I noticed there is an inherent lack of metal appreciation on this forum, while looking at people's favorite bands. Thinking it'd be a decent idea to form a thread to share great music that others may enjoy for a genre that has vast diffrentiation.
Whether its old school metal (Death, Cirith Ungol, Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc.) or new-age death metalcore, post your preferences and what you think some people should draw from the music.
I'll start: With various background in music theory, I developed a deep appreciation for technical death metal. One of the most recent albums (Incurso) released by:
Spawn of Possession ;really draws upon some of the most technically complex myusic you might ever hear. They had two famous Necrophagist musicians work with them on the album which gives that class technical-feel that Necrophagist is famous for.
Here's a fantastic song that I thoroughly enjoy. Pay attention to the time-signature shifts and tempo increase/decrease that the band employs through their breakdowns and transitions. I get a strong jazz influence from this 9 minute orchestral beauty:
Beneath the Massacre (Brutal Technical Death metal - Canadian)
Their technique is flawless. Even when live, it is absolutely perfect and involves amazing improvisation.
All Shall Perish (Melodic Death Metal)
This music is thrilling, it lifts you up with the melody-driven progressions and background blastbeats leading you to the next phase of the song. They are also flawless live, and I am pleased to be seeing them in a couple weeks.
Death (Classic Melodic Metal)
Setting the stage and defying authority was metal back in the day. The influence from the early bands can still be heard, even in modern metal. The drumming, guitar riffs, and singing patterns were truly set by Death. Chuck Shulinder, the main guitarist and vocalist wrote the songs and truly redefined and set a whole new stage to the metal genre.