Thumbs up: +67
My other lists:
Most Talented Vocalists In Metal

All hail Bandcamp. Most of the music you will find here is progressive, avant-garde, or experimental in nature. That being said, there's something here for everyone - just search for your favourite get it. A large portion of these artists will let you "name the price" for their album(s) - go ahead, you can't resist the temptation to test it out before inevitable purchase.

The bands' names in the description have been assigned links to their tunes. Enjoyed it? Then click on the vote link and give them the opportunity to be on this website. Feel free to add bands that require suggestion over here, however I hope to get around to it in the near future. There's lots more to come! If one of these bands hits that spot or if you thought it was pretty meh, let me know in the comments.

The starred (★) bands are those you should start with. They're simply more refined and/or original. (Update: I'm slowly replacing this ambiguous concept by rating each band's respective album out of 10 with .25 increments in addition to assigning a heart (❤) to my personal favourites.)

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I'm hoping at least one of these bands will evoke this reaction from you:

...or something along the lines of this, this, this, this, this, and, finally, this.

Come back again to get your fill!

Bonus: ethereal cat.

Bands taken from this list and added to MS:
- The Conjuration
- Exsickator
- Illuminati
- Serdce
- Abriosis

Created by: LeKiwi | 14.12.2013

1. Back To R'lyeh - The Awakening / Last Fight Of The Primordial
Progressive Avant-Garde Metal - Cthulhu worshipping metal with a unique, quirky personality. In short, one of the most well-crafted and ambitious albums I've heard recently - 9/10 ❤
2. Torrential Downpour - Truth Knowledge Vision
Progressive Avant-Garde Metal - A barrage of - the occasionally blackened - prog sludge riffs heavily influenced by contemporary progressive tech death dissonance (see Pyrrhon) and Djent guitar tones layered with chaotic screeches, engendering a Atheist-like vibe. The down-tuned guitars sculpt the gritty nature of the genre into a beast of refined, methodical hatred. Ominous interludes flavoured with proggy psychedelia bubble into climaxes of monumental proportions. The beefy stoner passages backed by cavernous clean vocals - typically multi-tracked into dense harmonies - give rise to a resemblance to New Keepers Of The Water Towers. The frequent droning, low-key, chanted vocals - filtered through a slab of reverb - weaved with unconventional experimentation render their already unique style all the more so. I was especially blow away by the track "The Offering" - start with that one if you wish - 9/10 ❤
3. We All Die (Laughing) - Thoughtscanning
Progressive Avant-Garde Metal - This album consists of a single 33 minute track and an unexpected cover, but I won't discuss the latter. Beginning similar to the acoustic passage of Swallow The Sun's "Cathedral Walls" made prog, it builds into a calm distorted section akin to those crafted by Ghost Brigade. Flowing into a fitting death doom passage, the song traverses into a dissonant black metal riff layered with some thoughtful drumming. Sludge? Is that sludge I hear now? I've just given you a glimpse into a mere third of this meandering song - I'll leave the rest to your imagination or, rather, your ears - 9/10 ❤
4. David Maxim Micic - Bilo 3.0
Progressive Avant-Garde Metal - Devin Townsend + Periphery + Caligula's Horse with far eastern oriental and electronic influences that surface every so often. Features some extremely talented musicians, including beloved Per Nilsson - I'm blown away particularly by the vocalists. The production is another aspect that stands out: in a nutshell, this sounds huge - Hevy Devy huge. Overlook this at your own loss - 8.75/10 ❤
5. Gods Of Eden - Gods Of Eden
Progressive Technical Metal - Sheer technicality, adventurous melody, and one hell of a talented vocalist. Not sure who to compare them to, but Persefone sure comes to mind at times. They're coming out with a full-length - YouTube the vid for their single "From The End of Heaven" - 8.75/10 ❤
6. Konkeror - The Abysmal Horizons
Progressive Death Metal - Vader + Svart Crown + Prog. Another way to describe this is Sylosis with an injection of death metal - 8.75/10 ❤
7. ...? - ...!
Extreme Experimental Metal - Too original? Seriously though, this is incredible. It's been a while since I heard such playful experimental metal brimming with this much talent. Also, I have such respect for the vocalist's capabilities; his stylistic diversity is a match for Mike Patton's. Just throwing this out there: the band's heavier moments are reminiscent of !T.O.O.H.! - 8.5/10 ❤
8. 114 Kassandra - Life Rains The Hardest On Those Who Shine The Brightest
Avant-Garde Metalcore - If it weren't for the -core influences, this album would be among my favourites. Regardless, the whimsical, quirky songwriting is not something to be missed - 8.5/10
9. Karhu - Survival Of The Richest
Extreme Progressive Metal - Ihsahn meets Opeth meets Sylosis? Aggressive and groovy. The gritty clean vocals are quite pronounced and occasionally clash with the instrumentation - which might put some people off. That being said, the clean vocalist is very talented. Strangely, the album features quite a bit of hard rock, especially in the last two tracks. My favourite track is #7, give that one a shot - 8.5/10 ❤
10. Melora - Parasitic Empire
Progressive Technical Death Metal - The melodic and progressive side of Gorod with a dash of the death metal side of Gojira's Terra Incognita and the "brutal" side of Between The Buried And Me - 8.5/10 ❤
11. Mendel - Subliminal Colors
Instrumental Progressive Metal - While listening to this record, I wondered on several occasions whether my mp3 player had betrayed me and decided to shuffle every song it had instead. The sole musician manages to seamlessly pull-off an impressive array of styles including (groove) thrash, djent, prog rock/metal (both the modern and traditional counterparts), death, and heavy... Somehow, what I took away from the record was, remarkably, cohesive. Instrumental prog without excessive wank and real riffs? Count me in! - 8.5/10 ❤
12. A Sense Of Gravity - Travail
Modern Extreme Progressive Metal - These guys deftly blend several variants of modern progressive metal with myriad styles akin to bands including Dream Theater, Periphery, Haken, Persefone, and MyGrain. Not to mention how the vocalist masterfully employs several styles to compliment the instrumentation. Listen to track 2: that intro riff!- 8.5/10 ❤
13. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
Progressive Technical Death Metal - Dense and whimsical aggression - 8.25/10
14. Dust Sculptures - Nostalgia
Progressive Metal - A fresh take on Opeth and Porcupine Tree's acoustic passages served with a speck of extremity. In most cases, just when you expect an acoustic build-up to lead into a distorted riff, it climaxes into a clean electric guitar riff both innovative and dynamic, which in no way detracts from the experience. My only gripe with this album concerns the vocals - not the tone, but rather a lack of grasp of melody and phrasing which, thankfully, doesn't seem to affect the instrumentation - 8.25/10
15. Eloa Vadaath - Dead End Proclama
Avant-Garde Extreme Progressive Metal - If I were to list all the innumerable influences that I hear in this record, it wouldn't mean a damn. The closest I can get to describing a large percentage of the record is (old) Cynic + Ne Obliviscaris + Dissona. You'll also find some unexpected genres that fit perfectly into the puzzle, such as groove thrash. There might a gothic element as well because the vocals and riffs occasionally bring The Old Dead Tree to mind. Anyways, at this point I'm making a mess out of outlining their sound - just have a listen. The few tracks on YouTube should get you started - 8.25/10
16. For The Imperium - Hail The Monsters
Progressive Metal, Mathcore, Hard Rock, Groove Thrash Metal, Technical Metalcore, Sludge Metal, Alternative Metal, Glam Metal, Nu Metal - No track on this album serves as a precedent for any of those following it. The innumerable styles that these guys incorporate into their unique style compel me to label them as experimental, yet the sheer cohesiveness deters me from doing so. My obsession with talented vocalists impels me to note that the vocalist has me wide-eyed with admiration. The one word that I could use to describe the album would be upbeat - other than that I'm at a loss for words. Honestly there's not much I can say about this album that would do it justice - just listen to any of their tracks that you can find on YouTube, including the link to their new track above. Also, if you ever have a craving for a song with a ridiculously catchy, yet cheesy, chorus, don't forget to listen to the closing track: "Filthy Animal, Go And Save Yourself!" - 8.25/10 ❤
17. Mistguide - Era
Progressive Atmospheric Doom Metal - Not sure if this is doom or not, but it's consistently slow-paced. Reminds me of a doomy Agalloch most of the time, especially concerning the melodies - listen to track 6, you'll see what I mean - 8.25/10
18. Pictura - The Equilibration Of Minds, Vol.I
Extreme Progressive Metal - Undoubtedly influenced by Opeth and many of you will hear an indistinguishable carbon copy of said band - I'm here to tell you that this record reaches beyond a mere imitation. At the moment I can't quite describe the distinction, so you'll have to hear it for yourself - 8.25/10 ★
19. Fleshworld - Like We're All Equal Again
Progressive Post-Metal - The Ocean void of hardcore influences. Loving track 2 - 8/10
20. I Shall Move The Earth - Blueprints Mmxiii
Progressive Black Metal - Arcturus and Dimmu Borgir take a waltz - 8/10
21. A Prison Called Earth - Rise Of The Octopus (Realistic Tale Of A Sprawling City)
Progressive Avant-Garde Metal - Amalgamation of Leprous, Pain Of Salvation, Shaolin Death Squad, Opeth's acoustic prowess, and Solefald-style clean vocals. There's no doubt that this album radiates with talent - innovation even. Despite this - and the album's brevity (for prog) - the seemingly repetitive nature of the instrumentation ended up dulling the initial excitement. Additionally, the near hour-long concept album is frequently interrupted at the precedence of dramatic narration - I found this detracted from the experience, however other listeners more appreciative of these elements may be able to derive something positive from it. All that being said, the album was released nearly 4 years ago and the band is working on new material. An EP was released in September last year for those interested - I've only heard the teaser so it's difficult to assess what we're dealing with - 8/10
22. Protean Collective - The Red And The Grey
Progressive Metal - Weaving modern progressive metal influences into a Nevermore-laden style. I've developed a soft-spot for their softer passages, "Room 16 Our Ghosts" being my favourite track. That being said, if you like aforementioned band, missing this would be a mistake - 8/10
23. Carving Colours - No Way But Forwards
Progressive Metal / Progressive Melodic Death Metal - Extreme-tinged Circus Maximus/Evergrey with a sprinkle of melodeath. People with gripes over strong accents, approach with caution - 7.75/10
24. Eternal Storm - From The Ashes
Progressive Melodic Death Metal / Metalcore - Start with tracks 3-5. Don't let track 2 put you off, this album has some fantastic and varied songs. For instance in track 4 you'll find Be'lakor with an Arch Enemy chorus and Amon Amarth in track 6. These guys also have an affinity for combining unlikely genres, such as blackened death with groove thrash as in track 5. If I'm not mistaken, there's quite a bit of Kalmah throughout - 7.75/10
25. Mandroid Echostar - Citadels
Modern Progressive Metal / Rock - For fans of Periphery and Protest The Hero. Those allergic to cheese, 'ware. Speaking of cheese, the first distorted riff you'll hear is full of it. Filled to the brim. Luckily it doesn't happen very often. On a more positive note, you'll notice that the vocalist is phenomenal. Yes, he's limited to one style, but he knows how to use it. Start with the title track. Personally, I prefer their 2012 EP, so if this doesn't quite do it for you, have a listen to that, especially the first track - 7.75/10
26. Means End - The Didact
Vildhjarta + Monuments. I can't quite discern what makes this special for Djent - perhaps it's the production. The vocalist, for one, stands out - his cleans remind me of Dissona's own and his mid and high screams remind me of Gorod and Vektor's vocalists respectively. Despite the apparent originality, none of the tracks barring "Nox Aurumque" stand out, which is a shame - 7.75/10
27. Nebulous - Nebulous
Progressive Metal / Math Metal- This is what a side-project featuring members of Meshuggah, Textures, and Mencea would sound like - 7.75/10 ❤
28. Praetorian - To Dwell In Darkness
Blackened Progressive Extreme Power - Skipping between throat clenching black metal, cheese-laden extreme power, and folk-dusted acoustic interludes, this is a band that should be monitored by fans of the genre - I have a hunch that their follow-up opus is going to be rather compelling... - 7.75/10
29. Shades Of Black - Ocean
Instrumental Progressive Metal / Djent - Imagine Vildhjarta, Monuments, and Keith Merrow took turns crafting catchy gym-pumping riffs. That's exactly what this sounds like - 7.75/10
30. Unjustly Labeled - Grotesque
Experimental Sludge Doom - If you came in search of pulverisation in the form of crushing doom, look no further, although you may succumb to some form of emotional erosion sooner than expected. As far as I'm aware, these masochists are the sole pioneers within this innovative style. While uniqueness doesn't necessarily imply quality, the two go hand-in-hand in this scenario. The guitar tone is fashioned in a way which resembles that of Djent, while the growling bass claws steadily behind the slow to mid-paced beat. The haunting symphony backed choirs and the susurrating screams pluming in the wake of the instrumentation render this album all the more merciless in it's path of mechanical savagery - 7.75/10
31. Witch Ripper - _
Progressive Sludge Metal / Progressive Stoner Metal - Reminiscent of Mastodon's heavier era although stalwart fans of their debut Remission will be surely disappointed - 7.75/10
32. Absinthiana - Absinthiana
Extreme Progressive Metal / Progressive Metal - Track 1: Tool + Opeth. Track 2: Tool + Dream Theater. Vocals à la Primordial - 7.5/10
33. The Echelon Effect - Atlantic
Post-Rock - God Is An Astronaut fans: get on this now! Those who haven't heard of said band, but like Atoma, should also check this one out. Nothing mind-blowing, but very calming - 7.5/10
34. No Consequence - IO
Progressive Metalcore / Mathcore - Staccato and poly-rhythms. That's all I have to say about this album. Highly technical album and incredibly groovy at times. At times, they get lost in said technicality or meander into cheesy metalcore. It goes without saying that if you despise that you should probably stay away. Give track 9 a go - 7.5/10
35. Pyrrhon - The Mother of Virtues
Progressive Avant-Garde Technical Death Metal - Bastardizing their influences drawn from Gorguts' Obscura, the listener is subjected to constant sonic assault. The higher frequency vocals, reminiscent of Atheist's own, shape the instrumental eccentricity to evoke a vibe not dissimilar to said artist. Unfortunately, the overall songwriting lacks coherence. Despite this, let's face the facts: these guys KNOW how to write riffs. The songwriting style, rife with dissonance and enveloped within a dense production, will leave you clutching your ears in discomfort - 7.5/10
36. Retarded Noise Squad - Bananas
Extreme Experimental Metal - Apt name, if I do say so myself. For fans of Unexpect. The band has ambition, but they need to refine their style - 7.25/10
37. Spectral Tower - Spectral Tower
Post-Black / Atmospheric Doom - This is essentially atmospheric doom with post-black undertones and an uneven current of sludge seeping through. The vocals are a distant rasp and the reverb laden guitars sheath the music in a solemn - yet thoughtful - atmosphere. The occasional stoner riff fluffs up the riffage to prevent it from settling into monotony. The drummer spices it up with his tendency to heed his progressive metal counterparts - 7.25/10
38. Kung Foo Preacher - Kung Foo Preacher
Progressive Metal / Alternative Metal / Melodic Death Metal / Gothic Metal - Very interesting, but amateur at times - 7/10
39. Nexilva - Eschatologies
Progressive Death Metal/Deathcore - 20 August 2013. Born Of Osiris fucked up. It seems this band recalled - and attempted to mimic - the magnificence of aforementioned band's antecedent album. Unfortunately the album loses steam after a few tracks - 7/10
40. Peculate - In Two (A)
Experimental Metal - Employing a wide array of contemporary and non-contemporary styles and instruments to bring you absurd music for those with eccentric tastes. Unfortunately, said absurdity tends to detract from the songwriting rather than complement it... - 6.75/10
41. Spherian - Forge
Ambidjent - Spacey ambiance? ✔ Poly-rhythmic instrumentation? ✔ Hearing riff after riff of poorly imitated D-jent ends up detracted more than it adds to the music. Let's put it this way, if eschewed - or improved upon - that style, the dreamy ambiance would have skyrocketed my rating a full point - 6.75/10
42. Aeolist - Aeolist
Modern Progressive Metal - Not as in Djent, moreso the 'core and technical elements along with the refined production - 6.5/10
43. Aethere - Demons
Progressive Deathcore / Technical Death Metal - 6.25/10
44. A/symmetry - Room 17: Hours Between Shadows and Light (EP)
Progressive Metal - Evergrey and Symphony X had a fling once... ★
45. Acolyte - Alta
Extreme Progressive Metal / Progressive Black Metal - The missing link between Opeth and Enslaved? ★
46. AnovA - Omnis
Djent - A band hailing from experimental roots, they deliver the typically hackeneyed Djent in a truly progressive fashion. The second half of the album - track 7 - the album takes a turn and focuses on the progressive aspects of Djent, rather than poly-rhythmic wank. As such, I recommend said half over the first - see track 7 ★
47. Arcane Roots - Blood & Chemistry
Progressive Post-Metal/Rock - Slightly heavier Mars Volta ★
48. Arcturon - An Old Storm Brewing
Progressive Melodic Death Metal - Progressive Dark Tranquillity?
49. Arida - Cenizas
Stoner Rock / Alternative Rock - Track 1 or 5.
50. As Light Dies - Ars Subtilior From Within The Cage
Eclectic Mineral Metal - Avant-garde extreme progressive metal which covers nearly every sub-genre of metal. Except for speed and doom. No one wants that in their prog anyway. ★
51. Atlas - Seconds
Instrumental Modern Progressive Metal
52. Atrophy - Labyrinths
Progressive Technical Death Metal
53. Barishi - Barishi
Progressive Metal - The only reference I can make here is that some of the riffs are in a style akin to Mastodon's. Other than that, this is prog with black metal screams. Yeah… ★
54. Beyond Never - One Thousand Years
Progressive Gothic Metal - Honestly, I've never been able to identify gothic metal for some reason, but this is my best attempt at classifying this band. Gothic peeps, help me out.
55. Black Crown Initiate - Song Of The Crippled Bull
Extreme Progressive Metal - A proggier, more frantic, and less groovy Mencea ★
56. Carnivora - Eternal
Technical Death Metal / Thrash Metal
57. Cast Of Mind - The Crossroads
Progressive Metal - Opeth taking a crack at standard prog. Listen to "Memories" and you'll get the reference ★
58. Chiral - Abisso
Progressive Black Metal - Black metal with inclinations towards proggy interludes. Also, I'm pretty sure the first track is some variation of doom metal.
59. Circle Takes Square - Decompositions: Volume Number One
Avant-Garde Post-Metal ★
60. Contemplator - Contemplator
"Extreme" Instrumental Progresive - You will find no excessive instrumental wankery over here. The lack of vocals does not detract from the high-class songwriting. This is progressive technical death metal / extreme progressive metal in instrumental disguise ★
61. Contrarian - Predestined
Progressive Technical Death Metal - Been done before, but they do it well. The technicality here lies in the guitar - as opposed to the drum - work, so this is pretty digestible.
62. Corelia - Nostalgia
Modern Progressive Metal - For fans of Periphery, Sikth, and Protest The Hero ★
63. Counter-World Experience - Music For Kings
Instrumental Progressive Metal / Fusion - Even kings are unworthy of the grandeur of this album ★
64. Cryptomnesia - Primordial Oddity
"Extreme" Instrumental Progressive Metal - Intelligent, meticulous songwriting with most elements taken from death metal. ★
65. Damien The Cat - Glooming
Progressive Avant-Garde Post-Black - This is vicious. The dissonance builds an inexorable wall of aggression backed by hardcore (as in the style) vocals. The occasional ambient/acoustic interlude helps mitigate otolaryngological bleeding ★
66. Dead Alone - Ad Infinitum
Death Metal / Blackened Death Metal - not bad, but they'll need to spice it up if they want to get anywhere.
67. Deconstructing Sequence - Year One
Extreme Progressive Metal - Not sure what I make of this, but the diversity is certainly impressive ★
68. Disaffected - Rebirth
Progressive Death Metal - Old-school vibe ★
69. Distance - EP (II)
Modern Progressive Metal
70. Distress Of Ruin - Predators Among Us
Melodic Death Metal / Metalcore
71. Dustynation - Echoing Lullabies
Extreme Progressive Metal - For fans of Pain of Salvation and Persefone. Brilliant ★
72. Emblazoned - The Living Magisterium
Blackened Death Metal - Nothing new, but pretty decent. If you think most of the genre is stale, you will probably think this is as well ★
73. Empyrean Sanctum - Empyrean Sanctum
Progressive Power Metal - Pretty standard prog power with some interesting moments.
74. Evilness - Unreachable Clarity
Progressive Melodic Death Metal - Try track 3 or 5 out for size.
75. Exotic Animal Petting Zoo - Tree Of Tongues
Progressive Metal / Mathcore / Math Rock - Frenzied "math" driven music alongside progressive metal rife with tasty melodies. Start with track 4 ★
76. E1EN - The Sickening EP
Progressive Metal - Hard-hitting original prog. Much recommended for anyone into prog ★
77. The Fathomless Deep - The Fathomless Deep
Extreme Progressive Avant-Garde Symphonic Sludge Metal - What you'd expect if Unexpect and Mastodon joined forces...if that's even imaginable... ★
78. Fever Sea - Fever Sea
Progressive Post-Black Metal / Progressive Post-Metal - Be sure to check out both of their releases, they're quite disparate. The Enslaved influence looms over their latest opus, leaning towards the prog and "post" elements.
79. Graveyard - The Sea Grave
Old School Death Metal - For all of you living in the past…or just like that oppressive production. It's all there.
80. Grim Funeral - Abdication Under Funeral Dirge
Atmospheric Black Metal - With only one track under 15 minutes long (also the average song length), I hope you realise what you're getting yourself into.
81. Grorr - Anthill
Progressive Death Metal - Fans of Gojira should be all over the band's oriental influenced counter-part ★
82. Haunted Shores - Haunted Shores
Progressive Metal / Djent - Misha "Bulb" Mansoor. Mark Holcomb. Periphery. 'Nuff said ★
83. Hryre - Deaþ Þurhfaran Eftboren - Heretéam Fram Anweald
Black Metal - Merciless black metal with slight progressive tendencies ★
84. Imperial Gates - The Sound Of Human Fate
Instrumental Progressive Metal - Beautiful.
85. Juvenile Baroque Slaughterhouse - Gall And Wormwood
Instrumental Experimental Atmospheric Metal - Really weird and haunting stuff this...listen to it right before you sleep. That's ideal ★
86. L'Inverno Della Civetta - L'Inverno Della Civetta
Post-Metal / Alternative Metal - The cover art has an owl. I love owls. This addition needs no justification. Fine…think Sólstafir with some bouncy alternative metal thrown in ★
87. Latitudes - Individuation
Progressive Post-Metal - Flows seamlessly between tension and relaxation ★
88. Liquid Rain - Bright Obscurity
Progressive Metal - For fans of Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, and Symphony X ★
89. Maeth - Oceans Into Ashes
Progressive Sludge Metal - For fans of Mastodon, Cult Of Luna, and The Ocean ★
90. Malicious Dream - Soil
Extreme Progressive Metal - ★
91. Mammoth - Polymorphism
Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock / Fusion - Track two features guest vocalists, the only non-instrumental track and track 6 features a 5 minute drum solo. If you don't like the sound of that, or aren't a fan of virtuostic fiddlage, I'd avoid this.
92. Marching Mind - The Sickness And The Theory
Progressive Sludge/Grunge - Reminiscent of a grungy, softer Mastodon ★
93. Marrow Of Earth - Marrow Of Earth
Progressive Blackened Thrash Metal - Solid. Groovy ★
94. Matt Harnett - Enigma
Instrumental Modern Progressive Metal
95. Menz - Shakedown
Progressive Melodic Death Metal - Not groundbreaking, but pretty decent. Stay away if you're bored with melodeath.
96. Messenger - Illusory Blues
Progressive Post-Rock - Not really metal. Sounds like Devin Townsend's Ghost with some post-rock elements thrown in ★
97. Morowe - S
Progressive Black Metal - Angry black metal with a proggy twist.
98. Muerte Por Mil Cortes - Muerte Por Mil Cortes
Blackened Sludge Metal / Death Metal - This album is not your friend. It wants you dead. ★
99. Mystic - Grace
Instrumental Oriental Progressive Metal
100. Nami - The Eternal Light Of The Unconscious Mind
Extreme Progressive Metal - Looks like Persefone isn't the only decent prog band coming out of Andora. Sludge, death, tech death - this has it all. Reminiscent of The Ocean at times ★
101. No Home For Heroes - Fragments Of A Dying Sun
Progressive Metal / Progressive Rock - Kingcrow with a dark, Nevermore-like vibe ★
102. Obscurus Advocam - Verbia Daemonicus
Progressive Black Metal - Side-project of Glorior Belli's Infestuus ★
103. Olema - Riitti
2013 -Avant-Garde Extreme Progressive Metal / Symphonic Folk Metal - If you're looking for uniqueness and potential, this is it. The composer flirts with different styles of extreme metal in quirky manner, layering on some "symphonic folk" and dashing between acoustic and aforementioned passages.
104. Omnerod - Ivory Dune
Avant-Garde Extreme Progressive Metal - Pounding death metal, proggy riffs, explosive tech death, soothing ambient and jazz interludes, climatic post-metal, bi-polar vocals…yet somehow…refined into a cohesive style. Easily one of the highlights of 2014 ★
105. Optic - Iris In
Progressive Metal - If you're into the progressive metal à la Dream Theater or Kingcrow, you should give this a listen. The band even dips their feet into the extremity of metal occasionally, spicing things up.
106. Orgone - The Joyless Parson
Progressive Avant-Garde Technical Death Metal - Despite "joyless" being part of the album title, try your best to imagine a happier Gorguts ★
107. Orion - On the Banks of Rubicon
Technical Death Metal / Progressive Melodic Death Metal - This sounds like a progressive rip-off of something, but I can't figure out which band it is…someone help, it's really bugging me.
108. Paths - Diminished
Psychedelic Atmospheric Black Metal - If atmospheric black metal is your thing, you can't afford to miss out on this experience. The production is lovely, with the guitars creating an aura through which the drums and vocals - clean and otherwise - filter through ★
109. Patrons Of The Rotting Gate - The Rose Coil
Progressive Avant-Garde Black Metal - Deathspell Omega with some prog elements thrown in ★
110. Pitch Feather - Mountains And Tides
Indie Rock / Prog Rock - The closest this get's to metal is on track 9 - which isn't very metal at all. I can hardly call this prog rock. With that said, just listen to track 7. You will be blown away by the melodies and her voice. Reminds me of Avatarium's clean passages.
111. Plastic Mind Frequencies - Plastic Mind Frequencies
Instrumental Modern Progressive Metal - For fans of Animals As Leaders ★
112. Primo Vespere - Daylight Fading
Avant-Garde Progressive Extreme Metal - There's a lot to take from this record. This band is brimming with potential ★
113. Progtronic - Mortis Metallum
"Extreme" Instrumental Progressive Technical Metal - Frantic guitars combined with frantic programmed drums. Don't judge by the first track; it get's better...much better ★
114. Pterodactyl King - Pyroclastic
Progressive Deathcore / Djent - Those soaring clean vocals are the highlight here. I'm hoping that in the instrumental aspect of their music improves in the future to match the quality of aforementioned vocals...
115. Rannoch - Between Two Worlds
Modern Progressive Death Metal/Extreme Progressive Metal - A nice blend between what you'd expect of both genres (last 3 tracks are the best) ★
116. Red Rebel Patriots - Dominion
Progressive Metal
117. Saison de Rouille - Caduta dei Gravi
Progressive Avant-Garde Industrial Metal - Foreword: there isn't much metal here. In fact, the only songs where distorted guitars play a significant role are tracks 5 and 8. When I say industrial, I mean that this sounds like a factory run by a mentally unstable foreman. Oh, and the vocalist sounds like Attila's low rasps ★
118. Sanguine Glacialis - Dancing With A Hanged Man
Avant-Garde Extreme Progressive Metal - Think a tame Unexpect with some melodeath ★
119. Sarvas - Sarvas
Progressive Sludge Metal - Some heavy, groovin' sludge.
120. Science Of Demise - Bloom
Progressive Death Metal - Adept take at groovin' modern prog death ★
121. Scientic - Empire Of The Mind
Progressive Metal - A modern blend of Symphony X and Nevermore ★
122. Scorned Deity - Adventum
Progressive Melodic Black Metal / Melodic Death Metal ★
123. The Shell Collector - MEDUSA
Progressive Rock - Hint: part of the reason why I picked this is the cover of a famous death doom band's song that you'll find in their discography ★
124. Shrines - Beyond God's Redemption
Progressive Death Metal - Formerly Diminished Fifth. If Akercocke calmed the fuck down: more clean vocals, more clean passages, more atmosphere, less blast-beats. Apparently they have a new album in the works.
125. Shores Of Null - Quiescence
Progressive Death Doom Metal - If you're bored of staple death doom, you've come to the right place. While there isn't much doom here, no matter; that space is filled with all sorts of other genres including black metal and epic doom ★
126. Silhouette - Theory Of Dream
Progressive Metal / Progressive Rock - Lovely atmosphere ★
127. Sithu Aye - Pulse
Instrumental Modern Progressive Metal
128. Skaldic Curse - Devourer
Avant-Garde Extreme Progressive Metal - So chaotic, yet seeps into your ears with such ease. Reminds me of a proggy Ordo Ad Chao ★
129. Sleepers Awake - Transcension
Progressive Sludge Metal / Stoner Metal - Imagine Mastodon with even more dynamics - from soothing clean passages to unruly sludge ★
130. Soldis - Age D
Extreme Experimental Metal - For experimental metal, this is hella solid. This band needs more recognition. ★
131. Spectral Mortuary - Total Depravity
Death Metal - Violent death metal for the masses ★
132. Suns Of The Morning Star - Suns Of The Morning Star
Extreme Sludge Metal ★
133. Svet Kant - Loneliness
Extreme Progressive Metal - Okay. Some of this is really bad. However, there are some brilliant sections. I wanted the band to get some recognition so that next time around they'll hopefully tap into their vast potential and create something magnificent.
134. Syqem - Reflections Of Elephants
Modern Progressive Metal - Slightly softer Periphery ★
135. Telepathy - Fracture
Instrumental Progressive Sludge Metal ★
136. Teramobil - Multispectral Supercontinuum
Instrumental Progressive Avant-Garde Technical Metal - It's a mouthful, but I couldn't describe it any other way. Featuring members of Beyond Creation and Unhuman, the high expectations that should ensue are met and not marginally ★
137. Thaclthi - ...Erat Ante Oculos
Avant-Garde Post-Metal - Their approach is one that experiments with all derivations of post-metal including sludge, doom, drone, and black metal. It's not really for me, but I thought it might be appreciated by some.
138. Theatrum - Drapery
Progressive Metal - Edging on extremity, this is prog metal with passion ★
139. Thrown To The Sun - Of Oceans And Raindrops
Progressive Death Metal - Gojira-core with blastbeats.
140. Toxic Grind Machine - Embryonic Emission
Progressive Industrial Metal - I'm no connoisseur in industrial metal, but one Bandcamp user noted that similarities can be drawn to Strapping Young Lad and Sybreed…so there's that… ★
141. The Ulex - Old Giant
Modern Progressive Electronic Metal - Textures' keyboardist's side-project featuring aforementioned band's vocalist, Daniel ★
142. Undertow - In Deepest Silence
Sludgy Hard Rock - To be honest, I'm not quite sure what this is despite that their style is quite defined. You guys will have to figure it out.
143. Unhuman - Unhuman
Progressive Technical Death Metal - For fans of Beyond Creation with Satan on vocals ★
144. Unsacred Seed - Unsacred Seed
Progressive Melodic Death Metal - Fresh as hell. While I prefer their debut, they just released an album in 2014 so maybe you'd prefer that ★
145. Urschrei - Dekadenz
Melodic Black Metal / Melodic Death Metal
146. Utopianisti - Utopianisti II + Utopianisti meets Black Motor & Jon Ballantyne
Avant-Garde Metal - Jazz! Jazz! Jazz! Diablo Swing Orchestra with more twists and turns! Most of the tracks I've heard are excellent, but if you're looking for the metal aspect, check out tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, and 8 ★
147. Vampire Squid - Sea's Control
Progressive Brutal Death Metal - Tech-death Mencea with a comical tracklist ★
148. Von Hertzen Brothers - Nine Lives
Progressive Rock - For fans of Road Salt-era Pain Of Salvation ★
149. Vyre - The Initial Frontier Pt. 1
Progressive Black Metal ★
150. Walking Across Jupiter - Scent
Ambidjent - Someone put Periphery and Atoma in a blender ★
151. Winter Gate - Dis-Illumination
Extreme Progressive Metal - Dark and aggressive much like Ancient Ascendant with some Opethy passages.
152. Withem - The Point Of You
Another one for fans of Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, bla bla bla….with a tendency for heavy Symphony X vocals ★
153. Wizard Business - Battle Tiger
Bedroom Progressive Death Metal. Requires song-writing refinement, but you can tell this has potential.
154. Zombie Frogs - Awaken
Instrumental Progressive / Fusion.

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Erik M. - 27.06.2014 at 23:00  
Written by LeKiwi on 27.06.2014 at 21:15


It seems you can't address my posts anymore, or you simply don't want to. Good to know.
LeKiwi - 27.06.2014 at 23:42  
Written by Erik M. on 27.06.2014 at 23:00

It seems you can't address my posts anymore, or you simply don't want to. Good to know.

Spend time replying to you...or find some nice music for this list...I wonder which is more rewarding. I'm stumped. Care to help me out?
Hex_Omega - 28.06.2014 at 12:25  
Written by Erik M. on 27.06.2014 at 19:24

Lol, 2 days later and now +58? I know you're implying this list is so popular because it's great (not if you ask me though, I don't care for it at all ), but you can't deny the ridiculously fast rate of +1's you've gathered and are still gathering. Either you're spamming this list like crazy (which I don't know since I'm busy with work lately rather than MS), you're paying people to +1 your list or you're thumbing up the list yourself by creating fake accounts. You being a master hacker however seems impossible since all your free time as a student (which I assume you are, since I had loads of free time as a student as well) seems to go into this list, so you wouldn't have time for that. (btw, note that I'm not 100% serious )

I think he just PM this list to many users, thats the secret. Spamming in shoutbox can't be that successful
LeKiwi - 28.06.2014 at 13:26  
Written by Hex_Omega on 28.06.2014 at 12:25

I think he just PM this list to many users, thats the secret. Spamming in shoutbox can't be that successful

He's done it! Nice one, Hex Now...
LeKiwi - 28.06.2014 at 13:27  
Beyond Never
Contemplator ★
Damien The Cat ★
Grim Funeral
Omnerod ★
LeKiwi - 28.06.2014 at 17:20  
Hryre ★
Muerte Por Mil Cortes ★
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.06.2014 at 17:29  
Just to piss off someone who is totally hung up on the number of thums up this list got and his lists didn't get I just gave a thumbs up to this list
SInce this list is actually useful for finding new music wheereas almost all the other lists only feature stuff which is already on MS
Erik M. - 28.06.2014 at 19:04  
Written by Hex_Omega on 28.06.2014 at 12:25

I think he just PM this list to many users, thats the secret. Spamming in shoutbox can't be that successful

I guess you found the best explanation so far. That's all I wanted to know.
Erik M. - 28.06.2014 at 19:08  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.06.2014 at 17:29

Just to piss off someone who is totally hung up on the number of thums up this list got and his lists didn't get I just gave a thumbs up to this list
SInce this list is actually useful for finding new music wheereas almost all the other lists only feature stuff which is already on MS

No, I was mainly curious as to how LeKiwi managed to get +12 in just two days. I don't care at all that this list is more popular than mine. I was just trying to come up with an explanation of how it was possible. It seems Hex_Omega came up with the most plausible explanation, which I didn't think of to be honest.
LeKiwi - 29.06.2014 at 07:23  
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo ★
Saison de Rouille ★
Withem ★
Erik M. - 29.06.2014 at 22:36  
"The starred (★) bands are those you should start with. They're simply more refined and/or original."

It seems you've given stars to 107 out of 151 albums on the list. So 71% of the list are albums that are more refined and/or original than the other 29% of the albums? If it were the other way around (so 29% of the albums have stars added to them) I would've said it makes more sense, but now it doesn't make sense. Sure, it's your list but as I said the stars lose their meaning if you add too much of them. For example, I used the stars in my top 75 list as well and only 17 out of 75 albums have stars added to them. Those are 17 10/10 scores I've handed out. Everything else is 9/10. I'm curious as to when a band deserves a star in your opinion. Like, are all those stars 9/10 and 10/10 ratings or something?
LeKiwi - 30.06.2014 at 00:14  
Written by Erik M. on 29.06.2014 at 22:36

"The starred (★) bands are those you should start with. They're simply more refined and/or original."

It seems you've given stars to 107 out of 151 albums on the list. So 71% of the list are albums that are more refined and/or original than the other 29% of the albums? If it were the other way around (so 29% of the albums have stars added to them) I would've said it makes more sense, but now it doesn't make sense. Sure, it's your list but as I said the stars lose their meaning if you add too much of them. For example, I used the stars in my top 75 list as well and only 17 out of 75 albums have stars added to them. Those are 17 10/10 scores I've handed out. Everything else is 9/10. I'm curious as to when a band deserves a star in your opinion. Like, are all those stars 9/10 and 10/10 ratings or something?

Basically, the star indicates that the band sounds professional (i.e. not amateur) consistently and/or shows originality. To be honest, it doesn't directly correlate with a particular range of ratings, it simply means that I think that I think people will not be disappointed with those bands, whereas the opposite may hold for those unstarred. Not sure if that makes sense. If I removed all the unstarred bands, I wouldn't bother with stars.
MetalDoomMaster - 30.06.2014 at 20:29  
+1 for ethereal cat. Fucking majestic. Nice list btw
Hex_Omega - 01.07.2014 at 17:22  
TAINE is already on MS just without 'Ressurection' album
LeKiwi - 01.07.2014 at 17:36  
Written by Hex_Omega on 01.07.2014 at 17:22

TAINE is already on MS just without 'Ressurection' album

Risto - 04.07.2014 at 19:23  
Nice list! I suggest you add Fireproven to your to-add list, you'll definitely star this band.

Troy Killjoy - 05.07.2014 at 19:23  
Abriosis added.
LeKiwi - 05.07.2014 at 21:10  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.07.2014 at 19:23

Abriosis added.

LeKiwi - 08.07.2014 at 00:18  
Update: steadily replacing the ambiguous "star-concept" with ratings. It will take some time, however.
CPacaud - 08.07.2014 at 18:08  
Heyyyyyyyy! Christian from Contemplator here, thanks for having us on the list! NOW, time to start listening to this stuff
LeKiwi - 08.07.2014 at 19:07  
Written by CPacaud on 08.07.2014 at 18:08

Heyyyyyyyy! Christian from Contemplator here, thanks for having us on the list! NOW, time to start listening to this stuff

Great to hear from you! Would agree with how I classified your music? I was wondering what your influences are.
CPacaud - 09.07.2014 at 00:21  
You're pretty much spot on! Gorguts, Augury, Intronaut, Martyr, Porcupine Tree, Mastodon and a touch of jRPG soundtracks

BTW, glad to see you put Teramobil and Unhuman on the list! Cool guys and killer musicians.
LeKiwi - 10.07.2014 at 03:07  
Written by CPacaud on 09.07.2014 at 00:21

You're pretty much spot on! Gorguts, Augury, Intronaut, Martyr, Porcupine Tree, Mastodon and a touch of jRPG soundtracks

BTW, glad to see you put Teramobil and Unhuman on the list! Cool guys and killer musicians.

Sweet Those are two magnificent bands indeed! If you have any more recommendations for obscure metal (i.e. bands not featured on this website ) feel free to post it here; I'll be more than happy to promote it!
CPacaud - 10.07.2014 at 06:01  
Deviant Process -
Tech death. Friends of mine from Quebec, working on a full-length album right now.

Aeva -
Instrumental progressive, fretless bass, jazzy.
LeKiwi - 20.07.2014 at 02:00  
The Echelon Effect
Eloa Vadaath
LeKiwi - 23.07.2014 at 16:57  
The Conjuration added to MS.
LeKiwi - 26.07.2014 at 13:41  
Means End
Protean Collective
Shades Of Black

In The Presence Of Wolves
LeKiwi - 27.07.2014 at 14:38  
We All Die (Laughing) ❤
LeKiwi - 29.07.2014 at 15:47  
Spectral Tower
Spherian (courtesy of !J.O.O.E.!)
mz - 29.07.2014 at 16:20  
I'd suggest Airbag. Quiet similar to porcupine tree and pink floyd but with their own flavor.

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