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    #3475452 - 12/10/04 12:18 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Welcome to my Metal music guide! Which has now become the SHROOMERY COLLECTIVE METAL GUIDE.
I wrote this guide as a result of my unconditional love for metal,
I believe it is one of the most diverse and inspirational forms of music that exist
Which many people do not really understand the full depth and magnitude of.
While classifying music into genres and subgenres is hard and sometimes pointless, as many bands span several genres or transcend barriers... it DOES help to categorize them better, and as there are about 500 different sub-genres of METAL alone, I've broken it up into sections divided by sub-genre to make it easy to find and group similar bands.
This thread is intended to be a general overview of all the greatest genres of metal, from the oldest school to the newest of tech metal.
As such this thread covers a VERY VAST SPECTRUM of metal, and even a complete noob to the genre should be able to find something they like. 

This is a perpetual work in progress..
Please feel free to suggest bands I might have missed or you feel should be added to this evolving list!

**NEW!!** Youtube links to different songs under each band..  easier than ever to sample different bands!


This is a VERY diverse genre with an extremely broad range of influences.
Progressive metal (sometimes shortened to prog metal) is a fusion genre; a mixture of progressive rock and heavy metal. Progressive metal blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. Some progressive metal bands are also influenced by jazz fusion and classical music. Like progressive rock songs, progressive metal songs are usually much longer than standard metal songs, and they are often thematically linked in concept albums. As a result, progressive metal is rarely heard on mainstream radio and video programs.

The origins of progressive metal can be traced back to progressive rock bands from the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s such as Yes, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Focus, Renaissance, The Alan Parsons Project, early Queen, Kansas, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep and Rush.

OPETH - The greatest band of all time. Listed twice because.
From Stockholm, Sweden, formed in 1990...Whilst firmly rooted in Scandinavian death metal, Opeth has consistently incorporated influence by progressive music, folk, blues rock and jazz into their always-lengthy compositions. Many compositions include acoustic guitar interludes and strong dynamic shifts, as well as both growling and clean vocals. Opeth's distinct sound mixes heavy metal with acoustic passages, while also incorporating elements of progressive metal and progressive rock.
The name Opeth was taken from the book Sunbird (1972) by author Wilbur Smith, and was originally spelled Opet. In the book, Opet is the city of the moon.
Windowpane, Bleak, Deliverance, The Drapery FallsThe Grand ConjurationTo Bid You Farewell

Atheist are a technical death metal band from Florida, founded in 1984, whose music combined metal riffs with subtle latin music arrangements and elements of jazz. Their second album, Unquestionable Presence, released in 1991, has been regarded by some critics as one of the most influential technical death metal albums of all time.
Video: Unquestionable Presence, Piece of Time

Founded in Miami, Florida in 1987.. Cynic is a progressive metal band with heavy jazz fusion elements. They began with a traditional death metal sound, but evolved into a highly complex, experimental, and extremely technical form of metal after several demos. While their music is very jazzy, they are largely responsible for helping influence much of the roots of technical death metal. They released 1 album in '93 and disbanded for 15 years or so. They recently released a new album (Traced in Air - 2008) that is classic Cynic style with amazing production quality, very fucking excellent record.  *Highly recommended.*
Evolutionary Sleeper, Integral Birth

Mastodon is a Grammy-nominated metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are usually classified as a heavy metal group, with clear hardcore influences on the band.
Mastodon's style includes heavy and often quite complex and technical guitar riffs, complex, jazz-influenced drumming, odd time signatures, and long, melodic instrumental interludes, which are all common aspects of the progressive metal genre. The band's fans have humorously dubbed the genre 'whalecore', in reference to their 2004 album Leviathan.
Videos: Blood and Thunder, Seabeast, Iron Tusk

Blotted Science is an instrumental extreme metal band headed by Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink), bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Charlie Zeleny (Behold... The Arctopus, Jordan Rudess). They started out under the name Machinations of Dementia, but after the departure of drummer Chris Adler, the band changed their name to Blotted Science.
Video: Laser Labotomy, Synaptic Plasticity, Amnesia

Farmakon is a Finnish progressive death metal band formed in 2001. Straight up death/doom metal intermixed with jazzy breakdowns and funky interludes. Almost reminiscent of Opeth.. but more "loose". Do yourself a favor and check these guys out.
Loosely of Amoebas, Same

American progressive metal band formed by three students at the Berklee College of Music in the mid 1980s under the name Majesty. They gained a cult following with a successful fusion of progressive rock, heavy metal and melodic rock, topped with the virtuosity of each member on their respective instruments. These guys are masters of composition, but the singing is fruity as fuck.
Videos: Dark Eternal Night, Panic Attack, Erotomania

From England, this band is more of a progressive rock with elements of ambient, psychedelia and metal.
Video: Shallow, Normal, Signify

Another progressive rock / death metal fusion from Norway. Formed by former bass player of Emperor. Their music has gotten less heavy with each album, from straight forward Death metal /doom/progressive.. to a more progressive rock, to entirely acoustic.
Videos: Crushed to Dust, Lullaby in Winter, Writings on the Wall

Maudlin of the Well (commonly abbreviated as motW) is an avant-garde metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. Their music contains elements from many different genres including doom metal, indie rock, jazz, progressive rock, post rock, progressive metal and death metal.
Videos: Girl with a Watering Can Pondering a Wall

Winds is a Norwegian neo-classical/progressive metal band formed in 1998. The music is largely influenced by classical music, with Andy Winter's piano work and Carl August Tidemann's intricate, technical guitar solos, often the central focuses. The lyrics are written by Andy Winter, and deal mostly with astral and existentialist philosophy.
Video: Reflections of the I, The Fireworks of Genesis, Theory of Relativity

Behold... The Arctopus is a highly experimental metal band from Brooklyn, New York, United States formed in 2001.
Canada, Scepters

Earthy Progressive metal band from Portland Oregon, with a folky, post-rock feel.
Video: Falling Snow, Not Unlike the Waves, Fire above, Ice Below

Spiral Architect is a Norwegian band who sets the standard for progressive technical metal. There are few who really play technical metal, and fewer still who can mix dizzying musicianship while keeping the songs as songs, rather than disjointed jam sessions.
Videos: Insect, Cloud Constructed

Finnish progressive metal band. Earlier albums were straight death metal with later work becoming more mellow.
Video: The Smoke, House of Sleep, Silent Waters

Devin Garret Townsend (born May 5, 1972) is a Canadian musician and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2006 and has had an extensive career as a solo artist.
Vampira, Earth Day, Christeen

The music from Symphony X tends to be epic and powerful, verging on a hybrid of power metal and classical music - with touches of opera choirs. A representative sample of their music is the 20-minutes long track The Divine Wings Of Tragedy which combines a gothic motet chorus with fast guitar riff and clean vocals.
Serpent's Kiss, Set the World on Fire

Therion is a Swedish symphonic/death metal band. Its name originates from Greek, where therion means beast; the name refers to the beast of the Christian Book of Revelation. The music is sometimes thought to be unusual even by goth metal standards, often featuring classical solo vocalists, a choir and an orchestra. Members cite Richard Wagner as among their main musical influences.
Birth of Venus Illegitima, Summernight City, Son of the Staves of Time

Everyone knows Tool. Their music includes elements of heavy metal, progressive rock, psychedelia and art rock. Indicative of their various influences (King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Rush among them), Tool's music features a firm grasp of musical structure, unconventional time signatures, and borderline occult/New Age subject matter.
Ænema, Parabola, The Pot

Chuck Schuldner's (of Death) side project - European power metal meets death metal band. They released one album.
Expect the Unexpected

King Diamond (as Kim Bendix Petersen) was born on June 14, 1956 in Denmark. His first band was Black Rose. In 1980, he formed Mercyful Fate, a group that to a large extent pioneered the genre of black metal because of the group's stage presence and lyrics, although its musical style is somewhere around heavy metal, power metal, and progressive. In 1984, Mercyful Fate split up due to artistic differences and King Diamond began a solo career.. his vocals are very high pitched..
Give me Your Soul, Spirits

Fates Warning are an influential heavy metal band from Connecticut, USA. Their early works are more traditional heavy metal, best known for lead singer John Arch's unusual vocal approach. The later works (Perfect Symmetry and after) go more in a progressive metal and progressive rock direction.
Video: Point of View, Monument, One

A progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 2001. One of the more popular progressive metal bands playing currently. Their sound incorporates many different musical styles.
Prequel to the Sequel, Alaska, Mordecai,

Protest the Hero is an award winning Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario formed in 1999. Heavy shredding.. Vocals are mostly high-pitched singing reminiscent of Bruce Dickinson meets Cedric Bixler-Zavala from Mars Volta... with a dash of death metal growling.
Video: Bloodmeat, Sequoia Throne, Blindfolds Aside,

Wintersun is a Finnish metal band, founded by ex-Ensiferum frontman Jari Mäenpää. The band's genre is very hard to define, as their music has many influences from many different genres, such as power metal, folk metal, progressive metal, melodic death metal and melodic black metal. The vocals are all over the place as well. Thus they get stuck under the all-encompassing progressive category.
Starchild, Beyondthe Dark Sun, Sleeping Stars

Orphaned Land is an Israeli progressive metal band that formed in 1991. Its music contains Middle-Eastern and Jewish influences.
Ocean Land, The Kiss of Babylon, Building the Ark


An extreme form of metal mainly inspired from thrash metal of the early 80s.. characterized by blast beats, insane double bass, growling vocals and fast complex distorted guitars tuned low.. most songs focus on the darkside of life.. usually associated with death and satan and disgusting things.. but often containing philisophical insights and political statements.. a very misunderstood and underappreciated genre altogether .
But death metal was never meant to be popular..it's not marketable as a trend..and that is part of it's success in not being whored and tainted by the music industry. So it remains largely underground.. with a loyal and dedicated following.

"Grinding dark, brutal sounding music that shatters windows and makes ears bleed. This music has very fast solos, insane drumming, demonic vocals, and heartpounding bass"

From Stockholm, Sweden, formed in 1990...Whilst firmly rooted in Scandinavian death metal, Opeth has consistently incorporated influence by progressive music, folk, blues rock and jazz into their always-lengthy compositions. Many compositions include acoustic guitar interludes and strong dynamic shifts, as well as both growling and clean vocals. Opeth's distinct sound mixes heavy metal with acoustic passages, while also incorporating elements of progressive metal and progressive rock.
The name Opeth was taken from the book Sunbird (1972) by author Wilbur Smith, and was originally spelled Opet. In the book, Opet is the city of the moon.
Windowpane, Bleak, Deliverance, The Drapery FallsThe Grand ConjurationTo Bid You Farewell

The godfathers of Death metal. The band's founder, Chuck Schuldiner, is considered a "pioneering death metal vocalist/guitarist." The band split up after Schuldiner died of brain cancer in 2001. Death is considered one of the most influential groups in death metal. The band's debut, Scream Bloody Gore, has been described as "death metal's first archetypal document".
The Philosopher, Lack of Comprehension, Crystal Mountain

This British death metal band is also considered "goregrind". It was formed by the guitarist from Napalm Death. They focused mainly on topics relating to human anatomy and the medical field.. it is believed that they used the band to push vegetarian beliefs. Very groove-oriented stuff.. awesome band all around.
Heartwork, No Love Lost, Incarnated Solvent Abuse

Cattle Decapitation is a fucking amazing American "goregrind" band from San Diego, California.. formed in 1996.
Regret and the Grave, The Gardeners of Eden, A Body Farm

Morbid Angel is a Florida-based band also considered to be one of the godfathers of death metal along with Death, Possessed, Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse.  If you enjoy this genre, they are a must have. Songs are quite complex in arrangement, owing to the considerable skill of guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.
Where the Slime Live, Spheres of Madness, Rapture

One of the other early pioneers of Death Metal. They released their landmark debut album Seven Churches in 1985, predating Morbid Angel and Death. The record combined black and thrash metal, and added the first known growled vocals, although not as guttural as the death metal growls of today. After releasing a couple lesser known albums, Possessed disbanded. Possessed will always be remembered as a legendary band in eyes of any hardcore death metalhead.
The Exorcist, Fallen Angel

One of the most evil bands to ever exist. Yes, even more evil than Slayer. Their riffs are primarily in Harmonic minor, and as you guessed it.. deicide means 'the killing of god'.. their lyrics are primarily anti-Christianity. All American brutal death metal.
Trifixion, Scars of the Crucifix, Fuck Your God

Suffocation, easily the most plagiarized death metal band, fused the predominant rhythmic styles of death and speed metal with grindcore song constructions to start a new subgenre of music, that of Death-Grind (death metal + grindcore). Suffocation is placed amongst peers Immolation, Incantation, and Morpheus (Descends) as being part of a genetic fragment of death metal known as "New York Death Metal" or "NYDM" in the short.
Abomination Reborn, Surgery of Impalement, Blind Torture Kill

Brutal technical death metal from Topeka, Kansas. Origin does it right with blinding precision.
Finite, Portal

Death metal band hailing from the Netherlands.. founded in 1986. Similar to Death - Early albums were very brutal, raw thrash with later work incorporating more jazz and fusion elements. Pestilence disbanded in 1994 to pursue different musical directions, and reunited as of 2008.
Out of Body, Extreme Unction, Devouring Frenzy, Resurrection Macabre

Veteran New Yorkers Immolation deal exclusively in old-school, heads-down, twisted death metal. Nary a melody or a subtlety to be found, but uncompromisingly brutal and intense, both musically and lyrically. The band has scarcely changed over the years, as the style is pretty much the same from one album to the next.
World Agony, Harnessing Ruin

Obituary play unadulterated brutal Death-gore Metal. The band started out in Florida in 1985 as school band Xecutioner. They combined hyper-speed guitar riffing, complex arrangements and guttural screams to create a bleak and violent soundscape that defined a genre. Unlike their peers though, Obituary avoided the more common trappings of this style of music shunning the Satanic bent of the lyrics and the breakneck pace of the dual guitar assault.
Don't Care, Insane

Fast, aggressive, complex, with violent lyrics. Their albums are banned in several countries, including Germany. Brutal, cookie-cutter death metal IMO.
Hammer Smashed Face, Make Them Suffer

Mikael Akerfeldt's (Opeth's singer/guitarist) side-project. Straight up Death Metal with no strings attached.
So You Die, Like Fire, Eaten

Six Feet Under was formed initially as a side project of lead singer Chris Barnes, but later became his full-time band. Six Feet Under lyrics are apocalyptic and brutal, though Chris Barnes' lyrics are somewhat less brutal than that of his past. Many Six Feet Under songs are politcally keen and advocate among other things legalization of marijuana, overthrow of capitalism, and even anti-war sentiments. Many believe that his newer lyrical material are metaphors for the state of humanity.
Deathklaat, Shadow of the Reaper, Dead and Buried

Lamb Of God is a five-piece progressive death metal band from Richmond, Virginia, USA. (some argue the band is "nu-metal", but they have all the elements of death metal.) The band was formed in 1994. Lamb of God combines the raw energy and speed of thrash metal with the hellish vocals of the death metal genre and the dextrous, melodic riffs of European melodic death metal.
Now You've Got Something to Die For, As the Palaces Burn, 11th Hour, Black Label

Dying Fetus is a metal band formed in 1991 in Maryland, United States. Their music is a hybrid of death metal, grindcore and hardcore, characterized by extremely fast blastbeats, complex riffing and slow breakdowns. Lyrics-wise, the band dabbled with the usual gory death metal subject matter on their early albums, but by 2000?s Destroy The Opposition they had practically completely shifted to political (left-wing) lyrics, mostly consisting of aggressive critique addressed towards things such as religion, corporations, consumerism, racism and war.
Homicidal Retribution, One Shot, One Kill, We Are Your Enemy

Exhumed is an American "goregrind" band from San Jose. They were most recently signed to Relapse Records. Formed in 1990, when sole remaining founding member Matt Harvey was at the age of 15.
Deadest of Dead, The Matter of Splatter

Skinless is a Grindcore band from Troy, New York. The band was formed in founded in 1992 by Ryan Wade and Noah Carpenter. They are known for their consistently intense performances[citation needed], as well as for their lyrical mix of end-of-the-world cynicism and toilet humor
The Optimist, From Sacrifice to Survival

Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, Poland, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground, alongside bands such as Vader, Decapitated, Vesania and Hate.
Conquer All, Inner Sanctum, As Above So Below

Hate Eternal was formed by Erik Rutan following his initial departure from Morbid Angel, and also initially featured ex-Suffocation guitarist Doug Cerrito. The resulting album, Conquering The Throne, is ferocious, brutal old-school death metal, featuring some pretty intense drumming from Tim Yeung. Though short, the intensity never lets up throughout, and fans of speedy death metal should love this.
I, Monarch, The Victorious Reign, Bringer of Storms

Macabre is an extreme metal band Chicago, Illinois.. formed in 1985, and have never had a line-up change. They blend thrash metal, death metal, and grindcore (sometimes with nursery rhymes and folk melodies) to form their own unique style self-dubbed "murder metal". Lyrically, they have a strong focus on serial killers, mass murderers and a touch of sick gore humor.
Nightstalker, Vampire of Dusseldorf, Drill Bit Lobotomy


A further refinement and evolution of death metal - Technical, or "progressive" death metal is a narrow, but well-defined and influential sub-genre of death metal that focuses on very complex rhythms, riffs and song structures, and oftentimes brutal blinding speed. As death metal bands evolved, some experimented with elements from a variety of genres. As a result of such experimentation, exemplified by Suffocation, Cryptopsy and Gorguts, the subgenre of technical death metal established itself as a complex and varied musical style. Death, Morbid Angel, Monstrosity, and Atheist are mainly credited with pioneering this sub-genre.

An AMAZING technical death metal band from Richmond, Virginia, formed in 2000. "Arsis" is also a musical term used to refer to the upbeat or unaccented part of a measure.
A Diamond For Disease pt1, We are the Nightmare, The Face of my Innocence, Overthrown

Chimaira (pronounced /kaɪˈmɪərə/) is an American heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, formed in 1998. Their band name is derived from the name Chimera, a monstrous creature in Greek mythology. Their style falls somewhere in between death metal, groove metal and metalcore, but I figured they'd go well here.
Empire, Resurrection, Nothing Remains

Cryptopsy is a brutal death metal quintet from Montreal, Quebec. The band's 1996 release, "None So Vile", is considered to be landmark technical death/grind album. Cryptopsy drew some criticism for their change of singers and gravitation towards a more jazz influenced style with later albums.
Phobophile, The Pestilence That Walketh in Darkness, Open Face Surgery

Decapitated are a brutal death metal band from Poland. Their albums combine speed and power with brilliant results. Acclaimed not just by the media and their expanding hordes of fans but by their peers as well (such as fellow Poles Vader). The band also have one other advantage in their age, the eldest member (Vogg, Guitars) is 22 and the youngest (Vitek, Drums) is only 18, this has given them a major boost in their popularity amongst the younger death metal fans and has given them a worthy live reputation for high velocity performances. Surgical precision and brutal technicality define their sound.
Spheres of Madness, Winds of Creation

Into Eternity is an extreme metal band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The band employs a wide range of elements across the metal spectrum, including classic or melodic metal styling, thrashing riffs, power metal-style clean vocals, high to low-pitched death growls and black metal shrieking, fast tempo death metal drumming with blast beats and sometimes interwoven with acoustic guitar playing, as such their music is hard to categorize, but I feel it fits best under progressive death metal.
Severe Emotional Distress, Time Immemorial, Timeless Winter

formed in 1996 in Bayonne, France. The band was known as Godzilla until 2001. Gojira plays a technical and rhythmic style of heavy metal with precision drumming, unusual rhythm patterns, start-and-stop riffs, and breakdowns. Gojira has also been known to incorporate textured atmospheric elements and instrumental songs into their music. Gojira songs have progressive and uncommon song structures and are devoid of standard verse, chorus, verse song writing. The vocal style is somewhere between a hardcore punk shout and a death growl. Often at times, death metal growls and clean vocals are mixed to create an aggressive but melodic effect
Video: To Sirius, Vacuity, Love

(named after the Yiddish word for "crazy") is a five-piece extreme metal band from Ume?, Sweden who use extended polyrhythmic passages, complex drum patterns, odd time signatures, smooth, melodic lead guitar solos, and harsh, atonal vocals.
BLEED, New Millenium Cyanide Christ, Rational Gaze

As one of the front runners in the Florida death metal scene, Monstrosity began their course in late 1990. Underground tape trading and strong international networking made Monstrosity a viable entity in the metal realm with their infamous ?Horror Infinity? demo and the band was signed by Nuclear Blast Records Germany. They have since produced 5 albums of death metal precision.
Remnants of Divination, Final Cremation, Destroying Divinity

Highly technical death metal band from Germany. Necrophagist is Greek for "Eater of the Dead". The band is known for its rapid and technical compositions, as well as classical influence. Surely one of the major icons of modern technical death metal.
Live, Extreme Unction, Stabwound

Nevermore is a progressive thrash/speed metal band that was formed in 1992 in Seattle. The band incorporates elements from styles such as thrash, death, progressive and neo-classical metal into their songs, and also makes use of acoustic guitars and a wide range of vocal styles. Since they incorporate elements from a variety of metal sub-genres, it makes it difficult to categorize.. Their sound has been called technical thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.
I, Voyager, Believe in Nothing, What Tomorrow Never Knows, Enemies of Reality

A very brutal technical death metal band from South Carolina, USA. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian mysticism, history, religion and art.  It combines traditional death metal with elements of Middle Eastern music, incorporating traditional Egyptian instruments into many songs. Nile's music is also characterized by its extreme complexity and speed.
Sarcophagus, Papyrus Containing the spell to Preserve its Possessor Against Attacks from He Who Is in the Water

Quo Vadis is a technical melodic death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, formed in 1992 by Bart Frydrychowicz, Yanic Becier, and Arie Itman and is named after the novel by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. Since its inception, the band has released three studio albums, one compilation album, one demo, one live DVD, one live album and two videos.
Silence Calls The Storm, Mute Reqiuem, Break the Cycle

Swedish technical death metal band founded in 1995, which borrows heavily from progressive metal. The band writes technical and complex songs consisting of a lot of time and tempo changes and a resurgence of solos.
Dehumanized, Colonizing the Sun, Inexplicable Nature

Technical death metal from sweden.
Downward Spiral Into Madness, Entropy Within

The Faceless is a progressive death metal band from Encino, California. They released their debut album, Akeldama in November 2006, and a follow-up, Planetary Duality, in November 2008.
Akeldama, Coldly Calculated Design, Xenochrist

Dååth, often typeset as DÅÅTH (pronounced /ˈdɑːθ/) and formerly known as Dirtnap or Dirt Nap, is a metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2003. Their music incorporates styles such as thrash metal, death metal, industrial metal, and progressive metal. Their work is heavily influenced by Da'at and Kabbalah. Dååth, however, does not identify a direct religious affiliation in its music.
Day of Endless Light, The Worthless, Ovum


One of many sub-genres to spawn from death metal which combines the melodies of the NWOBHM with the intensity of death metal. This type of metal focuses more on harmonies and melodies much more present in the guitarwork.. and is usually associated with Sweden, where this style originated from. Also called "Gothenburg" Metal. This is a vary diverse subgenre as many of the bands combine many styles of metal.. borrowing elements from progressive metal, "viking" metal, symphonic metal, gothic metal and doom metal. But the "signature sound" of Melodic Death Metal comes mostly from the three Swedish bands At the Gates, Dark Tranquility, and In Flames.

Dark Tranquillity is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1989. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene and one of the pioneers of the melodic death metal genre, along with In Flames and At the Gates.
The Wonders at Your Feet, The Gallery, Therein, Monochromatic Stains, Focus Shift

At the Gates was a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, progenitor of the Gothenburg sound of death metal. Initially active from 1990 to 1996, the band reformed in 2007 for a reunion tour. The last show was on 21 September, 2008.
Blinded by Fear, Terminal Spirit Disease, The Burning Darkness

In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, formed in 1990. The band is considered to be a pioneer and major influence to the melodic death metal music genre.
Colony, Jotun, Behind Space

Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Halmstad, Sweden, formed in 1996. Founded by Carcass guitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, both originally from the influential death metal band Carnage.
Nemesis, We Will Rise, Ravenous

A Finnish Melodic Death Metal band formed in 1999. Very technical, symphonic productions, very fast-paced, grinding.. "epic" feeling songs. Featuring classic death metal growling and clean female vocals. Highly Recommended.
Pure, Pressure, Eternity's Child

Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg Sweden, formed in 1997. Their sound is a fusion of the classic Gothenburg metal sound with power-groove riffs of late 1970s, early 1980s British, and European metal. However, in their most recent albums Soilwork have also introduced elements from American alternative metal and adopted a more melodic "metalcore" sound
The Chainheart Machine, Light the Torch, Exile, Distortion Sleep

Children of Bodom is a Finnish heavy metal band from Espoo, Finland, formed in 1993. Throughout its career, the band has been known to incorporate many different musical styles, leading critics and fans to label them as everything from melodic death metal and black metal to thrash metal, and progressive metal. Whatever the case may be, this is one of the fastest and technical bands.
Downfall, Are you Dead Yet?,

The Haunted is a Swedish thrash metal band, formed in 1996 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both of the Björler brothers and Erlandsson were members of seminal melodic death metal band At the Gates, a pioneering force in the Swedish death metal scene.
No Compromise, D.O.A., The Flood

Dimension Zero is a Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic death metal band formed in 1995 as a side project of In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad and then-guitarist Glenn Ljungström.
Silent Night Fever, They are Waiting to Take Us, He Who Shall Not Bleed,

Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998.
Hades, Heroes to Us

Strapping Young Lad is a Canadian metal band, started by Devin Townsend in the mid-1990's. Their sound is generally described as melodic death metal with industrial influences.
Love?, Almost Again, Wrongside

The Black Dahlia Murder is a melodic death metal band formed in 2001 in Waterford, Michigan. They released a four track E.P. titled A Cold-Blooded Epitaph on their own Lovelost Records before signing with Metal Blade in 2003 and releasing their debut album Unhallowed
Miasma, Statutory Ape

Swedish Melodic Death Metal, very Soilwork-esque.. catchy riffs and Growling and Clean vocals.
Morphogenesis, The Illusionist

Disarmonia Mundi is a melodic death metal band from Turin, Italy that started out as a progressive death metal band.
Celestial Furnace, Resurrection Code

Dawn of Tears is a melodic death metal band formed in 1999 in Madrid, Spain.
Blood of Verona, Echoes of Eternal Life, Winds of Despair

Blood Stain Child is a Japanese melodic death metal band with TRANCE elements from the city of Osaka. The band formed under the name "Visionquest" in 1999, but reformed under the name Blood Stain Child in 2000. Reminds me of old school In Flames mixed with happy hardcore or something insane.
FREEDOM, Metropolice, Another Dimension

The Absence is an American melodic death metal band from Tampa, Florida. Their style has also been described as aggressive thrash metal with Scandinavian metal influences. The band released an eponymous EP in 2004 and followed up with their debut album, From Your Grave, in 2005. The band's second album, Riders of the Plague, was released in 2007. Their third studio album is to be released in early 2010.
Merciless, Heaven Ablaze, World Divides

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A Sub-Genre of Metal made popular during the 80's originally by bands such as Motorhead and Venom. Metallica then took the style and made it into a more popular and prominent style. Other bands through the Thrash ages are Overkill, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth, Sepultura, Vio-Lence, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Kreator and so forth.

Stylistically expanding from speed metal, thrash was harsher, heavier and in some cases even faster than its predecessor. The lyrics, as before, were associated with the more negative aspects as life, as well as the darker. A good amount of thrash also dealt with political or social subjects not dissimilar to punk. Vocals were less sung and more shouted, and drums were often rapid fire. Solos, as you might imagine, were at times prominent throughout nearly an entire song. It was at this point in metal that music would only become heavier and more aggressive. Thrash was menacing, crushing and often disliked by the mainstream community for its heaviness. The music form would die down in the 1990's, and be replaced by the likes of black and death metal. Thrash was most likely named as such because many fans of the music often thrash (or "mosh") one another around at concerts. Early thrash was defined by the likes of: Bathory, Dark Angel, D.R.I., Exodus, Kreator, Metal Church, Slayer, Testament, Venom, Violence, and countless others

Formed in 1982, Watchtower is an American progressive/technical thrash metal band based in Austin, Texas. Influenced by late 70's progressive rock and acts such as Rush and UK as well as the burgeoning New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the band inadvertently became pioneers of a whole new sub-genre and are commonly acknowledged as the inventors of technical metal.
Mayday in Kiev, Instruments of Random Murder

Overkill was one of the first thrash metal bands, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band has been active since 1984, releasing 14 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and a "covers" album.
Horrorscope, Skull and Bones, Bastard Nation

Exodus is a thrash metal band formed in 1982 in San Francisco, California, by Kirk Hammett, Tom Hunting, Paul Baloff and Gary Holt. In 1983 Kirk Hammett leaves to join Metallica and is replaced with Rick Hunolt, Rob McKillop is recruited as a bassist. Spanning a career of almost 30 years, Exodus has gone through numerous line-up changes, two extended hiatuses and has seen the deaths of two former band members. Exodus has released a total of twelve albums since their debut in 1985.
A Good Day to Die, Children of a Worthless God, Bonded by Blood,

Metal Church was an American thrash metal band from Aberdeen, Washington. They formed as Shrapnel in 1981, their first album was released in 1984, and the band's most recent work, This Present Wasteland, was released in 2008.
Date with Poverty, Start the Fire

Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal/crossover band formed in 1984.
Brainwashed, Rise From The Ashes, Critical Mass

Credited with helping define the thrash metal style, as well as heavily influencing death metal.. Slayer has been pumping out the aggressive metal insanity since their first album in 1983 and still going strong to this day. Their 1986 album Reign in Blood was described by the magazine Kerrang! as "the heaviest album of all time". Enough said.
Video: Raining Blood, Seasons in the Abyss, War Ensemble

One of the pioneers of thrash metal - from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. Founded by Dave Mustaine and bass player David Ellefson following Mustaine's departure from Metallica, the band has since released eleven studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, thirty singles, thirty-two music videos, and three compilations. Dave Mustaine remains the only founding member of Megadeth still in the band.
Video: Holy Wars, A Tout Le Monde, Hangar 18

Metallica is the American thrash metal band from The San Fransisco Bay Area who formed in 1981. One of the 4 heavyweights of the thrash metal scene in the late 80s and everyone knows they then turned to shit :P
Disposable Heroes, One, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Enter Sandman

formed by the Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul (drums) and "Dimebag" Darrell (guitar), then known as Diamond Darrell. Bassist Rex Brown would join in 1982 and in 1987 Phil Anselmo would become the group's lead vocalist, completing the band's most successful lineup that would remain together for 16 years.Straight up southern metal from Arlington Texas.. Pantera went from Glam rock in the early 80s to completely changing their style in becoming one of the major front runners in the thrash scene - practically creating their own genre of "groove metal" and ruling the 90s. Dimebag was no doubt a legend among men and a source of inspiration to generations of music lovers and musicians.  R.I.P Dimebag - 12/8/04 - :sad:
Cemetery Gates, Cowboys from Hell, Revolution is my Name, Walk

Sabbat is a thrash metal band from Nottingham, England, formed in 1985. A great, and style-wise pretty unique Thrash Metal band from the UK...arguably Britain's best thrash band ever, Sabbat had quite an original style, owing much to Martin Walkyier's venomous, rapid-fire vocal delivery, and tight, precise, and often-changing riffing.
How the Mighty Have Fallen, @ Bloodstock

Sepultura (Portuguese: "tomb" or "grave") is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, formed in 1984. The band was a major force in the death metal and thrash metal realms during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and their later experiments melding hardcore punk and industrial music with extreme metal provided a blueprint for the groove metal genre. The founder/guitarist/lead singer (Max Cavalera) left the band around 2000 to form Soulfly.
Roots, Bloody Roots, Refuse, Resist, Ratamahatta

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Oakland, California, formed in 1983. Testament has two Top 40 albums and one Top 50 album to its credit in the UK. Their 2008 album entered the Top 20 in Germany at #15. They started off as thrash metal but later album moved more towards death metal.
More Than Meets the Eye, The Gathering, Demonic Refusal

Originally from Quebec, Voidod formed in 1982 heavily influenced by the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) and the Cold War.. they began as thrash metal but delved into more progressive rock elements later.. and then came charging back with the heaviness and picking up Jason Newstead in 2001.. they returned to thrash roots and produced a powerful and unique album with their powerful and unique style: Voivod.
Ravenous Medicine, Chaosmongers

Spreading the disease.. this New York city based band was one the most popular bands on the thrash metal scene in the 80s, and possibly the biggest to come out of the east coast. Scott Ian, the guitarist, also launched a side project called Stormtroopers of Death. The band is classified as one of the "big four" of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer.
Indians, Madhouse

Dark Angel is a thrash metal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1981. Their over-the-top style earned them the nickname "the L.A. Caffeine Machine" and the motto "too fast, my ass". Their album 'Darkness Descends' is one of the more underrated thrash albums.
Seemingly Endless Time, Thicker Than Blood

Kreator are a German thrash metal band from Essen, Germany, formed in 1982. The band started their career under the name Tormentor. They originally performed their type of thrash metal style with Venom influences.
Enemy of God, Impossible Brutality, People of the Lie

Helstar is a heavy metal band from Houston, Texas, formed in 1982. Their musical style is considered technical speed metal. In 1989 the band released the concept album Nosferatu, based on the early Dracula film, which many fans consider their greatest achievement.
Rhapsody In Black/Baptized in Blood, To Sleep, Per Chance to Dream, Harker's Tale, Pain Will Be Thy Name


(also called experimental metal, or art metal)
Another metal subgenre, characterised by the use of innovative, avant-garde elements, large-scale experimentation, and the use of non-standard sounds, instruments, and song structures. The earliest avant-garde metal bands include Celtic Frost and Master's Hammer. The term avant-garde metal refers to bands and musicians who "incorporate new and innovative elements in metal, who break conventions, tear down walls, violate borders.

Although progressive metal and avant-garde metal both favor experimentation and non-standard ideas, there are rather large differences between the two genres. The experimentation of progressive metal lies mostly in playing complex rhythms and song structures with traditional instruments. For avant-garde metal, most of the experimentation is in the use of unusual sounds and instruments. Progressive metal also puts a greater emphasis on technicality and theoretical complexity (e.g. odd time signatures, complex song forms, jazz fusion influences), while avant-garde metal is more unorthodox and tends to question many of the musical conventions. Some avant-garde bands can be minimalistic in their music which is completely opposed to progressive metal's emphasis on complexity

Virus is a Norwegian avant-garde jazz rock band signed to Jester Records. It was formed in 2000 by Carl-Michael Eide. The band is considered as a continuation of his previous band Ved Buens Ende because of similar musical elements and an avant garde form of unusual experimentation, although the band has its own unique characteristic sound. My friend described this band as "If the most evil black metal guys of today formed a jazz swing band in the 60s, that's what Virus sounds like - Harmonic Dissonance." I can't get enough of this band.
Video:  As Virulent As You, Lost Peacocks, Road

an experimental metal band formed in 1985, based in Oakland, California. Their unique sound draws from influences ranging from hardcore punk and doom metal to dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of indie and folk music. The band is highly regarded as the primary pioneer of its genre,[4] sometimes referred to as post-metal. Critic Brian Russ has described them as "atmospheric hardcore".
Video: Under the Surface, Locust Star, The Sun That Never Sets,

Formed in Boston in 1997, Isis have borrowed from and helped to evolve a sound pioneered by the likes of Neurosis and Godflesh, creating heavy music consisting of lengthy songs that focus on repetition and evolution of structure. As such, a great range of musical labels are used to describe their sound, including avant-garde metal, post-metal and progressive metal. Probably my favorite band in this genre.
Video: In Fiction, Holy Tears, Not in Rivers, But in Drops

Four piece instrumental act from Chicago, Illinois. The band is known for its dense combinations of different melodies and extended track lengths. Their distinctive sound draws from stoner rock, doom metal as well as post-rock and many other influences.
Video: Dead Between the Walls, Mammoth, Last Day of Winter

The Ocean Collective (usually referred to as "The Ocean") is an experimental rock band from Berlin, Germany. Their work combines elements of progressive metal with classical music and electronic soundscapes to create their aggressive post-metal sound. The band often describes its sound as "ambient soundtrack doomrock".
Video: Cryogenian, Untimely Meditations

INstrumental post-rock metal from Los Angeles. Heady.
Video: Weak Wrists, To the Roof, The Supposed Common

Super thick and heavy.. psychedelic stoner doom metal. This is good shit.
Video: Mars, Blind, Smoke

SUNN 0)))
Sunn O))) is an American drone metal band that incorporates some elements of the dark ambient, noise and black metal genres. The band consists of Stephen O'Malley (also of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (of Goatsnake). Their sound is extremely slow and heavy, using droning guitars, frequently heavily drop-tuned to extremely low tunings such as drop A and drop B, accompanied by feedback and other sound effects to create their soundscapes. There is very little drumming and a lack of any discernible beat
Video: It Took the Night to Believe, Mocking Solemnity, Báthory Erzsébet

Jesu is an experimental rock band formed in 2003 by Justin Broadrick following the breakup of Godflesh. Jesu was the name of the last song on the final Godflesh release, Hymns, and Broadrick decided to adopt it as the name of his new project. Jesu's sound is heavily layered and textured, drawing from and incorporating an eclectic mix of influences, ranging from ambient music, post-metal and drone doom, to shoegazing, downtempo and industrial music. Some have described their more recent releases as "avant-pop" and avant-garde doom.
Video: Conqueror, Mother Earth, Sun Day, Heart Ache

Earth an experimental/drone metal band formed in Seattle in 1990. Earth have played various styles of music, but are best known as pioneers of drone doom — an experimental offshoot of doom metal, characterized by droning, minimalistic, lengthy, and repetitive structures. Earth's early albums could be seen as a variation of the experimental doom-influenced metal of The Melvins.
Video: Ouroboros is Broken, Engine of Ruin, The Dire and Ever Circling Wolves

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (often abbreviated to SGM) is an experimental/avant-garde rock band, formed in 1999 in Oakland, California. Their live performances have featured puppet shows, pseudo-scientific scholarly presentations, and performances by members of the Butoh group inkBoat. SGM's music can be likened to avant-rock, avant-prog, or avant-garde metal; however, as inherent to the music, the band attempts to escape any categorization.
A Hymn to the Morning Star, Sleep is WrongHelpless Corpses Enactment

Windmills by the Ocean is the title of a recently unearthed recording from August of 2003. Five Boston natives Mike Davis, Dave Dunbar, Brooke Gillespie, Bryant Clifford Meyer (ISIS,RED SPAROWES) and Thos Niles (27) recorded five tracks that were shelved until they were released in 2006 by Robotic Empire. WINDMILLS BY THE OCEAN explore the post rock drone similar to bands Sunn O)) and Earth, but experiment with electronic elements, keyboards, and with much heavier drums.

Very experimental ambient avant-garde group formed by former members of Maudlin of the Well.
Video: Clelia, Gemini Becoming the Tripod, Marathon

Technical cyborg post-rock/metal from New York. Recently got the guy from Behold.. The Arctopus, so their new shit should continue to be insane.
Video: Bypass the Solenoid, My Relationship

In the Woods... was a dark ambient avant-garde metal band from Kristiansand, Norway. The band released a total of three studio albums, three singles, one compilation album and one live album throughout its existence. The band was formed by previous members of the similar-styled band Green Carnation and is now disbanded.
Ion, White Rabbit, I am Your Flesh,

avant-garde metal supergroup formed in 1998 in California by former Faith No More singer Mike Patton, composed of Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Buzz Osborne (The Melvins), and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle).
Video: Cape Fear, Rosemary's Baby

MFing Buckethead.

Avant garde doom/post metal band from Illinois. Very 'big' stuff.
White Wings,

Vomitron is a heavy metal/experimental band based in Lowell, Massachusetts USA. Their music first circulated in 2002 on mp3.com. On 1/24/2005, they created a MySpace page which helped spread their music further. Not much is known of the band besides their MySpace page. Most of their songs are technical metal adaptions of old school nintendo songs.


Sludge metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that fuses doom metal and hardcore punk. Sludge metal is typically aggressive and abrasive; often featuring shouted vocals, heavily distorted instruments and sharply contrasting tempos. While the style was anticipated by the Melvins from Washington, many of its earliest pioneers were from the state of Louisiana.

The Melvins are an band formed in Montesano, Washington in 1982. Originally formed as a hardcore punk band, they are considered one of the godfathers of grunge music, influencing many of the Seattle grunge bands.. and subsequently sludge metal.
The Talking Horse, A History of Bad Men, Creepy Smell

Eyehategod (also abbreviated and referred to as EHG) is an American sludge metal band from New Orleans who formed in 1988. They have become one of the most important bands to emerge from the NOLA metal scene.
Southern Discomfort, I am the Gestapo, Anxiety Hangover

Acid Bath was a seminal American sludge metal band from Houma, Louisiana that was active from 1991 to 1997. Acid Bath combined sludge metal with influences from hardcore and death metal
Scream of the Butterfly, Reqiuem For a Dream, Bleed Me An Ocean

Down is an American heavy metal band formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band is a supergroup, comprising members and former members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, Eyehategod and Kingdom of Sorrow. Since its inception, Down has released three studio albums and has gone on hiatus twice to focus on the members' respective bands.
Video: Ghost Along the Mississippi, Stone the Crow, Hail the Leaf

Iron Monkey was a sludge metal band that formed in Nottingham, England in 1994. The group's sound was influenced by the doom metal and crust punk genres and in particular by bands such as Grief, Black Sabbath and Eyehategod. The end result is a ghastly combination of vitriolic aggression, downtuned riffage, huge underlying grooves and inhuman screams.
Bad Year, Arsonaut

Buried at Sea is a droning doom metal / sludge metal hybrid juicyness, formed in 2002 in Chicago, Illinois.
Aquanaut, Dawn of Relentless Decay

Cult of Luna is a Swedish sludge/post-metal band from Umeå. They formed from the remnants of a Umeå hardcore punk band called Eclipse in 1998.
The Watchtower, Adrift, Leave Me Here, Back to Chapel Town


Stoner rock and stoner metal are interchangeable terms describing sub-genres of rock and heavy metal music. It combines elements of psychedelic rock, blues-rock and doom metal. Stoner rock is typically slow-to-mid tempo and features low-tuned guitars, a bass-heavy sound, melodic vocals, and 'retro' production.

Early heavy influences of stoner metal include: Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Grateful Dead, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Iron Butterfly and Led Zeppelin

Kyuss (pronounced /ˈkaɪəs/ KAI-us) was an influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. After forming in the late 1980s and releasing an EP under the name Sons of Kyuss in 1990, the band shortened its name to Kyuss. Over the next five years the band released four full-length albums before splitting up in 1995. Since then, members of Kyuss went on to form or feature in several notable bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Unida, Brant Bjork, Mondo Generator, Hermano and Slo Burn.
Whitewater, One Inch Man, Green Machine

a stoner metal band from San Francisco, California. It was formed in 1993 by frontwoman Lori S., drummer Joey Osbourne and bassist Peter Lucas. Acid King have since recorded three studio albums and three EPs with a series of bassists.
Drive Fast, Take Chances, 2 Wheel Nation, Bad Vision,

Orange Goblin are a stoner metal band from the United Kingdom that formed in 1995. originally formed under the name Our Haunted Kingdom. They released a split 7" with Electric Wizard in 1996 on Rise Above Records before adopting the moniker Orange Goblin.
Cozmo Bozo, Beginner's Guide to SuicideOrange Goblin,

was a stoner doom metal band from San Jose, California. Active during the 1990s, Sleep earned much critical and record label attention from early in their career. Critic Ed Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band" and notes they exerted a strong influence on heavy metal in the '90s. However, squabbles with their record company had contributed to Sleep's breakup by the end of the decade.
Dragonaut, Druid, Lord of This World

Om is a duo formed in 2003 by the rhythm section of the disbanded stoner doom metal band Sleep. The band's first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums. Their music is similar in structure to Tibetan chanting.
Pilgrimage, Gebel Barkal

Bongzilla is a stoner metal band from Madison, Wisconsin. As their name suggests, most of their material is related to marijuana and promotes its legalization. The band formed in 1995, and over the next three years recorded and released a dozen songs on EPs and split singles.
Amerijuanican, 666lb Bongsession,

Clutch is a stoner rock band formed in 1990 in Germantown, MD. Each Clutch album is marked by a distinct and cohesive sound. The musical style of the band has migrated from heavy metal and hardcore punk to hard rock. The band has also integrated funk influences into their rock sound. Strong blues influences have also become prominent in the releases of the later years.
Escape From Prison Planet, A Shogun Named Marcus, Spacegrass

CoC is a classic metal band which in its earlier years, began as a hardcore punk band out of Raleigh, NC in 1982. Their recent sound leans more towards Stoner Metal, but they are currently on hiatus as Pepper Keenan, their guitarist.. tours with Down.
Wiseblood, Albatross, Stone Breaker

Monster Magnet is an American hard rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain (guitar), Tom Diello (drums), and Tim Cronin (vocals and bass). The band first went under the name "Dog of Mystery" and later "Airport 75" before finally settling on "Monster Magnet," taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.
Space Lord, Monolithic, Powertrip

(also known as QOTSA or simply Queens)  - a hard rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1997. Originally formed under the name Gamma Ray by guitarist Josh Homme after the breakup of his previous band, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy music which Homme described as 'robot rock', saying that he "wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam, and just pound it into your head". The band is sometimes described as stoner rock, although they reject the term.. too bad haha.
Feel Good Hit of the Summer, Go With the Flow, No One Knows, Burn the Witch

Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian alternative rock/stoner rock band, who released their debut single "Kept Between Trees" in 1990. Fu Manchu's lyrics tend to stick to typical rock themes such as pinball, muscle cars, drugs, women and skateboarding. They have been featured on compilations put together by Tony Hawk and ESPN's X Games, and invited to perform on the US television program Monster Garage. Their music is also featured in the documentary movie about skateboarding's founding crews, Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Godzilla, Written in Stone, Wurkin'


Doom metal is a form of heavy metal music that typically employs very slow tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much 'thicker' or 'heavier' sound than other metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom.
The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath" and "Into the Void". Closely related are "Stoner metal" and "Sludge metal".

Candlemass is a Swedish Doom metal band established in the 1980s by Leif Edling (bass), main leader and songwriter. Candlemass is widely acknowledged as one of the founders of the modern doom metal movement..
Bewitched, Black Dwarf, The Bells of Archeron

Electric Wizard are a doom metal band from Dorset, England that formed in 1993. The band have since recorded six albums, two of which are now considered to be landmarks of their genre: Come My Fanatics... and Dopethrone. Electric Wizard have a distinct yet traditional doom metal sound that incorporates stoner and sludge traits.
Funeralopolis, Dopethrone, The Chosen Few

Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse (formerly aka Lord Seth) and Anders Nyström (formerly aka Blakkheim). The early Katatonia albums are noted for the overall melancholy of their sound, often giving them the classification of doom metal. Katatonia's more recent albums have progressed to a wider sound, with modern overtones, dropped guitars, symphonic synths and arrangements, alternative sounds and generally heavier riffs. Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt performed the growling vocals on Brave Murder Day and Sounds of Decay
Murder, July, Saw You Drown, My Twin

Paradise Lost is a heavy metal/goth metal band from Yorkshire, UK, founded in 1989. Though often credited with pioneering goth metal, throughout their career the band have also confounded fans and critics alike with their perpetual taste for reinvention and experimentation, a desire to work with producers from other musical genres, and an oft-stated refusal to repeat themselves for fear of stagnation. Despite criticism from traditionalists, this bold approach has also garnered them many new fans along the way, and cemented the loyalty of progressive "old-timers."
The Enemy, Erased, Forever Failure

Esoteric is a British extreme doom metal band from Birmingham founded in 1992 that incorporates highly acute, somewhat distorted vocals and samples over slow paced riffs and atmospheric melodies.
Circle, The Blood of the Eyes, Beneath This Face

Amorphis is a Finnish metal band started by Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but in later albums they have evolved into making songs that are more classifiable as mainstream but nevertheless with increasingly complex arrangements. Amorphis is well known for their use of (the English translation of) the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, as a source for their lyrics.
Silent Waters, The Smoke, House of Sleep

My Dying Bride are a British doom metal band (more precisely, a doom/death hybrid) from Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, UK. They were formed in 1990. During the '90s they were part of what was known as the doom metal "Big Three" with Paradise Lost and Anathema. Their music is characterised by intelligent, sensual lyrics and an obsessive attention to atmospheric detail. Early albums were death metal in a traditional sense, but much slower than most and with the addition of violins. With the standout Like Gods of the Sun album the band crafted an entirely unique sound, utilising melodic as well as death vocals, and, unusually, lead violin on several tracks.
The Cry of Mankind, Deeper Down, For My Fallen Angel

Anathema is an English band from the city of Liverpool, formed in 1990.. which, together with Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, helped to develop the death/doom sound, a subgenre of doom metal. However, their album Eternity was a departure from doom and metal, and signaled their transition to atmospheric rock.
Lost Control, Regret, Hope

Theatre of Tragedy is a Norwegian band from Stavanger, originally assembled in 1992 and best known for their earlier albums, which provided a great deal of influence to the gothic metal genre. The band made use of contrasting vocals - male bass vocals (making some use of death grunts) and female soprano singing.
Venus, Siren, Storm

a gothic-doom metal band from Bryne, Norway, formed in November 1996. often compared to gothic metal bands such as Tristania and Theatre Of Tragedy, mainly because of the band's combination of a female soprano voice with male death grunts; this trait is common to gothic metal in general, and is known as the "Beauty and the Beast." Their music features death/doom metal rhythmics enhanced by the prominent use of violins, especially on the Lake Of Sorrow album, typical of many gothic doom bands. Their live recordings offer a sound closer to traditional death metal than their studio albums, which make heavy use of arrangements and effects.
Mournful Euphony, Nebula Queen, Pandemonium,

Yob is a doom metal band from Eugene, Oregon composed of Aaron Reiseberg, Travis Foster, and Mike Scheidt.. founded in 1996.
Straight up ball-busting, grinding doom metal.
Balls of Molten Lead, Ether, Clear Seeing


Grindcore, often shortened to grind, is an extreme music genre that emerged during the mid–1980s, alongside Death Metal. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive music genres – including death metal, industrial music, noise and the more extreme varieties of hardcore punk.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed is a grindcore band formed in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Built to Grind, Mule, PCP Tornado

Antigama is a Polish grindcore band. They have recently released their latest album Warning in early 2009 by Relapse Records.
Disconnected, Beyond Me, Siekiera, Softer

Birdflesh is a Swedish extreme metal/grindcore band, formed in 1992. The lyrics, members' alter egos, and stage outfits focus on the humorous and absurd.
Nightmare on Bahamas, Deathgore of the Flashmaster

Formed in the UK originally in 1986.. they are a spicy combination of grindcore and death metal.
Probably one of the bigger major early influences of the 'grindcore' genre.
Cenotaph, World Eater

experimental grindcore/death metal band formed in in 1992 in Denver, Colorado. The band became known for their experimental grindcore style with jazz influences, precise musicianship and sense of humour.
Endless Cycle of Violence, Dying Will Be The Death of Me, Kill For Weed

Twisted, insane, complex, unpredictable -- all are words that describe the hardcore/metal entity known as The Dillinger Escape Plan. They are a hardcore band that combines the grindcore style of metal with a hardcore punk attitude. They are known for the intensity of their live shows, and are rumored to choose their music's time signatures with the aid of dice.
Milk Lizard, Black Bubblegum

Discordance Axis was a grindcore band formed in NJ in 1992, that mixed extremely high-pitched screaming and low grunted vocals, extremely fast drumming and creative guitar work. After they split up, they gained a cult status and are now praised as one of the most original and complex grindcore bands.
Information Sniper, Castration Rite

Disharmonic Orchestra was/is an Austrian Grindcore/ Progressive Death Metal/ Avantgarde Metal band, founded Klagenfurt of Carinthia in 1987.
Groove, Stuck in Something, Return of the Living Beast

Fuck...I'm Dead is a deathgrind band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 2000.
Colon Commando, Shotgun Facelift, Slowly Raped with a Chainsaw

One of the founding fathers of grindcore, from Birmingham, England originally formed in 1981 but has been through several lineup changes over the years.. in fact none of the original members are in the band currently, but that hasn't stopped them from creating brutal grindcore and setting the standard.
When All is Said and Done, Lowlife

Nasum (pronunciation [Na:sum]) was a political Swedish band that played a mixture of grindcore and death metal. The band's name, meaning 'nose', was taken from the horror film Flesh for Frankenstein.
Wrath, Dissapointed

Painkiller (also officially known as Pain Killer) is a band originally formed in 1991. Their style can be described as a mix of avant-garde jazz and grindcore; later albums also incorporated elements of ambient and dub. The three primary members of the band are: John Zorn on saxophone, Bill Laswell on electric bass and Mick Harris (formerly of Napalm Death and founding member of Scorn (band)) on drums. The band has also had several musicians make guest appearances both live and in the studio, including Yamatsuka Eye, Buckethead, Mike Patton, Makigami Koichi, Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green of Godflesh, and Keiji Haino of Fushitsusha.
Portent, The Toll, Damage to the Mask

Pig Destroyer is a hardcore "Deathgrind" band from Northern Virginia, formed in 1997.
Loathsome, Piss Angel, Gravedancer


A fusion genre combining elements of late 80s hardcore punk, grindcore and extreme metal. Some say its roots go back to the late 70s with bands like Bad Brains and Black Flag..  but the metalcore label got it's definition in the early to mid 90s from bands such as Earth Crisis, Hatebreed, Deadguy, and Integrity.. more of a Metal Hardcore. Modern metalcore is often called Melodic Metalcore.

As I Lay Dying is an American Grammy Award-nominated metalcore band from San Diego, California, formed in 2000. Their band name derives from the novel by William Faulkner with the same title.
Thought Struggle, The Darkest Nights

Killswitch Engage is an American melodic metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts. Formed following the disbandment of the bands Overcast and Aftershock in 1999, Killswitch Engage's lineup consists of vocalist Howard Jones, bassist Mike D'Antonio, guitarists Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz, and drummer Justin Foley. Signed to Roadrunner Records, the band has released five studio albums and one DVD
Arms of Sorrow, This is Absolution

All That Remains is an American melodic metalcore band from Springfield, Massachusetts which formed in 1998. They have released four studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over 346,000 albums in the U.S.
This Calling, Chiron

Underoath is an American Grammy Award-nominated metalcore band originally formed on November 30, 1997 in Ocala, Florida
Writing on the Walls, When the sun sleeps

Trivium is a metalcore band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. The band has released four studio albums, eleven singles, and twelve music videos. Signed to Roadrunner Records, the band has attended major music festivals, including Ozzfest and the Download Festival.
Down from the Sky, Requiem

Avenged Sevenfold is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999.
Unholy Confessions, A little piece of heaven

Poison the Well (commonly abbreviated as PTW) is a post-hardcore/experimental band from South Florida currently signed to Ferret Music.
Letter Thing, Nerdy

Atreyu is an American metalcore band from Orange County, California, formed in 1998.
Right Side of the Bed(In Flames RIPOFF), Ain't Love Grand


a further evolution of modern Metalcore and Death metal. While remaining a subgenre of metalcore, deathcore is heavily influenced by death metal in its speed, heaviness, and approach to chromatic, heavily palm muted riffing, dissonance, and frequent key changes. Deathcore often features "breakdowns" and melodic riffs and includes bands such as:

Born of Osiris is a progressive deathcore band from Chicago, Illinois.. formed in 2007. Lyrical themes deal with Egypt, power, life, loss..
Open Arms to Damnation, Abstract Art,

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Viking metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music characterised by its galloping pace, keyboard-rich anthemic sound, bleakness and dramatic emphasis on Norse mythology, Norse paganism, and the Viking Age.

Folk metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that developed in Europe during the 1990s. As the name suggests, the genre is a fusion of heavy metal with traditional folk music. This includes the widespread use of folk instruments and, to a lesser extent, traditional singing styles.

The two genres are often related so have been included together here for simplicity

Amon Amarth is a Viking-themed melodic death metal band from Tumba, Sweden, founded in 1988 (current name since 1992), and named after an alternative name for Mount Doom, a location in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. As of 2009, the band is signed with Metal Blade Records and has released seven studio albums, one EP, one DVD, and seven music videos.
The Pursuit of Vikings, Runes to my Memory, Twilight of the Thunder God

Borknagar is a progressive black metal band from Bergen, Norway, founded in 1995 by Øystein Garnes Brun. The band's style combines folk metal and black metal with progressive and melodic elements. Borknagar's lyrics often deal with philosophy, paganism, nature, and the cosmos.
The Genuine Pulse, The Stellar Dome, Future Reminiscence, Ocean's Rise

Einherjer is a Viking metal band from Haugesund, Norway, founded in 1993. Some of their albums are heavily folk influenced, while other albums feature a more traditional black metal sound.
Iron Bound, The Ballad of Swords, Far Far North, Odin Owns Ye All

Ensiferum (Latin ensĭfĕrum (neuter adjective) meaning "sword bearing") are a Finnish heavy metal band from Helsinki, formed in 1995. The members of the band label themselves as "heroic folk metal."
Victory Song, Wanderer, Treacherous Gods

Enslaved is a progressive black metal / viking metal band formed in 1991 in Haugesund, Norway, and currently based out of Bergen, Norway.
The Watcher, Essence, Path to Vanir

Finntroll is an extreme metal & folk metal band from Finland. They combine elements of black metal & death metal with Finnish polka, called humppa. Finntroll's lyrics are in Swedish, one of Finland's two national languages, because "Swedish just sounds damn trollish". Finntroll means "Troll from Finland."
Trollhammeren, Nedgang, Ursvamp

Vintersorg (pronounced ['vɪntɛr 'sɔrj]; "Winter Sorrow" in English) is a Swedish band from Skellefteå, Sweden, formed in 1994 under the name Vargatron (Wolfthrone in English). Musically, Vintersorg has covered a wide number of heavy metal genres; while the band is mostly rooted in extreme metal styles, particularly black metal and Viking/folk metal, it has also expanded into progressive metal and avant-garde metal.
The Enigmatic Spirit, Till Fjälls, Astral and Arcane


Black metal has been called the punk music of metal. Some characteristics of black metal include: heavy distortion, fast, repetitive guitar playing and riffs, high-pitched screeching vocals, swift percussion, repetition, technical simplicity, overtly anti-religious lyrics, often taking the form of Satanic themes which blaspheme Christianity, and other occult themes

An abraded, very low fidelity recording style is common to the early albums associated with the genre. Modern black metal has incorporated atmospheric elements using ambient guitar and keyboard passages such as organ sounds or other miscellaneous instruments.

A distinct feature of the early bands' image was the use of corpse paint, a special kind of black and white make-up which was used to make the wearer look like a decomposing plague victim, also hiding their identity. To some, black metal is just as much about image and show as it is the music.

Venom is a metal band formed in Newcastle in England in 1979 by Cronos (vocals, bass), Mantas (guitar) and Abaddon (drums), names gleaned from The Satanic Bible. They are often regarded as an important early influence on death metal and black metal. Their first album, Welcome To Hell (1981), was a remarkable tour de force at the time, when the only group that dared mention the name of Satan was Black Sabbath. Their second album, Black Metal (1982) is often cited as important in the development of black metal and death metal. Many elements of those genres are found in the music, the lyrics and even the song titles.
Welcome to Hell, In League With Satan

Bathory must be considered a major influence, either directly or indirectly, on virtually every black metal band in the last decade. It was Bathory, along with Venom, who helped pioneered the raw death/black style and gutteral vocals that are now standard in the genres. Basically a one-man band (with a scattered few early-career exceptions), Bathory's work have run the gamut from more simplistic Venom-ish fare (first two albums, the debut in particular) to a more epic, Manowar-ish style, steeped in Norse mythology, on much of the middle and later albums, to a more thrash-based style on releases such as Octagon. Quorthon (the man himself) has also recorded apart from the Bathory name, releasing two albums under the name Quorthon, said to be very un-Bathory-like. The latest releases is the two part Nordland effort, with part one released in 2002 and its followup released earlier in 2003. A new album was expected to be recorded in 2004, but with Quorthon's unfortunate and unexpected passing, this would appear not to happen.
A Fine Day to Die, One Rode To Asa Bay, Valhalla

Diabolical Masquerade was a Swedish one-man black metal band with progressive influences. The band was formed in 1993 in Stockholm as side project of Anders Nyström (aka Blackheim), known for his work as the guitarist of Katatonia.. The album Nightwork is a grandiose, accomplished album, clearly black metal in structure but with rich orchestrations and numerous nods to thrash and traditional metal. Nyström played virtually all the instruments as well as the suitably extreme vocals. Death's Design, the fourth album, was a true horror movie soundtrack with 20 movements each broken down into several shorter interludes that overall comprise the 61 tracks listed. Certainly one of the most ambitious extreme metal releases in some time.
Haunted By Horror, Death's Design:1st Movement, All Aboard The Perdition Hearze!, Dreadventurouz

Samael are black metal wizards from Sion, Switzerland.. formed in 1987. They moved from a traditional black metal in early albums to a more progressive, electronic approach in later recordings.. Passage being the breakthrough.
Rain, Baphomet's Throne, Telepath

Emperor is a seminal and infamous Norwegian black metal band that was formed in 1991. They have a vivid history complete with murders and church burnings among the Norwegian black metal inner circle including Mayhem and Samoth.
Empty, The Loss and Curse of Reverence

Burzum is a prominent Norwegian black metal band which was formed in 1987 by Count Grishnackh (Varg Vikernes, born Kristian Vikernes). Grishnackh, who was the sole member of Burzum during its existence, is currently serving a 21 year sentence for murder and arson in Trondheim, Norway. Grishnackh and his project were instrumental in the crystallization of early black metal, and Grishnackh later gained great infamy when he murdered Euronymous, the guitarist of another Norwegian black metal band, Mayhem.
Dunkelheit, Lost Wisdom

Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band which was originally formed in 1983. The first band members were two schoolmates, Manheim on drums and Necrobutcher on bass. The name "Mayhem" was taken from the title of the Venom song "Mayhem With Mercy". Much controversy has surrounded the band regarding various murders, suicides, and other forms of violence. Mayhem has moved through a variety of black metal styles, even going so far as delving into the areas of dark avant-garde industrial and electronica. The group (at least in its earliest incarnation; 1983-1993) is widely considered one of the cornerstone bands in the Norwegian black metal movement.
Necrolust, Freezing Moon

Darkthrone is a highly influential Norwegian black metal band. They began their existence as a technical, jazz-influenced death metal outfit under the name Black Death. The band later adopted the stylings of the black metal scene, using corpsepaint and working under pseudonyms. Their early black metal albums explored the themes of a corrosive sound, extremely low fidelity recording quality, and musical simplicity and minimalism. Darkthrone to this day remain a powerful force in the black metal genre, though they have experimented with their influences throughout time.
Transylvanian Hunger, Quintessence, Too Old Too Cold

Immortal is a well-known black metal band from Bergen, Norway. The group was formed in 1989 under the name "Amputation"; they originally played death metal music. Immortal broke up in 2003.
Call of the Winter Moon, Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark), At the Heart of Winter

Dimmu Borgir is a famous Norwegian melodic black metal band founded in 1993, whose music has been in the charts in several Scandinavian countries and Germany. One of the few black metal acts to achieve commercial success. "Dimmu Borgir" means "Dark Castle" or "Dark Citadel" in Icelandic.
Progenies of the Great Apocalypse, The Serpentine Offering, Puritania, Hybrid Stigmata

Cradle of Filth is a British melodic black metal band formed in 1991. The group has progressed from a rawer, more traditional black metal sound to a fully orchestrated symphonic metal feel. Their music has often touched on gothic metal overtones, and has been both ridiculed and praised by critics. Most black metal fans criticise the group as coverage by Kerrang and MTV have brought them a much more mainstream and commercial image. Thus some black metal fans deem them "sell outs", while hardcore fans of them remain.
Nymphetamine, Temptation, No Time to Cry

Tristania is a goth/black metal band from Norway, formed in 1996. Their music can be classified "scandinavian goth metal". Also described as black metal combined with opera, gregorian chants and medieval gothic music.. Tristania puts a lot of focus around operatic female vocals, haunting choruses and classical instruments such as pipe organ, flutes and violins. Those gothic elements enrich their fast-paced heavy black metal riffing and giving it a new depth. On the side of metal Tristania uses heavy black metal riffs with dominant eerie keyboard and powerful drums.
Equilibrium, Libre, Wormwood

Primordial is a celtic black metal band formed in 1991 in Skerries, Ireland, by Pól MacAmlaigh (bass) and Ciarán MacUiliam (guitars). The band's roots stretch back to 1987 when Pól and Ciarán first began playing together with Pól's brother, Derek. The band (who were called Forsaken for a brief period) initially played a rough, hybrid mix of early, primitive Thrash and Death Metal (playing covers of Death, Sepultura and the like).
The Coffin Ships, Gods To The Godless, End of All Times


Power metal is a style of heavy metal music combining characteristics of traditional metal with thrash metal or speed metal, often within symphonic context. The term refers to two different but related styles: the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to speed metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe (especially Germany, Italy, Scandinavia) and Japan (early Visual Kei bands) with a lighter, more melodic sound and frequent use of keyboards.

Helloween is a German power metal/heavy metal band founded in the early '80s by members of the two bands Ironfist and Powerfool. As mentioned previously, Helloween is mostly credited with first developing the power metal genre. By taking the hard riffing and minor key melodies handed down from metal masters like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, then infusing them with the speed and energy introduced by the burgeoning thrash metal movement, Helloween crystallized the sonic ingredients of what is now known as power metal.
I Want Out, Helloween, Power

Iced Earth is a heavy/power metal band from Tampa, Florida that was formed in 1985 as Purgatory. Iced Earth combines influences from thrash metal, power metal, NWOBHM with gothic touches, and claims to be one of the few modern bands still producing 'true heavy metal' and refusing to accede to trends. Some consider this band somewhat cheesy due to their lyrical content and the way it is delivered. I however, thoroughly enjoy them. The only way I can describe them as.. is Iron Maiden on speed. you can definitely hear the influence. Clean vocals for the most part.
Angel's Holocaust, Coming Curse, Burnt Offerings, Watching Over Me, Wolf

Blind Guardian are a German heavy metal band formed in the mid-1980s in Krefeld, West Germany. The band are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. The band's lyrics, written by vocalist Hansi Kürsch, are inspired by the fiction of fantasy authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen King, and Michael Moorcock, as well as traditional legends and epics. Over the years, a running theme has developed associating the band members with traveling bards.
Valhalla, Mirror, Mirror, Somewhere Far Beyond,

Demons & Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project of the metal bands Blind Guardian and Iced Earth. It is made up of the vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist of Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer. Schaffer writes the music and Kürsch writes the lyrics.
Terror Train, Fiddler on the Green, Down Where I Am

Formed in 1998, in Philedelphia, PA. Pharaoh is a relatively obscure and unknown progressive/power metal band, which is unfortunate because for a power metal band, they are pretty damn good. For a genre of metal (power metal) that I generally dislike a lot of the bands and cheesy singing, I like Pharaoh. Reminds me of Judas Priest meets Iced Earth or something.
Telepath, No Remains

Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from Kemi formed in 1996 under the name Tricky Beans, which later changed to Tricky Means. In 1999, the band changed again, to Sonata Arctica. The band's trademark sound of fast, melodic and keyboard oriented heavy metal with clear and high vocals is born.
Paid In Full, Don't Say a Word, Wolf and Raven

HammerFall is a power metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath's guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
Last Man Standing, Hearts on Fire, Any Means Necessary

Rhapsody is an italian power/speed metal band, formerly known as Thundercross. Incorporating classical music and baroque sounds, they invented a completely new genre, "Hollywood metal? in which they blended the styles of such composers as Vivaldi, Bach and Paganini with melodic heavy metal of today and contents from the fantasy genre.
Unholy Warcry, Power of the Dragon Flame, Warrior of Ice

Kamelot is an Progressive/Symphonic Power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 1991.
Ghost Opera, March of Mephisto

DragonForce is a power metal band based out of London, England. They are noted for combining progressive metal elements into traditional power metal while utilizing fast tempos at all times. Their latest album incorporates "blast beats" which were once only featured in more extreme styles of metal.
Through the Fire and Flames, Heroes of our Time, The Last Journey Home

Formed in Italy in 1998.. Luca Turilli is one of the most brilliant figures on the current metal scene. As composer and guitarrist of the Italian Hollywood Metal formation RHAPSODY, he has thousands of adoring fans all over the world, who share his passion for epic, orchestrally influenced Melodic Metal. After four album and one EP releases RHAPSODY are amongst the best selling bands of the entire metal scene and are constantly seen in the international Charts.
The Ancient Forest of Elves, Legend of Steel, Dreamquest

Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal/progressive metal band that was formed in 1984 by drummer/vocalist Tuomo Lassila, bassist John Viherv? and guitarist Staffan Str?hlman. In 1985 Staffan left the band and was replaced by Timo Tolkki. Tolkki also took over the vocal duties in addition to playing the guitar. They released their first album, Fright Night, in 1989. Stratovarius has had a lot of success in Japan, Europe and South America.
Black Diamond, InfiniteMother Gaia

Nightwish is a symphonic power metal band, from Kitee, Finland, formed in 1996 by songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. The band has sold more than 9.1 million CDs, DVDs and online material internationally. In 2005, after differences between the rest of the band and the lead singer Tarja Turunen, she was asked to leave the band and was soon replaced with Anette Olzon.
Amaranth, Nemo, Bye Bye Beautiful, Over The Hills and Far Away

Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Germany, founded by former Helloween guitarist and songwriter Kai Hansen. Powerful Heavy Metal consisting of accessible melodies, anthemic sometimes epic songstructures and the unmistakable voice of the guitarplayer. Gamma Ray put an emphasis on its well known strong points: smooth melodies and tremendous highspeed metalpower.
Dethrone Tyranny, New World Order, Beyond the Black Hole


Neo-classical metal is a subgenre of the heavy metal music heavily influenced by classical music.

The chord progressions, arpeggios, broken chords, and speedy scale runs of neo-classical metal are borrowed for the most part from Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolo Paganini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Most renowned neo-classical guitarists are classically trained virtuoso players and often incorporate Harmonic Minor scale and the Phrygian scale. Such performers are sometimes dubbed "Guitar Gods"

Jason Becker, (born July 22, 1969) is an American neo-classical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Mike Varney-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album Perpetual Burn in 1988. He later joined David Lee Roth's band and recorded one album with him. However, Becker's success was hampered by his then-diagnosed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and was given three to five years to live. In 1996, Becker eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, he continues composing by using a computer.
Perpetual Burn, Serrana, Altitudes, Opuc Pocus

Mattias "IA" Eklundh (born 1969 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a guitarist and vocalist, known for his work with the bands Freak Kitchen, Frozen Eyes, Fate, The Jonas Hellborg Trio, and Art Metal; he has also released several noted solo albums. He was also prominently featured playing his trademark-style solos on 3 Soilwork albums.
Print This Video, Caffeine

Cacophony was a neo-classical symphonic metal band formed in 1986 by guitarists Marty Friedman and Jason Becker. Cacophony is often recognized for its technically challenging, neo-classical metal and speed metal elements, as well as featuring two shred guitarists. The band broke up in 1989, with Friedman joining the successful thrash metal band Megadeth and Becker joining David Lee Roth's solo band.
Concerto, Speed Metal Symphony, Go Off!

Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions, often incorporating high speed picking with harmonic minor scales, diminished scales and sweep picked arpeggios. He is heavily influenced by Niccolò Paganini and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Seventh Sign, Icarius Dream Fanfare, Black Star

American virtuoso guitarist and composer. Vai is best known for his self-composed, performed and produced guitar instrumental music, but he has also played on the recordings of several other rock acts, including playing with Frank Zappa, Van Halen, Whitesnake, and continues to tour with friend Joe Satriani and G3.
For the Love of God, I'm the hell outta here, Clip from the movie Crossroads

Adagio is a French progressive/neo-classical metal band formed in 2000. Adagio's music is charactarized by technical precision, dark, dense orchestration, complex lead work, a driving rhythm section and clean, powerful vocals.
Dominate, Fear Circus


Nu metal (or aggro metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically combines aggressive, hip hop influenced, angst-ridden vocals, samples, rap-style beats and drum set patterns, and/or DJ techniques.

Some heavy metal fans do not consider nu metal a form of heavy metal music at all, arguing the genre is too diluted from what they consider "true" heavy metal, further noting that nu metal guitarists typically forgo traditional metal guitar technique, including both soloing and the riff style most associated with the older styles of metal. Other heavy metal fans, however, reject these arguments, citing rock music's long history of incorporating disparate elements--including jazz, experimental music and world music--out of curiosity or genuine appreciation for other musical genres.

Formed in 1997 by former Sepulture guitarist and frontman Max Cavalera.. they took off where Sepultura left off before Max left - fusing a thrash metal style with brazilian tribal and world music elements. Often utilizing hand drums such as Djembes, and other tribal instruments.
Favorite album: Soulfly, Prophecy

Korn (usually written as "KoЯn") is a 'heavy' metal band from Bakersfield, California, United States. Davis' distinctive singing--often a series of grunts, whines and bizarre scats--and his lyrics, are inspired in part by his alleged abuse by an unnamed party. The group's music is a blend of pounding, tribal drums and loud, distorted seven-string guitars, and has gained the band a great deal of popularity throughout the years. Korn are often cited as inspiring the wave of so-called nu metal bands in the late 1990's and early 2000's
Favorite Korn Albums: Korn; Life is Peachy; Follow the Leader; Issues

Mudvayne is a Peoria, Illinois, USA based "Math Metal" quartet strongly influnced by funk stylings and jazz song structures. They have become relatively well known for their previous incarnations which involved elaborate stage makeup and pseudonyms. The band often showcases Ryan Martinie's jazzy bass playing, and sports emotionally and philosophically in-depth lyrics.
Favorite Mudvayne Albums: Kill, I Oughtta; L.D. 50; The End Of All Things To Come

Mushroomhead is an eight person metal band from Cleveland, Ohio.. formed in 1993. Their music can be described as a blend of nu-metal, industrial and hardcore, with some hip-hop and dub influences. The band members characterize themselves by wearing masks on stage (except for singers J Mann and Jeffrey Nothing), which occasionally results to accusations for "jumping on the bandwagon" of Slipknot, but the band members insist that they were the first to use this gimmick as is.
Favorite Mushroomhead Albums: Mushroomhead; Superbuick; Remix; M3; XX; XIII

Slipknot is a nine-piece metal group from Des Moines, Iowa, formed in 1995. Using different styles throughout their career, Slipknot have become one of the most popular Nu metal bands in the world. The band is noted for its onstage image: the members wear matching boiler suits--sometimes with UPC barcodes printed on the suits--and each has a distictive mask. On their first major label album, each band member was referred to by first name and number only; the band members are far from secretive about their identities, however, and their full names were present on their second major label album.
Favorite Slipknot Albums: Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat; Slipknot; Iowa; Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)

One Minute Silence
One Minute Silence were a four-piece band that combined influences from metal, hardcore punk and rap. The band announced its split after eight years in a press release dated October 21, 2003. Although they claimed not to be a "political band" -- they are simply "political people" who are also musicians, they say -- the group's lyrics have a political message which can be interpreted as generally anti-capitalist and anarchist.
Favorite One Minute Silence Albums: Available in All Colours; Buy Now... Saved Later; Revolution EP; One Lie Fits All

Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage is a Metalcore band from Massachusetts, formed in 1999. They combine hardcore, heavy, crushing riffs, double bass drum patterns, and furious screaming-growling vocals. They were set to open for In Flames during their tour. This and their debut album got them an extreme amount of reviews. They have performed at 2003 Ozzfest and the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour.
Favorite Killswitch Engage Albums: Killswitch Engage; Alive or Just Breathing; The End of Heartache

Disturbed is a 4-piece band that formed when the guitarist, drummer, and bassist who routinely played together met the singer Dave Draiman in Chicago, IL. Draiman had grown up in a religious family from which he rebelled, being expelled from five boarding schools in his adolescence. His anger found an outlet in the thrashing sound of Disturbed, and the band built up a following on Chicago's South Side before a demo tape led to their signing to Giant Records, which released their debut album, The Sickness, in March 2000.
Favored Disturbed Albums: The Sickness; Believe

Static-X is another band who got thier start in Chicago. Known for thier high-energy music and shows, Wayne Static (singer) usually stands out for his unusual hair which looks like a cartoon character who has been electricuted. The title of thier debut album "Wisconsin Death Trip" comes from a morbid book the band found at a flea market, detailing a the murders and mental hospitals of a small wisconsin town.
Favored Static-X Albums: Wisconsin Death Trip; Machine; Shadow Zone

System of a Down
System of a Down formed in Los Angeles in the mid-90s. Their diverse instrumentals range from baritone electric guitars, electric mandolins, sitars, 12-string classical guitars to many other East Asian instruments. Their main influence is noticeably the heavy metal veterans Black Sabbath and Slayer, but they have many other musical influences such as jazz, fusion, Armenian folk music, classic rock, blues and industrial metal.
Favorite System of a Down Albums: System of a Down; Toxicity; Steal This Album!


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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: Shroomism]
    #3476391 - 12/10/04 03:38 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Great fucking list! :headbanger:

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: Harbinger]
    #3476442 - 12/10/04 03:49 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

what about static-x in Numetal? i like them or do you not see them fit or did i just miss them somewhere.

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: Harbinger]
    #3476479 - 12/10/04 03:57 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I hate to nag, but I still noticed a few that should be included- Soilwork, Katatonia, Amorphis, and Winds. I guess it really doesn't matter as the list is damn good enough already, but its just my suggestion.

And a Doom Metal Category- My Dying Bride, Early Anathema, Theatre of Tragedy, The Sins of Thy Beloved.

Otherwise, still a greast fucking list man, I would definitely use this as a reference to anyone interested in the great world of metal.

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: Shroomism]
    #3477621 - 12/10/04 07:08 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Have you thought about creating a doc style report out of this? Perhaps even a web page would be cool. Even your own metal band review site.

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: eris]
    #3478449 - 12/10/04 09:39 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Yea, you're own site would be pretty sweet.  Oh yea, I forgot about Static-X.  They have some seriously fast beats, good stuff :smile:

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    #3483570 - 12/11/04 10:33 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

There should be a guide like this for electronic music too.

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: tomk]
    #3484405 - 12/12/04 01:00 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)


Soilwork, Katatonia, Amorphis

I second that...Aspecially amorphis is im a genre of its own

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: DirtMcgirt]
    #3484624 - 12/12/04 01:44 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Alright guys.. thanks for the suggestions... I'll add them when I get a chance


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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: Shroomism]
    #3486332 - 12/12/04 03:17 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Great list man!  Needs STRATOVARIUS and LUCA TURILLI.

turilli is the man behind RHAPSODY, which made your list, but his solo stuff is important... The song "Kings of the Nordic Twilight" is one of the best songs ever made, IMO. 

If you haven't put on "Luca Turilli - Kings of the Nordic Twilight" and gone nuts by yourself in your room, you haven't lived :grin:

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    #3486345 - 12/12/04 03:20 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I just realized that RONNIE JAMES DIO didn't make the list.  Gotta put him on too!  DIO :bow:

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    #3486396 - 12/12/04 03:36 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Bah!  No Refused??? :shocked::shocked::shocked:

Who was Refused? The excellent band Refused were the leading hardcoreband in Scandinavia when they were around. They were well known for following the uncompromising lifestyle "Straight edge" and for fighting for the animal rights. But mostly, they were known for being the revolutionary socialist hardworking band from Ume?, Sweden that always had something important to say. It was all about fighting against the capitalism, to overthrow the class system and to fight opression of all kinds. Their thoughts and opinions were spread through their lyrics, manifestos, interviews and on their many intense and powerful liveshows. And by releasing albums such as "This just might be...", "Everlasting", "Songs to fan..." and the excellent "The shape of punk to come" they have most definitely put their names in the history book...  cont>

Favorite Refused Albums: **The Shape of Punk to Come**/ Songs to Fan The Flames of Discontent

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: ekomstop]
    #3486642 - 12/12/04 04:41 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Yea, I suggested Dio in the other thread. HOOLLLLLLY Diver!

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Re: Shroomism's Metal Guide [Re: ekomstop]
    #3488809 - 12/13/04 01:10 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)


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Bah!  No Refused??? :shocked::shocked::shocked:

"New Noise" is a fucking awesome song. I don't really know if i would consider them metal though.

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    #3488868 - 12/13/04 01:22 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Some other bands worth mentioning are:

Fates Warning
Into Eternity
Behold The Arctopus
Hate Eternal
The Haunted
Macabre (self proclaimed "murder metal")
Broken Hope

...the list goes on. While those bands may not have a huge following or have influenced many people, they still rot and roll!


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    #3489409 - 12/13/04 03:47 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)


Some of the most meaningful lyrics I've heard in metal. Great beats and awesome guitar work.

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    #3491838 - 12/13/04 04:53 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

hey guys.. don't think I'm ignoring you. I will add all the stuff you suggested to the list, but as of right now... I can only access the internet on at the public library so my time online is very limited. The initial list took me about 6 hours of digging up info on all the bands and organizing it.. so adding a bunch more I will need some time to do so.

If you guys want to help out.. you can post a short description of the bands like I did in my post, and that will majorly help me add them. Thanks guys :laugh:


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    #3494475 - 12/13/04 11:23 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

damn dude, nice job on the "nu metal" section. i wasnt expecting that lol. keep it up, im going to reference all the non-metal listeners i know to this guide to get them started in this great genre.

Disturbed is a 4-piece band that formed when the guitarist, drummer, and bassist who routinely played together met the singer Dave Draiman in Chicago, IL. Draiman had grown up in a religious family from which he rebelled, being expelled from five boarding schools in his adolescence. His anger found an outlet in the thrashing sound of Disturbed, and the band built up a following on Chicago's South Side before a demo tape led to their signing to Giant Records, which released their debut album, The Sickness, in March 2000.

Static-X is another band who got thier start in Chicago. Known for thier high-energy music and shows, Wayne Static (singer) usually stands out for his unusual hair which looks like a cartoon character who has been electricuted. The title of thier debut album "Wisconsin Death Trip" comes from a morbid book the band found at a flea market, detailing a the murders and mental hospitals of a small wisconsin town.

Hell yeah, these bands make me proud to be a Chicagoan. :p

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