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The musical style that I enjoy most is Heavy Metal and various subgenres, including
but not limited to Death Metal and Doom Metal.
Furthermore, I also occasionally enjoy listening to some classical music, such as Beethoven and
Rachmaninov's symphonies and Bach's cello suites.
A list of my favourite bands, of which some even have a website. These are all metal bands. So if you don't like metal - there's not much to find here. O and if you're into that nu-metal crap, you won't find that here either.
- Bolt Thrower - My all-time favourite band. The masters of Death Metal. I maintain the Bolt Thrower FAQ (link earlier on this line). They have not yet made an official site. The music can be best described as low-tuned buzzsaw riffs over military, march-like rhytms. The lyrics are mostly about War and all it's consequences. So the term War-metal is sometimes used to describe their music. (Official website here)
- Sodom - German death / thrash metal at its best. This band dates back a long time, more than 20 years. It leans heavily on mötorhead and Venom but twisted into their own style of punkish thrash metal.
- Solitude Aeturnus - The best classic doom metal band.
- Candlemass - Swedish classic doom metal at its best.
- Mourning Beloveth - Irish totally heavy doom Death Metal. The make long songs (10 min +) full of haunting melodies over interesting rhythms. O and they take things slow... The vocals are great, very deep, low grunts and clean vocals.
- diSEMBOWELMENT - Ultra slow Doom, except when they are really fast. Unfortunately they have split up a long time ago and managed to make only one album, which is a classic of this genre.
- Gorguts - Technical and brutal death metal. Highly recommended, if you can take complexity, especially on the album 'Obscura'. Their debut album is more traditional death metal. The Erosion of Sanity brought in the technique. I though that From Wisdom to Hate was a bit disappointing. Mostly, because it doesn't top Obscura.
- Carcass - A UK grindcore / death metal band.
- Death - The founder of the Death Metal genre which grew from rather simple, but brutal death metal to more technical refined metal. Later continued as Control Denied without Chuch on vocals and more power metal inspired. That is until Chuch died in December 2002 of a brain tumour.
- Benediction - Birmingham style death metal. Their early albums are awesome; the later stuff is a bit simplistic. There first three albums are amazing and definitely genre classics.
- Autopsy - Totally twisted, sick and bizarre death metal. Unfortunately they have disbanded, yet continued under the monicker Abscess. The early albums are more traditional death metal, a la Death, but with very heavy riffing and somewhat weird rhytm patterns and break, which they mixed with an awkward slowness at times. Later on they went more punk or grindcore mixed with death metal - still slow, weird and totally bizarre. Autopsy is one of the most underrated death metal bands.
- Kataklysm - Fast and ultra brutal death metal. Their first three albums are amazing. Sylvain Houde has one of the most aggressive vocals in the History of metal. The albums after Temple of Knowledge are quite forgettable, standard death metal, with nothing interesting though.
- Mercyful Fate & King Diamond - Heavy 'Horror' / Black Metal.
- My Dying Bride - Depressive doom metal with slight gothic touches. One of the first doom death metal bands around
- Esoteric - Unorthodox doom death metal from the UK. Extermely slow and extreme vocals. They also use synth samples. Combined with the nihilistic lyrics this provides a very eerie listening experience.
- Artillery - Excellent thrash metal from Denmark. This band mixes thrash riffs and tempos, with some eastern influences. The vocals are very unique sounding and the guitarwork is technical and melodic. And above all they write good songs too.
- Iron Maiden - Heavy metal from the UK. Probably one of the best known metal bands in the world.
- Spawn of Possession - Brutal, very technical death metal from Sweden.
- Napalm Death - The original grindcore band, from Birmingham UK.
- Bathory - Awesome, original black metal from Sweden. Later switched to more heavy epic viking metal. Still great tho.
- Cryptopsy - Ultra brutal and technical death metal with weird structure from Canada. There is none so vile.
- Coercion - Old school death metal from Sweden. If you're into Grave or Dismember, you're bound to like this as well.
- Dismember - Swedish death metal, with quite some cool melodies and fat riffs.
- Skepticism - A Finnish funeral doom band that plays ultra-slow with occasional use of organs and synths. Pretty minimalistic music.
- Mournful Congregation - This Australian band plays Funeral Doom, combining slow dirge-like riffs with sad melodies and acoustic guitar.
- Strawelte - A Frysian punk band from the 80s and early 90s. They seem to have reunited recently.
Here are some links to graphical artists that did many works for metal album covers
- Wes Benscoter - He did work for Hypocrisy, Slayer, Ritual Carnage, Sinister, Mortician.
- Rob 'Mid' Middleton - He did work for Napalm Death, Gorefest.
- Dan Seagrave - He did covers for Suffocation, Benediction, Dismember, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Gorguts.
- Necrolord - Kristian Whålin - He made covers for Emperor, Dissection, Crown of Thorns, Soul Reaper, Merciless.
- Dave McKean - His works are used for Paradise Lost, Disincarnate, Fear Factory, Dominion.
- Joe Petagno - Krisiun, Motörhead, Vital Remains, Unlord.
- Andreas Marschall - His works include covers for Immolation, Sodom, Kreator.
- Ed Repka - He did covers for Megadeth, Death, Massacre, Solstice.
- SV Bell - His covers include those of Rotting Christ, Amorphis, Kataklysm.
- Jacek Wisniewski - He made covers for Grave, Decapitated, Krisiun, Thanatos.
Various music related linkfarms and other music resources.
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