The Official RR Metal Thread
I've been wanting to do this for a while to see how it does, so here goes.
I'd like to hear about your favorite metal stuff: Post links or DLs, whatever. See, simple!
My latest find is Nevermore's The Obsidian Conspiracy.
Nevermore are a band built on bucking musical trends and going their own way, and continue to carve their own path for themselves on their seventh album, The Obsidian Conspiracy. Borrowing from thrash, progressive, and power metal, the band still has a feeling that is driving and epic. Their ability to blend genres creates a kind of tempering effect, with the power metal aspects making the prog less cerebral, but not dumb, with songs that provide listeners with equal opportunity to scratch their chins or pump their fists as the mood suits them. The whole thing is driven forward by the thrash elements, which keep the album moving along before it strays too far in any direction. The middle ground this fusion achieves really lets the vocal talents of Warrel Dane shine, giving him plenty of room to utilize his full vocal range and deliver the strangely catchy hooks that the band is known for. While it may be hard to pin down Nevermore's genre, The Obsidian Conspiracy is an easy album to like.
Great idea Finch. And I like that album a lot, first time I took a recommendation from a 14 year old on the city bus...maybe there is hope!
Been really digging Nightwish's new one, easily their best from start to finish..
Opeth's Heritage got a lot of playtime in my car the last few months - can't say I miss the cookie monster ,and musically it's high caliber stuff. For me, in the pure metal genre, Mastodon has been killing it the last few years!
Hope this works
Ooh, thanks! I haven't been into Opeth in the past, but after hearing about the latest disc, I've wanted to check it out. Never got around to picking it up, tho. Perfect!
Originally Posted by kexodusc
I saw Nevermore in Cleveland in 1999 and picked up their Dreaming in Neon Black album but haven't really listened to them since so I am out of touch with any of their recent stuff.
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Ok, here's another from the collection. Drummers should like this one, the guy playing on this disc is a busy fellow. I garntee you haven't heard a band like this one.
For all of the dizzying extreme prog metal virtuosity displayed on Intronaut's first efforts, 2005's Null EP and 2006's Void LP, the group's great evolutionary leap unquestionably took place on their misleadingly named second full-length, 2008's Prehistoricisms, which saw an already vast compositional arsenal expanded to include broader atmospheric textures, more melody, jazzier sojourns, and even Indian raga. In contrast, Intronaut's next long-player, 2010's Valley of Smoke, was largely inspired by their hometown of Los Angeles… say wha? Allow some clarification: what actually transpired here is that the band chose to interpret some of Tinsel Town's most apocalyptic geological characteristics (its earthquakes, wildfires, smog, etc.) into their highly abstract lyrics, then wed them to yet another set of typically intricate technical metal creations. But while the group's early work proved to be quite suffocating at times, and Valley of Smoke is still guaranteed to stump even the most experienced musical explorers at first listen (or three, or five), its songs also come across as more fluid and smooth; as more of a body of work than anything that preceded them. Where to begin? Well, there's the rhythmic and textural smorgasbord of "Elegy"; the more linear approach of "Above," which sees the quartet encroaching on Isis territory; the highly percussive title track, which gets as wonky as Primus, then throws in a little bossa nova for good measure; not to mention the flashbacks to everyone from Voivod to Cynic to Atheist to John friggin' Coltrane found on otherworldly soundscapes like "Miasma," "Below," and "Past Tense." Of all the album's possible talking points, however, the most obvious is probably Intronaut's first-time use of clean vocals which, along with increasingly frequent 4/4 beats and riffs to match, are meticulously woven into the band's resilient technical mastery, exotic polyrhythms, alien melodic scales, and sore-throat roars. Nonetheless, it's still pretty stunning to learn that the dual harmonies sung by Sacha Dunable and Dave Timnick arose from their recently professed love of…Alice in Chains? Who knew? And yet it works, just as most anything seems to work within Intronaut's quasi-infinite musical universe. How else to explain Valley of Smoke's ability to redeem a city accustomed to being eulogized by the likes of Ratt and Mötley Crüe? What small miracle will Intronaut pull off next?
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