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Metal: Cult Classics Pt. XVII

Back with another list of metal records that enjoy a cult-ish reputation yet have fewer than 100 votes here. A longer list, but that's because I included a few records I already featured on another unrelated list somewhere, but nonetheless I found them to be worthy of being mentioned in this series as well. Of course I also snuck in some new stuff m/
Demon Entrails (Remastered)

The starting point of Tom G. Warrior's and Martin E. Ain's career. Savage, feral, cryptic and macabre.
2Manilla Road

A forgotten relic in Manilla Road's discography that sounds almost ancient and arcane. Tons of atmosphere and already reasonable creativity showing through in the songwriting.
3Burning Witch
Crippled Lucifer

One of O'Malley's pre-Sunn projects, together with Khanate. Like the latter band it also manages to create a vibe of horrifying hysteria. Lumbering doom riffs, at times still retaining its blues base, are coupled with an absolute nuthouse vocal performance.
4Unholy (FIN)
From the Shadows

Unique doom/death that takes all kinds of unexpected twists and turns while still retaining its uncanny atmosphere.
5Num Skull
Ritually Abused

Blistering death/thrash with a rabid psychopath on vocals and more riffs than you'll find at the Great Barrier Reef.
6Cultes Des Ghoules

Ritualistic, horrific black metal from one of Poland's finest black metal bands. Crushing riffs and dementedly warped vocal work.

The second album by one of sludge metal's more wayward bands is on par with the previous. Like a backwoods horror tale come to life.
8Sadistic Intent
Ancient Black Earth EP

Another EP by these LA death metallers. Equally warped and nasty.
9The Axis of Perdition
Deleted Scenes From Transition Hospital

Translating Silent Hill into an industrial metal record that still puts most of the emphasis on metal than on the industrial. Featuring terrifying effect-drenched vocals and atonal riffs.
The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation

This EP, like the Sorcery album, is another testament to the interesting insanity that was Kataklysm before they turned into a typical Nuclear Blast flagship of mediocrity. Creative utter chaos.
Exhumed of the Earth

Christian metal done right. An absolute behemoth of a death/doom record carrying a weighty atmosphere of desolation, lumbering riffs and artistic song progressions.
12Hades Almighty
...Again Shall Be

Ritualistically pounding black metal-heavy viking metal with only a faint folk-ish undercurrent. Like the second record, not to be slept on.
13Void Of Silence
Human Antithesis

Apocalyptical doom metal featuring Primordial's A.A. Nemtheanga's superb vocals. A soundtrack to the end of the world.
Blood Ritual

How are the early Samael records rated lower than the leather-and-techno shite of Passage again?
Simple yet forceful and - not quite unimportant - pretty damn evil. Nobody played black metal the way Samael did at the time.
15The Chasm
The Spell of Retribution

Together with From the Lost Years one of The Chasm's most meandering records taking you on a journey through a ghostly Aztec landscape of death. Viva la Muerte!
In the Embrace of Evil

Before there was At The Gates, there was Grotesque. This compilation, which works quite well as a record, is the finest showcase of genuinely demonic death metal with an asphyxiating atmosphere, unusual riffs and blood-curdling vocals.

Less lumbering doom and gloom; more Sabbathy stoner metal. Does that mean the quality's any less? Of course not. Brilliant, riff-heavy, rocking old school metal.
18Mekong Delta
Lurking Fear

One of the better 'comeback' records of the 2000's. The German tech-thrashers being at their most warped and atonal here - instrumentally as well as vocally.
19Forgotten Woods
As the Wolves Gather

Absolutely hypnotic stuff by the depressive black metal innovators that still manages to convey a feeling of unease over one of sadness. Eerie stuff by a mysteriously eerie band.
Thunder In The East

The American "breakthrough" of the Japanese heavy metallers. The vocals take some time getting used to, but the guitar work is brilliant. Catchy, riffy and awesome to rock out with your cock out to.
21Thorr's Hammer

Another one of O'Malley's early projects. Crushing doom riffing with one of the most monstrous female growlers of all time. It gets even more spine-chilling when she alternates the inhuman barks with the witch-like hypnotic chanting.
22Saint Vitus
Die Healing

Arguably Saint Vitus' heaviest record featuring Reagers at his most psychotic. Brilliant insanity by one of old school doom's greats.
Beyond the Wandering Moon

The debut full-length by what was at the time one of black metal's more original bands. Combining the hypnotic quality of black metal with the cavernous vastness of death metal all the while bringing a subtle folk influence into the equation. Superb stuff by a superb band.

Another prime example of melodic death metal that doesn't forget to DEATH METAL. A more straightforward approach than the debut record this one still has shifting song structures and heavy as balls riffs for days. Vicious stuff.
Orkblut - The Retaliation

A one-of-a-kind album that hasn't been recreated by Abigor nor anyone else really. A short piece of bountiful black metal creativity.
26Blood Farmers
Headless Eyes

Another terrific comeback record by the masters of horror doom. Showing that the potent mixture of old school doom metal, psychedelia and 70's creepshow stuff doesn't age.
Black Seal

Another uncanny showcase of brilliance by one of dark metal's strangest bands - creating an infernal landscape in a way no other bands are doing it.
28Paul Chain
In the Darkness

One of old school doom metal's most eccentric artists with what's probably one of his most eccentric statement's. Little music sounds as thoroughly messed up.
29Order From Chaos
Dawn Bringer

The second record by what was one of the most rabid bands of all time - taking your face off like only the blast of a riot gun will do.
30The Obsessed
The Obsessed

Rock-heavy old school doom by the always great Wino. More groove and soul than you can handle.
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