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MRmehman
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:39 am 
 

Hey, I've been getting into drone/new age music recently and I'm looking for more albums (or bands!) to check out. Please recommend me anything, no matter how surface-level or obvious it seems.

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:12 pm 
 

I'd say that the holy trinity to start are Sunn0))) , Earth and early Boris
you could start with albums like Monoliths and Dimensions, Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method, The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, Absolutego and Flood

from the guys in Sunn0))) there are also the band Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, whose sole album is worth checking out

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alexo666
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:07 pm 
 

^Nailed it. If you can't find something to enjoy in those 3 bands, drone isn't going to be your thing. Boris is probably the easiest one to digest.

Also after those 3 maybe check out something like Planning For Burial.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:17 am 
 

I would recommend you to check the following:

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
Sunn O))) - Domkirke
Sunn O))) and Boris - Altar (the 2CD edition)
Boris - Dronevil
Boris - Feedbacker
Khanate - Khanate
Nadja - The Bungled and the Botched
Nadja - Skin Turns to Glass
Orthodox - Gran Poder
Monarch - Dead Men Tell No Tales

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pbarb
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:59 pm 
 

I would highly recommend Nadja. Their discography is pretty inaccessible but the early full lengths are especially great in my opinion. Touched, Corrasion, skin turns glass, dagdrom are all huge epic slabs of heavy fuzzy emotional doom drone.

Also Jesu self titled is essential. Then try planning for burial, thisquietarmy, maybe the Angelic Process

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DeadKid
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:43 am 
 

I'd name the following as a good introductory course in drone metal:

Earth - Extra-Capsular Extraction
Earth - Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version
Boris - Absolutego
Black Boned Angel - Supereclipse (there are two versions of this, both are great)
Moss - Sub Templum
Corrupted - Llenandose de gusanos

I'd also recommend Plastic Gods - Quadriplegiac, and anything else by Black Boned Angel.

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MRmehman
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:11 pm 
 

Hey guys, thank you all so much for the reccomendations and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back on this thread. I've really taken a shine to:

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
Earth - Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version
Boris - Amplifier Worship (Not entirely drone but I adore Boris)
Boris and Sunn O))) - Alter

I was already somewhat familiar with those last two but it's been fascinating to see how drone metal slowly evolved from fuzzy orange amp tones to something as dynamic as Kannon. I've also found drone is perfect to work to, the usual lack of vocals is super appealing in that regard.

pbarb wrote:
I would highly recommend Nadja. (...)maybe the Angelic Process

I love me some Angelic Process! They seem to be one of the earliest bands to really mix shoegaze with extreme and post metal. Awesome stuff. I'll be sure to check out the rest of those bands eventually too! I've heard good things about Nadja.

Gravetemplar wrote:
I would recommend you to check the following:

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
Sunn O))) - Domkirke
Sunn O))) and Boris - Altar (the 2CD edition)
Boris - Dronevil
Boris - Feedbacker
Khanate - Khanate
Nadja - The Bungled and the Botched
Nadja - Skin Turns to Glass
Orthodox - Gran Poder
Monarch - Dead Men Tell No Tales

Thanks! I've been slowly picking off this list for a while now. Again, I want to check Nadja out soon. Seems they come highly recommended! The big thing that scared me off drone for a while was just how many bands seemed to rip off Sunn O))). Like, there's at least two or three projects called Sunn something or other (aside from the real Sunn O))) of course) and something about that seemed really trashy and unimaginative. Imagine if instead of Venom, Bathory and Celtic Frost we had Venom, Vaenom, Venom B-. I guess it helps them pop up in search engines? I have no idea, I just find it unappealing.

I'm really grateful for all the recommendations and I'm really sorry I couldn't quote everyone. I've tried to listen to as many of your suggestions as possible. Feel free to chuck a few more on the pile if you get chance!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:26 pm 
 

I've seen a lotta the same, khanate, sunn 0))), etc.

If you want something to get a lil more noisy though, I'd recommend these

https://eyecancer.bandcamp.com/album/warground-split
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwaaEKS8dm8
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:57 pm 
 

Black Boned Angel are my favourite in the genre actually. I don't think they've ever done anything poor, unlike... every other drone thing ever. They've only come up in here for Supereclipse, but they've got a LOT of more active and "fun" stuff too, don't sleep on the Nadja collabs or Verdun at the very least.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:08 am 
 

lord_ghengis wrote:
Black Boned Angel are my favourite in the genre actually. I don't think they've ever done anything poor, unlike... every other drone thing ever. They've only come up in here for Supereclipse

Actually I'm with you on that as I said:
DeadKid wrote:
and anything else by Black Boned Angel.

I named Supereclipse in the context of being a good starter, but The End is my favourite release of theirs. Such an epic swansong. Verdun is up there too.

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TheUnhinged
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:34 pm 
 

Here are a few lesser known albums I like that are a little bit on the busier side, bordering onto regular doom, sludge, stoner, or post-metal at times. I would say they are all good albums for sort of easing into the style.

Vøid
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Ascend
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Asva
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Opium Warlords
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lord_ghengis
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:55 pm 
 

DeadKid wrote:
lord_ghengis wrote:
Black Boned Angel are my favourite in the genre actually. I don't think they've ever done anything poor, unlike... every other drone thing ever. They've only come up in here for Supereclipse

Actually I'm with you on that as I said:
DeadKid wrote:
and anything else by Black Boned Angel.

I named Supereclipse in the context of being a good starter, but The End is my favourite release of theirs. Such an epic swansong. Verdun is up there too.


Ah shit, I stopped reading, my bad. But yeah, I get why Supereclipse would be a good rec for people looking to see what "pure" drone doom is about. The End is super ace for sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:27 pm 
 

Here's a more unknown band you might enjoy: https://horizonofthemute.bandcamp.com/

It's more accessible, these aren't hour long compositions that can feel overwhelming

Going in the other direction, I like Yhdarl. One of their albums can be hard to listen to, Antithesis... it is nearly 5 hours long. But it's not like The Descent of Man by Sabazius where you can literally hear when the band members take a break to pee.

Mizmor fuses drone/doom metal with black metal. Yodh is one of my favorite albums ever. Hell is a related band from the same area, and is also crushingly heavy. Both of these bands I got to see live!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:16 pm 
 

The album that actually got me to appreciate drone metal after a period of rejecting it out of hand was Beyond Black Void's "Desolate". It's a bit more rooted in metal riffing than Sunn O))) or Boris, definitely something a funeral doomster could grasp and appreciate, but it gives you just enough taste of drones to whet your app)))itite for the stuff. The more recent ones are much more ambient and even new age sounding, so that may be of interest to you as well.

100th-ing Sunn O))), Boris, Earth, etc...

Teeth of Lions Rule The Divine as well.

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