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The darkest and most depressive metal album?

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Posted by Aristarchos, 16.09.2012 - 20:03
I was wondering which metal album that could be considered the darkest and most depressive metal album of all time?

To be honest I haven't thought about the question very much, but the album, of which I have heard, that come to my mind spontaneously is Neurosis' "A Sun That Never Sets".
20.09.2012 - 22:05
Shape of Despair - Illusion's Play
21.09.2012 - 11:51
Colloseum - Numquam.
21.09.2012 - 12:36
Valentin B
From what I heard so far the creepiest most disturbing metal I've heard is Gnaw Their Tongues. That shit is extreme, don't know about depressive but definitely dark as hell.
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21.09.2012 - 14:03
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Written by gnimas on 20.09.2012 at 22:05

Shape of Despair - Illusion's Play
22.09.2012 - 01:33
Angry Chair
Its got to be Alice in chains - Dirt

Very dark lyrics and an overall depressing feeling. Awesome though.
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24.09.2012 - 13:39
Already 36 comments and this thread has only being here a week. This is quite rare in my threads. I'm glad so many have wanted to share their opinion.
02.10.2012 - 18:12
Secundum Filium
I personally think Discouraged Ones by Katatonia is one of the most depressive in their entire catalogue (that's pretty much saying something).
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04.10.2012 - 00:17
Citizen inSane
Sentenced - Crimson. The urge to drink myself to dead rises up every time I get back to this album...
04.02.2013 - 14:42
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I am going to name more than one, but all of the following are albums I feel have a depressive atmosphere throughout:

Katatonia - Discouraged Ones
Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Nightwish - Century Child
Tenhi - Maaäet
Sentenced - Down
Shining - V: Halmstad (Niklas Angående Niklas)
Insomnium - Across The Dark
Evergrey - Solitude Dominance Tragedy
04.02.2013 - 18:36
Yeah Nightwish's Century Child is very,very depressing ....
"Cross is only an iron,hope is just an illusion,freedom is nothing but a name..."
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11.02.2013 - 07:39
Alice In Chains - Dirt. Just the feeling the album gives you and Laynes vocals going along. Knowing that hes dead dosent help.
11.02.2013 - 16:06
Not really the darkest or most depressive, but my personal favorite is Nyktalgia - Peisithanatos.
27.05.2014 - 05:33
Unholy "Second Ring Of Power"
27.05.2014 - 06:11
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Written by Sunioj on 11.02.2013 at 16:06

Not really the darkest or most depressive, but my personal favorite is Nyktalgia - Peisithanatos.

yeah that is a great album
10.06.2014 - 02:11
I'm on board with the Empyrium suggestion, My Dying Bride as well, particularly the early stuff with the violin.

I think Katatonia's Discouraged Ones is bleak but beautiful at the same time, so I don't know if that's depressing or a sort of finding the beauty in the darkness kind of a thing (then again, I tend to feel that way about a lot of gloomy music.) In any case, I love that album.
11.06.2014 - 22:51
Dark Phoenix
Maybe not "the most" depressive, but an album that has not been mentioned yet crosses my mind: The Sins Of Thy Beloved's Lake Of Sorrow. In the symphonic gothic department, this one is definatelly a winner in the depressive, melancholic and dreary department. Johansen's violin does the trick.
11.06.2014 - 22:59
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I don't find albums dark or depressive, but every now and then I find albums oppressive in the sense of them being a genuinely challenging listen due to how atonal and / or downtrodden they are. I think Xasthur, The Axis Of Perdition and Elend are the bands that spring to mind with regard to some of these traits. It's not just about dissonance either. I listen to plenty of bands who use a lot of dissonance but they don't always have the bleak type of qualities I'm talking about here.
11.06.2014 - 23:15
Most depressive= Shape of Despair- Angels of Distress
Darker: I'm not sure.
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12.06.2014 - 19:41
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
In terms of depressive albums I'd have to say Gris - Il Etait Une Foret wins gold in that category. As for dark albums I'd probably award that to either of Wormphlegm's releases. Having said that, I'm sure my opinion will change in twenty minutes and then again in another twenty. I can never pick something as an absolute in any category
04.07.2014 - 11:46
Thy light - is very depressive
07.07.2014 - 04:06
Not really a metal album, just with some metal elements, but Downward Spiral is pretty damn dark and depressing. Other than that, this thread seems to be asking for the doomiest doom metal album, or the blackest black metal album.
07.07.2014 - 04:11
Au Pays Natal
The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand

Makes me sad knowing the history of the band.
07.07.2014 - 04:14
Giant robot
Just the album is enough to make you want to dig your own grave.
12.07.2014 - 06:30
The most depressing metal albums I've heard are Crippled Lucifer by Burning Witch and pretty much anything by My Dying Bride.
23.07.2014 - 00:18
Thrash Talker
I would say that Burden, by Burden... is pretty Depressing and dark.
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26.07.2014 - 12:11
Weighing Souls With Sand definitely
31.07.2014 - 06:16
Mad Arab666
Written by Dima on 26.07.2014 at 12:11

Weighing Souls With Sand definitely

I definitely agree with you. It's an album of such melancholy but at the same time it feels so beautiful.

I'm listening to Virgin Black's "Elegant...and dying" which feels like quite melancholic as well but is less oppressive. It's amazing though.
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20.08.2014 - 05:13
I can't think of a darker metal album than diSEMOBWELMENT's "Transcendence into the Peripheral." As far as depressive goes, that's harder to say. My Dying Bride's "Turn Loose The Swans" immediately comes to mind. The aforementioned "Dirt" is a strong contender too as I can only listen to it in that state of mind. And for what it's worth, The Cure's "Pornography", Joy Divison's "Closer" and Swans' "The Great Annihilator" are some of the darkest and most depressing music I've heard, thus far.
22.09.2014 - 17:15
Enemy of Reality
Always. It's my fav album.