The Best Doom Metal Album

1.  Avatarium - Avatarium 266
2.  Kauan - Pirut 142
3.  Mourning Beloveth - Formless 104
4.  Officium Triste - Mors Viri 93
5.  Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart 45
6.  The Flight Of Sleipnir - Saga 43
7.  Age Of Taurus - Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times 33
8.  Black Sabbath - 13 (write-in vote) 28
  Lesbian - Forestelevision 28
10.  Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales 22
11.  Dark Buddha Rising - Dakhmandal 20
12.  My Dying Bride - The Manuscript (write-in vote) 10
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Age Of Taurus - Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times

Three years after a demo which showed great promise and was hailed in epic doom circles these Brits finally released their debut album. Epic doom like that of Candlemass in their Nightfall heydays, rife with great guitar soloing and melancholic melodies. True desperate souls of these currently tortured times.

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Avatarium - Avatarium

Avatarium thrives on a potent mix of traditional doom and heavy psychedelic rock. With the strong feminine vocal presence of Jennie-Ann Smith at the helm and Leif Edling's acute knowledge of riff craft this album comes across with full force as a reinvigoration of old sounds and is a debut to remember.

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Dark Buddha Rising - Dakhmandal

These mesmerizing Finns continue to deliver the goods with their ever-intriguing saga of doomy dark ambience and Tibetan funeral rites. A bit more centered around melody and vocals than their previous releases, but still potent enough to drag listeners into a hypnotizing trance state that can only be described as something close to a religious experience.

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Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales

More NOLA than Novosibirsk, Evoke Thy Lords lay down some stonerriffic southern-flavored doom jams, accompanied by some snazzy jazz flute that lays Ron Burgundy to waste(d). Tune in, doom on, and space out.

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Kauan - Pirut

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Kauan play a truly unique kind of doom metal and Pirut is composed of varied shades of the genre, leaving ever-changing impressions of metal within bleak Russian folk. Not always heavy, not always light, the band's fifth release finds a unique environment in which to convey its strong swell of emotions, enhanced with vocal arrangements, piano and the recurring movement of violin.

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Lesbian - Forestelevision

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In a single track of pure doomy epicness, Lesbian manage to craft a monumental journey of excellent pacing, with many facets of personality that conjure thoughts of some other bands, but that still come together to form a delightfully unique puzzle. Borrowing influences from funeral doom, prog rock, stoner metal, and even a bit of thrash, this bizarre amalgamation of sound is easily the band's most enterprising release yet.

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Mourning Beloveth - Formless

After 5 years, the veterans from Mourning Beloveth release their fifth release of solid death/doom metal. The long tracks deliver with pummeling riffs, inspired leads, varied moods and emotive vocal work. All this makes Formless a memorable album as it ends without much notice due to the listener being lost in the oppressive yet intriguing atmosphere. The wait has certainly not been in vain.

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Officium Triste - Mors Viri

Like a good Scotch, Officium Triste improve with age. Emotive lyrics covering multiple thematic approaches are paired with beautifully melancholic tunes all flawlessly produced. A wonderful doom experience.

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Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart

The 2nd album from Procession sees them with more confidence and swagger than before. Plaza's vocals are more powerful than ever, and the pummeling riffs are punctuated with ripping soli. Doomy brilliance.

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The Flight Of Sleipnir - Saga

Following the same formula that has brought them success since their debut back in 2009, The Flight Of Sleipnir once again bring to the table a brilliant mix of folk-infused stoner doom, spending equal time crushing the listener beneath waves of thunderous riffs and relaxing with beautiful acoustic passages. Saga is perhaps the band's least catchy release to date, maintaining the same sense of melancholy as with previous releases but this time with a more nuanced psychedelic approach.

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