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Excellent metal (& the like)

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I want to hear any type of metal that doesn't suck theoretically. Song/artist or artist/song, whichever is proper.

A few artists/bands that I like:

  • Dream Theater
  • Dragonland
  • Nightwish

In the metal genre, I have heard the good, bad, ugly and genius. It seems that the bands whom suck consist of this:

  • 100% energy and 0% concept
  • Minimal instrumentation, unless what's being done with the instrument is

  • I like screaming, but not completely pointless and uncreative noise, especially if it doesn't sound tuned (because if it does sound good, then you'll wonder why they're screaming but you might like it anyway)
  • Nothing but the same constant audio effects and power chords, no other music (treble) unless you're at a break/rest or something, but for the whole song? God no, gimme some treble.
  • Old, generic, uncreative and overused concepts. If I like a song with these elements, it must kick some major ass.

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Well before the incoming shitstorm about whether x band is metal or not, let me humbly recommend:

Symphony X

Andromeda

Dream Theater

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I'll preface this with that I can't say I think highly of some of the bands listed in the OP, but eh.

I'm more of a power metal guy, so my recommendations will lean more towards that. It's a genre that's more concept-oriented, typically fraught with high pitched melodic vocals, double bass pedals, and clean guitars with extensive soloing. Here's a taste of the genre (plus a Manowar song).

Manowar - The Dawn of Battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1b_9A2EFyA

Angra - Nova Era: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1afeQAD2n8

Angra - Running Alone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0FBDaP3mrQ

Blind Guardian - I'm Alive:

Blind Guardian - Lost in the Twilight Hall:

Blind Guardian - Nightfall:

Helloween - Guardians: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLMJ-mLzwUQ

Helloween - I'm Alive:

Helloween - I Want Out:

Helloween - The Dark Ride:

Gamma Ray - Rebellion From Dreamland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeiX6bf2OPI

Gamma Ray - Anywhere in the Galaxy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cbnes-Q9ZE

Kamelot - Memento Mori: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNfEOwMZMmU

Iced Earth - Dante's Inferno: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NrVwpBj59E , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrebS90qSAc&feature=related

Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings:

Sonata Arctica - Don't Say a Word:

Symphony X - Domination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcP3uIAXE6k

Children of Bodom - Mask of Sanity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj7oxkTwRiw

And of course, there are some well-known bands it seems you didn't list.

Iron Maiden - Wasted Years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwB9zg7Tbx8

Iron Maiden - Powerslave:

Dream Theater - Honor Thy Father: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3ZYFLRkug

And some prog!

Ayreon - Day Nine: Playground:

Ayreon - The New Migrator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x01adtQwgUM

And here's a thrash song from one of the original pioneers!

Overkill - Rotten to the Core: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZaHmHCkqsg

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although they're not a proper metal band, Apocolyptica fits what you're looking for. Look em up.

Apocalyptica* :-P . They got their fame early on as a Metallica cover band with 4 cellos, but now they compose originals.

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The Prodigy's some sort of Breakbeat/Punk/Dance/Techno group; POD's alternative Metal (evolved from rapcore); Linkin Park is alternative metal; Rage Against the Machine is rap metal; Deftones are experimental rock/metal/alternative.

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Arsis - Sightless Wisdom

Autumn Leaves - The Discovery

Eternal Lies - By the Hands of the Architect

Shadow - Wings of Flame

Slumber - Rapture

Bal-Sagoth - Shackled to the Trilithon of Kutulu

Be'lakor - Venator

Dark Tranquillity - Lost to Apathy

Detonation - Invoking The Impact

Eucharist - Mirrorworld

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv7NGXvFlwY&feature=related

Fragments of Unbecoming - Sterling Black Icon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPNwVb4IpUo&feature=related

Garden Of Shadows - Shards Of The Sphere

Insomnium - Down With the Sun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K003TNG40P8

Kalmah - Heroes To Us

Mors Principium Est - Finality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1t7IX7GalQ

Ne Obliviscaris - Tapestry Of The Starless Abstract

Scar Symmetry - Morphogenesis

Skyfire - Tranquillitys Maze

The Absence - Riders Of The Plague

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQCyQ7MAZ-c

Ikuinen Kaamos - Closure

I think that's enough for now.

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Blind Guardian - I'm Alive:

Blind Guardian - Lost in the Twilight Hall:

Blind Guardian - Nightfall:

Kamelot - Memento Mori: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNfEOwMZMmU

Sonata Arctica - Don't Say a Word:

Symphony X - Domination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcP3uIAXE6k

And of course, there are some well-known bands it seems you didn't list.

Iron Maiden - Wasted Years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwB9zg7Tbx8

Iron Maiden - Powerslave:

Dream Theater - Honor Thy Father: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3ZYFLRkug

These are all really good songs so I'm with Bahamut on these.

Time for me to whore out Progrssive Metal and Demons & Wizards!

Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night

Dream Theater - Pull Me Under

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

Dream Theater - Stream of Consciousness (one of the most AMAZING guitar solos to date)

Dream Theater - Lie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voYABoF5dTM

Dream Theater - Fatal Tragedy

Dream Theater - In The Presence of Enemies part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uHLIqI2XVM

Dream Theater - As I Am

Dream Theater - This Dying Soul

Dream Theater - Endless Sacrifice

Demons & Wizards - Fiddler on the Green

Demons & Wizards - Blood on my Hands

Demons & Wizards - Crimson King

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WOzZ3kEGT8

Demons & Wizards - Beneath These Waves (one of my all time favorites)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgDWCdIx6Ns

Demons & Wizards - Down Where I Am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymnb7CE2358

Demons & Wizards - Seize the Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Bfh0d6CDk

Demons & Wizards - Love's Tragedy Asunder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GFie1MaPXc

Demons & Wizards - Dorian (maybe the most metal song here)

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

Symphony X - Set the World on Fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUn4jXZko5E

Symphony X - Seven

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0HMconz5OM

Symphony X - The Walls of Babylon (no sorry this is the most metal one)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzqyqVoFVP8

Evergrey - A Touch of Blessing

Queensryche - Jet City Woman

Queensryche - I Don't Believe in Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4afP2WHzoM

Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlPiLkO004I

Queensryche - Another Rainy Night (Without You)

Queensryche - Walk in the Shadows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ogb0NF6vXY

Queensryche - Queen of the Reich

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

Queensryche - Take Hold of the Flame

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp8sDwwRokY

Sonata Arctica - Destruction Preventer

Sonata Arctica - Paid in Full

Sonata Arctica - My Land

Sonata Arctica - 8th Commandment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Vl1WkskJA

moar later maybe

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Wes and LuketheXJesse have done a wonderful job in my opinion, we share similar interests, so I will fill in with the few other bands I would add to the list.

Dragonland is awesome! So musically delicious! Go listen for yourself!

3 from their awesome album Astronomy:

Casseopeia

4 from their older albums:

Ok I don't have time to do more links atm, but I will recommend some others.

STRATOVARIUS - Have some great songs but can grow old quick. Pretty recycled formula.

IN FLAMES - I have liked almost every song ever made by this band.

BLIND GUARDIAN - Again, pretty much every song they've made is worth listening to. Love it all.

MERCENARY - 11 Dreams

MERCENARY - Everblack

MERCENARY - Screaming from the Heavens

ELVENKING - Hobs and Feathers

ELVENKING - Skywards

ELVENKING - Pagan Purity

FALCONER - Portals of Light

FALCONER - Clarion Call

FALCONER - Enter the Glade

FALCONER - Decadence of Dignity

X JAPAN - X

X JAPAN - Kurenai

ANGRA - Rebirth

ANGRA - Acid Rain

SOILWORK - 20 Miles

SOILWORK - Nerve

SOILWORK - As We Speak

Hmm so many good tunes!

oh. And Saitama Seisyu Heiki. Search SSH Holy Orders on youtube.

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Let's see..

No/little screaming:

Lost Horizon (AKA the best power metal band EVER) - Pure

Arcturus - Kinetic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXD24JDpGGQ

Cynic - Uroboric Forms (No studio version on youtube)

Devin Townsend - Regulator

Disillusion - And the Mirror Cracked

Fates Warning - Valley of the Dolls

Galneryus (AKA second best power metal band ever) - Struggle for the Freedom Flag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRzTz8fUfPw

Mastodon - Blood and Thunder

Megadeth - Hangar 18

Nevermore - Born

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PttwIiMPnc

Outworld - Riders

Protest the Hero - Bloodmeat

Rhapsody of Fire - Dawn of Victory

System of a Down - Streamline

Tool - Schism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy9tq_XwVrU

Trivium - Throes of Perdition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wtjjL4pSyE

Vougan - Behind the Lies

Some/Lots of screaming:

All That Remains - This Calling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HurcA3NFKcg

Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnT4VEaOALc

At The Gates - Blinded By Fear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TJIy_mUSvc

Atheist - Mineral

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyBGXEoe2ks

August Burns Red - Thirty and Seven

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

Between the Buried and Me - Selkies: The Endless Obsession

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

Carcass - Heartwork

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c27WAhchHDI

Children of Bodom - Follow the Reaper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f9B5Ki36BQ

Dan Swano - Add Reality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSk7rP9YA_k

Death - Crystal Mountain

Equilibrium - Wurzelbert

In Flames - Moonshield

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CffJeVSAJk8

In Mourning - The Black Lodge

Into Eternity - Splintered Visions

Opeth - Ghost of Perdition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk6Q4FpW-sY

Orphaned Land - The Kiss of Babylon (The Sins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_d6pVjLXMM

Raintime - Flies and Lies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ziCLQ9bnU

Strapping Young Lad - Oh My Fucking God

Windir - Todeswalzer

Wintersun - Battle Against Time

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Man I remember quite a few of these bands made some or all of their tracks available for free with the option to buy their albums in that old mp3 site before it was bought out and turned to shit.

Good ole memories.

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Oh wow, I feel like I'm 14 again...

I totally stumbled across Blind Guardian while watching AMV's when I was 17, just as my heavy Metallica obsession was starting to fade. And just like that, I had a new obsession, it was called Power Metal. Such good days.

Casseopeia piqued my interest the most. Hell yeah, this stuff kicks ass! I was tired of hearing garbagy metal.

Well you came to the right place and asked the right people, this has become a pretty awesome list. Casseopeia totally had me singing for months. That whole album is amazing. Excellent Production. Since it was my suggestion, does that mean I Win? ;-)

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Well you came to the right place and asked the right people, this has become a pretty awesome list. Casseopeia totally had me singing for months. That whole album is amazing. Excellent Production. Since it was my suggestion, does that mean I Win? ;-)
I suppose.
No one said Dethklok?? At all? Seriously?

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Also gotta recommend with average enthusiasm:

Masterplan

Crystal Night

Sail On

Bleeding Eyes

Kind Hearted light

Gamma Ray

Armageddon

Rebellion in Dreamland

Somewhere out in Space

Beyond the Black Hole

Last Before the Storm (look for their live @ Wacken performance on youtube)

Razorblade Sigh (live)

Victim of Fate (live)

I Want Out

Helloween

The Dark Ride

Manowar

Hail and Kill

Blood of the Kings

Power of thy Sword

Master of the Wind

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this thread is hilarious

I know, all this talk about metal, and no mention of Titanium, the best metal ever. I even have a bone partially replaced by it, it's amazing.

Well, this thread cannot surely be about metal as in a music genre, I mean, there's a post that mentions Creed...

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this thread is hilarious

Yeah, I chose not to comment on the genre butchering by some people.

Also gotta recommend with average enthusiasm:

Masterplan

Crystal Night

Sail On

Bleeding Eyes

Kind Hearted light

Gamma Ray

Armageddon

Rebellion in Dreamland

Somewhere out in Space

Beyond the Black Hole

Last Before the Storm (look for their live @ Wacken performance on youtube)

Razorblade Sigh (live)

Victim of Fate (live)

I Want Out

Helloween

The Dark Ride

Manowar

Hail and Kill

Blood of the Kings

Power of thy Sword

Master of the Wind

Those two songs in red are by Helloween.

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