Nobody There: Missing Albums on Spotify

A look at some of the metal albums that are missing from Spotify.

Even though the amount of albums that are on Spotify now is fantastic in comparison to where the service was a number of years ago (when I first signed up to Spotify Premium, the entire Relapse catalogue was still a glaring omission – unthinkable nowadays!), I still tend to find myself searching for albums I haven’t listened to in ages in the hope that they’ve been added since the last time I checked.

Most recently, the Music for Nations era Spiritual Beggars albums (Another Way to ShineMantra III, and Ad Astra) were all uploaded. Ad Astra being a favourite of mine, I was really happy to see this gap in the band’s catalogue finally filled. Obviously, there have been the big-name acquisitions such as Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Rammstein, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers recently, but I’d hate for the years to go by and for listeners to start forgetting about albums by more underground bands simply due to laziness or limbo on the part of the rights holders.

Spotify’s official response for “missing content” is as follows:

We want all the world’s music on Spotify. However, some artists and tracks are not currently available. Sometimes agreements can’t be reached with the artist or label or a change may happen in music ownership.

Thousands of albums and artists are being added to Spotify every day. If you can’t find an artist you’re looking for, they may appear (or reappear) soon.

In the meantime, feel free to contact the artist or their label to ask when they plan to be on Spotify.

I’ve come up with a list of metal (and various other heavy) albums (and the odd EP) I’d love to see make their way on to the platform (in some cases making their way back). If any readers know why they might be missing, or, better still, if there’s a good contact to find out about some of the more obscure releases, I’d be really interested.

  • Aborym – Kali Yuga Bizarre
  • Aborym – Fire Walk with Us!
  • Anthrax – Fistful of Metal
  • Anthrax – Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
  • Arcturus – The Sham Mirrors
  • Behemoth – Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)
  • Behemoth – Grom
  • Behemoth – Pandemonic Incantations
  • Black Sabbath – Headless Cross
  • Black Sabbath – Tyr
  • Black Sabbath – Cross Purposes
  • Black Sabbath – Forbidden
  • Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
  • Celtic Frost – Cold Lake
  • Cobalt – Eater of Birds
  • Cobalt – Gin
  • Danzig – Danzig 5: Blackacidevil
  • Danzig – Danzig 6:66: Satan’s Child
  • Danzig – Circle of Snakes
  • Death Angel – Act III
  • Destruction – Infernal Overkill
  • Destruction – Eternal Devastation
  • Destruction – Release from Agony
  • Destruction – Cracked Brain
  • Dissection – The Somberlain
  • Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
  • Exodus – Bonded by Blood
  • Exodus – Pleasures of the Flesh
  • Exodus – Fabulous Disaster
  • Gorgoroth – Incipit Satan
  • Gorgoroth – Twilight of the Idols
  • Gorgoroth – Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
  • Impaled Nazarene – Nihil
  • Killing Joke – Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
  • Killing Joke – Pandemonium
  • Killing Joke – Democracy
  • Killing Joke – Killing Joke
  • King Diamond – “Them”
  • King Diamond – The Eye
  • King Diamond – The Spider’s Lullaby
  • King Diamond – The Graveyard
  • King Diamond – Voodoo
  • King Diamond – House of God
  • Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
  • Kreator – Enemy of God
  • Kreator – Hordes of Chaos
  • Long Winter’s Stare – The Tears of Odin’s Fallen
  • Manowar – Into Glory Ride
  • Manowar – Hail to England
  • Manowar – The Triumph of Steel
  • Manowar – Warriors of the World
  • Manowar – Gods of War
  • Manowar – Battle Hymns MMXI
  • Manowar – The Lord of Steel
  • Manowar – Kings of Metal MMXIV
  • Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath
  • Mindless Self Indulgence – Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy
  • Obituary – The End Complete
  • Obituary – World Demise
  • Obituary – Xecutioner’s Return
  • Obituary – Darkest Day
  • Pestilence – Consuming Impulse
  • Possessed – Seven Churches
  • Possessed – Beyond the Gates
  • Samhain – Initium
  • Samhain – Unholy Passion
  • Samhain – Samhain III: November-Coming Fire
  • Samhain – Final Descent
  • Satyricon – Volcano
  • Sepultura – Morbid Visions
  • Sepultura – Scizophrenia
  • Shining – Redefining Darkness
  • Sigh – Scorn Defeat
  • Sigh – Infidel Art
  • Sigh – Hail Horror Hail
  • Slayer – World Painted Blood
  • Solefald – Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey Part I
  • Solefald – Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey Part II
  • The Meads of Asphodel – The Excommunication of Christ
  • The Meads of Asphodel – Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua
  • The Meads of Asphodel – Damascus Steel
  • Ulver – Themes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • Ulver – Metamorphosis
  • Ulver – A Quick Fix of Melancholy
  • Vader – De Profundis
  • Vader – Black to the Blind
  • Vader – Litany
  • Vader – Revelations
  • Voivod – Nothingface
  • Voivod – Angel Rat
  • Voivod – The Outer Limits
  • Voivod – Voivod
  • Xasthur – The Funeral of Being

Note: I am using Spotify in the UK, so there’s a chance that some of these albums might be available in your region, whereas some that are available in the UK might not be available in your region. Again, some sort of comparison in this regard would be an interesting one.

When I started really thinking about it, this list also became much more substantial than I had initially imagined. And I know I’m just scratching the surface. Nonetheless, it feels like we’re at a place now with Spotify where there is much more available than unavailable, so perhaps if that trend continues it won’t be long before a number of the above find themselves uploaded to the service.


Author: Andrew R Craddock

Metal and Spotify enthusiast, freelance copy-editor, writer, jolly nihilist.

3 thoughts on “Nobody There: Missing Albums on Spotify”

  1. It’s a nice list, it always amazed me that those Black Sabbaths albums are missing. Also, ‘The End’ EP by Sabbath is missing. Greetings


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