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Although dark ambient and neofolk aren't subgenres of metal itself, lots of metalheads keep digging bands on that style. Dark ambient and neofolk however come mostly with instrumental tracks. In this list I try to list (duh) some dark ambient albums which incorporate harsh vocals on their tracks. Because they are quite rare and well... What is more metal than harsh vocals?
I chose to put here albums and not bands, because some bands have harsh vocals on some albums and not on others, so if I showed bands it could be misleading. I don't want to recommend more than an album of each band though, unless it is absolutely necessary.
The bands are in alphabetical order. I'm gonna add and remove as I stumble upon new ones and/or am recommended.Therefore, suggestions and complaints are welcome.

Created by: Karlabos | 20.11.2013



1. Amaka Hahina - Meah Metreah
One man Dark Ambient project of the French Lord Beleth, which played on several LLN bands. This album vocals consist of mostly screams with harsh vocals as background.
2. Arktau Eos - Mirrorion
Dark Ambient Duo from Finland, one of which also plays on Halo Manash. Very good stuff.
3. Damnum Animus - Sanity:The Lies Of The Father
One man Black Ambient project from USA. Also good stuff.
4. Elffor - Into The Dark Forest
Side-project of Eöl (ex-Suffering Down). Now it is Ambient Black Metal. But this album was Dark Ambient with harsh vocals.
5. Fafnir - The Sigh Of Dawn
One of my favs. Unfortunately this album is everything that this Brazilian Black Ambient project will ever release, because they've already split up.
6. Lugburz - Behind The Gates Of The Black Abyss
Dark Ambient/Neofolk from Spain, with members of known Neofolk/Dark Ambient bands from the Spanish scene such as Endless Asylum, Der Blaue Reiter, Ordo Funebris, Trobar de Morte, Narsillion. Not to be mistaken by the Black Metal band Lugburz, from Poland.
7. Nortt - Galgenfrist
Often labeled as Funeral Doom or even Ambient Black Metal. But I can't help but to think of it as a Dark Ambient with harsh vocals and a distorted guitar. On this release at least.
8. Ordo Infandorum Rituum Occultus - Debut
Dark Ambient project from Switzerland, with probably Cthulhu himself as guest vocals along the album. They have longer releases, but I just managed to find this single, so that's the one I'm gonna list.
9. Pazuzu - And All Was Silent
Side-Project of Raymond Wells (ex-summoning) so... Pretty well known, I guess. This was his best album IMO
10. Perunwit - W Kręgu Dębów
Folk From Poland. I personally don't dig this one very much, however it is Ambient/Folk with harsh vocals, so here it is on the list.
11. Posthuman Tantra - Transhuman Reconnection Ecstasy
Dark Ambient project from Brazil. They (he) released lots of joint works with the known french dark ambient band Melek-Tha. His songs are pretty interesting.
12. Shevalreq - Tournament At Constantinople
This is jazz/ambient with black metal vocals of the worse produced quality. I don't dig it very much, but there's always an odd dude who does.
13. Sui Generis Umbra - Coma
Interesting Darkwave/Dark Ambient duo from Poland.
14. Сварга - Зов
This is NOT the Svarga (Сварга) featured here in MS, it's actually the old name of the band Веретрагор (Veretragor if my lame Russian doesn't trick me).This album has distorted guitars, but they are so buried by the synths that it sounds like Ambient with harsh vocals and folk influences.
15. Tronus Abyss - Kampf
Now they play almost instrumental Martial Industrial/Noise. However this album was Dark Ambient with harsh vocals. Probably my fav on the list.
16. Uaral - Lamentos A Poema Muerto
Often labeled as a Folk/Doom Metal band from Chile. Besides, most of the time I don't see it as metal at all.
17. Ungl'Url'Rrlh'Chchch - Demo
This is a Drone/Dark Ambient band from UK. Ok, I can't decide whether those are really harsh vocals, mumbling, or a guy singing for himself, but I'm sure one thing: It is creepy as fuck.
18. Zoät Aon - The Triplex bestial
One man Ritual Ambient band from Finland. The vocals vary among speeching, screams or harsh vocals along the album.



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MechanisT - 20.11.2013 at 22:27  
Great list. This is a genre I am getting into slowly, but steadily enough. I am unaware of most entries and so will be working on that.
Suggestion-wise, Arktau Eos may be of interest to you and quite relevant here, I reckon. Some good ritualistic and dark ambiance at play here. Wardruna too, mayhaps?
Karlabos - 21.11.2013 at 00:12  
Written by MechanisT on 20.11.2013 at 22:27

Great list. This is a genre I am getting into slowly, but steadily enough. I am unaware of most entries and so will be working on that.
Suggestion-wise, Arktau Eos may be of interest to you and quite relevant here, I reckon. Some good ritualistic and dark ambiance at play here. Wardruna too, mayhaps?


Indeed, I didn't know Arktau Eos. That album on the link is indeed good, and already added.
As for Wardruna, it may be folk, but the vocal style sounds more like kargyraa throat-singing rather than harsh.
mz - 22.11.2013 at 11:55  
I'm not familiar with most of albums here but bringing non-MS bands up here is good thing. Thanks
Karlabos - 23.11.2013 at 01:29  
Written by Guest on 23.11.2013 at 01:07

Is this list close to Black shoegaze like alcest and blus aus nord?


Not like shoegaze at all I'd say, as it is dark-ambient centered, and dark ambient is known to not have riffs at all =P
More onto the line of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7POA0sRShEU
Check out for yourself (=

Also... I don't think Blut Aus Nord is blackgaze, as for what I've heard...

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