Digging a little deeper, try Overkill by Motorhead, Focus by Cynic, Spiral Shadow by Kylesa, Act III by Death Angel, and both Human and Individual Thought Pattterns by Death.
That's what I'm hoping for! I'm not familiar with Death at all. But this is badass. Almost black metal vocals doing Priest. It sounds like a chihuahua singing metal, and that's not a bad thing.
Also if you're a a fan of the NWOBHM stuff like Priest, Maiden, etc definitely check out Diamond Head, one of their lesser known peers. Lightning to the Nations is their best album.
Metallica got me into the Heads. I used to think Am I Evil was the best Metallica song until I found out it was actually Diamond Head. That's one I'd love to track down on vinyl, as I love that album.
Thanks though, this is exactly what I was hoping for.
Awesome! Chuck Schuldiner (Death) was a total god among men in the early days of extreme metal. I can't think of a single musician or band that collectively inspired my old band more than Death. A lot of people consider their album Symbolic to be their greatest, but The Sound of Perseverance has always been mine, as well as one of my favorite metal albums of all time. It also happens to be the last album they ever made. Chuck was diagnosed with cancer a year after it was released and ended up dying from it in 2001. If you dig that track and this one, you'll definitely enjoy the rest of it.
The part at 42 seconds where the music kicks back in is seriously one of the most badass moments in metal ever.
What do people think of the early (Pre-Chaos AD) Sepultura material? I haven't listened to Arise or Beyond the Remains in near on a decade, but I remember them being much more traditional thrash and pretty brutal.
Dead Embryonic Cells. Enough Said. Early Sepultura is the only Sepultura as far as I'm concerned. Max recently said that he wants to take Soulfly further into a more death metal sounding band, which is about the most excited I've been about him since he quit the band.
I absolutely adore Chaos AD and still listen to it a ton. I'm not certain I've even listened to Dead Embryonic Cells though, that'll be another one to queue up.
That's just the first song off of Arise. The breakdown at the end is fucking bonkers.
I've mentioned these guys before, but if you're feeling like some doom metal with tinges of hardcore thrown in every now and then check out Amenra. They are from Belgium and they fucking slay.
This is a track from one of their "rituals" (live shows). The theatrics are a little over the top, but I dig it.
I'm sure you've heard of these but i love these albums:
Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
Slayer - Hell Awaits
Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
Marduk - Those of the Unlight
It is threads like these that ensure I will never abandon this board. So many good rec's in the last 2 pages.
Just for shits, here's my old band back in '07. I'm on vocals.
I back all the recs so far. Entombed is also essential, any one of the first 3 records. Nightosaur is an amazing local band that is worth youtubing if not to just see videos of them live, their album "Black Blood of the Earth" is an amazing piece of broner rock and the title is a Big Trouble in Little China reference
In other news Brad Wilk ( RATM) is drumming on new Sabbath album. Not sure if he is touring with them, I hope so as I have tickets to see them in a couple of months. Nobody can replace Bill but Brad is isn't such a bad option.
That's actually a pretty great fit
I'll throw one more out there along the lines of heavy metal. This was Chuck Schuldiner's last project before he passed away and featured a much more melodic and classic sound than anything he did with Death. Really fucking awesome stuff.
As I read myself to sleep tonight, I'm listening to Dopesmoker. Because, you know, Sleep.
And on that note, is Dopesmoker the best distillation of metal ever? An hour plus orgy of riffs, killer guitar solos, non-stop plodding beats and droned vocal incantations that builds to nothing but creates a singular headspace. I can find metal albums that I like quite a bit more, but none that quite so perfectly define, for me anyway, Metal as an idea.
Edit: and I have not smoked anything in months. A mostly sober question.
Just to throw a few at you :
Venom - Possessed
Armored Saint - Raising Fear
Dark Angel - Time Does Not Heal
Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
Kreator - Terrible Certainty
Carcass - Necroticism, Decanting The Insalubrious
Testament - The Legacy
I know none of those albums, and have only listened to Venom.
Dopesmoker is almost definitely my favorite metal album ever. But not my favorite metal song ever. Is that possible?
So many good recs so far.
As far as essentials, i must throw in At The Gates - With Fear i Kiss The Burning Darkness for the "Gothenburg Sound" of black metal. Incredibly influential to modern metal and metalcore, and even 20 years later it is a fucking outstanding album.
And some other favorites of mine
NILE - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (and also Black Seeds of Vengeance) - Ancient Egypt-themed technical death metal from South Carolina
Decapitated - Nihility - these guys are an incredibly technically proficient death metal band from Poland who had one of the best most incredible drummers of all time, Vitek, who very sadly was killed in a tour bus accident is 2007.
I feel like an "essentials" conversation about metal records must include Cannibal Corpse. Despite the fact that their image and llyrical contect is so disgusting and silly, they really are one of the greatest death metal bands ever. Tomb Of The Mutilated is a fantastic place to start - "Hammer Smashed face," to me is one of the best examples of a true death metal song that i can provide to anyone interested in the genre.
BLIND GUARDIAN is a band that many might not agree with, but they are one of my favorite bands from all time. They're from Germany and are one of the best power metal bands to have ever played. Their lyrical content is not only all fantasy-based, but most of their songs are based on actual fantasy novels. Their music tends to be fairly ridiculous, with huge multi-part harmonies and a ridiculously clean sound, but it has just always struck a chord with me. Their earlier material is very much melodic speed metal, but over the years they have grown much more symphonic in structure and lean more progressive rock. I think most fans of the band would agree that Nightfall In Middle Earth, a concept album based entirely on Tolkien's The Silmarillion, is the pinnacle of their achievements. It blends the speed metal of their earlier works with the technical virtuosity and very clean sound associated with a lot of power and prog metal bands. I highly recommend giving it a listen, even if this stuff isn't normally your cup of tea. Their is a very heavy amount of Queen influence is this, by the way.
I will definitely think of some more to add later. This is fun!
Would love to see Porcupine Tree there again, they were awesome in 2010...no one there at 1pm thoo
New Jason Newsted EP....
I can dig this.