The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album

1.  Mourning Dawn - Les Sacrifiés 65
2.  Shattered Hope - Waters Of Lethe 61
3.  Altar Of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains The Silence 54
4.  Bast - Spectres 38
5.  Profetus - As All Seasons Die 28
  Arcana Coelestia - Nomas 28
7.  Usnea - Random Cosmic Violence 26
8.  Alkerdeel / Gnaw Their Tongues - Dyodyo Asema 24
9.  Fungoid Stream - Prehuman Shapes 23
10.  Naga - Hēn 16
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Alkerdeel / Gnaw Their Tongues - Dyodyo Asema

Listen to the swarm of insects covering every inch of your body. The intro of this 20 minutes opus is enough to recreate people's worst nightmares - and the masterminds behind this journey are Gnaw Their Tongues and Alkerdeel. Combining the brilliant sense of layering and cinematographic atmospheres of the former with the punishing, hypnotizing and filthy brand of blackened sludge of the latter, Dyodyo Asema drags you to a dark corner and doesn't let go. Together with the perfect video to match the assault, this collaboration is one hell of a multimedia experience.

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Altar Of Betelgeuze - Darkness Sustains The Silence

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A pentagram-shaped peg that refuses to fit nicely in any round genre holes. AOB are a riff factory that combines stony vibes with doomy riffs, and a variety of harsh and clean vox. They toss in enough bursts of speed as a bitchslap to keep the listener in their place.

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Arcana Coelestia - Nomas

Nomas is a testament to Arcana Coelestia's relentless pursuit of capturing the sound of oblivion. Their third album maintains the same high quality of its predecessors while establishing itself as perhaps the most sinister and encompassing of the three.

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Bast - Spectres

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Finding blackened doom bands that strike a pretty 50/50 blend between the two is rare in the style's tradition, but not so with the Englishmen of Bast. Slow and brooding from the doom perspective, yet also aggressive and ensnaring from that of the black metal, with this powerful debut Bast are proving themselves as a band to keep an eye on, and a force to be reckoned with.

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Fungoid Stream - Prehuman Shapes

Argentinian masters of weirdo chillax extreme doom have returned after a four year hiatus at the bottom of the sea. Despite being sans-whalesong this go around, the tracks remain an odd combination of eerily cryptic and somehow oddly relaxing. We assume some Lovecraftian beast in the murky depths ate their whale buddy and inspired this effort.

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Mourning Dawn - Les Sacrifiés

The French masters of melancholy are back with over two hours of brutal and atmospheric extreme doom spanning two discs. Les Sacrifiés is, quite simply, manic depression in audio form, and Mourning Dawn readily assume the task of delivering the most somber of messages.

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Naga - Hēn

A word of caution before venturing into the depths of blackened doom: Hēn. Naga are watchers at the gate to the darkest and more extreme regions of doom, yet lightly grant access these Italian titans will not. Bearing the noise rendered edge of sludge, their debut full-length effort will wear the listener down us much as build them up to five rewarding conclusions, each a considerable time coming but impressive along the way.

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Profetus - As All Seasons Die

They are back, Profetus and their new monumental offering - As All Seasons Die. This is a monstrous pipe organ-sounding extreme doom treat, one that will obsess the oppressively-oriented area of your brain and suck you into the minds of barren landscapes of the North. Not as long as their previous efforts, but still a magnificent piece of strong, bleak musical art that cannot be overlooked.

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Shattered Hope - Waters Of Lethe

The Hellenic purveyors of woe continue to walk that path of harsh, somber, emotionally-crushing doom tainted with just enough beauty so as to make the entire work bittersweet. Uplifting glimmers and glimpses… hopes yet to be, well, shattered.

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Usnea - Random Cosmic Violence

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Much like their contemporaries in Atriarch, Usnea take to their music from an almost "blackened occult doom" perspective. With Random Cosmic Violence, the band successfully refine everything that worked for them on their debut. A pounding doom sound dominates, with "mad sorcerer chant" style clean vocals, and a vicious black metal sound that takes a less is more delivery, all combining to make this album one of the most dynamic of the past year in the extreme doom department.

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