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Here's a list of mostly Gothic Metal albums, exclusively of the "Beauty and the Beast" type (which refers to clean "angelic" female vocals contrasted with male growls/screams). I made this list because it's one of my all-time favourite subgenres of which I own "a lot" of great albums. Since there are several lists of the best Gothic Metal albums on MS, I didn't feel like creating a similar one, but rather an exclusive list solely comprised of this subgenre. It could be useful as a guide for people who are searching for these kinds of albums, though I'm very open to suggestions since I obviously haven't heard all great albums yet. Lastly, everything on this list is at least worth a 7.5/10 rating and I only add a maximum of 3 albums per band.

Created by: Erik M. | 12.03.2013



1. Tristania - Widow's Weeds
1998
2. The Sins Of Thy Beloved - Lake Of Sorrow
1998
3. Draconian - Where Lovers Mourn
2003
4. Epica - The Phantom Agony
2003
5. Theatre Of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
1996
6. Tristania - Beyond The Veil
1999
7. Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
1999
8. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
2005
9. After Forever - Decipher
2001
10. Sirenia - At Sixes And Sevens
2002
11. Penumbra - Seclusion
2003
12. Unholy - Gracefallen
1999
13. Draconian - The Burning Halo
2006
14. After Forever - Prison Of Desire
2000
15. Theatre Of Tragedy - Theatre Of Tragedy
1995
16. Galadriel - The Mirror Of Ages
1999
17. The Sins Of Thy Beloved - Perpetual Desolation
2000
18. Sirenia - An Elixir For Existence
2004
19. Rise Of Avernus - L'Appel Du Vide
2014
20. Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo
2008
21. Tristania - World Of Glass
2001
22. Trail Of Tears - A New Dimension Of Might
2002
23. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007
24. Lethian Dreams - Red Silence Lodge
2014
25. Lycanthia - Oligarchy
2012
26. Penumbra - Emanate
1999
27. Via Mistica - Fallen Angels
2004
28. Within Temptation - Enter
1999
29. Galadriel - Oblivion
2000
30. Darzamat - Solfernus' Path
2009
31. How Like A Winter - ...Beyond My Grey Wake
2003
32. The Gathering - Always...
1992
33. Tears Of Magdalena - Myths And Legends
2008
34. Remembrance - Fall, Obsidian Night
2012
35. To Cast A Shadow - In Memory Of
2011
36. Evig Natt - I Am Silence
2007
37. Leaves' Eyes - Lovelorn
2004
38. Diabulus In Musica - The Wanderer
2012
39. NOT YET RANKED ALBUMS
40. Orphanage - By Time Alone
1996
41. Trail Of Tears - Bloodstained Endurance
2009
42. Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light
1998



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Erik M. - 06.08.2013 at 22:31  
Written by InnerSelf on 06.08.2013 at 16:29

We DO have similar tastes in music ... your top 3 albums were the first to spring into my mind when i read the name of the list. Though I'd definitely put Moonspell's Wolfheart in the top 5.


Yep, it seems that way. Good to know people appreciate this list, hehe. I'm quite satisfied with it myself. Wolfheart is an interesting suggestion, but I don't think I'll add it because only a couple of songs (2 or 3 I think) feature female vocals and overall I don't get that "beauty and the beast" vibe from that album, but I'll listen to it again and then decide whether to add it or not.
Draugen - 20.08.2013 at 14:54  
Hey!

I don't know if you are still looking to add more albums to this list, but if that's the case, then I would suggest Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light. It's a really good but sadly overlooked album reminiscent of early Tristania and the like with some doom elements thrown into the mix as well.
Erik M. - 22.08.2013 at 21:10  
Written by Draugen on 20.08.2013 at 14:54

Hey!

I don't know if you are still looking to add more albums to this list, but if that's the case, then I would suggest Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light. It's a really good but sadly overlooked album reminiscent of early Tristania and the like with some doom elements thrown into the mix as well.


Hi again. I added Whispering Forest's album (also to my other list) so I'm definitely going to check it out soon, so thanks for the recommendation. I'm always looking for more great albums for my lists so keep the suggestions coming.

Edit: you weren't kidding, this stuff sounds really awesome! Definitely my cup of tea. And seeing as this is also a debut AND a death doom album, I can add it to 3 lists of mine. By the way, to me it also has some My Dying Bride in it if you ask me. At least, that's the first band I thought of when listening to this.
Draugen - 23.08.2013 at 11:41  
Written by Erik M. on 22.08.2013 at 21:10

Edit: you weren't kidding, this stuff sounds really awesome! Definitely my cup of tea. And seeing as this is also a debut AND a death doom album, I can add it to 3 lists of mine. By the way, to me it also has some My Dying Bride in it if you ask me. At least, that's the first band I thought of when listening to this.


Glad you liked it!

Hopefully by now being on three of your lists it will get discovered by more people.
Monolithic - 11.10.2013 at 23:01  
Well I see a lot of familiar names here so this list totally nails it.
Also, great to see Darzamat - Solfernus' Path here. \m/ I'm listening to it at the moment.
Erik M. - 11.10.2013 at 23:05  
Written by Monolithic on 11.10.2013 at 23:01

Well I see a lot of familiar names here so this list totally nails it.
Also, great to see Darzamat - Solfernus' Path here. \m/ I'm listening to it at the moment.


Thanks man. This list is really almost complete... just have to rank those last few albums and then it's done. Although when I discover a new album worthy of this list then I add it too of course.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.10.2013 at 17:01  
The Gathering - Always is way too low on this list as is Orphanage
Erik M. - 13.10.2013 at 22:26  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.10.2013 at 17:01

The Gathering - Always is way too low on this list as is Orphanage


Orphanage isn't ranked yet because I've still not formed a proper opinion on it. Haven't listened to The Gathering in a while, but I wasn't amazed by it by any means, just a very good album. Maybe because the Youtube quality sucked, I'm not sure. In any case, I'll spin it again soon to find out.
Myriads - 10.05.2014 at 03:09  
Great list here! You have a bunch of my favourite bands and albums listed and the top few spots are definitely deserved. I highly recommend trying a new band called Akathisia. They've just released a digital EP which sounds closer to Widow's Weeds than almost anything else I've ever heard from the last ten years: http://akathisia.bandcamp.com/album/first-impact
Myriads - 10.05.2014 at 04:27  
Another suggestion while I'm at it :p Nox Aurea from Sweden. Their first album is the biggest piece of Draconian worship ever, while their second is a little less heavy on the gothic metal part and more on death doom. Two members went on to form When Nothing Remains, who have worked with Johan of Draconian himself now!
Erik M. - 15.05.2014 at 00:49  
Written by Myriads on 10.05.2014 at 03:09

Great list here! You have a bunch of my favourite bands and albums listed and the top few spots are definitely deserved. I highly recommend trying a new band called Akathisia. They've just released a digital EP which sounds closer to Widow's Weeds than almost anything else I've ever heard from the last ten years: http://akathisia.bandcamp.com/album/first-impact


Thanks, man! I'm going to check it out for sure. I mean, if it's like Widow's Weeds, then it should definitely be my cup of tea. Problem is, I basically only add full-length albums from bands that are featured on MS. If it's really good, I might add this EP though.

Written by Myriads on 10.05.2014 at 04:27

Another suggestion while I'm at it :p Nox Aurea from Sweden. Their first album is the biggest piece of Draconian worship ever, while their second is a little less heavy on the gothic metal part and more on death doom. Two members went on to form When Nothing Remains, who have worked with Johan of Draconian himself now!


I'm familiar with Nox Aurea and even had them on this list at one point. For some reason I deleted the album again, don't know why though. I'll re-listen to one (or both) of the albums and then I might add them again. But for the record, whether it's funeral doom, death doom or gothic doom, it's kind of irrelevant for this list. Yes, most of the albums here are gothic or have gothic influences, but that's because most "beauty and the beast" metal is (partially) gothic metal (as you probably know already ).
Erik M. - 17.05.2014 at 17:30  
Written by Myriads on 10.05.2014 at 03:09

I highly recommend trying a new band called Akathisia. They've just released a digital EP which sounds closer to Widow's Weeds than almost anything else I've ever heard from the last ten years: http://akathisia.bandcamp.com/album/first-impact


Okay, I listened to it and from what I've heard I wouldn't say it's very similar to Tristania's work. This is pretty much death doom with gothic elements. In any case very nice stuff indeed and a promising band. Looking forward to see a full-length album by these guys. But I won't add it to this list because of three reasons: it's an EP, they're not featured on MS, and the female vocals weren't present enough in the music for me to consider them a "beauty and the beast" band. The vocals are more like the Shape of Despair female background vocals. And those don't really count or else I'd have included Shape of Despair as well for this list.

By the way, have you heard this album:



Without a doubt the best gothic doom album of the last few years. If you haven't checked it out, you really should. I just ranked it on this list as well. Also check out Lethian Dreams - Red Silence Lodge, which is their new album. They weren't that great a week ago when I saw them live (female vocals weren't loud enough, for instance), but this album surely is very good. I replaced the debut with this one, because this is probably their best album to date.
Myriads - 20.05.2014 at 07:31  
Yeah, I've given Akathisia a few more listens now and the resemblance to Tristania is a little less obvious to me too. Widow's Weeds just has a very unique atmosphere that I find almost no other album has ever come close to being able to recreate, and Akathisia did remind me of WW, perhaps not so much in the music itself as the mood it evoked. It's definitely among my very favourite releases of the year so far though. And I have indeed heard Rise of Avernus! I live in Australia and keep moving from city to city and missing their tour dates but I agree that their album is quite fantastic.

Also really enjoying Red Silence Lodge lately, however I don't think it ought to be present on this list as there are absolutely no male vocals (clean or growled) present. I've been listening to Orphanage a lot lately and By Time Alone is really very good, especially considering that it was released back in 1996, so make sure to give it a few solid spins so it can get a good spot on the list!
Erik M. - 21.05.2014 at 01:28  
Written by Myriads on 20.05.2014 at 07:31

Yeah, I've given Akathisia a few more listens now and the resemblance to Tristania is a little less obvious to me too. Widow's Weeds just has a very unique atmosphere that I find almost no other album has ever come close to being able to recreate, and Akathisia did remind me of WW, perhaps not so much in the music itself as the mood it evoked. It's definitely among my very favourite releases of the year so far though. And I have indeed heard Rise of Avernus! I live in Australia and keep moving from city to city and missing their tour dates but I agree that their album is quite fantastic.

Also really enjoying Red Silence Lodge lately, however I don't think it ought to be present on this list as there are absolutely no male vocals (clean or growled) present. I've been listening to Orphanage a lot lately and By Time Alone is really very good, especially considering that it was released back in 1996, so make sure to give it a few solid spins so it can get a good spot on the list!


Huh, there are no male vocals at all on the new Lethian Dreams? I don't really know then why I put it on this list, hahaha. So yeah, you're right, it indeed doesn't belong here.

Australia huh? I guess it's understandable you keep missing them, seeing as Australia is damn huge. Hell, even if a band is playing in the north of the Netherlands I won't bother (since I live in south) attending the gig, and this country is tiny in comparison.

So far I really haven't given the Orphanage albums the time they deserve. Will be doing so sooner or later though.
Dark†SymphonY - 11.08.2014 at 22:34  


Not a particular favorite band of mine, but something to look into maybe.
Erik M. - 11.08.2014 at 22:43  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 11.08.2014 at 22:34

Not a particular favorite band of mine, but something to look into maybe.


Already checked an album from Elis out and can remember I didn't like it at all. It sounded way too "soft" for my taste. But I'll check out your suggestion nonetheless.
Dark†SymphonY - 11.08.2014 at 23:22  
Yeah, the band does have a softer edge to their music and does get boring too although the female vocalist is rather nice.
Also check out the debut from Tales Of Dark..., gothic/melodic doom group.
And also Siebenbürgen 's album Delictum, a melodic black band with female vocals.
Erik M. - 12.08.2014 at 22:17  
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 11.08.2014 at 23:22

Yeah, the band does have a softer edge to their music and does get boring too although the female vocalist is rather nice.
Also check out the debut from Tales Of Dark..., gothic/melodic doom group.
And also Siebenbürgen 's album Delictum, a melodic black band with female vocals.


Saying "thanks for the suggestions" is a very standard reply, but this time I really mean it. Because Tales of Dark... seems to be the sort of stuff I would enjoy. And I have to be honest, I barely listen to gothic anymore, which I kind of regret. Siebenbürgen also seems like it's right up my alley (lame expression, I know). Found all three albums on Youtube as well, which is nice (as I have said many times already, I rarely download anything).

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