Atmospheric Metal

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Springtime is when I do a vast majority of my metal listening. Something about the need for extreme music to clear away the cobwebs and start again.

I've been really impressed by the album 'The Dreaming I' by Akhlys. Seems to nail a particular vibe or atmosphere that I can't seem to find in many other places. It's less about blast beats and frantic solos (although those are in there) and more about creating a mood.

Metalheads in the know: Is there anythign else in this vein I should seek out?

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:16 (one week ago) Permalink

A lot of people love Blut aus Nord but I have found myself to be only lukewarm to the band. Since I am in the minority, you will likely find something of value from the band.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

And you'll likely enjoy Naas Alcameth's other band Nightbringer. They have a new one coming out in April called Terra Damnata on
Season of Mist.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Is that video silent for anyone else? I tried other videos and they work fine, but that one has no sound even when I view it on yt itself.

I listened to the Akhlys record when it came out a couple of times and wasn't too fussed about it myself so I might not hit on exactly what you're looking for; also I can't embed stuff from yt myself these days (don't now why) so if you like you'll have to look these up on youtube/bandcamp etc I'm afraid.

Awe - Providentia reminds me of the above in the way that it's a smoother, less frantic Deathspell Omega

Enmerkar - Starlit Passage is an obscure little EP but the guitar sound is very dense and has a great amount of atmosphere

Blut Aus Nord's Memoria Vetusta series is a lot different to the industrial stuff he usually puts out these days, there's three of them so far (with a fourth coming out this year)

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:11 (one week ago) Permalink

NYCNative I never liked BaN until I heard his more straight bm stuff; stuff like Mort etc I find pretty boring so you're not alone in your indifference

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:13 (one week ago) Permalink

The Dreaming I is a very special album imo. You might try this though

https://chaosechoes.bandcamp.com/album/transient

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:14 (one week ago) Permalink

A lot of people love Blut aus Nord but I have found myself to be only lukewarm to the band. Since I am in the minority, you will likely find something of value from the band.

― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative)

BAN's recent Memoria Vetusta III is atmospheric but rather dull, imo. MVII, however, from 2009, is sublime.

I didn't respond when I first saw this thread, because it's hard to know where to start. Seems like at least half the metal out there these days strives for the "atmospheric". Black metal as a genre, reaching back to Det som engang var and A Blaze in the Northern Sky. All the contemporary death metal bands inspired by Incantation, Immolation, Demilich, and poorly-recorded OSDM. Metalgaze & doom & post-metal & heavy noise, etc. So many atmospheres...

I heard this for the first time about a month ago, quickly became a favorite:

https://cadavericfumes.bandcamp.com/album/dimensions-obscure

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:12 (one week ago) Permalink

totally great record

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:46 (one week ago) Permalink

dahhh... sorry that link doesn't play up thread. but still cheers for the responses. I'll be checking these out while bombing around on my bike enjoying the cold sunshine

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 16 March 2017 01:46 (one week ago) Permalink


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