.2014 at 00:22  
As mz stated, it may be a regional thing, but having melodic in parentheses and death doom in quotation marks is very confused grammar to my eyes. You're quoting "death doom" but not "melodic." It just appears a bit jumbled.
Erik M. - 14.01.2014 at 00:24  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.01.2014 at 00:22

As mz stated, it may be a regional thing, but having melodic in parentheses and death doom in quotation marks is very confused grammar to my eyes. You're quoting "death doom" but not "melodic." It just appears a bit jumbled.


Oh damn, you mean it should be like this: "(Melodic) Death Doom"? If so, then I misunderstood you completely.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.01.2014 at 00:27  
Written by Erik M. on 14.01.2014 at 00:24


Oh damn, you mean it should be like this: "(Melodic) Death Doom"? If so, then I misunderstood you completely.

I'm not an expert on grammar by far. Marcel could probably tell you if it's technically correct or not. It looks better to me like that though, as (Melodic) "Death Doom" feels as though the melodic part is modifying the death doom part to mean death doom of the melodic type.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.01.2014 at 00:30  
Just do away with the quote marks. So call it: The Best (Melodic) Death Doom Albums.
Or if you want to use the quote marks than it should indeed be: The Best "(Melodic) Death Doom" Albums
Erik M. - 14.01.2014 at 00:31  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.01.2014 at 00:27

I'm not an expert on grammar by far. Marcel could probably tell you if it's technically correct or not. It looks better to me like that though, as (Melodic) "Death Doom" feels as though the melodic part is modifying the death doom part to mean death doom of the melodic type.


Ah I see. Honestly though, I did it to have the same style as my other list. Might be a bad reason, but I didn't see the harm either. I might change it though...
Erik M. - 14.01.2014 at 00:33  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.01.2014 at 00:30

Just do away with the quote marks. So call it: The Best (Melodic) Death Doom Albums.
Or if you want to use the quote marks than it should indeed be: The Best "(Melodic) Death Doom" Albums


Okay, will do that. Thanks.

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