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Darkest metal albums ever

A list of the darkest, gloomiest or most disturbing works in metal
65Today Is the Day
Temple of the Morning Star


Vulgar, controversial and a little bit disturbing
64Coldworld
Melancholie


This lp can make you feel phisically cold
63Weakling
Dead as Dreams


Without any doubt the best us black metal album ever, contains some truly upsetting vocals and disharmonies
62Silencer (SWE)
Death - Pierce Me


While Nattramn vocals are more funny than disturbing, the songwriting and the guitar tone vreates some truly dark atmospheres
61Blindead
Affliction XXIX II MCMXCVI


A bleak prog/post concept album about a broken child neglected and abandoned by his parents
60Cough
Still They Pray


Muddy sludge metal with a majestic melancholic closer
59Wormfood
Jeux d'enfants


A short depraved and perverted avant-garde lp dealing with paedophilia and weirdo stuff
58God
The Anatomy of Addiction


Chris Broderick's side project is basically godflesh but with an unnerving sax and a disturbed experimental songwriting
57Akhlys
The Dreaming I


Sleep paralysis black metal
56Ihsahn
After


The atmospheric sax on undercurrent and on the shores is somehow both relaxing and creepy
55Slipknot
Iowa


Maybe the heaviest "mainstream" album ever, disasterpiece is their most aggressive song, (515) noisy intro contains Sid's desperate screams after his grandfather's death, plus tracks like gently, skin ticket and iowa contains some truly dark atmospheres
54Mudvayne
L.D. 50


The opus magnus of nu metal. A smart songwriting about taboo themes such as child abandonment, terminal diseases, drug addiction and a perfect psychological view of Ed Gein's pathology. Plus severed is one of the most accurate depictions of suicidal tendencies ever. Chad vocals catched perfectly the atmosphere.
53Converge
Jane Doe


The dirge during Jane Doe's chorus is bonechilling
52Pain of Salvation
The Perfect Element, Part 1


Abuse, hope, disillusion, hate and love. Dark in the most human way possible. A concept about two abused child meeting each other and going into a disfunctional love relationship. It's both depressing and gloomy
51Dir En Grey
Uroboros


Abyssal cryptic stuff that will make you feel uncomfortable without even knowing why
50Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath


Imagine to discover a brand new genre in the 70s, esoteric, occult and full of satanic imagery.
49Gaza
I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die


One of the most pissed off records ever, just pure angst.
48Darkthrone
A Blaze in the Northern Sky


The essence of black metal itself.
47The Angelic Process
Coma Waering


The soundtrack to a coma. Is like sinking below the walls of sleep.
46Korn
Life Is Peachy


While daddy is still their most disturbing LIP has an overall dark and demented vibe that makes this album creepier. Lyrics deals with themes such as paedophilia, mysoginy, addiction, perversion and child abuse. Jon vocals are top notch here, good god's screamings are insane.
45Katatonia
Brave Murder Day


Sombre, gloomy and still elegant.BMD can be both ethereal and eerie.
44Agalloch
The Mantle


The mantle is like walking alone at night through a dead haunting forest
43Cult of Luna
Somewhere Along the Highway


There is something absolutely dim (pun intended) behind the majestic aura of this monumental work, sometimes relaxing sometimes cimmerian, SATH is like a beautiful grimy landscape.
42Mercyful Fate
Don't Break the Oath


One of the most devilish works ever that inspired BM. Diamond's hauntong vocals fits perfectly the satanic themes.
41Warning
Watching from a Distance


No controversial lyrics or disturbing music. Just pure depression. The vocals are full of regrets and the slow doomy music are both fascinating and sad.
40Deftones
White Pony


Featuring one of the best atmospheres in music WP contains some pretty cryptic lyrics about dark themes such as kidnapping and electrocuting the partner during sex. Pink maggit is a perfect sombre enigmatic ending but the darkest part is Rodleen's vocal solo in knife prty that goes from singing and orgasm to screams of anguish and pain.
39Infester
To the Depths... In Degradation


Most of gory death metal fails to be truly dark, this is an exception. The heavy riffs combined to the almost puked vocals and sick lyrics makes this an uncomfortable listen
38Eyehategod
Dopesick


Just pure fucking hatred and rage. Members of the band cut themselves during the recording session.
37Shining (SWE)
V - Halmstad


A journey through a depressive suicidal mind
36Gorguts
Obscura


An upsetting distorted masterpiece
35Locrian
The Crystal World


While sunn o))) imo fails to be truly dark because of too much repetition, Locrian creates an unique cloudy, lightless atmosphere sending you right to a murky world
Perfect soundtrack for night jogging.
34Lunar Aurora
Andacht


Tenebrous black metal with terrifying background noises and atmospheric chants.
33Old Man Gloom
Christmas


Paranoid, bizarre and psychotic sludgy album. The psychotic vibes are priceless, that cover of "to be with you" is truly something
32Dystopia
Human = Garbage


If misanthropy had a soundtrack.
31Bell Witch
Longing


Like a slow depressive funeral procession
30Depressive age
Lying in Wait


Depressive thrash with sinister guitar tones and monotone ominous vocals. Lyrics about Rape, poverty, depression and addiction will make you feel unhappy for a while
29My Dying Bride
Turn Loose the Swans


A grim macabre and yet exquisite goth fable. Keyboards, deep clean vocals and apt violins creates a nice balance with deep growls, sombre lyrics and dark atmosphere.
28maudlin of the Well
Bath


Dark in a weird way, the songs switches from relaxing beautiful parts to nightmarish heavy stuff. Ferryman is like sailing hell with charon and They aren't all beautiful is pure mysanthropy while geography is incredibly emotional.
27Khanate
Khanate


One of the most unnerving albums ever. There are basically no riffs, just a mixture of drone, doom and Alan Dubin's morbid sick screaming.
26Buzzov-en
Sore


One of the scuzziest works in sludge, the first and the last minutes of the album are pure dread. I bet they have some issues with screaming women
25Gris
Il Était Une Forêt...


Depressive suicidal black metal that balance beautiful music to tortured screaming vocals. The lyrics are some of the eeriest ever. Le gala des gens heurex contains some of the most disturbing suicidal allegories ever.
24Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss


Switching to pure thrashing hate to slower scary pieces. Spirit in black and temptation keeps their traditional satanic lyrics, war ensemble and expendable youth criticize war and weapons but the scariest ones are the Ed Gein inspired dead skin mask, which features some creepy riffs, vocals and even a screaming woman and the esoteric seasons in the abyss. Araya's vocals switches to furious screaming to creepier monthone vocals
23Subrosa
More Constant Than The Gods


Esoteric, occult atmospheres of witchcraft. The comatose female vocals and screeching violins contributes to create a Dark romantic masterpiece.
22The Body
I Shall Die Here


Their closest attempt of being traditional music. Ominous disgusting vocals screaming surrounds a chaotic monothone low fi guitar that will torture you for 42 minutes straight.
21The Ruins Of Beverast
Rain Upon The Impure


This albums gives a unique feeling of impending doom, the bad production makes it even more apocalyptical, pure biblical terror
20Dog Fashion Disco
Adultery


A psychotic concept that depicts a descent into insanity with almost every genre possible, which gives the perfect feeling of schizophrenia. Some dark tracks are followed by happy sounding music with even darker lyrics. The outro with classical music and the background "i was always easily influenced" is terrific
19Amenra
Mass III


I don't know how to describe the esoteric feelings that fulfill this album. Just listen to understand it.
18Saturnus
Veronika Decides to Die


The most personal choice here. This masterpiece gives me depressing vibes like no others. The slow music, the sombre melodies and the deep grunts alternated to spoken monogues keeps this album among the saddest ever
17Celtic Frost
Monotheist


One of the most apocalyptic works in music. Heavy guitars, demonic atmospheres and the duets are perfect. Obscured's "no" repeated over and over gives me goosebumps every time
16The Axis of Perdition
Deleted Scenes From Transition Hospital


Basically if silent hill and outlast were a musical. A trip into an asylum full of nightmares
15Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas


Another BM Anthem with freezing atmospheres, and surrounded by disturbing backstories.
14Oranssi Pazuzu
Värähtelijä


Psychedelic BM that will make you descend into the darkest abyss
13Alice in Chains
Dirt


Knowing Layne's condition during the recording session makes this even sadder. The lyrics are the most authentic example of self loathing. The muddy guitar/bass sound and the depressive lyrics about death, regret and drugs makes this one of the most iconic albums ever
12Godflesh
Streetcleaner


This album sounds so dirty that makes you feel soiled
11Forgotten Tomb
Songs to Leave


The melodies contrapposed with the bleak hopeless screaming and slow rythm creates a desperate masterwork of DSBM. The cover is pretty fucked up too
10Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral


The album name explains it all. Cynical, perverted and hopeless. Hurt is what pain sounds like, the most depressing song ever
9Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History


People fears what they don't know and well.... nobody knows wtf is that. It has the almost lovecraftian feeling of something lurking, watching you and crawling under your skin.... in the weirdest way possible
8Obscure Sphinx
Void Mother


Wielebna's clean vocals are haunting as hell, her tortured screams even scarier. Musically is perfectly structured for being dark, menacing and solemn. The dirge at the end of WTBDTR is terrific.
7Pig Destroyer
Prowler in the Yard


A depraved gory concept albums with implicit but still effective psychotic lyrics, deranged vocals by Haynes and perverted themes. Jennifer may be the scariest spoken intro ever
6Immolation
Close to a World Below


The hell awaits of death metal, listening to this chaotic, blasphemous heavy work is like witnessing hell itself.
The final guitar disharmonies are pure evil
5Dragged Into Sunlight
Hatred For Mankind


Sludgy black metal with ominous psychotic vocals, blasting drums, scuzzy sound, totally misanthropic lyrics and serial killer dialogues in the background while a depraved atmosphere surrounds the album
4Gnaw Their Tongues
Spit at me and Wreak Havoc on my Flesh


I don't know what to say. A cacophony of nightmares
3Neurosis
Souls at Zero


Imagine of being in an unknown island surrounded by a cult that sacrifices you and smiles watching you burn alive.
2Deathspell Omega
Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice


Damn the prayers sounds like actual satanic rites, this is like dwelling in hell for eternity. Very few things are known about the band, the members are unidentified, the singer seems to be the pervert Mikko Aspa but it's not confirmed. Latin lyrics, chaotic music and gregorian chants adds the feeling of being in hell, the theist satanist lyrics makes this a solemn tribute to satan
1Acid Bath
When the Kite String Pops


Here we are, maybe the darkest album ever. The screeching guitars, the perfect bass sound, Dax's cleans add to acoustic masterpieces such as bones of baby dolls and scream of the butterfly a touch of darkness and sorrow, his screams are terrifying. The sick atmosphere surrounds every song, the lyrics deals with controversial stuff such as misanthropy, addiction, serial killers, paedophilia, sadism, masochi, abortion, depression, rape, loss of innocence and blasphemy. Both depressive and disturbing
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