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Before They Found Their Sound (vol 3)

Finally, the threequal of the series is here! Much of this list consists of bands recommended to me on the last list as well as some I picked. These bands started out playing one style of music, but along the road decided to take their sound in a new direction in hopes of reaching success. Be sure to leave suggestions in the comments and tell me what you think! (PS: there probably isn't going to be another one of these lists but feel free to leave more bands in the comments just in case)
1Radiohead
Pablo Honey


It's not unusual to hear Radiohead fans tell of how their 1993 debut, Pablo Honey, is their worst album. This consensus is largely accepted in part due to the album's lack of expansive electronic influence found in their future releases. More or less Pablo Honey is just plain Jane alt rock that doesn't border on anything imaginative or unique. This doesn't mean the album is necessarily bad as it did produce the band?s most recognizable single. However in terms of creativity the album doesn't offer much.
2David Bowie
David Bowie


David Bowie is universally known for a being a rock and roll icon and remains an active musician to this day. However before earning such a title he released his self-titled debut in 1967. The music can be described as baroque with its 18th century folk style, utilizing horns and other elements of traditional folk music. While still inhibiting certain rock elements as well as Bowie?s deep intellectual writing, the album failed to reach the acclaim Bowie would soon receive on his later work. However the album did have an influence on the folk tones used in his later work.
3Converge
Gravel


I had received several requests to include Converge's 1994 debut album Halo in a Haystack due to its stripped down metalcore/hardcore sound which many saw as dull in comparison to later albums. However two years earlier the band released the Gravel EP in 1992 that really doesn't even sound like it came from the same group of musicians. This is mainly due to the overbearing mix of hardcore, thrash, and occasional rap that unevenly come together to sound like a poor Biohazard clone. Fans of traditional Converge will likely not feel same love towards this release as that of Jane Doe or You Fail Me.
4Papa Roach
Potatoes for Christmas


Before getting away with murder, Papa Roach got away with funkcore rap rock with their 1994 Potatoes for Christmas EP. Unlike the commercial linear rock found in their 2000?s releases, this EP features more diverse Bungle worship similar to early Slipknot with funky bass lines, varying song styles, and overall silly feeling. The release wasn't anything new for the time period and didn't produce any singles, but is a very interesting and fun listen for those familiar with their contemporary hits.
5Dinosaur Jr.
Dinosaur


Following the trend of other alternative rock bands of the 80?s, Dinosaur Jr.?s 1985 debut shows punk and hardcore roots underlying in their signature alternative rock. Songs like "The Leper" show these punk influences with a more alternative spin. However unlike the Meat Puppets and Social Distortion their debut focused more on the alternative rock side of the music and had greater influence on their future albums.
6Sigur Ros
Von


Sigur Ros' debut differed greatly from their famous post-rock style, incorporating a more ambient style of music similar to Brian Eno. The songs feature dark and unsettling electronic tones with little guitar or vocal work included. While the album differed greatly from their later work, the album does do a nice job setting the mood and could be considered a great composition in the field of ambient rather than post-rock.
7Anathema
The Crestfallen


If you listen to Anathema's Distant Satellites, you?ll notice its calming progressivism, backed by the intense symphonic instrumentation, and the beautiful vocals styling's of Lee Douglas. Now dial back 22 years ago to The Crestfallen EP. Notice the dragging doom riffs and Darren White's tortured, raspy voice that come together to form some seriously depressing doom metal. It's almost enough to make you vomit, right? Well Anathema had undergone an intense musical metamorphosis after their 1993 album Serenades, completely changing their sound that garnered much greater attention to themselves with each release that followed.
8Neurosis
Pain of Mind


A similar change can be found in Pain of Mind by American post-metal band Neurosis. The band was originally part of the crust punk scene with bands like Doom and the Electro Hippies. However they soon shifted their sound from hyperactive, violent hardcore punk to a slower and heavier sludge metal sound with the release of their 1992 album Souls at Zero. Occasional sludge influence was found in Pain of Mind such as the "Self-Taught Infection."
9Yes
Yes


Rock band Yes were considered one of the first progressive acts of the 20th century alongside Pink Floyd and King Crimson. That being said, their 1969 eponymous debut was considered one of the first progressive rock albums ever composed. However the album has some slight differences in sound compared to their other albums as it possessed a more psychedelic influences which were popular among rock bands in the 60's. In the 70's however focused more on the progressive rock side of their music and acquired some symphonic and experimental influence which replaced the psychedelic hard rock of their first album.
10Melvins
Mangled Demos from 1983


When the Melvins formed in 1983, they spent most of their time covering 70?s hard rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix before moving on to play hardcore punk. Many of their early recordings weren't released until their Mangled Demos from 1983 compilation. The recordings featured Mike Dillard on drums who would be later replaced by Dale Crover.
11Rush
Rush


Much like the previously discussed Yes, Rush also didn't perfect their progressive sound until after their debut album. The self-titled Rush album had more of a traditional hard rock sound and lacked any progressive elements such as the use of keyboards and synthesizers by Geddy Lee. These elements would not truly begin to present themselves until the release of their renowned 2112 in 1976.
12Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation


The style change of British rock band Genesis is similar to that of David Bowie as they also started out with a baroque pop sound in their music rather than their signature progressive art rock sound. The songs were structured as a concept album and the style was more poppy than traditional Genesis. However the album did help the band receive some attention and produced a number of singles such as The Serpent and Silent Son. The album was also one of the two to not feature Phil Collins on drums or vocals.
13Darkthrone
Soulside Journey


Darkthrone is one of the first bands that come to mind when someone mentions black metal. However in their early development they lacked the brutal face paint and horrifyingly black clothing as they were not needed to play death metal. Yes, Darkthrone's dastardly debut is revered as the band's only death metal album before the switched to their signature black metal style. Instead of eerie screeching, Nocturno Culto utilizes gutteral death metal growls which may not appeal to fans of traditional Darkthrone but rather to those of Obituary or Cannibal Corpse.
14Life of Agony
River Runs Red


Mina (Keith) Caputo is known for having one of the most distinct heavy metal voices which blends really well with the heavy guitar and pounding drums in Life of Agony's debut River Runs Red. However with all of the success the album received, the band felt the need to change their sound from hard hitting crossover thrash to a more alternative rock type of sound on all of their later works. It seems especially strange for the band to make such a change after releasing what many saw as their best album.
15Deftones
(Like) Linus


The Deftones' 1993 EP (Like) Linus features numerous differences with their sound today in both music and vocals. For one thing Chino Moreno's singing doesn't involve as much screaming, but more singing and occasional rapping. His voice is reminiscent of Brandon Boyd which makes sense as the guitar work is also similar to that of early Incubus. Overall the tape doesn't stray too far from the regular Deftones sound but it does take a lot of influence from other groups at the time which differentiates from the signature melancholy sound of the band.
16Fear Factory
Soul of a New Machine


When Fear Factory first began recording, their music drew much influence from traditional death metal bands such as Napalm Death. This made their sound edge more towards death, grind, and thrash with a slight industrial additive. However with the release of Demanufacture the band adopted more industrial qualities and eventually found their own distinct sound which lead to greater success for the band.
17Minutemen
Paranoid Time


Throughout their career, the Minutemen have held onto their hardcore roots however as they progressed into future albums such as their infamous Double Nickels on the Dime, they took in more alternative rock and punk traits into their style. Their 1980 EP Paranoid time retains some of these alternative influences but mainly focused on the traditional hardcore found in their music.
18Therapy?
Babyteeth


Irish alternative rock band Therapy's debut shows their noise rock sound in its purest form with hints of industrial and alternative metal included. Unlike their following album, Troublegum, Baby Teeth's music is more raw and uneven. As they released more albums they began to take in more punk and alternative rock styles into their sound such as in their hit single Screamager, which in turn helped gain the band more success.
19Mr. Bungle
The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny


When it comes to switching musical styles Mr. Bungle is a hard topic due to their tendency to not follow any centralized musical pattern. Their early EP's, one being The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, differ greatly due to the fact that they DO follow a linear musical path. While the same brand of Bungle craziness is still present, the EP takes a heavier approach being mostly composed of death and thrash metal. Mr. Bungle amazingly used all of the styles used on theses EP's to create the deranged masterpiece that was their eponymous debut.
20Journey
Journey


Unlike their later albums, Journey's first album focused mainly on their instrumental creativity, taking on a progressive rock and jazz fusion sound that began to fade with subsequent releases. The album was revered by some as their most diverse and creative effort but was panned by others for having dragging instrumentation and lack of hooks.
21Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls


Pop rock band Goo Goo Dolls have had numerous success with their radio- friendly singles such as Iris, Come to Me, and others. However, what many don't know is that the started out as an energetic punk rock act in 1987. Unlike their later years, they did not have the same success with this style of punk rock as they did with alternative rock and slowly began to morph their sound over the next few releases.
22Ulver
Ondes Triumph


The fact that Ulver were once a traditional black metal band won't surprise many as some hold their early work higher than that of anything they've release recently. The fact is Ulver is good at producing both dark ambient and black metal which shows how talented of a band they are.
23Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World


Jimmy Eat World?s first album displays a traditional 90's emo sound that the band had originally wanted to follow along with pop punk influences similar to bands like The Get Up Kids and Jawbreaker. This sound greatly differs with the more alternative rock sound that the band follows later in their career especially since most of the tracks are sung by Tom Linton instead of Jim Adkins. The album also doesn't feature Rick Burch on bass and is currently out of print.
24Bee Gees
The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs


Disco icons the Bee Gees did what most other musicians who survived the 60?s did and played psychedelic or folk music. Needless to say you probably wouldn't hear any songs from their debut in a roller rink with shiny disco balls and everyone sporting popped collars and afros.
25Chromatics
As Rats In The Basement


Alright, finally we have the last band on this list. Chromatics at first dabbled in the post-punk revival alongside bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the White Stripes, incorporating wailing guitars and screeching vocals. However with the release of their 2007 album Night Drive, they completely turned to a different direction towards electronic dream pop, increasing their programming usage and lessening the need for guitar or drum instrumentation.
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