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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:10 pm    Post subject: SciFi/Fantasy Concept Albums Reply with quote

I don't know how interesting others will find this topic but lately I've been rather fixated on science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror concept albums lately, specifically narrative ones that tell a single story throughout the album regardless of music genre.

A lot of great albums fit the bill, well known and not so well known, such as Cloven Hoof's Dominator, Slough Feg's Traveller, Nocturnus' The Key, Quicksand Dream's Ailin, Deceased's Fearless Undead Machines, Battlemaster's Warthirsting and Winterbound, Helcaraxe's Red Dragon, Jon Anderson's Olias of Sunhillow, plus a lot of the albums from Axis of Advance, King Diamond, Aryeon and Rhapsody of Fire, and probably a few others that I'm familiar with but not recalling at the moment.

This might be absurdly specific, but does any one else enjoy these albums for those qualities, and what are some other albums or bands that fit the bill?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pestilence 'Testimony of the Ancients' and 'Spheres'
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're a bit goofy, but Bal Sagoth has the qualities you seek in spades.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

captainretardo wrote:
They're a bit goofy, but Bal Sagoth has the qualities you seek in spades.


I need to start buying their albums. I've been listening to a track or two on Youtube every once in a while but that doesn't really represent that kind of band very well. Aren't most of their album from a single storyline?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Realm of Chaos really clicks for me because when I was a kid I used to read fighting fantasy books, Nocturnus's Thresholds deserves a mention too I think as the songs are all Sci-fi & horror orientated.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes to Dominator and Traveller, mostly because i sing along to some of them. They would've been poorer without the Sci-fi angle.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crystal Age - Far Beyond Divine Horizons

a space drama concept album with music along the lines of old Grotesque/Necrophobic. Killer.

*actually, members of Ceremonial Oath and Liars In Wait/luciferion on this album! Shit! haha... didn't even realise until now
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Vision Bleak - Carpathia is a concept album about a kind of Lovecraftian Horror story, and not a bad one at that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HotBlack wrote:
Crystal Age - Far Beyond Divine Horizons

a space drama concept album with music along the lines of old Grotesque/Necrophobic. Killer.

*actually, members of Ceremonial Oath and Liars In Wait/luciferion on this album! Shit! haha... didn't even realise until now


Thanks for the recommendation! I'm just checking out now, it's awesome! Hard to believe there's a member of Hammerfall involved!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agent Steel - Skeptics Apocalypse? I don't think it's truly a concept album, but it's pretty damn sci-fi.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hawkwind albums?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worlds Beyond the Veil and Behind the Shadows Lie Madness by Mithras are great. They're concept albums about Lovecraftian alien contact. Sounds like Tucker-era Morbid Angel meets Nocturnus, only all the synths are actually effects-laden guitars.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cthulhuhhuh madness from recent times would be The Great Old Ones' latest album Tekeli-Li, which is pretty great in spite of the post black metal thing. Sulphur Aeon's first was ok too I guess.
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