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Posted on 10 Feb 2010, 00:11:53 GMT
Titanium Rex says:
Metal is like a Great White - it's too good at what it does to need to evolve. It may get extinct instead though as kids now are into newer stuff. So with time for one last blast I'm off to Sonisphere to watch the Big 4 of Thrash play together for the first time in 26 years.

Here are a couple of of hidden gems from the past which were totally overlooked in their day but are really quite timeless:- The Fear (Moshkinstein), Terror

Posted on 13 Feb 2010, 21:35:09 GMT
xplanet2112 says:
Metal is evolving you just have to keep your ear to the ground and take a chance on buying something that's sound new to your ears or that you think you might like or would be a challanging listen. The Post-Metal movement in paticular with bands such as Isis and Pelican are worth investigating and other bands mentioned here such as Mastodon, Katatonia (their new CD, 'Night is the New Day' is nothing short of a master peice), as well as some of the recent French prog-metal bands such as Hacride and Gojira too. However, if you want a real challange then may I suggest Deathspell Omega (Also a French prog-metal band but very, very extreme). For something less challenging but fresh sounding try Devin towsend's 'Addicted', the most uncliched sing along extreme metal album ever. Just get out there and investigate fella...

Posted on 16 Mar 2010, 13:46:34 GMT
I saw a band at the Purple Turtle in Camden a few months back called Ionise. Thing I liked about them was that they seem to take a lot of their roots from the kind of bands that I listen to, such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc. I was very impressed with their sound although their CD isn't of the greatest quality. As a live act though I couldn't fault them.

Posted on 16 Mar 2010, 15:25:41 GMT
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Posted on 21 Apr 2010, 17:07:02 BST
Metal is more alive and diverse now than it has ever been. True, it did take a big knock in the early 90's thanks to grunge. Fortunately, the only real casualty was hair metal! No real loss, there. For an excellent guide to the 40 years history of metal and most of its diverse forms, I can recommend this: Metal: The Definitive Guide. It is quite dry in places, but as a means of getting to grips with the genre and where it is today I have found it invaluable. Also, it has given me a heads up on stuff I missed out on the first time around.

Posted on 28 Jul 2010, 18:54:04 BST
Red Mosquito says:
Interesting thread, I'm not a huge metal fan but as with most genres I like to have a look because sometimes I'm not disappointed. Unlike many Metallica fans I really like Load, Unload and St Anger. I also have a lot of respect for Lamb Of God and own most of their albums. I have a few Flotsam And Jetsam as well. I'm not keen on Metallica's 'Thrash' era however I do like to check out new stuff. I thought I'd try Korn next, any recommendations? Which other bands should I check out?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2010, 18:18:23 BST
J. Pearson says:
Check out Nevermore, starting with This Godless Endevour - best metal album of the Noughties IMO. Heavy, melodic, progressive, amazing guitar work. A band unlike anyone else out there. And clean vocals!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2010, 20:29:51 BST
True that!!! its a fantastic album, new ones not bad as well!!

Posted on 3 Aug 2010, 17:51:04 BST
L. A. Prince says:
Metal will never be died!It's weird..I consider myself a metalhead and there are blokes in work who think of themselves as metal too..but they're not.One of 'em has no shame in wearing cannibal corpse or even cradle of filth shirts..and another one even thinks nickleback are metal!Pathetic.

Posted on 12 Sep 2010, 12:51:32 BST
S.Webb says:
I just can't believe that no one on here has mentioned MEGADETH.
I like lots of different metal bands but for me Megadeth are by far and away the best.
I am old skool though and like all the bands that seem to have been going on for ever.....
My top 5 are:

1. Megadeth
2. Iron Maiden
3. Overkill
4. Slayer
5. Exodus

+ about 50 others!

Posted on 13 Sep 2010, 20:10:41 BST
roastbeef says:
I agree Megadeth are up their with the best, Countdown being my favourite album.
Iron Maiden are fantastic, but I don't rate there albums over the last ten years or so, but still huge fan.
To the OP, I think HEAVY METAL is still going strong, and I'm not giving up on it!!!!
My tastes are Black/Death/Viking/Heathen Metal, but listen too all except Power Metal and bands like Rammstein, Slipknot, Paramore etc, just rubbish in my eyes, but......

Posted on 23 Sep 2010, 00:19:37 BST
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Posted on 23 Sep 2010, 00:19:39 BST
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Posted on 23 Sep 2010, 00:25:08 BST
I was a latecomer to metal.In 79-81 my first records were gary numan,specials,human league but at the same time,dead kennedys,plasmatics,crass,siouxsie,killing joke.Then there was stuff like the cult in mid 80's but not until 88-89 though with bands like napalm death,bolt thrower,morbid angel and carcass,did I really get metal.Those bands seemed so different at the time and now many death metal bands to me seem to struggle to match the impact those bands had.They may be faster or heavier or whatever but in in comparison to what's been it's just doesn't seem such an evolutionary leap.Black metal did it for a while by developing it's own style and mixing in experimental aspects I guess.
For me bands such as Katatonia and Anathema are interesting in the way they have come a long way from their roots yet still exist in the metal universe.I love the band Jex Thoth,they would be classed as doom I guess but seem to have a sort of electric wizard/jefferson airplane folky vocal style.
I loved seeing Killing Joke on the cover of Terrorizer.I can't think of a band that were part of the 79 punk set,got lumped in with goth,were on top of the pops as an alternative eighties band,then came back as industrial veterans and now they end up on the front of an extreme heavy metal magazine in 2010.They transcend genre somehow even without mentioning Jaz's classical music work and Youth's escapades with stock aitken and waterman and paul mcartney..

Posted on 23 Sep 2010, 12:46:55 BST
D. Reynolds says:
The interesting thing about the future is that no-one can predict it!
Although metal has thrived and evolved into many sub-genres over the years, the original/ traditonal sound will always have its place and a traceable influence.
Bands still return to the early sounds of (for instance) Black Sabbath and take an element from that style which they can manipulate into something new and interesting without losing its 'metal' identity.

A lot of good contemporary bands have already been mentioned, I'll just add High On Fire to the list. Very heavy, unapologetic warts and all metal. Latest album 'Snakes for the Divine' is a great earthshaker.

Posted on 23 Sep 2010, 21:19:49 BST
R. Fairman says:
Probably at the heavier end of metal, I am enjoying the album '...We are the Void' by Dark Tranquility, a superb crunching sound reminiscent of Carcass (Heartwork era) with a light smattering of keyboard to round it out. It reminded me to dig out Heartwork and give that a spin, and so I am spiralling through some of the more neglected corners of my collection.
While they may have been going since year dot, I feel the old guard, as mentioned by Sarah above, still have a lot of influence over what is here, and what is to come. Slayers 'World Painted Blood' was a welcome purchase this year, taking me back to the mid-eighties and my first brush with them, yet still moving forward while denying none of their past.
The term "Metal" is now so wide, so far reaching in its containment of so many different genres that for us to even try to guess its next twist is pointless. There will always be some new band to delight us and amaze us with some new direction. The blending of the crunching and bleeding edge with the more melodic, the willingness of a band to draw on seemingly unfashionable styles to carve a new path are all essential to the survival of "Metal".
I do sometimes wonder if the endless pigeon-holing of bands into this or that genre though is perhaps damaging the cause as a whole, but through all that has passed since I became a fan in the early eighties, Metal has endured. Take heart in this, and also open your minds to the differing styles, not only in rock and metal but in music as a whole. Before discovering metal I already had Yes and Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and more to enjoy, and along with many other styles of music I have lived my life un-bothered by the purists or critics of my 'less-than-metal' life.
Whatever comes next, wherever it plans (or threatens) to take us, and Metal, embrace it. But also take heed of all that surrounds you, metal or not, as progress demands that we look forward and outward of where we stand; introspection and inward viewing will kill us off, piece by piece, like an small inbred herd of animals. Do not deny your other likes to seem more "Metal" than you are, maybe just keep them to yourselves and enjoy that guilty pleasure.
For me at the moment, Carcass in the kitchen, the Rollins Band in the bathroom, Santana or Them Crooked Vultures or anything else at the computer, Stormtroopers of Death (remember them?) in the car.
Cast your net wide, my metal friends. The more you find, the more you are.

Posted on 1 Oct 2010, 22:22:32 BST
If you want the future of Metal you have to look on the likes of MySpace or ReverbNation. OK, you have to do some digging and move outside Anglophone countries, but it's all out there. While you're looking, get yourself to your local venue and go check out a few bands. As one of my favourite bands, Asomvel, would have it, don't be an Internet Commando. Get out there and live it.

Want some bands to check out? OK... Bonded By Blood, Evile, Gama Bomb, Finntroll, Alestorm, Sabaton, Turisas, Conquest Of Steel, Battlelore, Benedictum... There's loads of them out there. Get out there and have a look.

Want a guide? Go to http://www.wyrdwaysrs.com and check out my Wyrd Ways Rock Show podcast. Most weeks I'll play at least five bands you've never heard before. You're bound to find something you'll like, better yet, something new.


In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2010, 12:39:55 BST
roastbeef says:
know them all already, don't need to discover. The ones you mentioned I wouldn't listen to regularly. I'm often on YouTube and Last.FM etc.
You seem to like Pirate/Viking METAL???
Also I'm drawn to Ensiferum, there artwork is great as well. There's too many to mention here.

Posted on 1 Jun 2012, 14:04:14 BST
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Loniewski says:
Right now, there is in my opinion only one band in the world who can genuinely be said to embody the future of metal, a band crushingly brutal yet amazingly melodic, savage yet thoughtful, rooted in tradition yet forward looking, technical yet accessible, super talented yet amazingly humble, geographically challenged (!) yet universally acclaimed... They've redefined and pushed forward ALL the parameters of metal, drumming, guitars, vocals, production, live shows. They were opening for Slayer somewhere in France last tuesday and it should really have been the other way round. Had Slayer played first, the level of intensity would have grown instead of dipping and we would have enjoyed a longer set and stayed til the end instead of having to resort to an early beer while Tom Araya and Co were still trying to entertain the somewhat bored crowd. Yes, you read me correctly, this band could wipe the floor with Slayer !! Oh, and by the way, they could do the same with Metallica, as is obvious to anybody who's seen the bands together (they opened for Metallica at Stade de France on the 12th of may...) but they respect their trash roots and teen idols too much to even think about it.
Last clue : the new album will be out in a few weeks.
The band's name ?
It is up to us, people, to support the future !!

Posted on 1 Jun 2012, 19:56:45 BST
I've seen this lot & like Lamb of God.........next please, nothing new to see here!

Posted on 12 Jun 2012, 22:43:14 BST
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Back in the days when it was plain old heavy rock I started my music collection with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep whilst also listening to the likes of Mountain, Led Zeppelin and Mott the Hoople (yes they were) etc.
Wouldn't really count myself a metalhead though i do loke to dip my toe in the waters on occasion with the odd purchase of the likes of Queens of the Stoneage, Firewind, Paradise Lost e,g. What the sub-genre is or whether these bands are new or ancient i know not.
Don't understand why people can't like more than one stage of a band if the music is good. I have and love the Metallica Load album but also have and love that untitles thingy from an earlier era that's become know as the Black Album. No reason to my mind whybands need to churn out the same album time after time after time. This is known as being Coldplay and just look at the opprobrium they get. (OK fair enough, they are also rich bastards on the back of it but all the same)

Interesting thread though, good for keeping ones hand in

This Gojira seem destined to be the next bif thing as even I've come across them from a different source, started to listen to a track on Spotify but got interrupted and haven't yet managed to get back to them

Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 22:43:46 BST
well! there doesn't seem to be as many of us around as one would think! only just come across this forum and i am sorry to see that there is not a lot going on(this is not a comment on how unsociable the metal brotherhood is perceived by those who don't "get" us!) for my part, ihave been listening to metal since the 80s and am ahamed to admit that i have stated there! i have flirted with other genres as we are not all "thrash heads" as the common perception seems to be, but i always go back to my first love- i mean, have you heard the crap that is churned out on commercial radio! now,i know i am putting myself up for some severe ridicule here, but yes, Maiden in the 80s- superb, what more needs to be said? unfortunately, i am a sucker for what my partner prefers to call"loincloth" metal! yes, my choice of easy listening is the Gods of Metal themselves-Manowar! having said that, i was given a cd a few years ago by what to me is/was another great band-Hammerfall- if you like that sort of thing, check out their "threshold" album. it blew me away as it was the best thing i had heard in years! hope this forum doesn't die the proverbial death, and i may get round to checking out some of the bands you guys have mentioned- anything to spare me the commercial dross i hear every day!

Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 22:51:56 BST
Oh god! and i almost forgot- how could i miss the amazing "Keeper of the Seven Keys" by Helloween!

Posted on 29 Jul 2012, 23:54:08 BST
xplanet2112 says:
I don't think a 'future of metal' thread will come to any conclusion taking about bands like Iron Maiden, Helloween, and (FFS) Man o what ever (am trying hard not to disrespect the last poster's taste, it just highlights my point) ... or even the very brilliant Gojira, Katatonia, Deathspell Omega et al.

This thread has just turned into yet another list of posters' favourite bands too. I think that, at the very least, if you're gonna do this, can these bands that "hold the future of metal" not have been knocking out vinyl in the 80's.

The mass appeal of the likes of GnR, Metallica .... Iron Maiden etc, will never happen again as music becomes more fragmented into sub genres. The future of metal lays in the hands of the younger fans because it is they that will produce the next genres. Djent for example, not my favourite, and you can trace the roots back to the 90's with Meshuggah but it is an example of something that younger people are creating and listening to.

Posted on 31 Jul 2012, 22:49:08 BST
Ah! Mr L- i think i begin to see the problem! The reason that i remain in the 80s is because, yes, i was there and it brings back good memories for me. That is not to say that i haven't tried to listen to the so-called "metal" of today, because i have, and on the whole i can't really say i "get" it! However, if it wasn't for some of the more mature bands out there, the genre would probably have died a rather messy death(or "deth" if you prefer) by now. Surely it is the nature of music, as with many other things, that the young hear something they like, and adapt it to something they feel is an improvement on the original, at the same time recognising the influence and giving it a nod. Personally, i get fed up with old farts(those older than myself, anyway) harping on about the likes of Hawkwind and those lot from the year dot, whose "music" you had to be stoned(allegedly) to listen to in the first place!- But i bet there are some 80s bands who would dare to cite them as an influence on their own style- each to their own, say i. You, my friend are far too serious, music of all genres is there to be enjoyed- also, i believe i said that i would check out some of the aforementioned bands- and i did this without slating anyones choice of listening! If i choose to listen to metal mostly from the 80s, it's because i have not found what i consider to be my ideal of the true metal sound in some of todays bands. What i am saying is- metal still has a future, and, like fashion- what goes around will probably come around in 30 years, you may be surprised!(But, please, no more Hawkwind) HAIL AND KILL! (hahahahahahahahahahaha!)
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