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Meshuggah - I

Though I definitely admire the musicianship of Meshuggah (particularly Haake), I’m not a big fan. They’re not bad, but there are far more interesting metal acts out there, in my opinion.

I’m well versed in most metal sub/micro-genres, save power and folk metal. If you need any recs, I’m more than willing to give them.

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of 1st wave black metal, dirty blackened thrash, and blackened crust type stuff. Midnight, Infernal Stronghold, Ork Bastards, [early] Bathory, Toxic Holocaust, Pyrotoxic, [early] Celtic Frost and that kind of stuff.

I have a couple friends who are big on folk metal. I am more of a fan of progressive/technical/death. Ever listened to Blotted Science?

I’ve heard a handful of Blotted Science tracks, but they don’t really strike my fancy. I’m not a particular fan of the Dream Theater school of progressive metal (aside of Symphony X, who I do enjoy), and Blotted Science calls forth too much of that sound for me. When I dip into prog metal, it tends to be with bands like Orphaned Land, Gojira, Opeth, Nevermore, Baroness, Mastodon, Blood of the Tyrant, Cynic, Burst, etc.

As for tech death, I definitely dig early Arsis, Quo Vadis, Decrepit Birth, and a few others, though my favorite school of death metal belongs to the Swedes. Entombed, Tribulation, Maim, Repugnant, Dismember, Skeletal Spectre, Bloodbath, Death Breath, and the early Gothenburg scene get me going.

What older artists do you listen to? Along the lines of Slayer, Sepultura, or Death?

Slayer’s first five albums are frequently in my listening habits (particularly Show No Mercy and Seasons in the Abyss). I enjoy early Sepultura as well, and I should listen to Death far more frequently than I end up listening to them.

As for other older artists, I listen to a wide range. Some of the ones similar to those three would be Exhorder, Kreator, Destruction, Sarcofago, Obituary, Celtic Frost, and Hellhammer.

I really do love metal, as well as just about every type of music.

I can really get into anything. Probably my favorite extreme metal band is Behemoth, whose concert I’m going to on Monday.

I also drum in a parody-thrash-metal band called Man Parts, and we just recorded our first EP (currently in the production/mixing stage).

But really, I love just about all types of metal. I can throw on Motley Crue and immediately switch to Napalm Death (granted, straight-up Grindcore isn’t technically considered metal, but it’s pretty relevant).

Omg, metal is not real music. Learn what real music is. Look up dj splash and be amazed!

I would check it out, if ‘DJ’ was not part of the artist name. Please keep smearing of metal out of this thread.

I just bought Gojira’s The Way of All Flesh, and I’m a little disappointed, the only song on there as good as the tracks from From Mars to Sirius is Toxic Garbage Island. Also finally picked up Roots (Sepultura) and I am really impressed, not as thrash oriented as the early stuff, but the down tuned guitars and tribal drums give the album a real punch. Ratamahatta makes that album.

Not a large fan of Sepultura past Arise/Third World Posse. Roots was mildly interesting for a listen or two, but otherwise uninspiring.

The Way of All Flesh was one of my favorite albums of 2008 (along with Traced in Air, A Spell for the Death of Man, Lazarus Bird, Gods of the Earth, Krallice, and Meanderthal). Without a doubt my favorite Gojira album. Their most polished, mature, and well-rounded album to date, imo. “Vacuity” is an incredibly crushing and powerful track, and my favorite on the album.

That being said, being one of the best albums of 2008 is doesn’t carry the same weight as being the best album of 2009 or several other years in the 2000s (2001, 2004, and 2007 specifically). And very few years can ever approach the glory of 1996, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Although I only listen to a select amount of Metal, I am partial to Job For A Cowboy, especially Entombment of a Machine. It has an amazing scream in it, Deathcore at its best in my opinion.

Im more of a heavy metal man myself, and i must say Lamb of God is my favorite band. I’ve seen them live and it was insane but ive also seen slayer, cannibal corpse(which was crazy), and a few others, but it saddens me that i can never see Pantera…

I’ve always viewed LoG as a mainstream ‘metal’ band along the lines of Slipknot or Disturbed.

I found 2008 to be a great year for metal, Meshuggah, Gojira, and High on Fire all had releases.

A7X, Escape The Fate, Disturbed, A Skylit Drive, We Came as Romans, Attack Attack, Bless The Fall, AFI, Saosin, Alesana, Dead By April, Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, Broadway, Framing Hanley, and probably a bunch more… <3
(some may not be metal, but these are my favs)

and on the topic of folk metal, try Eluveitie.

I refuse to classify crabcore as metal. Or music for that matter. All crabcore can just go die in a fire and no one will ever miss it.

I’m not very much of a metal person, but when I do, I listen to Dream Theater, Megadeth, Mastodon, and Metallica. Huge variety there, right. I guess if you count Coheed and Cambria…

Mastodon is a great band, even if Crack the Skye was more progressive rock than metal.

Well that’s your opinion…

As for metal, I went to see Between the Buried and Me last Saturday, and everyone who played was fantastic.

Scale the Summit is more prog than metal, but the Devin Townsend Project made me feel ashamed I wasn’t more familiar with Devin Townsend, the genius that he is. Cynic was phenomenal. I actually lost a shoe in their pit, but I got my remaining shoe signed by all 4 members of the band after the show!

I may be a bit biased, seeing as BTBAM is my favorite band, but they were incredible as well.


Lamb of God is definitely less mainstream than Slipknot or Disturbed, though they are hardly an underground band. But, for that matter, we really haven’t seen many underground bands mentioned in this thread at all. LoG really isn’t any more mainstream than Dream Theater.

And I wasn’t saying that 2008 was a particularly bad year for metal, but it wasn’t particularly great, either. 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2009 all certainly had a higher quantity of very high quality releases. Most other years in the 2000s were on-par with 2008.

Personally as an avid music listener, I wouldn’t consider a single band you listed to be metal (save perhaps Disturbed). Nor is BTBAM.

There’s a difference between metal-influenced (post)hardcore and metal. Many of these post-hardcore/“screamo” (albeit they’re not actually screamo, either)/quasi-metalcore bands like Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, and August Burns Red are primarily like 2000s-era post-hardcore music, with some metal elements thrown in. Strained screams, breakdowns, two-step beats, and dissonant melodies are *not *metal characteristics, but rather decend from hardcore punk.

This thread is sorely lacking in appreciation for black metal. Someone out there has to love Wolves in the Throne Room, Darkthrone, or Blut aus Nord. And High on Fire is as close as we’ve come to mentioning doom metal. Where’s the love for Pentagram, Electric Wizard, and Coffins?

Lamb of God is a solid one. I’m also a fan of Dimmu Borgir, and for the times when I feel like throwing on a Kilt and going on a rampage, Eluveitie is some solid stuff.

Doom/Stoner metal is amazing, bands like Sleep, Electric Wizard, Witchcraft, Kyuss and Witchfinder General are great. High on Fire introduced me to doom/stoner, and the genre has failed to dissappoint.

On another note, who here listens to Bolt Thower? While more original and brutal bands exist, they have some of the best cover artwork ever, about as over-the-top as Man O War.