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A list of metal albums inspired and based with themes from the works/writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Recommendations/suggestions are welcome. Only one album per band and album featured on MS.

Created by: Dark†SymphonY | 10.09.2013



1. Aarni - Bathos
2004 - Avant-Garde
2. Aldebaran - Embracing The Lightless Depths
2012 - Funeral Doom
3. Arkham Witch - Legions Of The Deep
2012 - Heavy/Doom
4. Bal-Sagoth - Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule
1996 - Symphonic Black
5. Bloodwritten - Pages in Blood
2000 - Black
6. Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession
2009 - Black/Doom
7. Catacombs - In The Depths Of R'lyeh
2006 - Funeral Doom
8. Chthe'ilist - Amechth'ntaas'm'rriachth
2012 - Death
9. Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium
2007 - Funeral Doom
10. Cosmic Atrophy - Codex Incubo
2008 - Progressive/Death
11. Deathchain - Death Gods
2010 - Thrash/Death
12. Denial - Catacombs Of The Grotesque
2009 - Death
13. The Disciples Of Zoldon - Blackened Theological Tome
2007 - Death/Doom
14. Dylath-Leen - Insecure
2002 - Atmospheric/Death
15. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
2000 - Stoner/Doom
16. Evoke Thy Lords - Escape To The Dreamlands
2008 - Psychedelic Doom
17. Fungoid Stream - Celaenus Fragments
2004 - Funeral Doom
18. Graveyard (Spn) - One With The Dead
2009 - Death
19. The Great Old Ones - Al Azif
2012 - Atmospheric Black
20. Le Grand Guignol - The Great Maddening
2007 - Avant-Garde
21. Innzmouth - Lovecraft's Dreams
2012 - Funeral Doom
22. Internal Suffering - Choronzonic Force Domination
2004 - Brutal/Death
23. Living Death - Protected From Reality
1987 - Thrash
24. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988 - Thrash
25. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989 - Death
26. Necronomicon (CAN) - Rise Of The Elder Ones
2013 - Death
27. Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
1998 - Technical/Death
28. Ninnghizhidda - Blasphemy
1998 - Symphonic Black
29. Nox Arcana - Necronomicon
2004 - Neoclassical/Gothic
30. Obsecration - The Art Of Butchery
2009 - Death
31. Portal - Swarth
2009 - Experimental/Death
32. Puteraeon - Cult Cthulu
2012 - Death
33. Ripping Corpse - Dreaming With The Dead
1991 - Thrash
34. Septicflesh - Sumerian Daemons
2003 - Atmospheric/Death
35. Shub Niggurath - A Deadly Call From The Stars
2011 - Black/Death
36. Sinister - Diabolical Summoning
1993 - Death
37. Solstice - New Dark Age
1998 - Doom
38. Sulphur Aeon - Swallowed By The Ocean's Tide
2012 - Atmospheric/Death
39. Tyranny - Tides of Awakening
2005 - Funeral/Doom
40. Yogth Sothoth - Abominations Of The Nebulah Mortiis
2008 - Death
41. Yyrkoon - Occult Medicine
2004 - Death



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Draven Edge - 10.09.2013 at 20:40  
One of the major reasons I began listening to metal was because of horror/dark lyrical content. Albums like King Diamond | Abigail, Venom | Black Metal, and Exorcist | Nightmare Theater, really inspired my musical interests. Concept related songs and albums are interesting, I prefer material that tells a story, like Edge of Sanity's Crimson I&II. Another good list, I'll definitely check some of these out.
Thx D
Fritillaria - 10.09.2013 at 20:50  
Written by Draven Edge on 10.09.2013 at 20:40

One of the major reasons I began listening to metal was because of horror/dark lyrical content.


ok somewhat I agree with this part, that kind of lyrical theme totally is a plus to appeal of metal

Written by Draven Edge on 10.09.2013 at 20:40

Concept related songs and albums are interesting, I prefer material that tells a story, like Edge of Sanity's Crimson I&II.


though the albums mentioned above are really awesome but I don't agree that a certain lyrical theme would make me to care about an album,hmm but it can add to awesomeness of an album
Alex Fenger - 10.09.2013 at 20:51  
Prefer this list to the Tolkein one. Much more musically diverse, and quite frankly much stronger musically as well.
Dark†SymphonY - 10.09.2013 at 20:56  
Written by Draven Edge on 10.09.2013 at 20:40

One of the major reasons I began listening to metal was because of horror/dark lyrical content. Albums like King Diamond | Abigail, Venom | Black Metal, and Exorcist | Nightmare Theater, really inspired my musical interests. Concept related songs and albums are interesting, I prefer material that tells a story, like Edge of Sanity's Crimson I&II. Another good list, I'll definitely check some of these out.
Thx D

Those albums are ultimate classics in the horror metal genre, and as I love dark and creepy themes in metal too. I don't think those 3 are Lovecraft related, but still they are great albums.
Dark†SymphonY - 10.09.2013 at 21:02  
Written by Alex Fenger on 10.09.2013 at 20:51

Prefer this list to the Tolkein one. Much more musically diverse, and quite frankly much stronger musically as well.

Thanks, I took me a while to find most of these albums, the ones I already know and have listened to are Bal-Sagoth, Electric Wizard, Nile and Septicflesh. I've also noticed that most of the bands I've found are early death or thrash metal.
Erik M. - 15.09.2013 at 01:00  
Again a nice list you created. I of course like Aarni (but there's lots of doom in them, so I'd say they're "avantgarde doom" ), but also Bal-Sagoth, Colosseum, The Great Old Ones, Nile and Solstice (but their debut is definitely better if you ask me, due to totally annoying vocals on New Dark Age... not sure if the debut is Lovecraft inspired though).

Any plans on yet another new list soon?
Dark†SymphonY - 15.09.2013 at 11:08  
Written by Erik M. on 15.09.2013 at 01:00

Again a nice list you created. I of course like Aarni (but there's lots of doom in them, so I'd say they're "avantgarde doom" ), but also Bal-Sagoth, Colosseum, The Great Old Ones, Nile and Solstice (but their debut is definitely better if you ask me, due to totally annoying vocals on New Dark Age... not sure if the debut is Lovecraft inspired though).

Any plans on yet another new list soon?

I have a few ideas, but I am taking a break at the moment, if you have ideas please share them
Erik M. - 15.09.2013 at 22:45  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 15.09.2013 at 11:08

I have a few ideas, but I am taking a break at the moment, if you have ideas please share them


Well, the only idea for a new list I have right now is the sequel to my most recent list, so a list of two-man band albums. I'm almost done with the one-man band albums list, but I'm not in a hurry to make another list right away, so it might be weeks or even months from now when I'll create it.
Erik M. - 20.10.2013 at 23:18  
Isn't Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession supposed to be on this list? Totally amazing album, so better than most albums on this list if you ask me (the ones that I know).
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.10.2013 at 23:45  
Chthe'ilist. Great Demilich-inspired death metal.
Dark†SymphonY - 21.10.2013 at 22:01  
Written by Erik M. on 20.10.2013 at 23:18

Isn't Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession supposed to be on this list? Totally amazing album, so better than most albums on this list if you ask me (the ones that I know).

I think I missed adding that band on here, it definitely fits on the list. Thanks Erik
Dark†SymphonY - 21.10.2013 at 22:02  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 20.10.2013 at 23:45

Chthe'ilist. Great Demilich-inspired death metal.

Interesting name, definitely gonna look into this, thanks.
Erik M. - 21.10.2013 at 22:14  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 21.10.2013 at 22:01

I think I missed adding that band on here, it definitely fits on the list. Thanks Erik


Not strange that you missed it, seeing as it's far from popular. Let me know what you think of it. I think it's either a hate or love thing with that album... and you already know what I think of it. Pretty hypnotic and addictive album.
Nimlot - 01.03.2014 at 02:22  
Nox Arcana's Necronomicon is clearly an homage to Lovecraft.
Dark†SymphonY - 01.03.2014 at 20:52  
Written by Nimlot on 01.03.2014 at 02:22

Nox Arcana's Necronomicon is clearly an homage to Lovecraft.

I was hesitant to add this, as it's not a metal album, but I might as well add to the list.
Nimlot - 02.03.2014 at 21:59  
Here's another one, Canadian death metal occultists Necronomicon: http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/album.php?album_id=69417&band_id=4118&bandname=Necronomicon+%28CAN%29

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