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***Currently working through suggestions and adding some spacey non-metal things when they cross my mind***
As a lover of all things sci-fi I find metal to be the most accommodating of genres when it comes to themes of space/aliens. This is a list of those albums which use this theme and/or evoke an overall 'spacey' atmosphere and which I find particularly intriguing and enjoyable. No order for now and a work in progress (recommendations most welcome) Last Updated: 9th April 2014

Created by: R'Vannith | 25.06.2011



1. Atoma - Skylight
Genre: Atmospheric/Post
2. Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part I: The Dream Sequencer
Genre: Progressive
3. Dol Ammad - Star Tales
Genre: Progressive/Electronic/Symphonic
4. Star One - Space Metal
Genre: Progressive
5. Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic : Calling
Genre: Progressive Power
6. Slough Feg - Traveller
Genre: Heavy
7. Vintersorg - Cosmic Genesis
Genre: Progressive
8. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu
Genre: Psychedelic Black
9. Angst Skvadron - Flukt
Genre: Avantgarde
10. Devin Townsend - Ziltoid The Omniscient
Genre: Industrial Progressive
11. ---Black---
12. Alrakis - Alpha Eri
Genre: Ambient Black
13. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius
Genre: Post Black/Blackgaze
14. Bal-Sagoth - The Power Cosmic
Genre: Symphonic Black/ Power
15. Darkspace - III
Genre: Ambient Black
16. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
Genre: Black
17. Midnight Odyssey - Funerals from the Astral Sphere
Genre: Ambient Black
18. Murmuüre - Murmuüre
Genre: Nintendo Martian Black (Psychedelic Ambient Black)
19. Obsidian Gate - The Nightspectral Voyage
Genre: Symphonic Black
20. Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu
Genre: Psychedelic Black
21. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
Genre: Psychedelic Black
22. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U​.​M​.​A.
Genre: Atmospheric/Progressive Black
23. The Kovenant - Nexus Polaris
Genre: Melodic Black
24. ---Death---
25. Hypocrisy - Virus
Genre: Melodic Death
26. Hypocrisy - The Arrival
Genre: Melodic Death
27. Lunarsea - Hundred Light Years
Genre: Melodic Death
28. Nightfall - Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants
Genre: Melodic Death
29. Nightfall - Cassiopeia
Genre: Melodic Death
30. Nocturnus - The Key
Genre: Atmospheric Death
31. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
Genre: Technical Death
32. Obscura - Omnivium
Genre: Technical Death
33. Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
Genre: Melodic Death
34. The Faceless - Planetary Duality
Genre: Technical Death
35. Tiamat - The Astral Sleep
Genre: Gothic/Death
36. ---Doom---
37. Dolorian - Voidwards
Genre: Doom
38. Enshine - Origin
Genre: Atmospheric/Melodic Doom
39. Ixion - To The Void
Genre: Atmospheric Doom
40. Monolithe - Monolithe II
Genre: Funeral Doom
41. Monolithe - Monolithe III
Genre: Funeral Doom
42. ---Gothic---
43. Darkseed - Astral Adventures
Genre: Gothic
44. ---Hard Rock---
45. Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
Genre: Instrumental/Hard Rock
46. ---Heavy---
47. Atomkraft - Future Warriors
Genre: NWOBHM
48. Iron Maiden - Brave New World
Genre: Heavy
49. Sacred Blade - Of the Sun + Moon
Genre: Progressive/Heavy
50. Slough Feg - Hardworlder
Genre: Heavy
51. Steelwing - Zone Of Alienation
Genre: Heavy
52. ---Industrial---
53. Bloodstar - Anytime Anywhere
Genre: Industrial/Thrash/Doom
54. Blood Stain Child - εpsilon
Genre: Melodic Death/Trance
55. Combat Astronomy - Kundalini Apocalypse
Genre: Djent/Industrial
56. Frederik Thordendal's Special Defects - Sol Niger Within
Genre: Industrial/Thrash
57. Mechina - Empyrean
Genre: Symphonic/Industrial/Death
58. Screams Of Chaos - Genetic War
Genre: Viking Cyber (I kid you not, that's what they called it)
59. Waltari - Space Avenue
Genre: Industrial/Crossover
60. ---Post---
61. Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites
Genre: Sludge/Post-Rock
62. ---Power---
63. Dragonland - Astronomy
Genre: Symphonic Power
64. Edenbridge - Aphelion
Genre: Symphonic Power
65. Edenbridge - Arcana
Genre: Symphonic Power
66. Gamma Ray - Somewhere Out In Space
Genre: Power
67. Iron Fire - Voyage Of The Damned
Genre: Power
68. Iron Savior - Unification
Genre: Power
69. Keldian - Journey Of Souls
Genre: Symphonic Power
70. Pagan's Mind - Celestial Entrance
Genre: Progressive Power
71. Pagan's Mind - Infinity Divine
Genre: Progressive Power
72. Pathfinder - Fifth Element
Genre: Symphonic Power
73. Primal Fear - Black Sun
Genre: Power
74. Scanner - Hypertrace
Genre: Power
75. ---Progressive/Avantgarde---
76. Alchemist - Austral Alien
Genre: Progressive
77. Andromeda - Extension Of The Wish
Genre: Progressive
78. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
Genre: Avantgarde Black
79. Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies
Genre: Avantgarde Black
80. Ayreon - The Human Equation
Genre: Progressive
81. Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight Of The Migrator
Genre: Progressive
82. Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle
Genre: Progressive
83. Ayreon - 01011001
Genre: Progressive
84. Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Genre: Progressive/Metalcore
85. Cave In - Jupiter
Genre: Alternative/Avantgarde
86. Dan Swanö - Moontower
Genre: Progressive Death
87. Dol Ammad - Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed
Genre: Progressive/Symphonic/Electronic
88. Dol Ammad - Ocean Dynamics
Genre: Progressive/Electronic/Symphonic
89. Evergrey - Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy
Genre: Progressive
90. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
Genre: Progressive Death
91. Jupiter Society - First Contact//Last Warning
Genre: Progressive
92. Jupiter Society - Terraform
Genre: Progressive
93. Odd Dimension - Symmetrical
Genre: Progressive
94. OSI - Fire Make Thunder
Genre: Progressive
95. Oxiplegatz - Sidereal Journey
Genre: Avantgarde
96. Planet X - Moonbabies
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive
97. Planet X - Quantum
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive
98. Planet X - Universe
Genre: Instrumental/Progressive
99. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
Genre: Progressive
100. Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age
Genre: Progressive
101. Threshold - Critical Mass
Genre: Progressive
102. Transcending Bizarre? - The Serpent's Manifolds
Genre: Avantgarde/Symphonic Black
103. Transcending Bizarre? - The Misanthrope's Fable
Genre: Avantgarde/Symphonic Black
104. Voivod - The Outer Limits
Genre: Avantgarde
105. Zero Hour - The Towers Of Avarice
Genre: Progressive
106. ---Sludge---
107. Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
Genre: Sludge
108. Sunpocrisy - Samaroid Dioramas
Genre: Post/Sludge
109. ---Stoner---
110. Beastwars - Blood Becomes Fire
Genre: Sludge/Stoner
111. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Genre: Stoner
112. Nebula - Apollo
Genre: Stoner
113. New Keepers Of The Water Towers - The Cosmic Child
Genre: Progressive/Stoner
114. The Sword - Warp Riders
Genre: Stoner
115. Ufomammut - Idolum
Genre: Psychedelic/Stoner
116. Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Primum
Genre: Psychedelic/Stoner
117. Ufomammut - Oro - Opus Alter
Genre: Psychedelic/Stoner
118. ---Thrash---
119. Agent Steel - Alienigma
Genre: Speed/Thrash
120. Children - Hard Times Hanging At The End Of The World
Genre: Psychedelic Thrash
121. Target - Master Project Genesis
Genre: Progressive/Technical Thrash
122. Vektor - Black Future
Genre: Thrash
123. Vektor - Outer Isolation
Genre: Thrash
124. ---Non-metal---
125. Pyramids - Pyramids
Genre: wtf Ambient
126. Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles)
Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock
127. Jaïa - Blue Energy
Genre: Psytrance/Psybient
128. Klaus Schulze - Timewind
Genre: Ambient/Electronic
129. Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Genre: Ambient/Electronic
130. Sonar - Celluloid
Genre: Post-Rock
131. Eloy - Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Genre: Progressive/Space Rock
132. Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time
Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock
133. Ozric Tentacles - Swirly Termination
Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock
134. Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis
Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock



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R'Vannith - 12.08.2013 at 09:00  
Written by Mr. Blonde on 12.08.2013 at 08:06

I love the theme of the list, and lots of good stuff on it, but needs more Iron Savior. Their whole discography is a long, continuing Sci-Fi story. They are the first band I thought of when I saw this list. Also this list needs Vector!

And BtBAM are not wankers!! Alexi Wildchild Laiho isn't in that band the last time that I checked. That dude is wankamania.

AS far as BtBAM being "space metal". There is actually a lot more depth to their lyrics. They are complex like that, what seems like it's about one thing may actually be about something else.

You should add Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe to this list though.


Thanks, been meaning to add Iron Saviour for a while, only got to it just recently. I might select a few more of theirs to add, rather than the whole lot.
Do you mean the Vektor with a k, the thrash band? If so they're already up there.

I think there's more to BtBAM that I've yet to uncover, music wise as well as lyrically. They certainly seem complex without resorting to all that "wanking" so I hope at some point I can appreciate it.
Zaphod - 22.08.2013 at 12:38  
Written by Mr. Blonde on 12.08.2013 at 08:06

And BtBAM are not wankers!! Alexi Wildchild Laiho isn't in that band the last time that I checked. That dude is wankamania.

No one said they were wankers, that was about tech death.
Erik M. - 22.08.2013 at 22:04  
Why is In The Nightside Eclipse on this list? I hope it's not simply because of its 3rd track which has the word "cosmic" in it.

Then Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia is a way better choice if you look at the artwork: http://metalartwork.free.fr/images/pochettes2/tailleoriginale2/big1/Limbonic_Art_-_In_Abhorrence_Dementia.jpg. I own the album but sadly can't find the remaining artwork... well, believe me when I say it's really awesome.

Furthermore, I'd still suggest ranking the albums alphabetically or at least according to genre. Your call though...
R'Vannith - 24.08.2013 at 15:39  
Written by Erik M. on 22.08.2013 at 22:04

Why is In The Nightside Eclipse on this list? I hope it's not simply because of its 3rd track which has the word "cosmic" in it.

Then Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dementia is a way better choice if you look at the artwork: http://metalartwork.free.fr/images/pochettes2/tailleoriginale2/big1/Limbonic_Art_-_In_Abhorrence_Dementia.jpg. I own the album but sadly can't find the remaining artwork... well, believe me when I say it's really awesome.

Furthermore, I'd still suggest ranking the albums alphabetically or at least according to genre. Your call though...


It hasn't anything to do with sci-fi really so I questioned putting that one on the list but I think it has a partially spacey sound at least, the symphonic elements and keys give it that at points. You disagree I take it? It does have cosmic in it though And "Nightsky" if that counts too

That's fitting artwork, does it reflect the sound in anyway though? I'll check it out.

According to genre is best.. eventually I'll get on it. Soon in fact, I'll let you know when I do. As always though thanks for the pointers.
Erik M. - 24.08.2013 at 17:01  
Written by R'Vannith on 24.08.2013 at 15:39

It hasn't anything to do with sci-fi really so I questioned putting that one on the list but I think it has a partially spacey sound at least, the symphonic elements and keys give it that at points. You disagree I take it? It does have cosmic in it though And "Nightsky" if that counts too

That's fitting artwork, does it reflect the sound in anyway though? I'll check it out.

According to genre is best.. eventually I'll get on it. Soon in fact, I'll let you know when I do. As always though thanks for the pointers.


I understand what you're saying, but I indeed think it doesn't really belong on this list (like The Human Equation ).

In Abhorrence Dementia might belong on this list, but I'm not sure. You're better at recognizing space metal than me obviously, but it's more fitting than In The Nightside Eclipse I think, due to artwork, but also the lyrics. Check out that album nonetheless, because it's a masterpiece. When it comes to symphonic black metal, it's probably my #1 album, beating Emperor's first two legendary albums as well as quite a few other classics. Check out this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLMF3QtK34Y (damn, I just love those "bell" sounds and those cries of agony). That one might be my favourite on the album, though all songs are almost as great as that one.

Anyway, looking forward to see an improved version of this list.
R'Vannith - 24.08.2013 at 17:52  
Written by Erik M. on 24.08.2013 at 17:01


I understand what you're saying, but I indeed think it doesn't really belong on this list (like The Human Equation ).

In Abhorrence Dementia might belong on this list, but I'm not sure. You're better at recognizing space metal than me obviously, but it's more fitting than In The Nightside Eclipse I think, due to artwork, but also the lyrics. Check out that album nonetheless, because it's a masterpiece. When it comes to symphonic black metal, it's probably my #1 album, beating Emperor's first two legendary albums as well as quite a few other classics. Check out this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLMF3QtK34Y (damn, I just love those "bell" sounds and those cries of agony). That one might be my favourite on the album, though all songs are almost as great as that one.

Anyway, looking forward to see an improved version of this list.


It's usually the style of the keyboards more than anything else which triggers my space-o-meter. That and other layered effects. Listening to that that Limbonic Art example.. it fits my idea of space metal I think so I'll be looking into them further, hopefully they impress me as much along the way as they've done for you.

Black metal isn't my forte so I'm sure there are many albums/bands that play within the genre I'm not aware of whom I'd find fitting for the list.

And no I'm not better at spotting space metal Everyone has differing responses to music and all the selections here are down to my own interpretation, including that infamous Human Equation addition. All these albums have a sound I would describe as "spacey", obviously if you disagree with particular additions your idea of space metal differs to mine in some way. Doesn't make my ears superior to yours by any means.
D. Monique - 25.09.2013 at 15:56  
Do you know Oxiplegatz? I'm sure that at least their third album Sidereal Journey will fit in your list. It was a one-man band of Alf Svensson (ex At the Gates, Diabolique, Grotesque and Liers in Wait).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSkxaEiuB_E
R'Vannith - 25.09.2013 at 17:09  
Written by D. Monique on 25.09.2013 at 15:56

Do you know Oxiplegatz? I'm sure that at least their third album Sidereal Journey will fit in your list. It was a one-man band of Alf Svensson (ex At the Gates, Diabolique, Grotesque and Liers in Wait).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSkxaEiuB_E


Nope, but I wasn't expecting something like that, a very peculiar sound, it's interesting how there are little "pockets" of melodeath in there though it largely sounds like avantgarde black to me. Those synths are quirky and delicious! Theme alone has them fitting well on this list, thanks for the suggestion.
D. Monique - 26.09.2013 at 14:40  
I'm glad that you like that album. I've got two more tips for you:

Demimonde - Mutant Star
You can listen to all tracks from this album here:
https://myspace.com/demimonde2000/music/songs

Dark Gamballe - Dark Gamballe (1998)
You can legally download the whole album from their official website (for free):
http://www.darkgamballe.cz/dg-alba
To avoid any confusion, it is the album which starts with the song So Excuse (DGL-3), just click on the button „Stahnout". It's probably the only album from their discography I would recommend to you. Their early stuff was just generic death metal and after their most experimental albums Under The Bottom, Dark Gamballe and Robotory, they changed their style and became more commercial.
R'Vannith - 27.09.2013 at 17:46  
Written by D. Monique on 26.09.2013 at 14:40

I'm glad that you like that album. I've got two more tips for you:

Demimonde - Mutant Star
You can listen to all tracks from this album here:
https://myspace.com/demimonde2000/music/songs

Dark Gamballe - Dark Gamballe (1998)
You can legally download the whole album from their official website (for free):
http://www.darkgamballe.cz/dg-alba
To avoid any confusion, it is the album which starts with the song So Excuse (DGL-3), just click on the button „Stahnout". It's probably the only album from their discography I would recommend to you. Their early stuff was just generic death metal and after their most experimental albums Under The Bottom, Dark Gamballe and Robotory, they changed their style and became more commercial.


I will check those out shortly, thanks!
Zaphod - 29.09.2013 at 13:03  
This seems to be based off of the Hyperion books by Dan Simmons, judging from the song titles. That at least makes the lyrical content space related. Decide for yourself whether you add it, I'm just letting you know
Erik M. - 16.11.2013 at 01:04  
Can you give me the password of your MS account? Then I'll re-organize this list myself!
R'Vannith - 16.11.2013 at 04:13  
Written by Erik M. on 16.11.2013 at 01:04

Can you give me the password of your MS account? Then I'll re-organize this list myself!


My password is "Procrastination"
I've put this off for far too long, hold onto your hat.
Erik M. - 16.11.2013 at 17:01  
Written by R'Vannith on 16.11.2013 at 04:13

My password is "Procrastination"
I've put this off for far too long, hold onto your hat.


Haha, don't make me stress you out, as I was only kidding (well, kind of).

It's just that at first I thought your favourite album of the whole list was Atoma. I suspected that simply because it wasn't ordered alphabetically, by year or genre. I only found out it couldn't be true when you reviewed Atoma's album and I figured an 8.6 score is a bit low for a #1 album on a long list like this.

In any case, I'm very curious to see the final result.
R'Vannith - 17.11.2013 at 09:01  
Written by Erik M. on 16.11.2013 at 17:01


Haha, don't make me stress you out, as I was only kidding (well, kind of).

It's just that at first I thought your favourite album of the whole list was Atoma. I suspected that simply because it wasn't ordered alphabetically, by year or genre. I only found out it couldn't be true when you reviewed Atoma's album and I figured an 8.6 score is a bit low for a #1 album on a long list like this.

In any case, I'm very curious to see the final result.


Yeah Atoma wouldn't be my favourite album in general from this list, though I think it best represents the idea of "Space Metal", both the atmospheric and thematic side of it, so I placed it at the top. That sort of consideration will determine the new order I put the albums in, I'm thinking.
Erik M. - 23.11.2013 at 16:12  
Wow, you did a great job at ranking these albums. But what's up with the top 10? Are those your favourites or do you think they represent "space metal" the best out of all the albums on the list? Anyway, I think this is a big improvement and I'm actually thinking about doing the same thing with my debut albums list. Do you think that would be an improvement as well, for that particular list?
R'Vannith - 24.11.2013 at 12:41  
Written by Erik M. on 23.11.2013 at 16:12

Wow, you did a great job at ranking these albums. But what's up with the top 10? Are those your favourites or do you think they represent "space metal" the best out of all the albums on the list? Anyway, I think this is a big improvement and I'm actually thinking about doing the same thing with my debut albums list. Do you think that would be an improvement as well, for that particular list?


Ordering this by genre brings to my attention how under-represented some of the genres are, I'll have to look into expanding on those. And thanks, yes the top 10 are just my picks for what best represents my idea of space metal, as well as being some of my favourite material overall in the list.

I think it would be an improvement for your debut list, it would be interesting to see which genres hold the numerical upper hand as far as debut albums go, as well as being easier to browse if someone happens to view it and is thinking of checking out debuts of a particular style.
Erik M. - 25.11.2013 at 23:05  
Written by R'Vannith on 24.11.2013 at 12:41

Ordering this by genre brings to my attention how under-represented some of the genres are, I'll have to look into expanding on those. And thanks, yes the top 10 are just my picks for what best represents my idea of space metal, as well as being some of my favourite material overall in the list.

I think it would be an improvement for your debut list, it would be interesting to see which genres hold the numerical upper hand as far as debut albums go, as well as being easier to browse if someone happens to view it and is thinking of checking out debuts of a particular style.


Yeah, you seem to have not enough doom on here. Hehe just kidding, but the list could use more doom in my opinion.

But thanks for your answer, I agree. So when I have the time (which is only in the weekend) I'll update the list I think. Oh, and it's easy to guess which genre isn't much to be seen in my list: power metal. I have like 3 power metal albums in it, no joke.
Syk - 02.01.2014 at 10:22  
Hi, you missed the spaces (ha!) either side of the colon for Pagan's Mind's album title near the top - and you may want to copy/paste the title for Blood Stain'd εpsilon

I'm surprised, I can rattle off more suggestions here than I thought I'd be able to... I guess maybe half of them won't meet the threshold of space-focused enough to be added. Anyway, here they are:
In Flames? Darkthrone/Kataklysm's fantastic early stuff, Vortech, Zyklon, Gigan, The Disciples Of Zoldon, Susperia's earlier stuff, perhaps Hacavitz Anata & Hellwitch... Like Mr. Blonde said about Iron Savior, more (earlier (basically, mid-era)) Hypocrisy might also be appropriate. Away from death I might go with some Kekal, Time Requiem, Eidolon and maybe Yngwie J? Myrkskog, Abgott, Razor Of Occam & Saille might be some more extreme options (PS there was a fairly-hyped recent release (last 2-3yrs) with cover art similar to RoO's 2nd EP, can't remember the name now but that might fit too...) along with Sedulity/Lascaille's Shroud and Thorns and/or Mithras. Again - sorry if not all of these are bang on the money, but hopefully a few will land among the stars

further - some 1349 (later?)/Evile... Spawn Of Possession/Origin... Wormed/Decrepit Birth... new Monster Magnet? fuck 'em, just go for Mithras (by searching comments, I see they were pointed out by Ag Fox just over a year ago but not specifically responded to? )
R'Vannith - 02.01.2014 at 14:47  
Written by Syk on 02.01.2014 at 10:22

Hi, you missed the spaces (ha!)


So I did, thanks for that. And thanks for a ton of suggestions! As long as they use spacey/sci-fi themes as a lyrical or thematic focus, and/or they have a sound which creates an atmosphere one might describe as spacey then they have a place here. I'll give all those ones you've mentioned due consideration.
New Year's resolution for me, as far as this list goes, is to include all the spacey suggestions from the comments section I haven't added yet, I also have in mind to add more to the non-metal section (a sampling of my favourite things from space rock would go there nicely).
Syk - 02.01.2014 at 15:22  
Written by R'Vannith on 02.01.2014 at 14:47
New ... also have in mind to add more to the non-metal section (a sampling of my favourite things from space rock would go there nicely)
Indeed - looking forward to that
Lit. - 05.01.2014 at 23:43  
Written by Syk on 02.01.2014 at 15:22

Written by R'Vannith on 02.01.2014 at 14:47
New ... also have in mind to add more to the non-metal section (a sampling of my favourite things from space rock would go there nicely)
Indeed - looking forward to that

Likewise. Can't wait to see all the prog rock that's likely gonna be on there.

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