Top 12 Doom Metal Albums of 2013
Doom metal has become one of my favorite sub-genres of metal this past year or so which may come as a surprise considering what I have had to say about some releases this year that are completely opposite, (Protest The Hero, TesseracT, Witherscape, etc.) where the music pushes the limits and does something out of the norm. Doom doesn’t really follow into that vein, or at least in the same manner.
2013 has produced some amazing albums, especially releases that spill out emotion, hatred, heaviness, and anything else you can think of that can be cast into the abyss. All of these albums are worth your ears. Some are easier to get into than others, but overall I found these albums the ones that I came back to more often.
12. The Fall of Every Season – Amends
Melodic doom for the soul with a fusion of acoustic elements layered in a few areas. This was one of the first releases of the year to really stand out for me and I continue to stand by that statement. This shines brilliance. Just pure brilliance.
Stream “The Mammoth” here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uZjSB2NpI8
11. Hypnos – The Fall
Think of post-rock or post-metal fusing with some doom goodness. Wasn’t sure how much I’d like this combination, but it seems to work out pretty well with “The Fall“. It may not resonate much with heavier doom fans, but it still serves a place on the list by trying something a bit different. Hypnos is another band to keep your eyes on.
Stream it here – http://hypnosband.bandcamp.com/album/the-fall
10. Sea of Bones – The Earth Wants Us Dead
Psychedelic, sludge, drone, and doom do surprisingly well in this release. Sea of Bones will most likely not be noticed by most, but they certainly were able to grab my attention. Heavy desolation plays a key part in their sound and I absolutely love it. If you want to feel like your chest is being stepped on constantly, pick this up. “The Earth Wants Us Dead” with Sea of Bones preaching its hate upon us.
Stream it here – http://seaofbones.bandcamp.com/album/the-earth-wants-us-dead
9. Apathetic – Song For Summer
Want a continuous stream of doom? Have an hour or so free in your schedule? Apathetic answers this with Song For Summer, their debut album. This DIY funeral doom at it’s finest, with stunning atmospheres, crushing vocals, and interestingly crafted instrumentals. This was another random find as well, and I’m very glad I had stumbled upon it. Listen for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Stream it here – http://apatheticfuneraldoom.bandcamp.com/album/song-for-summer
8. The Lumberjack Feedback – Hand of Glory
Instrumental doom is awesome. The Lumberjack Feedback answer my requests of an instrumental doom band by providing an EP to satisfy me until they release their upcoming full length album. Oh, and add in a second drummer to the mix and it gets even more interesting. “Hand of Glory” requires some headphones and repeated listens as you’ll end up finding something new every time.
Stream it here – http://listen.kaotoxin.com/album/hand-of-glory
7. The Howling Void – Nightfall
The Howling Void never disappoints, as they’re one of my favorite symphonic doom projects I’ve come across. Combine that with a sprinkle of funeral doom (could be more sprinkles but I suck at measuring) and you have yourself one of the more memorable releases you’ll hear of 2013 when it comes to doom. “Nightfall” is a late release of the year but it should still turn some heads and hopefully land on some of the end of the year lists. The Howling Void is a journey. Go on and take it.
Stream it here – http://thehowlingvoid.bandcamp.com/album/nightfall
6. Lycus – Tempest
“Tempest” is another one of those doom releases that gained quite the following earlier in the year. Lycus showcases some beautifully mesmerizing funeral doom that will encapsulate just about anybody with the first listen. As with any doom release, prepare for some tracks that span over eight minutes or more (definitely more). Every track is adventurous and crushing at the same time. I hope you’re ready.
Stream it here – http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/tempest
5. Adora Vivos – Toward the Empyrean
Adora Vivos may come off as a Woods of Ypres tribute band, but they are definitely way beyond that classification. “Toward the Empyrean” is a mixture of doom, black, and some death metal thrown in. Not exactly the purest of doom metal, but it has enough characteristics and oomph to be associated with it. Also check out Amiensus if you like the sound of these guys. Along the same lines, just more black metal for the soul.
Stream it here – http://adoravivos.bandcamp.com/album/toward-the-empyrean
4. Nonsun – Sun Blind Me
“Sun Blind Me” is dragging, drone doom. Unlike some of the others listed, this album seeks to drag you on the floor for all of eternity without letting up. Heavy doom seekers will enjoy this the most. If you’re new to this style, be forewarned, it won’t be for everyone and you may wake up in random places in attempt to take it all in.
Stream it here – http://breatheplastic.bandcamp.com/album/sun-blind-me
3. Batillus – Concrete Sustain
Abrasive drone doom is the name and Batillus is the master of the game. “Concrete Sustain” seeks to take sandpaper to the side of your face and keep it there. The first time I heard this release, and even so to this day, I fell in love with it. You’ll find some primitive industrial elements into the mix that add a cold, mechanical and menacing feel to it all. These folks are going to stay around for a long time, at least I hope so.
Stream “Concrete” here – http://batillus.bandcamp.com/album/concrete-sustain
2. The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults: The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer
“Blood Vaults” is the latest creation of mastermind Alexander von Meilenwald, the former drummer of Nagelfar. I had stumbled upon this release at random and soon after this discovery, the album began to gain quite the momentum amongst the metal realm. If you’re into concept albums, this should be one of the first you turn to. It can be somewhat difficult to sift through at first, but once you uncover the layers and really dig into it, you won’t be able to stop listening.
Stream it here – https://soundcloud.com/earsplit/sets/the-ruins-of-beverast-blood
1. Eye of Solitude – Canto III
Eye of Solitude creates one of the best, if not best, doom releases of 2013 with their latest effort, “Canto III“. This album is some of the most emotional, moving, and beautiful pieces of art I’ve laid my ears on in the longest time. If you’re big on storytelling and amazing compositions, this is the album to listen to first. Funeral Doom at some of its finest.
Stream it here – http://listen.kaotoxin.com/album/canto-iii