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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. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy
2007
20. Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo
2008
21. Tristania - World Of Glass
2001
22. Trail Of Tears - A New Dimension Of Might
2002
23. Lycanthia - Oligarchy
2012
24. Penumbra - Emanate
1999
25. Via Mistica - Fallen Angels
2004
26. Within Temptation - Enter
1999
27. Galadriel - Oblivion
2000
28. Darzamat - Solfernus' Path
2009
29. How Like A Winter - ...Beyond My Grey Wake
2003
30. The Gathering - Always...
1992
31. Tears Of Magdalena - Myths And Legends
2008
32. Remembrance - Fall, Obsidian Night
2012
33. To Cast A Shadow - In Memory Of
2011
34. Evig Natt - I Am Silence
2007
35. Lethian Dreams - Bleak Silver Streams
2009
36. Leaves' Eyes - Lovelorn
2004
37. Diabulus In Musica - The Wanderer
2012
38. NOT YET RANKED ALBUMS
39. Orphanage - By Time Alone
1996
40. Rise Of Avernus - L'Appel Du Vide
2014
41. Trail Of Tears - Bloodstained Endurance
2009
42. Whispering Forest - Of Shadows And Pale Light
1998



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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.

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