|Melancholy For The Soul Ii|
A follow up to my last list, but this time instead of just having
melancholic albums, I'm going to go one step (and prolly more) beyond
and go into more depth on these albums so hopefully people will check
em out. I guess you can say this is one of those cliche "Overlooked" lists,
and you'd be right. Most of these are absolutely amazing (of course I'd
think that) and extremely underrated, and I'd be thrilled if I could discuss
em with some of my Sputnigz. So yea let's do this shit.
A black metal album at heart, but it has strong doom influences a la early
Katatonia. Throw in some neofolk, and some female vocals and you have a recipe
for an absolutely gorgeous album.
Bitter ist's dem Tod zu dienen
Very similar in style to 1, except it doesn't have the doom influences and instead
cranks up the neofolk...which is absolutely fine by me. The vocals are not quite as
good, but when it comes to music like this good vocals are a bonus and a lack
thereof isn't usually detrimental unless they're awful.
I can't rep this album enough. For those who are familiar with Empyrium's older
material (like Songs of Moors and Misty Fields which was in the first part of this list
which I also can't recommend enough), this is Empyrium minus the metal. It's
straight up neofolk at it's absolute best. Haunting, brooding, soothing...I can't think
of enough superlatives to describe this.
Another band who I seem to rep in every list. Listen to these 2 albums pwetty
please. It's got lutes, flutes, female vox, atmospheric keys, doom riffz...pretty
much errythang you could ask from music like this.
A Sombre Dance
|6||In The Woods...|
Heart of the Ages
A gothic/doom classic. If you haven't heard, do it NAO.
|8||Paragon of Beauty|
Seraphine...Far Gone Gleam
some more gothic/doom. my only problem is that it's a bit too short.
doom/death. crushes the soul
Paradise Belongs to You
in the same vein as 9, but much more forgiving and melodic.
Slow Transcending Agony
also similar to 9, except this is even more crushing. this crosses the line from
melancholic to hopelessness.
|12||Of the Wand and the Moon|
some more neofolk. think Agalloch's The White (or to be even more specific, the
track Sowilo Rune) and you'll have a general idea of what this sounds like. except
this is much more sorrowful.
The Way of Regret
doom from brazil. this shit is so dark, and those keys man (keys rule btw). there are
even some femvox which i always appreciate.
|14||Ocean of Sorrow|
Mystery of Winter
some more doooom. this has some of the saddest riffs i've ever heard. it's almost as
if the guitars are weeping heavy tears of sorrow. also the capacity of human
intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative
Let's change the tune from all the doom for a sec and chill with some ambient. Well,
this is more idm but holy shit does it transcend. Only been listening for a week but I
can honestly see this being a 5 in the foreseeable future. Reminds me of when I
first got into MHTRTC way back when.
Under a Name that Hides Her
some more ambient. beautiful.
Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts...
dark ambient with a lil bit of folk and a dash of bm. tasty
Last ambient album i promise. The first of the 3 tracks is not very melancholic (it's
actually kinda unsettling), but the other 2 are pure bliss. Wow.
Nektar - Teil 2: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher
Aight back to the mehtulz. Here's a black metal album with strong progressive
leanings. It's got dat atmusfear, while not being afraid to experiment.
Blut & Krieg
Let's continue with the bm theme for a bit. This album really had the potential to be
something special. It's got some really haunting keys and an ominous vibe, but it's
seriously lacking in the riff department. They're sorta bland and don't enhance the
atmosphere at all. Still really solid tho.
Of Stargates and Bloodstained Celestial Spheres
This is what 20 could have been. Granted, this is a bit more symphonic but it is
more engaging nonetheless.
Black metal with substantial doom influences (i'm starting to really like this lil
Folk/Viking metal. I'm gonna keep reppin' this band till people start listening. Really
sorrowful folk metal. It's like the soundtrack to the solemn journey back home from
a long battle.
Hunengrab im herbst
more of dat black/folk goodness
Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Like a mixture of Summoning and Falkenbach, but with a distinct identity
The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows...
some black, some doom and some folk mmmh
Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)
The Sullen Sulcus
...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...
|31||Die Verbannten Kinder Evas|
Come Heavy Sleep
neoclassical/darkwave. compared to their last album (which i utterly adore), the
synths here sound much less organic and more akin to Summoning's synths (it is
Protector's project after all)...and somehow I feel that it actually enhances the
The Dissolution of Eternity
similar to 31
A World in their Screams
similar in style to the above 2, but completely different in terms of atmosphere. this
is much darker, and even scary at times.
|34||Twelfth of Never|
Things that Were
some gothic metal, some doom metal, and some ethereal. the female vocals are
absolutely incredible. she sounds very similar to the vocalist of...
|35||Autumn's Grey Solace|
Within the Depths of a Darkened Forest
ethereal wave. the singer here has in my opinion arguably the most jaw droppingly
beautiful vocals i've heard. she can overdo it at times tho. incredibly soothing and
Aava Tuulen Maa
The Ancient Glory
as you can probably tell from the name, this is Tolkien themed folk/black metal. it's
missing something that would make it stand out, but it's still pretty enjoyable.
|39||Of Solitude and Solemn|
Of Solitude and Solemn
Noctus' doom/post-rock project. brings the melancholy hard
Zwischen Tod und Leben
black metal from this year
|42||Sun Devoured Earth|
Sounds of Desolation
ready to gaze?
All of the Stars
this would've been stellar if some of the vocals weren't a bit autotuned
ah much better
|48||Paint in Watercolour|
|49||Paint in Watercolour|
In the Presence of Nothing