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afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
edited September 2013 in History of Rock
i'm sure there's been one of these in the past, but i've been seeing several instances where a thread like this would be really useful to keep bumped.

just tell us what you're looking for, or even just what you're into and what you'd like to find. a few examples below...

i'm really digging these mission of burma tracks in the DLC this week. what else should i check out if i'm unfamiliar with this sorta stuff?

i'm new to metal and would like beginners' suggestions for the various subgenres i see mentioned all over the forums.

i wanna get buff. give me energetic music recommendations i can put on my ipod and take to the gym.


i'll do my best to keep up, but it'd be awesome if others will help out.

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  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    benson111;1592115 said:
    I could throw my hat in there to help as well. If that is cool? :D
    of course!
    as evidenced by the first request for help i can't do this all on my own (i don't care for opeth). anyone's welcome to partake.
  • benson111benson111 Eater of Fine Cupcakes
    edited November 2008
    TheCrimsonSaint;1592106 said:
    Best starting point for Opeth?

    Great thread idea, by the way. Kudos to you.
    Personaly i would start with Still Life. Here is a favorite from that album of mine.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80UTrCKxb6U
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited November 2008
    I got one, recently I downloaded Mastodon's Leviathan. What do you guys suggest focusing on when first listening to the band? A overall listen to the songs doesn't seem to be clicking.
  • benson111benson111 Eater of Fine Cupcakes
    edited November 2008
    JukeBoxHero;1592216 said:
    I got one, recently I downloaded Mastodon's Leviathan. What do you guys suggest focusing on when first listening to the band? A overall listen to the songs doesn't seem to be clicking.
    Blood and Thunder, drums are amazing.
    To be honest i would have picked up Blood Mountain, that album has an Ozzy feeling to it, in my opinion. Just an opinion of course.

    Any one else?
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited November 2008
    benson111;1592235 said:
    Blood and Thunder, drums are amazing.
    To be honest i would have picked up Blood Mountain, that album has an Ozzy feeling to it, in my opinion. Just an opinion of course.

    Any one else?
    Agreed. Also, I'd love to contribute. :)

    Edit: Where should I start with The Moving Sidewalks? Set Me Free just came on last.fm and I love it.
  • Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
    edited November 2008
    I'll help as needed. I'm not too into Opeth, so I can't help yet, but I'll help as soon as someone asks about something I enjoy.
  • benson111benson111 Eater of Fine Cupcakes
    edited November 2008
    DarkSide247;1592242 said:
    Agreed. Also, I'd love to contribute. :)

    Edit: Where should I start with The Moving Sidewalks? Set Me Free just came on last.fm and I love it.
    Flash - 1968 Epic album! ( Billy Gibbons for the WINaange )
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    DarkSide247;1592242 said:

    Edit: Where should I start with The Moving Sidewalks? Set Me Free just came on last.fm and I love it.
    as far as i know, they only released one full-length (called "flash").

    EDIT: ninjer'd
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited November 2008
    benson111;1592271 said:
    Flash - 1968 Epic album!
    Cool, thanks.

    ^ Oh.
  • benson111benson111 Eater of Fine Cupcakes
    edited November 2008
    afterstasis;1592272 said:
    as far as i know, they only released one full-length (called "flash").

    EDIT: ninjer'd
    :o sorry :D
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited November 2008
    I'll help out whenever possible.
  • TheCrimsonSaintTheCrimsonSaint Headliner
    edited November 2008
    Good 90's bands? (I only know Nirvana and then Metallica's 90's stuff and Iron Maiden's 90's stuff). I need massive help in this area!
  • instantdeath999instantdeath999 Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    TheCrimsonSaint;1592734 said:
    Good 90's bands? (I only know Nirvana and then Metallica's 90's stuff and Iron Maiden's 90's stuff). I need massive help in this area!
    Are you looking for Grunge?

    In that case, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains (absolute must), Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, The Melvins and the Backstreet Boys.
  • Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
    edited November 2008
    TheCrimsonSaint;1592734 said:
    Good 90's bands? (I only know Nirvana and then Metallica's 90's stuff and Iron Maiden's 90's stuff). I need massive help in this area!
    What genre? There's tons of rock genres from the 90's, but if you're looking for grunge, then go with what instantdeath said. Especially Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. and the Backstreet Boys
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited November 2008
    I also suggest checking out Iced Earth, Hammerfall, Spock Beard, and The Flower Kings if your interested in power metal or progressive rock.(Iced Earth, Hammerfall, power metal, Spock Beard, The Flower Kings, progressive rock).

    I'm referring to TheCrimsonSaint, just to clear that up.

    Edit:Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention Porcupine Tree.
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    I'm looking for some really raw, angry Black Metal. Something in the vein of Belketre.
  • thesemodrnsocksthesemodrnsocks Unsigned
    edited November 2008
    back_blows;1592908 said:
    I'm looking for some really raw, angry Black Metal. Something in the vein of Belketre.

    Hmm.

    Off the top:

    Beherit- The Oath of Black Blood
    Averse Sefira- Advent Parallax
    Cobalt- Eater of Birds
    Antaeus- Blood Libels
    Funeral Mist- Salvation
  • wrldindstries302wrldindstries302 Road Warrior
    edited November 2008
    TheCrimsonSaint;1592734 said:
    Good 90's bands? (I only know Nirvana and then Metallica's 90's stuff and Iron Maiden's 90's stuff). I need massive help in this area!
    Oh God where do I start? The 90s are, in my opinion, easily the best decade for music.

    First of all, I guess it's important to check out what was one of the biggest sounds of the time: grunge. The main groups of this movement were Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. Of those, I personally think Soundgarden was the best, and since you seem to like harder stuff, I'd highly recommend the albums "Badmotorfinger" or "Superunknown". Pearl Jam's "Ten" is also a great album. I can't speak for the other groups, though, as I'm not really a big fan of them.

    What really made the 90s great, though, was the explosion of excellent indie rock and alternative bands. The most influential of the 90s alt-rock bands was probably Pavement. They made 5 superb albums; the best one to start out with is "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain". Keep in mind that it takes a couple listens to grow because it really isn't a hugely accessible album. Some other important indie rock bands in the same vein are Built To Spill (check out "Perfect From Now On" or "There's Nothing Wrong Wth Love") and Flaming Lips (many say "Soft Bulletin" is their best, and it's their most accessible, but I think "In A Priest Driven Ambulance" and "Clouds Taste Metallic" far superior).

    On the poppier side of 90's indie, there's stuff like Belle & Sebastian's "If You're Feeling Sinister" which is considered one of the best albums of the time, though again, it may be too poppy for you. Another well-regarded, and probably universally loved album is Neutral Milk Hotel's "In An Aeroplane Over The Sea", which is a great folk rock album that defies description, really. Apples In Stereo are a very Beatles/Kinks sounding band, check out "Tone Soul Evolution" from them.

    Another album that's considered really important to alt-rock is "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine; though I really could never get into it, I feel it's worth mentioning.

    Getting back to more mainstream stuff, some of the biggest great bands of the 90s were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Beastie Boys, Weezer, Radiohead, Ben Folds Five, Rage Against The Machine, Cake, Oasis, and Smashing Pumpkins:

    Red Hot Chili Peppers were a funk rock band with hints of pop in the first half of the 90s, then a pop rock band with hints of funk in the second half. You probably know them, but check out "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (for more funk) or "Californication" (for more pop)

    Nine Inch Nails broke industrial rock into the mainstream. From what you said, it sounds like you like harder stuff, so you'd probably like them. Their best album, bar none, is "Downward Spiral", which is sort of a hard rock album with some electronica thrown in. "Broken" is also an excellent hard rock album.

    Beck, who you probably know for the song "Loser" is an excellent genre-hopper in the vein of David Bowie. His album "Odelay" is a masterpiece; a combination of hip hop, rock, pop, folk, and numerous other styles. It's one of my top 10 albums of all time, and it's highly recommended. Also worth hearing is his 1999 album "Midnite Vultures" which was a homage to Prince music, and probably one of the most fun albums ever made.

    The Beastie Boys may have had some of their biggest hits in the 80s, but they made most of their best music in the 90s. "Check Your Head" is an excellent example of rap-rock done right, and it manages to squeeze quite a few other genres into it. With some punk rock tracks, some jazzy instrumentals, and some great straight-up hip hop, it's almost their best album. (And I have to mention "Paul's Boutique" which was released 5 months before the 90s, but was hugely influential and proved that sampling is an artform).

    Weezer made two perfect albums in the 90s in the form of The Blue album and Pinkerton. Both are alt-rock classics, and have tons of memorable melodies and hooks.

    Radiohead are probably best known for being incredibly pretentious, but they certainly deserve all the praise they get for "OK Computer" and "The Bends". Both are rock masterpieces, though the vocals may take some getting used to. (If you like Muse, you'll probably like them though). I'd highly recommend listening to both, as usually people like one but not the other at first; they are also growers.

    Ben Folds Five are a piano rock band best known for the song "Brick" which actually is nothing like the rest of their music. Both "Ben Folds Five" and "Whatever And Ever Amen" are great pop rock albums.

    Rage Against The Machine is probably responsible for more terrible bands than any other band of the 90s, as they made rap-metal huge, but their self-titled album is excellent. With hard-hitting riffs, and charged vocals, it's a great album to rock out to.

    Cake are sort of known as a novelty band for their hits like "The Distance" and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" but they made several very solid albums of horn-boosted alt-rock, the best of which is probably "Fashion Nugget".

    You probably know Oasis for "Wonderwall"; they're another Beatles-y alt-rock band. "(What's The Story) Morning Glory" and "Definitely Maybe" are two landmark rock albums that are strong from start to finish.

    Finally, Smashing Pumpkins are a harder alt rock band that are sort of linked to the grunge scene but not really. They're very talented (just listen to those solos on "Siamese Dream") and have some very memorable hard and soft tracks on their albums (especially on "Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness")

    Also, I can't get through talking about the 90s without mentioning Ween, who are my favorite band. Their music spans a wide variety of genres, and is often jokey in tone, but rarely musically. They are incredibly talented, and they made what is probably my favorite album of all time: "The Mollusk". It's a homage to/send-up of classic prog, and though it has songs like "Waving My Dick In The Wind" it doesn't feel like a joke. Each song is in a different style, but it flows together excellently as an album, and it has some of the most epic songs every written (seriously, check out "The Golden Eel" and "Buckingham Green")

    I'm not that well-versed in metal of the 90s, so I'll let someone else take that one, but I would highly recommend Megadeth's "Rust In Peace" and "Countdown To Extinction".

    Finally, I feel the need to point out that hip-hop was at it's best in the 90s. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Hieroglyphics, Wu-Tang Clan (and associates), A Tribe Called Quest, 2Pac, Outkast, The Roots, Nas, Public Enemy, Souls Of Mischief, Snoop Dogg, Digital Underground, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien are all worth checking out. However, I know many probably have some predisposition to hating rap as a genre, so here are the albums that I would recommend to change the mind of a rap hater:

    Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
    A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
    Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang
    Dr. Dre - The Chronic
    Ice Cube - Death Certificate
    Outkast - Aquemini

    If you hate those, I don't know what to say.

    (Wow, I didn't mean to write this much. Congratulations if you actually got this far. I hope it was helpful)
  • instantdeath999instantdeath999 Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    back_blows;1592908 said:
    I'm looking for some really raw, angry Black Metal. Something in the vein of Belketre.
    This is my specialty.

    7 things- Miley Cyrus

    SOS- the Jonas Brothers

    Dead on Arrival- Fallout Boy

    Achey Breaky Heart- Billy Ray Cyus

    Take a Bow- Rihanna

    That's just to start you off.
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    thesemodrnsocks;1592921 said:
    Hmm.

    Off the top:

    Beherit- The Oath of Black Blood
    Averse Sefira- Advent Parallax
    Cobalt- Eater of Birds
    Antaeus- Blood Libels
    Funeral Mist- Salvation
    I know the last 4, I need to check out Beherit though. Thanks.
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    instantdeath999;1592941 said:
    This is my specialty.

    7 things- Miley Cyrus

    SOS- the Jonas Brothers

    Dead on Arrival- Fallout Boy

    Achey Breaky Heart- Billy Ray Cyus

    Take a Bow- Rihanna

    That's just to start you off.
    Damn, that is some angry ****.
  • instantdeath999instantdeath999 Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    wrldindstries302;1592932 said:
    Essay
    This is about as good of a summary you can get about the 90's.
  • thesemodrnsocksthesemodrnsocks Unsigned
    edited November 2008
    back_blows;1592954 said:
    I know the last 4, I need to check out Beherit though. Thanks.
    Nice. I'll throw a few more out suggestions out, although I'm guessing you'll probably already be familiar with them:

    Ashdautas- Shadow Plays of Grief and Pain
    Bone Awl- Meaningless Leaning Mess (it definitely fits the bill if you're looking for "raw")
  • Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
    edited November 2008
    wrldindstries302;1592932 said:
    Very long post
    I agree here. I'd like to emphasize Beck, since he's my favorite artist. Check out his album Odelay for a surprisingly seamless blend of styles.
  • benson111benson111 Eater of Fine Cupcakes
    edited November 2008
    wrldindstries302;1592932 said:

    Large List.
    I agree with this, but if you are looking for some "Unpopuler" 90's music that is still quite good, i suggest...

    Corrosion of Conformity;
    Deleverance
    Wise Blood

    Steve Vai;
    Passion and Warfare

    Tesla
    Five Man Acoustical Jam

    Slint
    Spiderland

    Sterolab
    Space Age Bachelor Pad Music

    To name a couple.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    nice to see everyone's been hitting this thread hard.
    back_blows;1592908 said:
    I'm looking for some really raw, angry Black Metal. Something in the vein of Belketre.
    yeah, definitely check out that beherit. there's a reason the largest patch i own is a silkscreened picture of "the oath of black blood".

    also check out ildjarn...
    while i personally prefer "forest poetry", i believe you'll find "strength and anger" to be just what you're looking for.
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    Thanks you two. I haven't given Ildjarn a fair shake, so I'll definitely check out Strength and Anger. In the mean time I'll check out Ashdautus and Bone Awl.
  • benson111benson111 Eater of Fine Cupcakes
    edited November 2008
    Hey any body checked out this?
    Vast - Dont take your love away from me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOOT7vCAo1Q
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited November 2008
    wrldindstries302;1592932 said:
    OUTSTANDING POST
    Great job. :) I'd like to add a few more to the list, as I also feel the 90's was second only to the 60's as far as good music. Here's some of the heavy stuff:

    Ministry: 302 mentioned NIN, and they get a lot of the industrial rock attention, but they were still a bit poppy for a lot of people's tastes. Ministry was anti-pop. Psalm 69 and the Mind is a Terrible Taste are seminal albums of the 90's.

    Karma to Burn: before every dude with a guitar and a bong started a stoner metal band, these hillbillies were making some of the heaviest music in the world. They were so good, no one noticed they didn't have a vocalist until they added one.

    Clutch: See Karma to Burn, and add intelligent, with just a hint of ironic humor.

    I'd also like to mention Biohazard, who weren't quite my cup of tea but if you're into hardcore you'd prolly like them. They, along with RATM, were the pioneers of Hip Hop/Rap, but don't hold that against them LOL.

    Aside from the heavy, the 90's were really the golden age of electronic music, and the movement evolved out of the clubs and into the mainstream. Everyone from the Prodigy to Moby to Portishead to Republica to Future Sound of London and Orbital had amazing releases.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited November 2008
    I'm looking for obscure New Wave bands or deep cuts from well-known groups of this genre.
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