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 Posted:   Apr 28, 2012 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

The recent thread on ambient music got me thinking I should start a good metal thread to gather the people here who enjoy quality metal. Of course any true metal head would be asking by now "but what type of metal are you talking about?"

Primarily I like European metal, lots in the Power Metal and Progressive Metal style. Some of my favorite bands include Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Tarot, Dream Evil, Jorn (and most of his stuff with other bands), Firewind, Stratovarius (later stuff mostly), Within Temptation, Dream Theater (later stuff mostly), Accept (later stuff, two newest albums were great), Freedom Call, Wuthering Heights, and of course a ton of other bands that only ever released one album.

To keep the thread metal focused, I will try to stay away from discussion of hard rock bands I enjoy, although the lines are blurred significantly. For example, some Jorn music I classify as rock and others as metal. His masterplan stuff is certainly metal and some of his later solo works but his Allen-Lande albums are in the middle.

To start out with suggestions from new bands that came out of no where, here is a track from the debut album of an amazing Progressive Metal band called Beyond the Bridge out of Germany!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDPNW8o3WSU

Please make a note if you are going to post anything that is in the death/thrash/black/hardcore style or with harsh vocals. I know plenty of metal fans who enjoy those genres but I tend to stick to clean melodic vocals as you can see from my list.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2012 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Sirusjr, wonderful topic, thank you!

My interests in the metal world these days mostly revolve around black, along with a slight sprinkling of death, but I used to and still do have intense interest in a select few power/progressive/dark metal bands. I've heard some music from all the bands you referenced and used to be a massive Dream Theater fan to boot.

Some of my faves in the aforementioned genres include nearly all of Dream Theater's early works (primarily "Images and Words" and "Metropolis Part II: Scenes from a Memory," but they're all great), "The Fragile Art of Existence" by Control Denied (the power metal project of Death's Chuck Schuldiner before his untimely demise), some of the works (at least those I own) of Sweden's Evergrey, for example "Recreation Day," Communic's "Conspiracy in Mind," and the entire catalog of Finnish band Sentenced, who were almost solely responsible for getting me into death and black metal more than 10 years ago. Are you a fan of any of them?

Not many recent acquisitions outside the death/black genres save one of note: "Skylight" from Atoma. Atoma's members used to make up the core of death/doom outfit Slumber, who only released one masterpiece in 2004 entitled "Fallout," still one of my absolute favorites in that subgenre. Atoma is different, almost strictly power metal, but fused with electronica and post-rock. Very engaging and highly recommended, if you like that type of thing. I can think of only one song with harsh vocals (and only for about two minutes at that), and there's a couple instrumental tracks. Based on your love of symphonic-type bands like Kamelot and Stratovarius, you'd probably really dig these guys. Thoughts?

Again, great post my friend!!!

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2012 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Sirusjr, wonderful topic, thank you!

My interests in the metal world these days mostly revolve around black, along with a slight sprinkling of death, but I used to and still do have intense interest in a select few power/progressive/dark metal bands. I've heard some music from all the bands you referenced and used to be a massive Dream Theater fan to boot.

Some of my faves in the aforementioned genres include nearly all of Dream Theater's early works (primarily "Images and Words" and "Metropolis Part II: Scenes from a Memory," but they're all great), "The Fragile Art of Existence" by Control Denied (the power metal project of Death's Chuck Schuldiner before his untimely demise), some of the works (at least those I own) of Sweden's Evergrey, for example "Recreation Day," Communic's "Conspiracy in Mind," and the entire catalog of Finnish band Sentenced, who were almost solely responsible for getting me into death and black metal more than 10 years ago. Are you a fan of any of them?

Not many recent acquisitions outside the death/black genres save one of note: "Skylight" from Atoma. Atoma's members used to make up the core of death/doom outfit Slumber, who only released one masterpiece in 2004 entitled "Fallout," still one of my absolute favorites in that subgenre. Atoma is different, almost strictly power metal, but fused with electronica and post-rock. Very engaging and highly recommended, if you like that type of thing. I can think of only one song with harsh vocals (and only for about two minutes at that), and there's a couple instrumental tracks. Based on your love of symphonic-type bands like Kamelot and Stratovarius, you'd probably really dig these guys. Thoughts?

Again, great post my friend!!!


I've never really gotten into Evergrey or Communic or Sentenced.

Atoma sounds too ambient for my tastes. Even the vocals are subdued. I'm not really digging what I'm hearing on a few of the tracks I found on youtube. It doesn't really sound metal to me either, more post-rock like you said.

Here is an extremely cheesy song from the new Freedom Call album! The new album is so very cheesy but I love it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4XkdpwTE-o

And here is a track from the newest Accept album smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz1AYLQNf4M

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2012 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

By the way, I've long-adored your avatar; Lost Odyssey is one of the best RPGs I've ever played!

Two of the other bands I got into at the same time, before my metal interests started to divert, were Iron Maiden and Iced Earth. I own nearly every album from Iron Maiden, but still haven't procured their latest ("Final Frontier," I believe?). Are you into them at all? And I was never a huge fan, but recognize quality music when I hear it: any Judas Priest in your catalog? Their "comeback" album, "Retribution," is fantastic and I recommend that as well. You may also like the aforementioned Iced Earth; I especially recommend any album with Matt Barlow doing vocals, and my faves include "The Dark Saga" and "Horror Show." Aggressive power metal at its absolute finest.

I really wish I could discuss this topic more deeply, but again, I don't have a lot of interests in these genres much anymore. I coincidentally listened to one of my all-time favorite power metal albums last week, which has gotten me thinking about the genre again: Chroming Rose's "New World." These guys are a now-defunct German band and "New World" is from 1995 if I recall, but the entire record is amazing. I'd be shocked if you didn't enjoy it sir.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2012 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I like a lot of quality metal, although I am by no means a 'metal head'. From big, mainstream bands like Metallica to obscure prog metal bands like Illusion Suite.

But I am HUUUGE Rammstein fan. I have all their CD's and DVD's and was at their Oslo concert in 2009.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2012 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Yeah, lost odyssey was amazing. One of Uematsu's best soundtracks too.

I have listened to those bands all at some point but they didn't really grab my interest. My friend took me along to an Iron Maiden show a few years ago and I really enjoyed it but I haven't really gotten too into them as a stand-alone.

Thor - I appreciate Rammstein love. I never got into them but my ex gf is a HUGE fan. She went to their New York show a few years ago when they finally made it to the US before the most recent tour.

I'd be interested to see some songs from new metal bands you enjoy.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2012 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

The metal scene to me seems to be better outside of the US. Maybe I missed it, but I have not seen anyone mention Epica yet ? I love Epica. I like many of the bands listed and some of them are still at it from when I was in high school like Slayer and already mentioned Accept and Iron Maiden. I loved Savatage and play Jon Olivas Pain, Circle II Circle, and Chris Caffery a lot. I would not catagorize them as metal, but I also enjoy rock bands like Seether, Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, Burn Halo, ect. It isn't metal, but Ten Man Push is a good rock band. I think the the rock/metal scene is much better across the pond. I wish it were better here in the states.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2012 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Yeah Epica is pretty big but I don't like that they tend to have screaming on a few tracks. There are a few good bands from the US but yeah they are the exception.

A few of my favorite American bands include:
Fool's Game
Future's End

Shame they only released one album each so far. I think there just isn't the fanbase for good metal bands to be successful over here. Most bands end up making the most of their money in Europe where people appreciate good metal.

I do quite enjoy Seether, as you mentioned although I mostly enjoy the newest album because the earlier stuff is a bit too angry for my tastes.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2012 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I will have to try and check out the last two Accept offerings. I played the crap out of Balls To The Wall, Metal Heart, and especially Russian Roulette back in the day. I have been going old school alot lately and playing John Norum's solo efforts. Anyone who thinks John Norum from Europe fame isn't an incredible guitar player should listen to his solo efforts. Check out Norum's FACE THE TRUTH CD with Glenn Hughes singing. A fantastic rock album and some smokin' guitar work. Great thread by the way. It is nice to know I am not the only rocker/metal head here who also loves film music.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2012 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Yeah, the new Accept albums are amazing because they manage to have that old school sound while having the power of modern metal.

Which reminds me, the band Hell released their debut album Human Remains last year and it is such an amazing piece of horror metal with a traditional heavy metal side.

Also, there is an amazing Japanese metal band that I have been a huge fan of since they first debuted with an EP. Here is a track from their latest single.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrZ3sGZcShc

They are an amazing neoclassical power metal group with some fantastic guitar solos. Sadly, it might put a few off who aren't used to listening to Japanese vocals because the singer uses the visual kei vocal style that is common in Japanese rock.

And an epic long track off their most recent album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqmao20E2Hg

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2012 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'd be interested to see some songs from new metal bands you enjoy.

I'd be hardpressed to pick individual songs outside Rammstein's, especially for newer bands. I'm probably not as well versed in the genre as you are, even though I like much of it when I hear it.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2012 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

New track from Firewind's upcoming album!

Firewind - Wall of Sound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aihNvw4b8bE

I love the irony of a modern metal band calling their song Wall of Sound hehe.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Anyone got suggestions from the heavier end of the metal spectrum? I've lost touch with new stuff for a couple of decades now.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Anyone got suggestions from the heavier end of the metal spectrum? I've lost touch with new stuff for a couple of decades now.

I need some examples of what you mean by heavy. There is so much out there now in so many different subgenres. The Accept track I posted is somewhat on the heavy side along with the Firewind track. The two most recent Dream Theater albums are also pretty much on the heavy side.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Sirusjr, listened to your clips but have to say I don't like that particular brand of metal, too much goth influences or 'cheesy' synth etc. I do like that last firewind clip. I have to add some of my own favorites to this thread.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)





 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Sirusjr, listened to your clips but have to say I don't like that particular brand of metal, too much goth influences or 'cheesy' synth etc. I do like that last firewind clip. I have to add some of my own favorites to this thread.

That's ok smile The more the merrier. I do recognize that Versailles is a bit of a special case, though I don't see how the Accept track I posted is either overly goth or full of cheesy synth. The cheese is dripping from the Freedom Call track though (gotta love those synth french horns!). That is signature Freedom Call smile

Good selections of Paradise Lost and Megadeath smile Not my style of metal but they are good bands. The vocalist for Paradise Lost isn't my style and I've never gotten into thrash. That track you posted is very good though. Some great guitar work smile Is that from their newest album?

I think this thread needs more Firewind smile This one is from the previous album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4pRK7IMKR0

And one from Allen Lande's latest album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E60LkuqedMc

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Yup, I picked some recent tracks. By the way, I'm going to this metal festival in Belgium this summer, really digging the lineup! (well leave out ozzy and limp bizkit for me)

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2012 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Wow! That is a lot of bands. Most of my friend's favorite death and thrash bands are represented. He would be in heaven. One of my best friends is a big fan of most metal but he loves death, thrash, black metal the most. He knows some of the guys of Cannibal Corpse personally and has gotten pictures with members of most of his favorite bands including Danny Filth.

Make sure you check out Rival Sons at the show. They are a great new band with a classic rock sound smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2012 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

That's a great line-up, Francis. My younger brother is a big fan of Children of Bodom, and I like some of what I've heard of them as well.

 
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