I've realized lately that of all the posters on here, perhaps I have the most limited/narrow musical taste. I listen to almost only extreme metal, though I do like my thrash and classics (Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, etc.), and some traditional doom. I'm looking to try to learn to enjoy music that isn't super heavy, both metal and non metal. I'm open to both metal and non metal suggestions (particularly the latter, considering the nature of the request, but I did not want to post this in the non metal forum). Now for the important part: the music MUST meet the following criteria: 1. it must be dark, gloomy, or downbeat in nature. nothing happy or upbeat please. 2. nothing too heavily blues based. i'm not too into that. 3. no fucking girly lyrics. maybe if the band has one or two such songs it's ok, but I fucking hate bands where the primary subject matter is girls/sex/relationships. on a similar note, i realize i do like a lot of instrumental music, so such suggestions are welcome. 4. no typical indie please. not my cup of tea. almost all indie would be eliminated anyways by criterion number 3. 5. just a note. i don't like jazz. i've actually tried to get into it before, but it doesn't click with me for some reason, though I do respect the genre. TBH there may be more that I can't think of right now, but that's a start. And if you are just going to post something to flame me, then fuck off. I'm only looking for serious suggestions.