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Through The Chasm Of Mind: Apothecary's 2015 Saga

A collection of all the goodies I find from this year. Focused on (but not limited to) weird black metal, extreme doom, psychedelic, drone, ambient, and generally experimental releases. Non metal albums included, recs are welcome. Added as discovered.

I wanted to do a 2015 album artwork list as well, but being as it is that it'd probably include many of the albums in here anyway, and thus feel a bit redundant, I settled on just including my own personal top 10 album covers from this year in here. Subject to reordering and expansion as the year progresses.

1. Abysmal Darkening - Sub Terra
2. Paris In The Spring - Soon
3. Shepherd - Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
4. Boreal Tundra - Boreal Tundra
5. Lucian The Wolfbearer - Paradise

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Created by Apothecary on 10.01.2015



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Kvlt, Meet Riff: Blackened Doom And Sludge

Had been wanting to do this for a while, title's pretty self explanatory. Black and doom are my two favorite metal subgenres, and when the two are combined into pure melancholic chaos, I scream like a little girl. I decided to take a broad approach with this one and include blackened sludgebands as well, as I think doom and sludge have similar origins and can fall under the same general banner. *Translation: I don't care if you think they can't. As usual, suggestions are both warmly welcomed and appreciated. Limit one album per band.

1. BLACKENED DOOM & DRONE
2. Arcana Coelestia - Le Mirage De L'Idéal
3. Atriarch - Ritual Of Passing
4. Autumnblaze - DämmerElbenTragödie
5. Bast - Spectres

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Created by Apothecary on 05.11.2014



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Mind Manifesting: Apothecary's Guide To Psychedelic Soundscapes

I've always been a huge fan for psychedelic music of any and all kinds. The enveloping atmosphere, the ability of minimalist solos to create a grand sense of harmony, and all those deliciously trippy effects that you can zone out with... they all come together for such a stimulating, otherworldly experience. This is often the type of music I'm most comfortable with: dazing, mind numbing, and hypnotizing.

1. Aarni - Bathos
2. Æthenor - En Form for Blå
3. Angst Skvadron - Sweet Poison
4. Atomikylä - Erkale
5. Bong - Stoner Rock

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Created by Apothecary on 19.09.2014



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Mucho Ojo Porno: The Bestest Artwork For 2014

Yeah, the title's pretty self explanatory. My other album artwork list inspired me to do one to satisfy all the delicious eye candy that's been coming out this year. Who knows, if this gets some decent thumbups and fellates my ego enough, I may just end up doing artwork lists for each year. Your choice, assholes.

1. Indian - From All Purity
2. Murmur - Murmur
3. Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi
4. Nasheim - Solens Vemod
5. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation

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Created by Apothecary on 21.08.2014



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SAY WHAAAAT? Apothecary's Favorites That May Surprise You

The idea for this list was given to me by mz when I expressed that I was more excited about Blut Aus Nord's upcoming Memoria Vetusta III than their Debemur MoRTi EP. As he said: "You are known as a person with intense love for experimental/avantgarde black metal and everyone by default expects you to love a MoRT-like album more that what is probably going to be a not-so-original-melodic black metal album." While I do prefer experimental metal, and tend to lean more towards black and doom, there are plenty of more orthodox and classic releases outside of these confines that I love as well, some of which are true guilty pleasure albums. I decided to throw in some non-MS albums as well, to show that my tastes definitely aren't limited to metal. In no particular order, we have...

1. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
2. Marilyn Manson - Portrait Of An American Family
3. White Zombie - Astro Creep: 2000 - Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head
4. Strapping Young Lad - Alien
5. Testament - The Ritual

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Created by Apothecary on 24.01.2014



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Apothecary's Awesome Album Art Anthology

I know I probably speak for a lot of people when I say that, very often, the artwork that a band chooses for a particular album can be the icing on the cake, essential to giving a visual depiction that tops off the overall aesthetic of the music. There are plenty of albums that I simply couldn't imagine listening to without staring, zoned out, to the big ball of glorious that is their cover art. Here are some such albums. In alphabetical order by band. Links to full images of the covers have been provided, as well as credits to the artists.

1. Aarni - Bathos
2. Absu - The Sun Of Tiphareth
3. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
4. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
5. Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin

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Created by Apothecary on 06.11.2013



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The Best Of Unorthodox Black Metal

Within the past decade, black metal has seen bands from all over the world incorporating new sounds to the style and changing its delivery like never before. As great as the classic acts are, BM bands today seem to be branching out in every possible direction. From the beautiful chaos of the French bands to the psychedelic dabblings of the Finns to the atmospheric scene out West in the U.S... all the experimentation is helping to create a new identity for the genre. So, in no particular order, here are some of the best releases from this growing trend of originality within black metal's foundations (atmospheric, psychedelic, black doom, and otherwise).

1. Deathspell Omega - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum
2. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
3. Diapsiquir - Virus STN
4. Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness
5. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

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Created by Apothecary on 05.06.2012