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Old 05-24-11, 10:48 AM   #1
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Ever since I fell into this "pit" known as depression about 5 years ago, whenever I came across music that was sad, but comforting, I took a particular favor to it. So here are a few bands that are great for me when I'm in this mood:

Opeth: Poetic lyrics, calming, and easy to relate to. They are metal with classical influences and more. I'd say their album Damnation, no it's not religious, is very mellow and the easiest to listen to, as well as the saddest.

Triptykon: A new dark metal band that can be aggressive, but the subject matter is normally easy to understand. Some of the mellower songs are yet again, my favorite.

Katatonia: Their album The Great Cold Distance is all about depression, anxiety, etc.

Nine Inch Nails: This used to be my favorite band to listen to when I was feeling like this, but the singer usually beats himself up over the situations mostly. Nevertheless, it's great.

Anyways, just a few suggestions for others to dabble in if they ever feel the need.
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I understand what you mean, I find listening to music helps; especially if the song is depressing
I have a few mp3's of songs
if you want anything in particular then send me a pm and I can email some to you.
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Opeth and katatonia are great.

i like Shining, a suicidal Depressive Black metal band (have their logo inked on my forearm).

then there's Peste Noire, Taake, Burzum, Mortifera, Virgin Black, and many more.

for a truly gorgeous piece, have a listen to this: YouTube - ‪Peste Noire - Dueil Angoisseus‬‏

this song, above all others, simply resonate with me. if our minds had soundtracks, this would be mine.
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Swans are one of my favorite bands... They're diverse and have gone through a lot of changes in sound, even through different genres (punk to doom metal to industrial to folk to gothic rock to post-rock... yowza) but their intense sound and poetic lyrics expressing anger, bitterness, sorrow, regret, and other feelings of that nature have been a constant, as has the great quality of their stuff.
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Opeth and katatonia are great.

i like Shining, a suicidal Depressive Black metal band (have their logo inked on my forearm).

then there's Peste Noire, Taake, Burzum, Mortifera, Virgin Black, and many more.

for a truly gorgeous piece, have a listen to this: YouTube - ‪Peste Noire - Dueil Angoisseus‬‏

this song, above all others, simply resonate with me. if our minds had soundtracks, this would be mine.
Thank you thank you thank you for the link to that song. It was absolutely beautiful. Black Metal is about the only genre of metal I haven't really touched because it's tough to find music like this in the genre. Please recommend more like this. The closest thing that I've gotten into is Alcest (which is pretty depressing, yet hopeful music, I think). Do you have the translation to the lyrics by chance to the song you linked us?
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Thank you thank you thank you for the link to that song. It was absolutely beautiful. Black Metal is about the only genre of metal I haven't really touched because it's tough to find music like this in the genre. Please recommend more like this. The closest thing that I've gotten into is Alcest (which is pretty depressing, yet hopeful music, I think). Do you have the translation to the lyrics by chance to the song you linked us?
alcest is great, and while sounding very depressive, Neige actually wrote the music for that project as something cheerful. Alcest is basically a journal of the dreams he had as a child and later in life, tales of a fairytale land. Ecailes de lune part two, and sur'l'ocean coulour de fer (or however it's spelled) are my favourites.

the lyrics in that song (dueil angoisseus) is a poem by a french poet in medieval times. while Neige (from alcest) provides guest vocals on this song he has very little to do with Peste Noire, and the man behind the music (famine de valfunde) very often use medieval poetry as lyrics. the entire album that song comes from is sheer brilliance, the other songs don't sound quite like that one, but they are all great imo. Laus Tibi Domine is another gem. as for the english translation... i can't find a properly translated one, and google translate just gives me gibberish. what i can surmise from the gibberish is that it isn't very happy prose. :P

a few other songs you might enjoy:
with neige, YouTube - ‪MORTIFERA - Le Revenant‬‏, and YouTube - ‪Lantlôs- Pulse-Surreal‬‏
the last one has a really nice, mellow start, and the entire song is infused with jazz.

YouTube - ‪Shining - Längtar Bort Fraan Mitt Hjärta‬‏
the band whose logo i have tattooed on my arm, goes without saying; one of my favourites.

YouTube - ‪Virgin Black - Our Wings are Burning [Full Version] [Lyrics]‬‏
this is not black metal, or metal at all for that sake, still love this song and loads others by Virgin Black. :)

glad you enjoyed the song, not often i find someone who can see the beauty in Dueil Angoisseux, i actually never have. haha
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Ah yes, I read that about Alcest and I understand he meant it to be a fairy tale world. It just had a hint of sadness in it, perhaps because it isn't real. Ecailles De Lune part one and two are my favs off that CD, with my fav on souvenirs being Printemps Emeraude.

Damn, Neige is a pretty popular member of the black metal community I see, and I understand why.

I liked every song you showed me. Thanks for introducing me to some more black metal material. Had a hard time liking anything beyond Alcest.

I'm flattered to be the first one to see the beauty in that song. I can tell why many wouldn't though hah. Black metal is definitely an acquired taste. Please share more if you like. I'll share with you if your curious as to a particular genre to find some depressing music.
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Neige isn't really that popular in the black metal metal community. people either hates or loves what he does. on one side he perverts an ingenious genre and makes it more acceptable to the mainstream, on the other hand he breathes a bit of fresh air into a genre that has gotten a little stale. i can see both points, i disagree with the people saying Black Metal has gone stale, but i agree that he brings something worthwhile to the table, his voice being one of those things. :)

YouTube - ‪[Konkurs] Lifelover - Spiken i Kistan‬‏
Livelover. another band i love, often playfully referred to as Necro Coldplay. some of their songs are a bit bizarre, others brilliant. this band is truly an acquired taste.

YouTube - ‪Silencer - Sterile Nails And Thunderbowels [Death - Pierce Me]‬‏
this is small view into a truly disturbed mind. the vocals can get a bit tedious, but the instrumental arrangements are timeless. the lyrics are decent but you won't be able to discern them due to the vocal performance. the main man was incarcerated in a mental institution after attacking someone in the street with an axe. i used to listen to this album while jogging on a moonlit forrestpath (usually around midnight) where i last lived, pretty intense experience. the film here are clips from the movie Begotten, btw. this is not the best song from the (one and only) album.

some music i listen to, but aren't really "depressive:"

YouTube - ‪GORGOROTH-Incipit Satan‬‏
gorgoroth, this is great black metal. \m/

YouTube - ‪LIMBONIC ART - A Venomous Kiss Of Profane Grace‬‏
some of the only symphonic black metal i can stomach, though i can not only stomach it, i dig it. screw dimmu borgir, Limbonic Art is everything they ever should have been.

YouTube - ‪Taake - Nattestid ser porten Vid VII‬‏
Taake sparked the second wave of norwegian black metal when the music started to get a bit dull and same-y. you will find blastbeats and shrieks a plenty, but there are melodic compositions as well, and i find it quite atmospheric. :)

YouTube - ‪Ulver - Capitel III: Graablick Blev Hun Vaer‬‏
Ulver, part of the first norwegian black metal movement in the early nineties. now they play electronica music and have completely left black metal behind, but their early work is still brilliant (as is some of their new stuff).

enough black metal for now, so Darkthorne and Carpathian Forest and others are something you will have to find for yourself if you've got bitten by the bug. ;)

you said black metal was about the only genre you hadn't touched, so i suppose you've heard your share of doom metal? like YouTube - ‪Mourning Beloveth - The Burning Man‬‏

and YouTube - ‪Warning - Footprints‬‏

both great, but very different.

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I'll post some metal stuff I know. I started off with Metallica then went with megadeath for the speed and anger, so my tastes stem from that pretty much. Still like both, just in case anybody wants to start up that ended debate again.

YouTube - ‪DOWN - LYSERGIK FUNERAL PROCESSION‬‏ Down to me is a band I can't get enough of. Feel, atmosphere, lyrics, I dig it. Doom/sludge metal.

YouTube - ‪The Black Dahlia Murder - "Necropolis" Metal Blade Records‬‏ Michiganders and they're awesome. Melodic Death Metal and I suggest trying a few songs out

YouTube - ‪Job For A Cowboy - Entombment of a Machine‬‏ Deathcore band that I occasionally listen to nowadays but when they first came out I listened to them a lot. I'm not too much into deathcore but it's not too bad

YouTube - ‪Cephalic Carnage - Touched by an angel‬‏ Grindcore that isn't too political, usually about weed or making fun of stuff.

YouTube - ‪Eyehategod - 30 Dollar Bag‬‏ Pure New Orleans sludge. Feedback, misanthropy and drug use in music form. If you have a day where you just hate people, I'd suggest this

YouTube - ‪Vader - Shadows Fear‬‏ Polish death metal influenced by star wars...the intro to Shadow Fear is pretty awesome.

YouTube - ‪Decrepit Birth-The Resonance (official music video)‬‏ More melodic death metal but it's heavily Death and Metallica influenced, but they also have a stoner space psychedelic vibe going. It's nice to have a melodic death metal band that isn't anti-something.

YouTube - ‪Animals as leaders - Tempting Time‬‏ Instrumental band fronted by Tosin Abosi. 8 string guitar. This guy puts technicality and feeling into music. He's a gem that I think needs to be heard by everyone

YouTube - ‪Explosions In The Sky- Your Hand In Mine‬‏ Not metal but instrumental, post rock. They have a way of evoking emotion. I just listen and reflect on life, sometimes it helps, sometimes it just feels good.

YouTube - ‪Sigur Rós - "Gobbledigook"‬‏ Icelandic post rock with made up language for lyrics. I never know what they're saying but it sounds like heaven

YouTube - ‪Periphery - Icarus Lives‬‏ Progressive rock, djent, metal stuff? I dunno, I'm usually not too into genre stuff but it helps to try to describe music before you hit the link

YouTube - ‪Haunted Shores - Passenger (ft. Spencer Sotelo)‬‏ Haunted Shores is a new band with members of Periphery, but with different vocalists. Pretty awesome.

I like Between the Buried and Me, The Human Abstract and Protest the Hero too. These bands stick out to me of the many bands I listened to with my drummer buddy throughout high school. There's a lot more but I don't want to spam links more than I already have. I figured it'd give you an idea of what I listen/listened to as far as metal goes
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I used to listen to music that combined a lot of melancholy with a substantial amount of aggression. I was all over Gothenburg bands for a while then the most angry (without stepping into full grindcore) music I could find. Depressing music? I think I still have fond memories of Novembre and Anathema in addition to the swedish acts described already. Man, I remember those years of...yeah, long story, wrong thread.
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