\m/(~_~)\m/ Bring the Metal! \m/(~_~)\m/

Maybe start with what brought you to this thread in the first place?

Hey guy WTF do you listen to now?

(sorry just wanted to pile on)

What brought me to the thread....was just a browsing of the forum. I tend to like understandable lyrics. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the music in Brutal Legend.

astralplaydoh wrote:

What brought me to the thread....was just a browsing of the forum. I tend to like understandable lyrics. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the music in Brutal Legend.

The music in Brutal Legend is excellent \m/. If that's your bag, then what you're looking for are the 80 classics. Iron Maiden, Dio, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Accept, WASP, Saxon, Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Megadeth, etc etc.

For newer bands with similar sounds, you can check out Mutoid Man, Crobot (their first album is stellar) and maybe even some California Breed?

I'm sure others will chime in with more suggestions.

For my part, in no patrticular order (of “metal-ness”) I like a fairly wide variety, you like what you like

There have been a few posted in this thread, that I rather liked, and a bunch I didn’t care for, at all:
I remember liking Semblant, and the more thrashy (fast guitar) stuff. Not a big fan of super-growly/screamy stuff, but sometimes it works for me - maybe I’m just not that angry anymore?

A partial (incomplete) list as they pop into my head:
(Old stuff)
Deep Purple
Black Sabbath
Rainbow
Dio
Motörhead
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Pantera

Plus stuff that is arguably “not metal”, like Tenacious D (quite a stretch to include them), pre-black album Metallica, etc.

I like hearing the stuff that gets posted, much of it isn’t “my bag” but how would I know unless I tried it

Yeah... I said Tenacious D... come at me bro.

Oh man, Fredrikhausered

EDIT: Double/Triple Fredrickhausered!

Metal is so deep and granular these days that some things are going to be earworms and other things will make you run away shrieking, but there’s still ways to dip the toe in and see what moves you around some. The other guys can take you down the well into the more brutal offerings if these do anything for you:

The Classics/Power:
Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Master of Reality, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
Rainbow - Rising
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Iron Maiden, 7th Son of a 7th Son, Piece of Mind
Judas Priest - Painkiller, Screaming for Vengeance
Motörhead - Ace of Spades, Overkill
Dio - Holy Diver

Thrash (ok, I like the gain cranked up, can it go a little faster? AKA “The Big Four”):
Metallica - Master of Puppets, And Justice for All, Ride the Lightning...then go from there. Too fast? Black Album (Metallica)
Megadeth - Rust in Peace, Peace Sells But Who’s Buying, Countdown to Extinction
Slayer - Reign in Blood, South of Heaven
Anthrax - Among the Living, Spreading the Disease

Groove Metal (Thrash is cool, punk is cool, but where’s the grooves dude?):
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power, Cowboys from Hell, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill
Sepultura - Chaos A.D., Arise, Beneath the Remains
Machine Head - The Blackening, Burn My Eyes,
White Zombie - Astro-Creep 2000, La Sexorcisto

Progressive Metal (when dudes heard Rush and Metallica and went bananas but didn’t stop liking classical music, movies, science fiction/fantasy, and the occult):
Dream Theater - Images and Words, Awake, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime, Rage for Order, Empire
Mastodon - Crack The Skye, Leviathan, Blood Mountain, Remission
Opeth - Blackwater Park, Still Life, Ghost Reveries, Watershed, My Arms Your Hearse, Morningrise
Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy, V: The New Mythology Suite, The Odyssey, Paradise Lost
Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King, Gutter Ballet, Streets: A Rock Opera, Edge of Thorns, Wake of Magellan

And, in a genre all of his own because he’s a mad genius and crosses so many different genres/influences...if you like walls of sound and so many layers they rattle the subcockles of your bowels while tickling your hippocampus:
Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine Biomech, Terria, Accelerated Evolution, Addicted, Ziltoid the Omniscient, Infinity, Deconstruction, Transendence, Epicloud
Strapping Young Lad (when Devin goes off his meds) - City, Alien, The New Black, Alien

From there metal went berserk and shot off into tons of sub genres like Black, Death, Doom, Drone, Folk, Grindcore, Metalcore, Melodic, Post, Sludge, Speed, Stoner, Symphonic, Djent, etc. These all emphasize different aspects of what’s going on in core metal i.e. subject matter, weight/intensity, dissonance, speed, melody, punk, brutality, math/rhythms, etc. I’d suggest pulling up the genre chart on Rateyourmusic while you explore in Spotify with your beverages of choice!

Yeah, for someone digging on the Brutal Legend soundtrack, that's a good list to work down.

I'd probably also include Alternative Metal down there alongside Progressive Metal, bands like Tool, Deftones, Melvins, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden.

When the new Ocean album opens with tracks named after the Cambrian period... and they reprise the piano melody that closed out the album Precambrian

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One more for the pile:

System of a (mother effing) Down

RawkGWJ wrote:

One more for the pile:

System of a (mother effing) Down

Yeah they fit right in that Alternative Metal list too.

*Legion* wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

One more for the pile:

System of a (mother effing) Down

Yeah they fit right in that Alternative Metal list too.

Toxicity - what an album!

WizardM0de wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

One more for the pile:

System of a (mother effing) Down

Yeah they fit right in that Alternative Metal list too.

Toxicity - what an album!

IMO, every one of their albums have multiple high points. My favorite is Mezmerize. I love the nonsensical lyrics in songs like Cigaro and Cocaine.

WizardM0de's list is pretty good! I'd add Slayer's Seasons in the Abyss and Megadeth's So Far So Good...So What to the list. Also Dio was the best Sabbath singer imho, so be sure to add Heaven and Hell & Mob Rules.

System of a Down though...I just can't get past Serg's whiny voice.

Running Man wrote:

System of a Down though...I just can't get past Serg's whiny voice.

How dare you!

Really though, I totally get where you’re coming from. His vocals are odd. Which frankly is one of the reasons that I love System so much. I always felt that he was paying homage to Jello Biafra when he did that vocal style. Jello Biafra is god.

So I’m really enjoying Opeth’s new live one, Garden of the Titans (Live at Red Rocks)! A nice mix of the best of the newer prog with some old gold, the band’s really tight, and the mix is spot on. A nice addition to the Royal Albert Hall live one from 2010.

I listened to the new Tenacious D in its entirety. I won’t be coming back to it.

Then I listened to the self titled LP. Still holds up. Though I usually skip a couple songs and many of the skits.

Their original is the only one that's struck home with me.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I listened to the new Tenacious D in its entirety. I won’t be coming back to it.

Same here. I think there is actually more skit than music in this one, and the songs are all incredibly short. Maybe worth one listen for the laughs and that's about it, if even that. It's too bad. LOVING the new The Ocean though. It's definitely a push in a somewhat lighter direction, and includes quite a bit of clean vocals, but I'm enjoying it immensely.

New Opeth live album that lives up to the Royal Albert Hall one? I'm in!

I'm seeing Horrendous and Tomb Mold live tomorrow and really can't wait. I saw Clutch a couple weeks ago and it was a great show. They are one of my favorite bands going back years. Might be a good listen for someone trying to get into heavier metal (to go back to that conversation from last week), as they are kind of a middle ground between rock and metal.

There's a new Freak Kitchen album out!

d4m0 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

I listened to the new Tenacious D in its entirety. I won’t be coming back to it.

Same here. I think there is actually more skit than music in this one, and the songs are all incredibly short. Maybe worth one listen for the laughs and that's about it, if even that. It's too bad.

It's just a bunch of sex jokes so far. Booooring.

Fredrik_S wrote:

There's a new Freak Kitchen album out!

Never heard of them, but I love it. They're all over the place.

For all the old prog-metalheads...New Dream Theater album/tour announced, with snippets posted. The Astonishing was astonishgly poor-to-mediocre at best in my opinion, hoping for as much of a return to form as can be expected sans-Portnoy. I’ll be seeing them in Charlotte (Live Nation presale code was MIXTAPE for anyone interested), and am mostly looking forward to 20th-year celebration of SFAM.

WizardM0de wrote:

For all the old prog-metalheads...New Dream Theater album/tour announced, with snippets posted. The Astonishing was astonishgly poor-to-mediocre at best in my opinion, hoping for as much of a return to form as can be expected sans-Portnoy. I’ll be seeing them in Charlotte (Live Nation presale code was MIXTAPE for anyone interested), and am mostly looking forward to 20th-year celebration of SFAM.

Awesome news! Thanks for the heads-up on this.

Current playlist:

Metallica - ... And Justice for All (2018 remaster)

Perfect election time music. AJFA is of course legendary for its sound quality issues, most notably (but far from limited to) the lack of Jason Newstead's bass. This remaster is not a remix, and as such it is not ... And Justice for Jason (which got a new version using this remaster). But it does help with some of the other issues, creating a less flat sound which does, indirectly, help the missing bass peek its head out at times.

Sadly, most of the reviews focus on the heaps and heaps of stuff you get in the deluxe edition package (a whole mess of CDs, DVDs, LPs, books, etc) and not the remastered album. The album is definitely worth getting itself.

Beyond Creation - Algorythm

I put off listening to this a bit, after some middling reviews and a glut of other things to listen to at the same time. They dial back some of the tech-death extremity this time around in favor of more prog elements. It works, even if it's less immediately face-melting than their brilliant first two albums.

Dirge - Hyperion

I found this when searching for a release from some other band named Dirge. The other Dirge is a sludge band from India, who I saw referenced in this month's Best of Metal on Bandcamp column. This Dirge is a French industrial-turned-post-metal band, with this 2014 release being their sixth and most recent (and their first on Debemur Morti, making them labelmates with Blut Aus Nord and a lot of other like-minded French bands). BAN actually comes to mind at times, especially when some of their remaining industrial bits seep in - best seen in the long final track of the album, where the background white noise wail reminds me of a less harsh version of BAN circa The Work Which Transforms God.

Dirge - Au Puch

And here is that other Dirge. Considering how harsh metal comes from every corner of the globe, I don't know why hearing these sounds come from India in particular strikes me as so unusual. I just can't shake the mental image of these guys stomping the f*ck through some Bollywood dance scene, wrecking everything in sight and sending the background dancers scattering in every direction. I know, that's cultural ignorance at play. Still, this is harsh as f*ck doom metal, much more Thou than Pallbearer.

The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

The only real problem with this album is that, even at 47 minutes, it's just half the album, and it feels like it. It's only a few minutes shorter than Pelagial (not counting the instrumental second disc, which Phanerozoic also has, but as a separate release), but in practice, it feels like an album that gets going and then just ends. It's going to be a long wait for the second half, which isn't scheduled to release until 2020 (ugh!).

Still, rather than complaining about what's not there, I have to take in what is there, and it's great. Those opening Cambrian tracks that act as a segue from the end of Precambrian? Chills. The Katatonia guest track (which was originally supposed to be a part of Precambrian)? Superb. I want the second half of the album so bad because when the 47 minutes are up, I'm just not ready for it to be over.

d4m0 wrote:

I'm seeing Horrendous and Tomb Mold live tomorrow and really can't wait.

I'm jealous! I really want to see Tomb Mold, and Horrendous is just a bit too proggy or something for my current tastes, but I'd probably enjoy them live.

What are some posters non-metal guilty pleasures? I have hundreds upon hundreds of metal discs spanning almost every genre, but there are bands I really love that would not be considered metal.

Favorites:
Duran Duran
Dan Reed Network
Del Amitri (except for their lone "hit". I can't stand that song since it became cool to play on the radio)
Gunship
Poets of the Fall
Starset (some metal-ish parts, but overall not metal)

The older I got, the less guilty I feel about enjoying any music or whatever that I enjoy. There's a reason Bon Jovi has sold a bazillion records. I'm not planning on going to their shows, but I enjoy the shared cultural touchpoint and what I'd consider popcorn (or bubblegum, I think some say) music.

One non-metal but very indie band that I really love is that Old 97s. They're an alt-country band from Texas that has been making amazing music since at least the '90s. They have more in common with traditional country than anyone in the mainstream country scene today. They've also put out albums of what I'd call pop rock n roll. I've seen them a ton of times live, but not recently. I should fix that. This Friday, they are releasing an album of Christmas music and I'm beyond stoked.

There were a few years during my teens when my music tastes were very narrow. I went from only listening to metal to only listening to punk and hardcore. Then for a short time I was only listening to local punk and hardcore bands. L.A. and it’s surrounding areas had a lot of local punk bands.

First I got burnt out on the music. Later I got burnt out on the closed mindedness of the So Cal punk scene. I still love punk and hardcore but the idea that there’s only one type of relevant music is alien to me.

If I had let it be known that I loved Metallica, I was a poseur. And if it got out that I loved Michael Jackson I would have been permanently shunned. I sometimes wonder how I lasted even five minutes in that scene. Except that being part of a local scene was incredibly exciting. And the DIY manifesto of punk is liberating. So I took the important things with me when I left.

I've found the metal scene much more open and friendly than the punk scene. I think that fits their reps.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
d4m0 wrote:

I'm seeing Horrendous and Tomb Mold live tomorrow and really can't wait.

I'm jealous! I really want to see Tomb Mold, and Horrendous is just a bit too proggy or something for my current tastes, but I'd probably enjoy them live.

The show was fantastic! I'd put it in my top three probably ever. Tomb Mold truly kicked ass, and Horrendous played stuff from all four albums, and it was really almost all the less-proggy stuff. You would definitely enjoy them live. It was one of those tiny shows (maybe 100-150 people) where all the band members were just walking around in the crowd, watching the other bands when they were playing. I got to meet and shake the hands of a couple members of Horrendous, since they were handling their own merch tables. Loved it beginning to end. Here's Horrendous:

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Question for everyone: what do you for ear plugs? I use them just to save my hearing, which is already ringing pretty badly, but unfortunately what they end up doing is killing the sound instead of just reducing the volume. You lose a lot of the high treble parts and end up getting mostly bass. Are there ear plugs that are maybe specific to going to concerts, where they reduce the volume but keep the sound range? This is probably asking too much!