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ravenheart
12-19-2011, 12:10 PM
Separate from my other thread, and because this is easily my top metal sub-genre, this is a list of the best proper doom metal (i.e. not death/doom) releases of 2011.

I'm not going to bother putting it in order, because frankly Pentagram would come top, and that's not worth waiting for to reveal. Plus, for any fan of doom metal they're all more than worth the investigation time.

So, getting this one out of the way first, because it's the most obvious of the year but is SO good:

Pentagram
Last Rites
Metal Blade

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/pentagram-last-rites/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51J601YoiVL._SS500_.jpg

"Not smoking crack in the studio does wonders for my voice"
http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/the-time-is-now-an-interview-with-bobby-liebling/

ravenheart
12-19-2011, 12:52 PM
Next, one which might not be news to one or two of the more clued-in doom fans here that I've noticed discovering this one more recently, but released back in February was:

Orchid
Capricorn
The Church Within Records

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/orchid-capricorn/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WmJM3UmuL._SS500_.jpg

larvtard
12-19-2011, 12:55 PM
I like this Orchid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-7zEzQ-zU) better :finger:

This one's not bad, though.

ravenheart
12-19-2011, 12:58 PM
I like this Orchid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-7zEzQ-zU) better :finger:

I knew immediately from that cover art that it was going to suck balls ;)

ravenheart
12-19-2011, 01:10 PM
One for fans of the female-fronted doom rock thing which is becoming pretty prevalent at the moment. For people who dig The Devil's Blood and Blood Ceremony, this female-fronted version of Pentagram slipped out mostly unnoticed in May:

Castle
In Witch Order
Van Records

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/castle-in-witch-order/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vRhdHYccL.jpg

ravenheart
12-19-2011, 03:05 PM
Out-and-out traditional doom that is perhaps trying to be a little too clever with a concept that doesn't quite work, and gets disrupted with a cover song in the middle, but otherwise first class doom:

Surtr
World of Doom
Altsphere Productions

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/surtr-world-of-doom/

http://altsphere.com/catalog/1323-1187-large/surtr-world-of-doom-cd.jpg

hb420
12-19-2011, 03:08 PM
Great list so far, haven't heard of Castle. Orchid and Pentagram are both great, Orchid ranked really high on my list.

ravenheart
12-19-2011, 03:46 PM
Great list so far, haven't heard of Castle. Orchid and Pentagram are both great, Orchid ranked really high on my list.

Orchid will feature in my overall top 20 albums as well.

SomewhereInTime72
12-21-2011, 02:56 AM
Haven't listened to a lot of Doom this year. Gonna check out these albums as soon as I get the chance (which should be starting in roughly 13 hours when I get home).

ravenheart
12-24-2011, 06:45 AM
Right, time for another one.

This was a bit of a surprise to begin with. Their debut was classic traditional doom, and was damn good too. This time, although there are still plenty of doom elements, they've started doing something different. Think AIC-does-doom-and-post-metal-with-Paradise-Lost. Horrific on paper, excellent and incredibly interesting in reality...

Memory Driven
Animus
I Hate Records

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/memory-drive-animus/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GMwuP8rNL.jpg

MetalIsArt
12-26-2011, 07:04 AM
Bring on some more DOOM! :allan:

ravenheart
12-26-2011, 11:49 AM
Ask and ye shall receive.

During May of this year a tiny German label called Eyes Like Snow, actually a sub-label of Northern Silence, released three awesome doom discs at the same time. Two were split EPs, and the third was this full-length. The full-on doomy parts are the traditional kind, and these go alongside brilliant acoustic/clean parts and the kind of melancholic atmosphere of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride with flourishes of black metal vocal.

The Flight of Sleipnir
Essence of Nine
Eyes Like Snow

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/the-flight-of-sleipnir-essence-of-nine/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51G0IiuPAbL.jpg

mankvill
12-26-2011, 12:17 PM
You should do the best DOOM metal albums of all time :D

ravenheart
12-26-2011, 01:17 PM
You should do the best DOOM metal albums of all time :D

That's really fucking hard.

mankvill
12-26-2011, 01:18 PM
That's really fucking hard.

I'll get you started:

1. Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus

:D

ravenheart
12-26-2011, 01:19 PM
Here's another for tonight.

This came out a while back on various record labels depending on territory. I Hate Records carried it in Europe, but I think in North America you'll find it on Subject To Suffering.

Full-on Candlemass-style doom from Italy with this one, under an extra layer of occult doom rock. Riffs galore.

Black Oath
The Third Aeon
I Hate Records

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/black-oath-the-third-aeon/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/616osBOBseL.jpg

ravenheart
12-26-2011, 01:21 PM
I'll get you started:

1. Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus

:D

Yeah, yeah. Go and write something useful. There's only four days of the year left.

mankvill
12-26-2011, 01:23 PM
Yeah, yeah. Go and write something useful. There's only four days of the year left.

hey now, i have those 2012 ones underway!

ravenheart
12-26-2011, 05:44 PM
hey now, i have those 2012 ones underway!

Not relevant until 2012. In the mean time, time is running out for the other ones claims were made on. Although such claims haven't actually been trusted for about a year :tongue:

mankvill
12-26-2011, 07:02 PM
Not relevant until 2012. In the mean time, time is running out for the other ones claims were made on. Although such claims haven't actually been trusted for about a year :tongue:

:bouville:

quit hatin on me! I'll do better in 2012. I swears it!

ravenheart
12-27-2011, 08:42 AM
One or two of the artists here will be featuring in this thread. Solitude Productions, a doom label from Russia, released a free MP3 download compilation of songs from albums they put out in 2011 on Christmas Eve.

http://solitudeproductions.bandcamp.com/album/solitude-productions-compilation-2011

In particular, Funeral, Fangtooth, Stangela and Heavy Lord are awesome.

Fangtooth will not appear in this thread though as their album was actually independently released in 2009.

ravenheart
12-31-2011, 11:35 AM
Time for another one.

This was probably always destined to be one of the best doom releases of the year. Only their third effort, put off for years because of the various members other commitments (in Opeth, Candlemass and Therion) but it's probably their most definitive release in terms of finding their own style.

Krux
III: He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars
GMR Music

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/krux-iii-he-who-sleeps-amongst-the-stars/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61HRSeANJ0L.jpg

ravenheart
01-03-2012, 11:36 AM
Mentioned this one in HB's funeral doom thread.

This is a collection of songs originally written and recorded in 1996, some of which were put out on a demo in 1997. The sessions were known as the 'Academy' sessions, with female singer Sarah Eick, and later they re-recorded some of them with Frode Forsmo, the singer on the last three albums, and some with Oysten Rostad, who never went on to record a proper album. They've been remastered here, and one other track from the original '97 release has also been remastered with Eick's original vocals.

Funeral
To Mourn Is A Virtue
Solitude Productions

http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/funeral-to-mourn-is-a-virtue/

http://www.cmdistro.com/images/xlarge/40260.jpg