|Metal Gems and Rarities|
I've been working on listening to everything I've once heard before, so I found some gems along the way and even a few albums that actually grew on me with time. Note: Not everything here is "rare" necessarily but there's a few somewhat overlooked stuff, and some of these might already be on my previous list as well. Anything else on here, especially if it's well known, is just a gem in my eyes or a recent dig.
|1||Eye of Solitude|
Funeral Doom - At this point, this is probably my favorite funeral doom album, definitely one of my best discoveries. Everything here hits pretty hard.
Symphonic Black Metal - This ones intensely melodic and "kvlt." It might even make you wanna put on corpse paint and sway a torch around in your backyard.
Doomed Dark Years
Black Metal - An all female band that delivered a pretty nice effort here. Recommended for any black metal junkie, especially if you adore the 90's material.
The Devil's Hall of Fame
Progressive Metal - An awesome album under the belt of Jorn Lande. Probably one of the best progressive metal albums that's actually darker in sound.
|5||Power of Omens|
Eyes of the Oracle
Progressive Metal - One of my all time favorites, a pretty bloated but totally rewarding listen.
Grindcore - Might be a love it or hate it kind of album just because of the experimentation alone. In this case, I'd argue it's the good kind of weird over the bad kind, it's a pretty fun listen.
Ruins of Empires
Melodic Death Metal - This subgenre normally isn't my thing, though I'm a sucker for middle eastern melodies in metal.
|8||Fall of the Leafe|
Gothic Metal - An album that technically doesn't do anything too crazy, but benefits off of plain old good songwriting and production.
Symphonic Black Metal - A very consistent album through and through, there's not really anything I can criticize on this, it's solid.
Illusion of Evil
Experimental Doom - Swirling, bleak, and hell, even a little disturbing at times.
Technical Death Metal - I am well aware this a well known classic but it finally grew on me after years of indifference. Nothing else really captures this kind of magic.
Requiem - Mezzo Forte
Symphonic Gothic Doom Metal - Epic and beautiful stuff.
Progressive Darkwave - Truly ahead of its time and severely overlooked.
|14||Thorns of the Carrion|
The Scarlet Tapestry
Gothic Death Doom Metal - Perhaps a little melodramatic at times, yet an awesome listen nonetheless. I'd recommended it especially if you like My Dying Bride.
|15||Void Of Silence|
The Sky Over
Atmospheric Doom Metal - Very atmosphere centric doom, sounds similar to the two previous albums that came before it and it's not a bad thing at all.
Behind the Shadows Lie Madness
Technical Death Metal - In a genre where most bands tend to blend into each a little too much, these guys are one of the major exceptions.
Ambient Black Metal - Not unknown by any means, but much like Demilich, it finally clicked with me. Tastefully melodic, and perfect for the winter season.
Using Sickness as a Hero
Grindcore / Death Metal - Puzzling, crazy, heavy, and all of the above.
Atmospheric Doom Metal - This one takes time to digest, but it is great if you're in the mood for doom. The atmosphere present mixed with the impressive female vocals is a perfect combo.
Even as All Before Us
Gothic Doom Metal - A side project of Weakling's John Gossard. Doomy goodness, hard to pinpoint but the album cover very much fits the style of music in this case.
Melodic Death Metal - A few members of this band went on to form Atoma, and after seeing how good this album is, it makes total sense.
The Towers of Avarice
Progressive Metal - The definitive progressive metal album in my opinion. I would not change a single thing on this release.
1000 Thoughts of Violence
Progressive Black Metal - Experimental as it is fun, sadly after The Habit of Fire I feel this band went pretty downhill.
Beyond the Crimson Horizon
Epic Doom Metal - Classic band, yet I gotta say The Final Sin is one of the best songs ever. My only gripe with this album is the last song - it doesn't really serve any purpose. Other than that, this absolutely rules.
Farthest from the Sun
Symphonic Black Thrash Metal - Epic and filled with riffs. I mean, this thing absolutely riffs and I am genuinely surprised it has less than 50 ratings.
Carriers of Dust
Progressive Symphonic Black Metal - This man's discography I always respected but never fully enjoyed until now. It took me years to really get his work. Out of everything, I feel like this tops all that he has done.
Chapter I: Delirium
Funeral Doom Metal - Gorgeous funeral doom. The entire trilogy of albums for the band are incredible honestly. I'd recommend it to every funeral doom fan, or even if you like the genre in small doses.
A New World?
Avant Garde Metal - I shilled this album many years ago. This is like the brother of In The Woods, so if you dig them as much as I do, get on this at once!
Infinity... A Timeless Journey
Atmospheric Death Doom - Pure misery.
To the Depths... In Degradation
Brutal Death Metal - Again, well known but seriously, what the fuck? This thing is filthy, and arguably the only album I could ever refer to as such. In this case, it's filthy good. And it's a step above others much like Demlich is.
Storm of the Light's Bane
Melodic Black Metal - Hailed as a classic for a reason. Night's Blood is one of the best songs ever.
Immense, Intense, Suspense
Avant Garde Metal - This is a mixed bag of death, doom, and progressive elements, though it pans out very well. My favorite death metal album.
Slaves for Life
Progressive Metal - Middle eastern aesthetic in a colossal sized album. Worth hearing despite its length.
Art of Life
Power Metal - Classic album, thorough listens have made this a personal favorite of mine. Listen to it before you die.
Atmospheric Black Metal - For anyone interested in something similar to Coldworld, this exists.
From These Wounds
Gothic Doom Metal - Norwegian bands always scratch my itch. Check it out if you enjoy anything doomy.
Mein Wort in Deiner Dunkelheit
Avant Garde Metal - This is a trippy one. This is the solo output of the famous Bethlehem vocalist, and he's a damn good bassist, too. I'd argue this album is a little hard to digest at times because of the songwriting style and vocals. It's worth jamming, though.
Thrash Death Metal - I... actually enjoy this more than Consuming Impulse.
The Nightspectral Voyage
Symphonic Black Metal - This one's extremely bombastic... but in a very awesome way.
Progressive Death Metal - Posting Timeghoul just because they rule. One of the most unique bands from the 90's. Boiling in the Hourglass is my all time favorite death metal song.
Ashore the Celestial Burden
Progressive Death Doom Metal - A cult classic for those who know it. Recommended for any death metal fan.
Will of the Gods is Great Power
Epic Doom Metal - Things hardly get better than this. Honestly, it's a relief that this has 100 ratings.
|43||Hidden In The Fog|
Progressive Black Metal - A concrete blend of progressive and black metal.
Slub Lorth in Eternal Rest
Funeral Doom - A pretty damn cool demo filled with some weird, almost comical samples at times. It also sounds similar to the band Worship.
Progressive Metal - These guys, like others, fell under the radar which is a shame because this is great stuff. The Michael Jackson cover on here is... interesting to say the least.
From the Yearning to Burst the Perpetual Circle
Progressive Metal - If you're in the mood for instrumental metal, this will suit you well.
|47||Edge of Sanity|
Progressive Death Metal - Same case with Mirrorthrone for me, always respected Dan Swano's discography but it took me a while to find something I wholeheartedly enjoy from him.
Also Sprach Futura
Experimental Doom Metal - The recent output from these guys has been some of my favorite music in general. Recommended for fans of anything literally esoteric.
Gothic Doom Metal - If you can tolerate melodrama and love doom, get this.
Mirror of Vibrations
Melodic Black Metal - This is one of my favorite albums nowadays and has been for a while. It's pretty much middle eastern melodies / aesthetic galore.
BONUS: Melodic Black Metal - Oddly enough, this is my actual most listened to album. Has sentimental value to me unlike most others, it never gets old for me. Recommended for fans of Cradle of Filth. (So if you like Hawks-core, that is.)