It's always the same riff… the same bass… for some reason you can't stop listening to it… it's appealing. The whole sound summons you into a spiral, a void… It's always the same thing, over and over again... it's driving you crazy, demented… it's so loud that you'll beg for someone to kill you. But the music won't let it! The music is up to kill from the inside, it's your soul it wants! That chord, trembling over and over again… ''please kill me… please for the love of God, somebody kill me!!! I can't stand it anymore!''
In the end, that music… it took an eternity to end and it was only 25 minutes long… Somewhere in between, you ended up a corpse on a chair, your arms down, your head right-sided with the head-phones on, and darkened empty eyes… It killed your soul. Sshhh… listen… the phones… it's still droning… over and over and over and over…
Drone Metal… very slow music, very slow moods, very slow images, very slow… everything!
Before its appearance in the Heavy Metal realm, drone music first started off side by side with ambient music, instrumental experiments, shoegaze landscapes or some sub-genres of electronic music overall. ''Stars Of The Lid'', ''Birchville Cat Motel'' or ''Emeralds'' are a few just to name some of those artists.
Inevitably, Heavy Metal, with its several sub-genre branches, eventually started to mix drone music within its heavy sound. Doom Metal, the extreme one, is commonly known to be the most combined sub-genre, but drone music managed to ''mingle'' with tones of other metal-a-like tunes, like post-rock, noise, stoner, industrial or black, and nowadays mostly with sludge, as some already started to name it as the 3rd wave of Drone Metal. As a matter of fact, this research offered me the experience of knowing very ''odd'' bands that I didn't know they existed, whose sound is blended with several different music kinds, as I was undoubtedly blown away with their music, being ''Monarch!'', ''Echoes Of Yul'', ''Hyatari'' or ''Menace Ruine'' JUST to name a few! So those of you who thought Drone Metal was only Sunn O))), Earth or Boris… well, you better think twice and dive into this ''encyclopedia''!
This chronological list features the studio recordings i consider unquestionably, essential to any Drone Metal fan. From the purists to the slightly interested ones, and for the drone beginners, I believe this will suit you all. Enjoy!