Some of you might be aware of my obsession with doom, namely funeral
doom metal and while I won't say no to certain genre hybrids these are the
albums that have stuck with me as the pinnacle of what modern doom has
to offer. I'll also mention this list won't cater to "Sabbath-doom" rather it's
a focus on what the tag means for today's metal.
|1||Shape Of Despair|
Angels of Distress
If you're going to play doom, have a band name that shouts mental agony right?
Jarno's vocals will feature on this list a number of times, points to who-ever knows
|2||Eye Of Solitude|
Between Sui Caedere and Canto III, there's very little wrong with how Eye Of
Solitude approach their death/doom. Daniel's deep growls blend theme and
aggression together seamlessly. With another EP yet to drop sometime this year it's
a wonder how these guys can bring such a level of consistency to the genre.
L Etre et La Nausee
L Etre et La Nausee is the best modern day doom can offer. A big statement
backed only by the album's pure ingenuity, bringing the best of torn atmospheres,
harsh tones and excellent compositions, Ataraxie's magnum opus sat as my Album
Of The Year and not by a small amount. These are not short tracks, rather sonic
agony stretched into a majestic statement.
|4||Until Death Overtakes Me|
Prelude To Monolith
Rather over-looked after its release. Evoken are one of those ever consistent acts
that should be a staple in any doom diet.
|6||The Fall of Every Season|
Dead Words Speak
This year's Earthless sees improveent on the former Draconian master. If you like
anything mentioned above you should continue with this ethereal display of funeral
Turning Season Within
I mentioned this above, it deserves a proper place on this list.
My current Album Of The Year, with members from Shape Of Despair, Eye Of
Solitude, reading like a who's who in the doom genre.
More modern releases like this will make my world go 'round.
|11||Under The Sun|
Under The Sun
Patterns of Failure
Some of my favourite sounds come into play on this record. Depressive black metal,
raw and unyielding, intertwine perfectly with the funeral doom soundscape.
|13|| ||Vin de Mia Trix|
Once Hidden From Sight
From Hypnotic Dirge Records blending a more prog-laced psychedelia base to their
brand of funeral doom.
|14|| ||100 Years Of Solitude|
A Blackened Earth
Solitude, solitary and by itself.
Blackened metal that only hints at my beloved doom. FFO: Dying Sun
Female-led fuzz masterpiece with multiple bass-ness.
The Death of Utopia
And the mouth of time is open
|20|| ||Profetus |
All Seasons Die
Along the same vein as last year's Ataraxie
Ashes To Ashes
Has the same ideas as Monolithe, but lacks some of the execution. With a run-time
of 57 minutes it's but a casual listen.
Read above. IV may lack some of the grandeur found on this release but have you
ever thought of listening to these releases in order?
Got a spare two hours and ten minutes? Of course you do! FFO: The Fall Of Every
|24||Catapult The Dead|
All Is Sorrow
Really nice blokes. If you ever wanted something more accessible than other
releases in the genre, this is a good place to start.
A Pyre of Lost Dreams
More of that good 'ol marmalade.