The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album

1.  Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig 309
2.  Below The Sun - Envoy 63
3.  Bell Witch - Four Phantoms 61
4.  Dragged Into Sunlight - N.V. [Collaboration] 32
  Tyranny - Aeons In Tectonic Interment 32
6.  Skepticism - Ordeal 31
  Hooded Menace - Darkness Drips Forth 31
8.  Dead To A Dying World - Litany 21
9.  Mourning Mist - Mourning Mist 17
10.  Indesinence - III 8
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Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig

The Boats Of The Glan Carrig is a bit of a return to prior form for Ahab. The focus is the rather ocean-like tidal flux between quieter moments and clean vocals that lull you in like calm waters and clear skies before the tsunami-force doomcrush riffs slam into the listener. This dichotomy is what drives my interest most, the musical and emotional shifting from lament to dread to absolute doom and back to just some light mourning. Sail and kill!

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Bell Witch - Four Phantoms

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When one listens to Bell Witch, it's difficult to not be blown away by the degree to which this band manages to conjure so massive a sound with such minimal instrumentation. Composed only of vocalist/bassist Dylan Desmond and drummer Adrian Guerra, with Four Phantoms Bell Witch create a lush, cascading landscape of epic, beautifully-paced funeral doom. At times it's unbelievably heavy and crushing, but at other times delightfully relaxing and majestic, with neither approach seeming to overpower the other. Be warned, listeners: this one's a real grower.

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Below The Sun - Envoy

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What exactly is this anomaly that falls upon us this time around? The noobies in Below The Sun are funeral doom, that's right, but not necessarily of the sort you'd commonly expect. Bleakness and misanthropy do not take reign over dark and cavernous riffs here; rather, we're treated to a warm, psychedelic, and almost uplifting approach on Envoy, seemingly channeled towards (*hint hint*: band name) the exploration of space themes. There are splashes of Esoteric here, and there's a bit of Monolithe spice as well, but somehow Below The Sun manage to not lean too far towards either and commendably maintain their own identity. Strap on your oxygen tank. Cross the event horizon. Go below the sun.

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Dead To A Dying World - Litany

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Despite the long running time, Litany's numerous stylistic influences, great atmosphere & compositional depth keep the listener engaged for the entire duration of the album. In fact, with music this good the challenge isn't really about if you can get to the end without hitting the 'stop' button...but if you can stop yourself from immediately hitting 'play' again!

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Dragged Into Sunlight - N.V. [Collaboration]

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Vile. Repulsive. Terrifying. Those are just some of the words that come to mind when listeners subject themselves to this agonizing collaborative album between the blackened sludge of Dragged Into Sunlight and the industrialized, noisey black metal of Gnaw Their Tongues. As two of the most ominous creations to ever emerge from the bowels of metal's netherworld, here they combine and procreate with each other in simply disgustingly magnificent ways, with the crunchy guitar tone and blast-beat aggression of DIS serving as a perfect complement to the demented shrieks and buzzsaw black metal approach of Mories. Feeling masochistic today? Then N.V. is the treat for you.

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Hooded Menace - Darkness Drips Forth

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...and sometimes, darkness comes kicking down the door with monumental swaths of vicious growls and steely chugging. Alternating between funereal low-end focus and unnerving, ghastly leads, Hooded Menace's latest slab of moribund, despondent death-doom crawls is an eternal interment you won't regret attending.

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Indesinence - III

Indesinence's latest (and, unfortunately, last) album may not be as devastatingly heavy as some of this year's other entries, but what it lacks in sheer power it makes up for with chilling, dramatic atmosphere and varied song structures. That's not to say, of course, that it's the runt of the litter; III still packs quite a punch. It's a tad post-metal, a tad proggy, but always 100% doom.

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Mourning Mist - Mourning Mist

To sum this album up in one word - Exciting. Rather than the conventional expectations of gloom and heart-wrenching misery, Mourning Mist plays a brand of black doom metal with avant-garde leanings. The heart and soul of the band is probably the violin, as it drives the music forward which a great sense of urgency instead of it being just a gimmick or afterthought. Its proper incorporation into the music, plus the angry howls as vocals, shroud Mourning Mist in an aura of darkness and intrigue.

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Skepticism - Ordeal

It's very rare for bands that pioneer a certain genre or style to maintain relevancy within it multiple decades down the line. But since writing the funeral doom bible that was Stormcrowfleet in 1995, Skepticism have been doing just that. Ordeal contains everything that the band have come to be known for and then some: a crushing guitar tone enhanced by sorrowful, melancholic melodies, a warm keyboard presence, deep, imposing death growls, and all the fixins in between. Recorded in front of a live audience, this album can only be described as a powerful lesson in how the job is done from the funeral doom godfathers, who have proven with it that they're most definitely still at the top of their game.

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Tyranny - Aeons In Tectonic Interment

Tyranny weren't exactly facing an easy task with this one, attempting to return to the forefront of funeral doom and recapture the glory of their debut after ten years of silence. Yet with Aeons In Tectonic Interment, the duo has risen to the task triumphantly. With a bleak, crushing approach that wants nothing more than to drown you in the deepest waters of R'lyeh, and an entrancing, dark sense of melody that creates an almost ritualistic vibe, this album is nothing less than an excellent return to form for one of the most formidable bands in Finland's doom underground.

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