The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album - Metal Storm Awards 2017





Atriarch have kept the ball a-rollin' with quality, blackened occult doom for almost a decade now, and Dead As Truth only continues to deliver the goods. Replete with the usual spooky atmospheres, impressive drum work, and powerhouse vocals of frontman Lenny Smith, with this one, Atriarch continue to make their mark as a band that, while perhaps not the most original in today's blackened doom spectrum, are certainly one that features some of the best songwriting.

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This is as somber, vast, and emotional as funeral doom gets. Comprising a single 84-minute track, Mirror Reaper functions as an unbroken rhythmic odyssey, rising, falling, layering, evolving, doubling back on itself, growing into a harsh outpouring of grief. Though the album makes limited use of keyboards, most of the time, this is Bell Witch as usual: bass and drums together somehow managing to create a more complex and evocative soundscape than bands three, four, five times their size, and vocals used sparingly but powerfully. The artwork, the atmosphere, and the musicianship have all aligned perfectly for both a farewell to the departed Adrian Guerra and Bell Witch's most powerful material to date.

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Rather than drown the album in extreme misanthropic and crushing doom, Descend Into Despair prefer to pace the album and build the atmosphere in a way that emotional heaviness reigns over the musical one. A funeral doom album that isn't afraid to be, at times, melodic or even uplifting.

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Just what is this band really? Well, it sounds like some basic death doom.... but... wait... industrial effects? Droney repetition? A subtle black metal influence in the riffing style on occasion? Yup, Drug Honkey are a puzzling bunch indeed, throwing extreme metal influences and all-out bizarre electronic techniques on top of their massive, doomy foundation. Extreme doom for the weirdies.

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This is one of those albums that shows up here not because it's an immediately apparent exemplar of funeral doom or traditional death-doom or something, but because it's a horrific, twisted mass of wretched sputum that doesn't really belong anywhere else and can only be described with an objectively surreal series of adjectives like "extreme doom metal." Hulluuden Muuri is a withering morass of sludge, stoner, noise, and black metal all pressing down on an unwholesome skeleton of ugly doom with some unorthodox keyboard use, atonal riff smatterings, and unusually high tempos here and there. Sounds like what you'd expect from an album released with that cover art by a band called Fleshpress.

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Funeralium is a sonic UN Human Rights violation. Four tracks spread across 90 minutes and two disks, Of Throes And Blight shows they have mastered the craft of making sure every minute of these songs is wielded like a weapon. Funeralium beat the listener about the head and neck with the Sledgehammer of Doom.

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Loss took a half dozen years to develop a follow-up to the devastating Despond and did so in fine fashion. Horizonless manages to do a masterful job in mixing the soul-crushing heaviness of funeral doom with tragic beauty, resulting in a majestic and captivating release. Get to know the joy of all who sorrow!,

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With The Dismal Circle, the principles of Ophis's music stay on the same course as up to now. Striving strongly for the rigorously raw death doom sound, exploring ominous, dark atmospheres that create something altogether more heavy and extreme. They do not take into account any kind of deviations, just pure, direct chaos into your face. Smells like Ophis spirit, indeed.

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Many present doom metal acts try to pass death/doom as merely distorted, slower doom metal with growls. Spectral Voice on the other hand presents us an eerie and forgotten fusion of true and fierce old-school death metal properly merged with the colossal and desperate heaviness of doom metal. The ambient and noise touches elevate this album to the point where words can't possibly describe how crushing and unnerving this hellhole of an album is.

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From Portland into Futility, Usnea create a hellish soundscape with glacial pacing, crushing riffs and demonic vocals one expects from top-notch death-doom. The asphyxiating atmosphere slowly further crushes the life out of the listener thanks to the elements above and the band's sense of equilibrium, shifting dynamics to provide a putrid fluidity to the album.

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