The Best Gothic / Symphonic Metal Album

1.  Enshine - Origin 214
2.  Tristania - Darkest White 134
3.  The Vision Bleak - Witching Hour 130
4.  ReVamp - Wild Card 109
5.  Tarja - Colours In The Dark 102
6.  Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night 86
7.  Edenbridge - The Bonding 54
8.  Trail Of Tears - Oscillation 44
9.  Sirenia - Perils Of The Deep Blue (write-in vote) 21
10.  Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth (write-in vote) 17
  Factory Of Dreams - Some Kind Of Poetic Destruction 17
12.  Lingua Mortis Orchestra - LMO (write-in vote) 14
  The Eden House - Half-Life 14
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Edenbridge - The Bonding

Filler-free and wonderfully put together, The Bonding is everything you want from a symphonic metal album.Edenbridge are no strangers to conjuring up the latest and greatest orchestral arrangements to fuse into their sound, and this album comes as no exception. A consistent and even awe-inspiring display of songwriting prowess makes for one of the genre's best of the year.

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Enshine - Origin

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Chock-full of melancholy with the added benefit of some more extreme metal qualities (particularly in regards to the vocals), Enshine's Origin is a well-structured and purposeful release, which shouldn't surprise fans of either Atoma or Slumber. A superb display of melodic metal talent and welcoming atmosphere help ease the listener in effortlessly, rewarding them with a consistently meditative mid-paced collection of atmospheric synth-oriented metal music.

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Factory Of Dreams - Some Kind Of Poetic Destruction

The sci-fi themed opus by Factory Of Dreams is an ambitious conceptual album, a symphonic metal release with progressive undertones and electronic overtones. It gives you wall of symphonic music, beautiful female vocals and a story to ponder about. What more can you desire?

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Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night

In Symphonies Of The Night Leaves' Eyes are in top-form as they offer some of their edgiest songs yet. Unabashedly maintaining the strengths of the genre, this release finds the band forgoing atmosphere for a strong contrast between the beautiful and the darkly aggressive.

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ReVamp - Wild Card

The lovely and versatile metal diva is back with more of her own stunning music. She can bare her soul like no one else; these true and cathartic lyrics perfectly complement her dark, heavier brand of symphonic metal. No one can illustrate a story in such a captivating way quite like Floor. Another excellent album of which she and her band can be very proud.

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Tarja - Colours In The Dark

Tarja Turunen's most experimental record to date, this is an undeniably wise mix of rock and symphonic metal. It's a dark, elegant, thoughtful album, which establishes Tarja as a classy rock queen. She's in crescendo in her solo career, and rarely fails bringing to the scene exquisite music.

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The Eden House - Half-Life

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The second full-length album by The Eden House proves that last year's nomination of Timeflows EP was no accident. Half-Life is somewhat slower but the haunting, airy, gothic atmosphere filled with beautiful female vocals is going to touch you on an emotional level.

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The Vision Bleak - Witching Hour

An advisable way for The Vision Bleak to get listeners into the spirit of their latest album would be to provide a complimentary broomstick with every purchase. Witching Hour is exactly that; an hour of heavy gothic metal packed full with hags, witches, banshees and all manner of black magic conjurers. With all its heavy hitting gothic metal edge this album closes with the two part "Witchery In Forests Dark," a surprising and thickly atmospheric end to these sinister rituals.
*Disclaimer: does not actually come with a complimentary broomstick, though these can be found at all good department stores.

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Trail Of Tears - Oscillation

This is the last breath of the band dying in a rather unpleasant public display of emotions. However, that being said, the album delivers better than anyone could've expected. It's less gothic, more symphonic, catchy and memorable, and surprisingly consistent at that. It rocks more than you'd believe from a disbanding unit.

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Tristania - Darkest White

With stellar vocal performances from Demurtas and Nordhus, and an intense rhythm section, the versatility of Darkest White is one of its biggest strengths. Song after song, the infectious riffs keep coming and there is a certain grandiose to them. Musically fascinating, Darkest White is haunting and modern, touching and refined. Tristania evolve once again and leave yet another indelible mark in the gothic metal genre.

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