Death-Doom Metal

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com

Death doom as the name suggests is an extreme metal sub-genre that incorporates elements of death metal into doom. It typically incorporates death growl vocals and aggressive down-tuned guitar parts into slower doom tempos though double kick drum patterns may be used. Its roots can be traced back to the eighties when thrash and early death metal bands started to incorporate doom into their sound. Dream Death are an early example which can be heard on their debut album Journey Into Mystery from 1987 along with bands such as My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and Autopsy.

Death doom also had an influence on Gothic metal and played a large part in establishing the funeral doom sub-genre in the nineties.

death-doom metal top albums

Showing only albums and EPs | Based on members ratings & MMA custom algorithm | 60 min. caching

MY DYING BRIDE Songs of Darkness, Words of Light Album Cover Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
MY DYING BRIDE
4.30 | 16 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MY DYING BRIDE The Dreadful Hours Album Cover The Dreadful Hours
MY DYING BRIDE
4.26 | 18 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
NOVEMBERS DOOM The Pale Haunt Departure Album Cover The Pale Haunt Departure
NOVEMBERS DOOM
4.42 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
NOVEMBERS DOOM The Knowing Album Cover The Knowing
NOVEMBERS DOOM
4.40 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
DRACONIAN The Burning Halo Album Cover The Burning Halo
DRACONIAN
4.30 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MY DYING BRIDE Turn Loose the Swans Album Cover Turn Loose the Swans
MY DYING BRIDE
4.09 | 24 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
PARADISE LOST Gothic Album Cover Gothic
PARADISE LOST
4.09 | 23 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CELESTIAL SEASON Solar Lovers Album Cover Solar Lovers
CELESTIAL SEASON
4.20 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
THE 11TH HOUR Lacrima Mortis Album Cover Lacrima Mortis
THE 11TH HOUR
4.20 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
SWALLOW THE SUN New Moon Album Cover New Moon
SWALLOW THE SUN
4.07 | 12 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TIAMAT Clouds Album Cover Clouds
TIAMAT
4.04 | 17 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MY DYING BRIDE As the Flower Withers Album Cover As the Flower Withers
MY DYING BRIDE
3.97 | 16 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
This list is in progress since the site is new. We invite all logged in members to use the "quick rating" widget (stars bellow album covers) or post full reviews to increase the weight of your rating in the global average value (see FAQ for more details). Enjoy MMA!

New death-doom metal free MP3/Stream

death-doom metal online videos

death-doom metal New Releases

.. Album Cover
Hamartia
Album
NOVEMBERS DOOM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Into The Arms Of Darkness
Album
MARCHE FUNEBRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Earthen
Album
OCEANWAKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Weeping Sores
EP
WEEPING SORES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Apotheosis & Amber Sea
Boxset / Compilation
SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Horizonless
Album
LOSS
Buy this album from MMA partners

death-doom metal Music Reviews

MY DYING BRIDE Symphonaire infernus et spera empyrium

EP · 1991 · Death-Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
SYMPHONAIRE INFERNUS ET SPERA EMPYRIUM is the very first release from MY DYING BRIDE released as an EP way back in 1991 as well as their first on their long lasting Peaceville Records label. While the 12 “ vinyl edition released in 1991 consisted only of the 11:38 title track, the CD edition released the following year contained the tracks “God Is Alone” and “De Sade Soliloquay” which were released as a two sided 7” vinyl single limited to 1000 copies the year before. Due to startling originality of the inclusion of the melancholic session violin contributions of Martin Powell on the title track, MY DYING BRIDE gained instant recognition as a major innovator in the nascent death-doom metal sound that only Anathema and Paradise Lost were also developing at the same time period.

It’s no doubt that MY DYING BRIDE caught the attention of the world with the track “Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium” as it remains one of their most masterful compositions of their entire career exquisitely melding the elements of doom and death metal along with neoclassical darkwave with the addition of the soul piercing violin and highly sophisticated compositional conceptualization. With its humble intro it almost sounds like we’re going to the Renaissance fair with its medieval violin setup but soon the down-tuned doomed distortion of heavy guitar riffs enter as does the death growls of Aaron Stainthorpe. The track deftly walks the tightrope of the classical and metal worlds with grace but also carefully paces the fusion effect with pure down and dirty death metal outbursts however the violin never strays too far for too long and always brings the listener into the eternal cauldrons of dread.

The remaining tracks are less symphonically complex and are rooted more in heavier death metal with elements of doom percolating through. “God Is Alone” and “De Sade Soliloquay” are perhaps the heaviest tracks that MY DYING BRIDE has ever released as they are blistering fast in tempo and eschew the violin trademark sound that pretty much defines them on every full length album that follows. These were siphoned from the cauldrons of their earliest demo material therefore sounds as primeval and raw as could be expected. SYMPHONAIRE INFERNUS ET SPERA EMPYRIUM is an excellent debut from MY DYING BRIDE and only one of two where Stainthorpe exclusively utilizes his death growls (the other being the following full-length “As The Flowers Wither.” While the title track has gotten around on many of the compilations, the other two have not and can only be found on this EP as well as the collection of the first three EPs “Trinity.” This debut release showed great talent that has been successfully in staying relevant for decades after this first hit the market.

MY DYING BRIDE As the Flower Withers

Album · 1992 · Death-Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
After the attention getting debut of their first EP “Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium,” MY DYING BRIDE released their first full-length debut AS THE FLOWER WITHERS the following year in the vein of that EP’s title track. This album is by and far the heaviest and most brutal of any in the MY DYING BRIDE discography with heavy emphasis on the blistering guitar riffing and pummeling bass and percussive attacks. The trademark lugubrious violins of at-the-time session musician Martin Powell are a vital part to the band’s sound at this stage but all hasn’t integrated together seamlessly quite yet. At this stage the classically oriented sounds as heard in the symphonic intro “Silent Dance” as well as segments within the larger tracks such as “The Bitterness And Bereavement” and “The Return Of The Beautiful” are more than present but it is quite apparent early on in “Silent Dance” that MY DYING BRIDE was very much an early pioneer of the death-doom metal sound along with contemporaries Anathema and Paradise Lost. AS THE FLOWER WITHERS is also the only full-length release where lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe exclusively utilizes his death growls which contribute to the overall soundscape giving a more dirty and raw metal feel as opposed to the slicker, more romantic Gothic utterings of his later clean vocal style.

While the longer tracks tend to portend the future of where the band was heading, some tracks like “The Forever People” are exclusively rooted in the death metal past with unapologetic heaviness and aggressive bombastic ear assaults sans any trace of symphonic effects of wailing violin. On the more progressive tracks like “The Bitterness And The Bereavement” the band utilizes all of their magic in one behemoth of a composition with sensual tear inducing violin wails meeting Sabbath inspired doom guitar chords stomping so hard that it registers on the Richter scale while the suffocating atmospheres deplete all the remaining oxygen from the room. As if the sophistication of their dread-inducing instrumental talent wasn’t sufficient enough, MY DYING BRIDE has always delivered the most thought provoking lyrics based in painful romances, utter despair and complete collapse of faith and all of that was already present from the beginning having been fully developed at this stage as perfectly heard on some of the most sophisticated tracks such as the outstanding masterpiece “The Return Of The Beautiful” where all of their early and later sounds play together in perfect harmony.

AS THE FLOWER WITHERS is one of the most woefully underrated albums of MY DYING BRIDE’s entire discography. While they pretty much steered their distinct sound exclusively into the atmospheric doom metal arenas starting with “Turn Loose The Swans,” there is something mysterious and profound about this one. Not only does it retain the primeval ooze effect of nascent metal’s birth pangs but has an intense energetic delivery absent from subsequent releases. The exclusive use of death growls may dissuade the fans of the romantic clean approach but i find this early sound of MY DYING BRIDE to be equally as compelling to experience upon returning visits. The progressive touches and the sophistication of the compositions puts this on a whole other level of the day and the dual guitar assaults of Andrew Craighan and Calvin Robertshaw are allowed to shine like on no other album that came after and even delved into Morbid Angel territory with blistering riffs and squealing solos on “Vast Choirs.” While i’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite album from MY DYING BRIDE being that their canon is so incredibly consistent, i ,in no way, can rank AS THE FLOWER WITHERS as an inferior product. On the contrary i find this to be a stimulating attack of the senses that offers a higher octane value than anything that would soon follow.

MY DYING BRIDE The Thrash of Naked Limbs

EP · 1993 · Death-Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
MY DYING BRIDE had such positive reaction to their innovative use of symphonic embellishments and violin in their unique signature sound that by the time they got to their 2nd EP they made violinist a full-fledge member of the band and steered their sound incrementally away from the aggressive death metal world more into atmospheric doom metal arenas. THE THRASH OF NAKED LIMBS followed the debut full-length “As The Flower Withers” and was the turning point where heavy guitar assaults were deemphasized and the dread inducing atmospheres accompanied by poetic visions of woe became the dominant force. While Aaron Stainthorpe utilized his death growls exclusively on the title track, for the first time he introduced his clean Gothic styled vocals which offered a new mood setting feel to their music.

While the title track is an expected death-doom track with heavy Sabbath inspired guitar in slowed down splendor, “Le Cerf Malade (The Sick Stag)” introduces a new aspect of the band, namely a propensity for thick brooding dark ambient passages. This track is exclusively instrumental with no metal to be found and has brief lyrics in French that are a fragment from a poem of the same name from the 17th century Frnech poet Jean de la Fontaine. “Gather Me Up Forever” proves they indeed a metal band and jumps back into the death-doom metal pattern that the title track dished out only some harder driving uptempo passages. This track is quite successful at showing how MY DYING BRIDE was masterfully composing doom metal with ambience and progressive touches and lots of attention paid to the most minute sound dynamics.

As heard on THE THRASH OF NAKED LIMBS, the transition was near complete but remnants of the early death metal stage of the band was still a significant part of the band’s sound although less emphasized than on the previous releases. MY DYING BRIDE was cautious about morphing too quickly from one world to the next and only proceeded as it made sure that nothing sounded stilted or done so without a satisfying unification of the styles at hand. Personally i find THE THRASH OF NAKED LIMBS to be yet another exemplary and satisfying listen with three tracks equally interesting as they place emphasis on different aspects of the band’s different strengths. As with the “Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium” EP, this one can be found on the box set “The Stories” or the much easier found “Trinity” compilations.

MY DYING BRIDE I Am the Bloody Earth

EP · 1994 · Death-Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
After the success of their second album “Turn Loose The Swans” where MY DYING BRIDE finally found an equilibrium between the intense death-doom metal guitar and growls with their neoclassical dark darkwave, they quickly released yet another EP. The third of these titled I AM THE BLOODY EARTH pretty much followed up the formula of “Swans” with a slow and plaintive pace that would become the band’s own for the rest of their career finally breaking complete ties with death metal riffs and aggressive outbursts. Whereas the previous EPs could be considered albums in their own right for having a distinct feel, this one sounds more like a collection of three tracks that were released between albums.

The title track is a slow stomping doom metal number with lugubrious symphonic violin parts wailing away. Aaron Stainthorpe employs only death metal growls despite no death metal riffs entering the scene. There are also extra guest vocals from Ghost of the industrial band GGFH. Interest in industrial music is much more prevalent on the second track “Transcending (Into The Exquisite)” which is indeed a House remix that contains different elements from “Turn Loose The Swans” and utilizes a hypnotic beat and Nine Inch Nails type drive accompanied by a remix type of aesthetic to it making it sound more like a Ministry track than MY DYING BRIDE. Although death metal growls are mostly used there are also moments where Stainthorpe sounds like Marilyn Manson a little. This one is a little repetitive and obviously an experiment that they never tried again. In fact this track was removed from the compilation “Trinity” which featured the band’s first three EPs and replaced with the single “The Sexuality Of Bereavement.”

The remaining track “Crown Of Sympathy” from the “Turn Loose The Swans” album is also an alternate remix version but not industrial oriented. This retains the classic sounding of the album version and sounds simply like a different version with some nice atmospheric extensions. Personally i find this to be the weakest of the early EPs that were released during the early years of MY DYING BRIDE. While the three tracks are all decently done and quite pleasant to listen to, they just don’t have the oomph or continuity that the previous releases did. The title track and the “Crown Remix” can be found on compilation “Trinity” while the entire EP as originally released can also be found on the limited “The Stories” boxed set. Personally the missing track on “Trinity” is not the most interesting of the lot so i would recommend that as a one stop shop for the first three EPs.

MY DYING BRIDE The Stories

Boxset / Compilation · 1994 · Death-Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
THE STORIES was the first compilation / boxed set from MY DYING BRIDE that released their three earliest EPs “ Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium,” “ The Thrash Of Naked Limbs “ and “I Am The Bloody Earth“ all in one handy one-stop shop product. This comp was released in response to the sudden popularity MY DYING BRIDE was experiencing as a result of the success of their very first albums “As The Flower Withers” and “Turn Loose The Swans” as well as growing demand from the heavy exposure during their early tours.

The only difference between THE STORIES and the following compilation called “Trinity” which was released a year earlier which also featured all three early EPs is that THE STORIES features those three EPs exactly as the original releases whereas “Trinity” removed the track “Transcending (Into The Exquisite)” and replaced it with “The Sexuality Of Bereavement” which was originally released as an EP in its own right (along with the other track “The Crown Of Sympathy (Remix)” but was only available to members of the short lived Peaceville Collectors Club Series.

THE STORIES was released in a green cardboard box with new artwork and an additional booklet with lyrics but was limited to only 3000 copies and has become somewhat of a collector’s item over the years. This is truly one only for the most hardcore of completists since every track except “Transcending…” can be found on the much more readily available “Trinity” while the original “I Am The Bloody Earth” with that track is much easier and less expensive to track down. Personally i’ll give it a pass. Rating is based on value as a compilation. See reviews for each EP separately.

death-doom metal movie reviews

No death-doom metal movie reviews posted yet.

Artists with Death-Doom Metal release(s)

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 Power Metal
HELLOWEEN
Buy this album from our partners
Rising Traditional heavy metal
RAINBOW
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
SLAYER
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Cygnus X-1 Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from MMA partners
Lost 'N' Found: Live in Tilburg Metal Related
RIVERSIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Tremendum Death Metal
HATE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Talk2me Hard Rock
PUSH PUSH
Buy this album from MMA partners
Lost Memories Traditional heavy metal
PAINFUL PRIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online