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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.
4Estatic Fear
Somnium Obmutum

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.
5Estatic Fear
A Sombre Dance
6In The Woods...
Heart of the Ages

A gothic/doom classic. If you haven't heard, do it NAO.
8Paragon 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.
12Of the Wand and the Moon
Nighttime Nightrhymes

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.
13Eternal Sorrow
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.
14Ocean 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.
16Wil Bolton
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
18Mathias Grassow

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.
19Nocte Obducta
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.
21Lunar Aurora
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.
Dark Metal

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

black/viking metal
Till Fjälls

more of dat black/folk goodness
26Emyn Muil
Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga

Like a mixture of Summoning and Falkenbach, but with a distinct identity
27The Morningside
The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows...

some black, some doom and some folk mmmh
Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom)

black metal
29Mourning Beloveth
The Sullen Sulcus

funeral doom
...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...

black/viking metal
31Die 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.
34Twelfth 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...
35Autumn'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
introspective album.
36October Falls

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.
39Of Solitude and Solemn
Of Solitude and Solemn

Noctus' doom/post-rock project. brings the melancholy hard
Zwischen Tod und Leben

black metal
Aetas Cineris

black metal from this year
42Sun Devoured Earth
Sounds of Desolation

ready to gaze?
46Secret Shine
All of the Stars

this would've been stellar if some of the vocals weren't a bit autotuned
47Secret Shine

ah much better
48Paint in Watercolour
49Paint in Watercolour
In the Presence of Nothing
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