Metal Bands You Must Hear
Exiled From Light
If you’re looking for classic Black Metal, before the age of Symphonic Metal, Exiled From Light has an album called “There Is No Beauty Left Here”. It is their one and only album, as the band disbanded and then got back together in 2010. This album is a heavy mix between doom metal, and a touch of Misfits punk overlay. They were a doom metal signed to Hypnotic Dirge Records, from Auckland, NZ. It’s sad that this band disbanded, but you can still enjoy their incredibly dark and deep black metal album.
This Finnish Melodic Death Metal band has the most unique sound in metal I’ve ever heard. The nihilistic theme to their music adds a darkness and a deep sound that really can’t be heard anywhere else. Each album is a masterpiece of bipolar metal with heavy growls and epic guitar riffs. along with flowing music and dark tones. They aren’t the fastest metal band, but the heaviness and darkness is just as addictive as up tempo metal. Songs like “Clawmaster” “Away and Here” and “My Heart is a Tomb” are death metal masterpieces that must be heard. I am a huge fan of this band, and I highly suggest them for gothic music fans.
If you’re looking for more music like Cradle of Filth and Immortal, check out this one man Finnish Black Metal band. The screams in this band are haunting and soul piercing, adding a hardcore sound on top of sludge guitars and ridiculously fast drum parts. The genius behind the black metal band is Mantus Nord, who describes his music as “raw” and “aggressive” and “depressive”. He recently released a new original album that is in complete Finnish, called “Ad Moriendum Dei Gratia” which translates to “We Must Die for the Grace of God” in Latin. Mantus says, “The album is not for kids or those with a weak heart” and lists his influences as bands Mayhem, Venom, and Dark Throne. Sounds like a deep and dark extreme black metal album that ever death metal fans needs to own.
I’ve posted about this Melodic Death Metal band many times throughout the year, since I saw them in November with Epica. This band cannot be matched in metal. With the intense mix of haunting and beautiful vocals from Miri Milman and the hardcore power screams and growls from Sven De Caluwe, to the epic guitar riffs and sweeps of Mendel, this band is one of the most epic metal bands ever. Their first album sounds like a mix of Fear Factory, old Dimmu Borgir, Epica, and maybe even a little Hypocrisy. Honestly their first album sounds like the members have been playing together for over 10 years. I cannot get over how talented this band is, and I cannot wait for their new album in 2014, because it’s going to be visionary and a game changer in metal. System Divide has mastered both the Death and Melodic elements in metal. They are absolutely incredible and one of the best new metal bands I’ve heard since old In This Moment. Every song they put out is perfection and they reinvented death metal and will keep reinventing it.
Insomnium is another epic Melodic Death Metal band from Finland, and one of the heaviest bands on this list. They have a very unique atmospheric sound and technical dueling guitars. Their music has the potential to give people chills with the raw sound and dark feel to their music. The technicality of their music is spot on, having a tight sound and a flowing ease to their take on death metal. They have some catchy parts in the guitar riffs and solos, perfect metal to jam out to. Their music is really difficult describe, because it is not your run of the mill death metal. I highly suggest them for metal fans.
Omnium is definitely one of the heaviest bands on this list, notorious for their lack of clean singing and bone rattling grunts. The instrumental element to this band is so dynamic and catchy, having powerful driving riffs to slow head banging jams. Every album of theirs is very different from the next, so you never really know what to expect besides some epicly heavy and deep shit. The core of this band is definitely Melodic Death Metal, but you can hear a lot of different influences throughout all their tracks. One of their biggest influences is Rush, so that may be the reason for the drastic song changes. If you like Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Mayan, or Metallica Omnium Gatherum is for you. Yet another brilliant Finnish metal band.
Born of Osiris
This band absolutely surprised the hell out of me, because they are ridiculously dark and heavy and they’re an all American band. When I think of American metal, I think of mostly generic metal besides the greats like Slipknot, Fear Factory, Alice in Chains, and Trivium. This band may just end up among that list of great American Metal bands, because of their badass industrial metal sound as well as their hints of techno and futuristic themes. This band is definitely one of the best Death Metal bands from the US I have ever heard, and I am 100% American. You have to check these guys out from the beginning of their discography, because the older albums are even heavier and have a chest piercing rawness about them.
If you’re a metal fan and you don’t know about Speed Strid, then you need to hear his band Soilwork. This guy’s voice is legendary and something surreal in metal, paired with the insane talent and energy of everyone in the band; Soilwork’s music is indescribable. It’s speed metal, death metal, melodic metal, and industrial metal all in one band. Soilwork honestly writes some of the best composed metal out there. I honestly can’t think of anything to compare them to, but maybe if you dig power metal Soilwork may suit you as well. My favorite album of theirs so far is the latest, The Living Infinite, because of the unbelievable passion and power on this album makes other music sound absolutely weak. I cannot say enough about this album or this band, it’s just something you have to hear to appreciate.
The wizard of Progressive Metal, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, has created one of the greatest and most diverse bands of all time. Ayreon has it all; progressive, death, folk, melodic, neoclassic, and every type of metal you can think of. Not to mention the incredible diversity of vocalists that have sung on each album. Anyone from Simone Simons, Russell Allen, JB from Grand Magus, Tommy Karevik, Cristina Scabbia, Michael Mills, Bruce Dickinson, Liv Kristine, Damian Wilson, Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Floor Jansen, James LaBrie, and so many more musicians. This band is ridiculous. The production and writing that go into every large concept album is mastery. It is some of the best music you can listen to out there. It’s not real heavy metal, but it has such depth that it opens people’s music taste up. I am a huge Arjen fan and I highly suggest listening to his other projects too, Guilt Machine and Star One. But, if you want something totally new and diverse Ayreon is the way to go. This is definitely a band for metal and music geeks.