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From an initial release of mellow Funeral Doom, flowing softly without any sharp edges, to a sophomore blend of Gothic/Doom and Dark Metal, Narrow House ...
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Note: Review ratings were introduced in late 2013.
Albums reviewed before that time remain largely unrated, and do not appear on this list.

Score: 10/10

Angellore La Litanie Des Cendres (Mike Liassides)
Camel of Doom Terrestrial (Mike Liassides)
Candlemass Nightfall (30th Anniversary) (Matt Halsey)
Clouds Doliu (Chris Hood)
Devil's Witches Velvet Magic (Matt Halsey)
Dictator Dysangelist (Bertrand marchal)
Doomed Anna (Mike Liassides)
Doomed Wrath Monolith (Mike Liassides)
Draconian Arcane Rain Fell (Mike Liassides)
Esoteric The Pernicious Enigma (Remix) (Kris Clayton)
Forest Stream Tears of Mortal Solitude (Mike Liassides)
Fungoid Stream Oceanus (Bertrand Marchal)
Goatpsalm Downstream (Kris Clayton)
Hierophant The Tome (Arnstein H. Pettersen)
Idre Unforgiving Landscapes (Dante DuVall)
Ketch Ketch (EP) (Matt Halsey)
Khemmis Absolution (Dante DuVall)
Lethian Dreams Red Silence Lodge (Dante DuVall)
Lord Vicar Gates Of Flesh (Nick Harkins)
Mare Infinitum Alien Monolith God (Chris Hood)
Mindrot Dawning (Mike Liassides)
My Silent Wake An Unbroken Threnody (Compilation) (Mike Liassides)
Narrow House Thanathonaut (Mike Liassides)
Quercus Sfumato (Trishay J Trada)
Reclvse Evil Lvrks (EP) (Nick Harkins)
Rezn Let It Burn (Dante DuVall)
SubRosa More Constant Than The Gods (Dominik Sonders)
The Morningside Treelogia (Mike Liassides)
Trees of Eternity Hour of the Nightingale (Dante DuVall)
Tyranny Aeons In Tectonic Interment (Dominik Sonders)
Vin de Mia Trix Palimpsests (Mike Liassides)
Were-Jaguars II (Kris Clayton)
Witch Mountain Homegrown Doom EP (Arnstein H. Pettersen)
Worship Terranean Wake (Mike Liassides)
xx Xx Rvrt (Mike Liassides)

Score: 9.5/10

Aphonic Threnody Of Graves, Of Worms, And Epitaphs (split with Frowning) (Dominik Sonders)
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony (Dominik Sonders)
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony (Reissue) (Mike Liassides)
Autumnia Two Faces Of Autumn (Compilation) (Kris Clayton)
Count Raven Mammons War (Bertrand marchal)
Crimson Swan Unlit (Chris Hood)
Forever Autumn Waiting For ktober MMXVI (Mike Liassides)
Frowning Of Graves, Of Worms, And Epitaphs (split with Aphonic Threnody) (Dominik Sonders)
Fungoid Stream Prehuman Shapes (Bertrand Marchal)
Hamfer Vilst Er Sista Fet (Bertrand Marchal)
Khemmis Hunted (Alex Drozd)
Mourning Beloveth Rust & Bone (Dante DuVall)
Mourning Dawn Waste (EP) (Nick Harkins)
Paradise Lost The Plague Within (Laurent Lignon)
Procession Doom Decimation (Mike Liassides)
Profetus As All Seasons Die (Laurent Lignon)
Psychedelic Witchcraft Sound Of The Wind (Nick Harkins)
Rise Of Avernus Dramatis Personae (EP) (Kris Clayton)
Sons Of A Wanted Man Black Days Black Dust (EP Re-release) (Nick Harkins)
SubRosa For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages (Dominik Sonders)
The Slow Death Ark (Dante DuVall)
Thorns of the Carrion Remembrance In Tragedy (Compilation) (Laurent Lignon)
Were-Jaguars III (Kris Clayton)
Zatokrev Silk Spiders Underwater (Kris Clayton)

Score: 9/10

40 Watt Sun The Inside Room (Dominik Sonders)
40 Watt Sun Wider Than The Sky (Alex Drozd)
A Day In Venice A Day In Venice (Mike Liassides)
A Sickness Unto Death The Great Escape (Chaim Drishner)
Absent/Minded Alight (Nick Harkins)
Abstract Spirit Escapism (split with Ennui) (Mike Liassides)
Abysmal Darkening Sub Terra (Chaim Drishner)
Angakok Angakok (Matt Halsey)
Angellore Errances (Mike Liassides)
Aphonic Threnody Immortal In Death (split with Ennui) (Mike Liassides)
Aphonic Threnody When Death Comes (Matt Halsey)
Arche Undercurrents (EP) (Riccardo Veronese)
Ashtar Ilmasaari (Matt Halsey)
Astral Sleep Visions (Mike Liassides)
Asunder Works Will Come Undone (Dominik Sonders)
Automaton Echoes of Mount Ida (Chaim Drishner)
Autumn People Arising (Mike Liassides)
Autumnal The End Of The Third Day (Dante DuVall)
Beelzefuzz Beelzefuzz (Steve Bidmead)
Begrbnis Begrbnis/Estrangement (Split EP) (Mike Liassides)
Black Forest Sadness (Remaster) (Chaim Drishner)
Blessed Realm Doomography 1993 - 2002 (Compilation) (Matt Halsey)
Bretus ...From The Twilight Zone (Nick Harkins)
Camel of Doom Psychodramas: Breaking the Knots of Twisted Synapse (Mike Liassides)
Canaan Il Giorno Dei Campanelli (Mike Liassides)
Canaan Of Prisoners, Wandering Souls And Cruel Fears (Mike Liassides)
Capilla Ardiente Solve Et Coagula (EP) (Bertrand marchal)
Church Unanswered Hymns (Dante DuVall)
Conjurer I (EP) (Matt Halsey)
Cough An Introduction To The Black Arts (Split with The Wounded Kings) (Bertrand Marchal)
Cult Of Vampyrism Aporia (Kris Clayton)
Demon Eye Tempora Infernalia (Mark Rzeszutek)
Doom-metal.com A Lake Of Ghosts...The Long Shadow Of My Dying Bride (Various reviewers)
Doomed Our Ruin Silhouettes (Mike Liassides)
Dwoom Pale Mare Demo MMXVII (Demo) (Eli Elliott)
Ea A Etilla (Dominik Sonders)
Ea II (Bertrand marchal)
Eibon II (Mike Liassides)
Elegeion The Last Moment (Mike Liassides)
Enhailer Grisaille (Gra​-​sigh) (Alex Drozd)
Ennui Falsvs Anno Domini (Riccardo Veronese)
Excruciation [c]rust (Mike Liassides)
Flesh Of The Stars Anhilla (Alex Drozd)
Fleshpress Tearing Skyholes (Kunal Choksi)
Forever Autumn Patience Of m Fire-Keeper (Mike Liassides)
Former Worlds Photos Of Eve IX​-​XVI (Matt Halsey)
Fractured Spine Memoirs Of A Shattered Mind (Anniversary Edition) (Nick Harkins)
Frailty Melpomene (Mike Liassides)
Frowning Extinct (Riccardo Veronese)
Funeral Moth Transience (Trishay J Trada)
Funeralium Of Throes And Blight (Riccardo Veronese)
Funeris Ghostly, Gloomy Notes (Riccardo Veronese)
Fvnerals Wounds (Nick Harkins)
Ghost Witch Demo (Alex Drozd)
Gloson Grimen (Riccardo Veronese)
Halter For The Abandoned (Riccardo Veronese)
Hamfer Evst (Dominik Sonders)
Havnatt Havdgn (Dominik Sonders)
HellLight Journey Through Endless Storms (Riccardo Veronese)
Hollow Leg Murder (EP) (Nick Harkins)
Holy Hydra Rise Of The Hydra (Demo) (Arnstein H. Pettersen)
Ixion Enfant De La Nuit (Mike Liassides)
Ixion Return (Mike Liassides)
Jex Thoth Blood Moon Rise (Dominik Sonders)
Kauan Pirut (Dominik Sonders)
Ketch The Anthems Of Dread (Reissue) (Mike Liassides)
King Woman Created In The Image Of Suffering (Dante DuVall)
Kroh Altars (Re-release) (Nick Harkins)
Lachrimatory Transient (Dominik Sonders)
Lacrima A Story From Limbo (Chaim Drishner)
Latitude Egress To Take Up The Cross (Chaim Drishner)
LowFlyingHawks Genkaku (Dante DuVall)
Lucifer's Fall II: Cursed And Damned (Mark Rzeszutek)
Mekigah Autexousious (Nick Harkins)
Mekigah Litost (Chaim Drishner)
Mesmur Mesmur (Kris Clayton)
Mesmur S (Mike Liassides)
Mirror Morionis Eternal Unforgiveness (Mike Liassides)
Mistralth My Grief (Nick Harkins)
Moaning Silence A World Afraid Of Light (Mike Liassides)
Monads IVIIV (Mike Liassides)
Monarch Sabbracadaver (Laurent Lignon)
My Dying Bride A Map of All Our Failures (Mike Liassides)
My Silent Wake Invitation To Imperfection (Mike Liassides)
Negative Voice Cold Redrafted (Riccardo Veronese)
Norilsk Le Passage Des Glaciers (Eli Elliott)
Norilsk The Idea Of North (Mike Liassides)
Ocean Of Ghosts Ascending (Jon Carr)
Ocean Of Grief Fortress Of My Dark Self (EP) (Riccardo Veronese)
Oceanwake Kingdom (Chaim Drishner)
Oceanwake Sunless (Dani Alise)
Pallbearer Foundations Of Burden (Matt Halsey)
Paradise Lost One Second (20th Anniversary Edition) (Mike Liassides)
Pendulous A Palpable Sense of Love and Loss (Dante DuVall)
Pentagram Last Days Here (Documentary Video) (Mike Liassides)
Process Of Guilt Rorcal/Process Of Guilt (Split) (Matt Halsey)
Psychedelic Witchcraft Magick Rites And Spells (Compilation) (Nick Harkins)
Pyramido Saga (Kunal Choksi)
Regressus Ad Infinitum Regressus Ad Infinitum (Compilation) (Nick Harkins)
Rise Of Avernus Eigengrau (Kris Clayton)
Rorcal Rorcal/Process Of Guilt (Split) (Matt Halsey)
Rose Kemp Golden Shroud (Dante DuVall)
Santo Rostro The Healer (Riccardo Veronese)
Saturnine Mors Vocat (Laurent Lignon)
Sea Witch The Blackened Sea (Matt Halsey)
Sea of Bones The Earth Wants Us Dead (Mike Liassides)
Sentio Ergo Sum Egsegesis Logicae (Kris Clayton)
Skumring De Glemte Tider (Remaster) (Dante DuVall)
Solstice Death's Crown Is Victory (EP) (Matt Zuchowski)
Soothsayer The Soothsayer (EP) (Riccardo Veronese)
Spirit Descent Anthem (Reissue) (Eli Elliott)
Stangala Klav (Kris Clayton)
Station Dysthymia Overhead, Without Any Fuss, the Stars Were Going Out (Louis Halard)
Stoned Jesus The Harvest (Nick Harkins)
Subterranean Disposition Contagiuum And The Landscapes Of Failure (Mike Liassides)
Suffer Yourself Ectoplasm (Mike Liassides)
The Prophecy Salvation (Dominik Sonders)
Unmercenaries Fallen In Disbelief (Riccardo Veronese)
Valborg Romantik (Chaim Drishner)
Vestige Of Virtue Sophia (Mike Liassides)
Whelm A Gaze Blank And Pitiless As The Sun (Reissue) (Kris Clayton)
When Nothing Remains In Memoriam (Mike Liassides)
Who Dies In Siberian Slush Bitterness Of The Years That Are Lost (Re-recording) (Mike Liassides)
Wijlen Wij Coronachs of the Ω (Jon Carr)
Windhand Soma (Dante DuVall)
Woe Unto Me Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed (Mike Liassides)
Woebegone Obscured Marrow of Dreams (Bertrand Marchal)
Wretch Wretch (Nick Harkins)
Zaraza Spasms Of Rebirth (Mike Liassides)
shEver Panta Rhei (Kris Clayton)
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