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trommnorse
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:17 am
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Location: Poland
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:19 am 
 

Hi there, I'm looking for some dark, calm, melancholic music to listen to during lonely walks in obscure, desolate, forgotten places like old ruined buildings on the fringe of a forest or some bleak, loosely inhabited districts of some down-at-heel towns in autumn weather. I like ambient, but I'm looking for something along the lines of Swallow the Sun, My Dying Bride, Christian Death... something like that. I'm all for the mood and atmosphere, the genre is not as important. I think Therion around the 90's had some very melancholic and dark tunes, distorted guitars - I hope you know what I mean. So, any suggestions?

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DecemberSoul
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Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:46 am
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Location: Switzerland
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 9:44 am 
 

Try the earliest Mortiis albums, i.e. the first and second one. Should be one possible, and suitable musical form of what you're looking for.
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PaganiusI
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Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:49 pm
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Location: Germany
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 9:45 am 
 

"Svartkraft - The Plague Ship" is highly melancholic BM, the rest of the album is great too, but heavier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoSIXewqfLo

The "9Beds" demo is pretty dark and eery, maybe not recommended for anyone to listen to in the dark/alone, but really atmospheric Experimental BM. Kinda like Stalaggh without the yelling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7V536HWJ3Y
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OlderBudweiser
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Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:50 am
Posts: 254
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 5:23 pm 
 

Elend maybe?

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aaronmb666
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Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:37 am
Posts: 2749
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 11:43 pm 
 

Nox Arcana

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Hellbeast11
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Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:46 pm
Posts: 198
Location: Omega Cen
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 9:12 am 
 

All kind of Hypnotic DSBM or Black Doom. Trist(CZE), Spüolus, Hypothermia,...

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korgull
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Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:53 am
Posts: 1039
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 3:08 am 
 

Morgion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C14cEzG ... jreload=10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05FrWBYBMgU

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Rippingheadache
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Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:42 pm
Posts: 704
Location: Vietnam
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 10:25 am 
 

Katatonia - Dance of December Souls

Good chance you've heard/listened to it, but this instantly came to mind when reading your request.

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MDL
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Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:12 pm
Posts: 332
Location: Portugal
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 10:40 am 
 

Eternally Scarred: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_mvHsn_HsE
My Silent Wake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loEcoKOdDd0
Anhedonist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvVFnj2MB3I
Majalis (the "Altar" song): http://soundcloud.com/majalismusic
Skepticism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHUYPh6V6Sc

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Morn Of Solace
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Joined: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:19 am
Posts: 1232
Location: Italy
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 12:16 pm 
 

The "down-at-heels towns.." part of your description makes me immediately think about Lifelover's Konkurs, that album has a great urban, melancholic feeling

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The Ardbeg Wizard
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Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:58 am 
 

The Angelic Process
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Somar
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Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:01 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:30 am 
 

If there's a band I always felt captures those emotions better than anyone else it has to be Evoken
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMLALXEaiMA

This one man project from Chile, Lethargy of Death, also has a great despair and desolation atmosphere to it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIRtbqTJeWc

other bands with a similar vibe that might work for you, and that I would highly recommend to death/doom listeners in general:
Doom:vs
Shape of Despair
Colosseum
Esoteric
Commatose Vigil
Mournful Congregation
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Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:06 am
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:46 am 
 

Good metal mostly doesn't suit the purpose in mind.

That aside, I personally recommend The Cure's Pornography, which is just an extremely depressing record.
Also, you might like Lycia, I know that Petrus Ratajczyk said that some of his works were influenced by Lycia. Personal recommendations on that front are Ionia and A Day in the Stark Corner.
If you like prog rock, try The Final Cut (Pink Floyd). It doesn't seem like it's inherently trying to be depressing, per se, but something about the rich orchestral flourishes, the dark atmosphere, and the vocal delivery, coupled with the lyrics, make this one of the most depressing albums of all time to listen to, to be honest.
I also like late-90s Katatonia (earlier and later, not so much), so I recommend Discouraged Ones, as well as the non-album track "Quiet World" (released on the Saw You Drown promo).

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MetalCheese
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Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 7:49 pm
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:21 pm 
 

Anti's - The Insignificance of Life. Mostly mid-paced with fuzzy hypnotic riffs, and, unlike so many DSBM bands, the songs here don't drone on forever.

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dr8breed
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Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:05 pm
Posts: 36
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:15 pm 
 

Steve Roach (a non metal artist) is excellent. Nice to see Colosseum and Esoteric being mentioned.

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Braltika
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Joined: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:27 pm
Posts: 196
Location: Flandres
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:02 am 
 

Lustre has some good songs for that:
https://youtu.be/M4uB9Swl6ms (be patient with the intro...)
https://youtu.be/crub87IRYlY
https://youtu.be/pyNLnaGb8oI (bit more uplifting)

Might be an obvious rec but Burzum's ambient albums/tracks:
https://youtu.be/m-BNlF4lhLc
https://youtu.be/dH4GwxePsIw
https://youtu.be/Cmv4unRga40

Few loose tracks from various artists:
Coldworld: https://youtu.be/nglVmVyoVAo
A Silver Mt Zion: https://youtu.be/xcMJNCAIwqA
Nebula Orionis or Bludklinge: https://youtu.be/ZP4309QwEwE
Der Hexer: https://youtu.be/-DVPayd4TDM
Vinterriket: https://youtu.be/5JbuEwXmdXU
Isengard: https://youtu.be/OiRriEGQwAU
Secret Stairways: https://youtu.be/XKSu-wZChcQ?t=7m55s
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John_Sunlight
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Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:41 am
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Location: Kansas City
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:56 am 
 

Deinonychus' "The Silence of December" should be up your alley. Dark, simple, romantic, melencholic, not quite as gothic as MDB or symphonic as Therion, but a well composed halfway between the two, firmly on the black metal side of things. This album always gave me a more urban than foresty vibe, as well.
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