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Discussion in 'Band Recommendations Forum' started by Jeebes, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Jeebes

    Jeebes New Metal Member

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    So, my roommates listen to a lot of metal, like almost exclusively metal. They have huge libraries (weird side-point, no piracy involved. They're like me in that they figure that if a they download a band and they're awesome, they'll buy it, else they'll delete the music). I don't know where to start. A lot of it seems so very awesome, but a lot of it is so cheesily bad it makes me cringe.

    So, it'd be awesome if you all could help point me in the right direction. So, I'll list a couple bands that I've heard and like, and some that I dislike, and say what I liked/disliked about each.

    Like:
    Opeth: fucking everything about them. Since I was introduced to Opeth, they quickly became my favorite band straight up. I absolutely love how they'll go from heavy to calm back to heavy in a single song. I love the skill. I love the vocal variance. I love that in the same song he'll use the growl ~and~ clean vocals. I love the vocal range. He'll go from a bass up to maybe alto, as opposed to some bands (dream theater) that seem to keep their vocals in the soprano or alto at lowest. I guess what I love about Opeth is the dynamics. I love the variance. On the other end I'd put Meshuggah, who from what I've heard, basically do the same thing on every song from start to finish.

    I also fucking love Devin Townsend. Again, I ~love~ the variance. It all sounds so epic. Perfect example: "The Mighty Masturbator" off or Deconstruction. I love how it starts out super calm, and then like a minute in it just hits with an O Fortuna style chorus plus his vocals. Without the opening, it wouldn't feel near as epic.

    Hate:
    I can't stand Dream Theater. With any kind of music that has vocals, the vocals automatically become the first thing you notice. Dream Theater would be an ~awesome~ instrumental band. The vocals kill it for me. It's sad, because the raw skill demonstrated by the rest of the band is fantastic.

    Blind Guardian: Again, I absolutely loathe the choir-boy vocals. The rest of the band is awesome, but it's like the vocals are a checkpoint that must be passed before the rest of the band can be heard.
     
  2. Avigrus

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    Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes

    The above album is a good one if you're just getting into metal. The first time i heard it i thought it was the best fucking thing ever... still dig it heaps as well. The tracks are really memorable.

    The Vocalist has great vocal range with plenty of variance from slower melodic parts to powerful singing.
     
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    arg Active Member

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    Killswitch Engage - "End of Heartache" and "Daylight Dies"

    also check out the Opeth guy's other band, Bloodbath - "Resurrection Through Carnage" and "The Fathomless Mastery", no clean singing here though lol.
     
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    Avigrus Member

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    Some others to check out;

    Communic - Waves of Visual Decay
    Crom - Vengeance
    Angel Dust - Border of Reality

    If you're looking for some melodic death metal;

    Amon Amarth - With Oden on Our Side
    Insomnium - Above the Weeping World
    Be'lakor - Stone's Reach
     
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    Edge of Sanity - Crimson
    Edge of Sanity - Crimson II

     
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    General Zaroff Registered Lunatic

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    @ the OP: I advise you not to bother with Iced Earth and Amon Amarth, those bands are a waste of time and will only repell you from metal.

    Since you like Opeth, perhaps some of these bands might appeal to you:

    Paradise Lost:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Paradise_Lost/191

    Agalloch:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Agalloch/305

    Primordial:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Primordial/400

    Rotting Christ:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Rotting_Christ/314

    If you appriciate the eccentricity of Devin Townsend and the melody of Opeth; these guys might interest you:

    Sigh:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sigh/51

    And since you have mentioned Devin and Meshuggah; you can´t go wrong with these masters:

    Godflesh:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Godflesh/788

    And these bands might appeal to you as well:

    Neurosis:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Neurosis/60

    Isis:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Isis/4844

    Blut Aus Nord:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Blut_aus_Nord/2371

    Deathspell Omega:
    http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Deathspell_Omega/4237

    Hope these are helpful.
     
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    caseylogic New Metal Member

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    Listen to this band!






    Those songs are fucking sick!!

    They play Avant-Garde Metal they use different elements from different music genres.

    Check them out.
     
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  9. Xorv

    Xorv Drug the Priest

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    so Opeth & Katatonia are both involved in Bloodbath, interesting...

    here;



     
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  10. SouthernAbyss

    SouthernAbyss Listener of Metal

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    Hey, why not try a bit of Pantera?
     
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    Try these albums:

    Bathory - Blood, Fire, Death
    Cynic - Traced in Air
    Kiuas - The Spirit of Ukko
    Myrath - Hope
    Symphony X - The Odyssey
     
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    GENUS-METAL New Metal Member

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    Ready, Set, Fall
    Genus
    August Burns Red
    As I lay Dying
    Fear Factory
    Unearth
    Opeth

    Some of my personal favorites, i'd suggest checking them out.
     
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    In Flames, their earlier work is Melodic Death Metal but their newer is with less growls, and more clean vocals, as well as more melodic

    Early stuff






    Newer


     
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