About the list: I'm compelled to deviate from my very strict policy of one album only per artist or band in making this list. A strict application would lead to weird consequences, since Christian Williams, Sons of Perdition and Slackeye Slim excels in this genre. They are the stalwarts of the gothic western genre.

   

No

 Cover Album Artist

Notes

 

 

1

1401739331 65

 

 

Built with Bones

(2007)

 

 

Christian Williams

A very fastidious album inspired by the nature and history of the American prairie. Descibed as "13 songs of gothic country, inspired by mortality, the Book of Revelation and the dark side of love". This is gothic prairie music at its finest.

 

 

2

 

1401739331 65

 

 

Trinity

(2013)

 

 

Sons of Perdition 

Trinity tells the story of a fool’s hellish journey through the blood-soaked deserts of the American Southwest through religious, occult, and alchemical allusions. It's 72 minutes long. Disclaimer: not for the faint-hearted. 

 

 

3

 

1401739331 65

 

  

 

El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa

(2011)

 

 

 

 

Slackeye Slim

 

This critically-acclaimed album was described by the site No Depression as “what Ennio Morricone would have sounded like if he wanted to be Link Wray when he grew up.” Built around themes of revenge, a man and a gun. A true masterpiece.

 

 

4

 

1401739331 65

 

 

 The Kingdom is on Fire

(2007)

 

 

 Sons of Perdition 

Their debut album is often regarded as their “country” album (in the sense most country-like album). The overall theme is physical death. The album made an indelible impression on me, especially the song "Blood in the Valley".

 

 

5

 

1401739331 65

 

 

Giving My Bones to the Western Lands

(2015)

 

 

Slackeye Slim

A worthy sequel to no. 3 on the list. Despite its darkness it's bursting of light, energy and lust for life. The vocals are more direct and ingenuous while the lyrics are more personal and sincere compared to the two previous albums. Digital only.

 

 

6

 

1401739331 65

 

 

 

Defiant

(2007)

 

 

 

Christian Williams 

Christian Williams' third album. Described as "dark country/folk music from the prairie featuring Gothic tales, toe-tapping lamentations and epitaphs". The songs "The Sad Song of Sequin Island", "Henry May" and "The Barn By the Creek" stand out.

 

  

7

1401739331 65

 

 

 Texas Whore Pleaser

(2007)

 

 

 

Slackeye Slim 

 
This debut album was never meant to be taken as anything but a collection of irreverent cowboy songs. Maybe irreverent, but it's full of gifted songwriting, innovative arrangements and hilarious lyrics. It outshines most other albums in the genre.

 

 

8

 

1401739331 65

 

 

To the Trees

(2008)

 

 

Christian Williams 

 

Christian Williams' fourth album. Described as "14 songs of dark country/folk about the paths we take and the choices we make". The songs "The Trail" and "Lake Effect" stand out.

 

 

9

1401739331 65

 

 

The Dissolution Orphans

(2014)

 

 

Sons of Perdition 

This isn't an album in its own right (demos and unreleased songs). The quality of the recordings vary greatly since they were never intended to be released. The album gives you an interesting insight in the works of Sons of Perdition. Digital only.

 

 

10

For a few dollars more

  

Music from the original sound tracks of "A Fistful of Dollars" & "For a Few Dollars More"

(1970)

 

 

 Ennio Morricone

This album just have to be on the list. The reason for this extreme measure is that spaghetti-western sound has had a notable influence on the gothic western genre. No direct vocals, but the whistling and humming are exquisite.