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European Post Metal

Post-metal from Europe. Simple as that.
1Cult of Luna

Sweden: One of the genre's big three (Isis, Neurosis) that I consider to be nearly perfect bands. Some moments are heavy as hell while others are beautiful beyond words. The eight member band is nearly an orchestra by itself with every instrument and voice used to add to the atmosphere, complimenting each other while not simply playing the same thing.
2Year of No Light

France: A band focused more on making a dark atmosphere that you find yourself lost in rather than hammering you down with heavy riffs. Everything builds up and flows together into a storm that hovers over you. Sometimes they have vocals, sometimes they don't.
Mass II: Sermons

Belgium: One of the darkest post-metal bands out there. The riffs are crushing, the mood is devastating, and, most notably, the vocals tear apart at your soul.
4Omega Massif

Germany: Brooding instrumental post-metal. Generally darker and heavier than anything Pelican has done.
5Time to Burn

France: This one really took me off guard. Somehow the band manages to be heavier than hell despite apparently using telecasters. Drop z strumming matched with screamo-like shrieks to kill. This shouldn't be missed.
Affliction, Endocrine...Vertigo

France: One of the most versatile and unique post-metal bands I've heard so far. Songs range from the suicidal "Buccolision" to the emo-like "Destroy All Dreamers Part III" to the 40 minute epic "Born Again."
A Modicum of Truth

Germany: Pretty typical but still excellent post-metal band. Has everything you expect, pretty post-rock sections mixed with heavy sludge riffs with powerful vocals over them.

United Kingdom: Mostly instrumental with the occasional vocals, the band utilizes great crushing riffs, a truckload of reverb, and everything else you'd expect from a post-metal band without simply being a copycat.
Myrra, Mordvynn, Marayaa

Switzerland: One of the heaviest and slowest out there. The band definitely focuses more on the doom/sludge aspects than the post-rock, endlessly putting devastating riff after devastating riff together into long songs and a thick black. They seem to have a fetish for long epics with their latest being the 70 minute "Heliogabalus."
10Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession

Italy: About half post-metal/half metalcore, it's still enough to put them on the list. The band is simply awe-inspiring with their mix of melody, emotion, and heavy, ranging from off-time dissonant riffing to modern post-hardcore clean singing.
Infinite Regress

Germany: This band loves build ups. They love to remain pretty and quiet, even throwing in the trombone sometimes, before shifting to a sludgy climax and then back again before you know it seamlessly.

Italy: I saw this band being promoted by Amenra so of course I checked them out and their brand new "Icon," which is still selling preorders. Another instrumental band that is dark as hell and generally sticks to shorter songs (in comparison to other post-metal) based on a riff or two or the more ambient-like ideas.
13The Ocean

Germany: While their latest two from 2010 don't match up to their past the band is still notable for the diversity and pure quality of songs. Most tracks are created by Robin Staps alone and can involve almost any speed, instruments from piano to the Berlin Orchestra, numerous (sometimes guest) vocalists, and can shift at any given time.

Finland: Almost a perfect middle for those who love the sludgy riffs and those who love the dark atmosphere. Calm jazzy sections are one thing that separates Callisto from other similar bands.

United Kingdom: A great example of what post-metal is, being a heavier cousin of post-rock, music that focuses more on atmosphere and texture than anything else yet still holding head-moving riffs. Sadly they broke up.
16Suffocate for Fuck Sake
Blazing Fires and Helicopters on the Fro

Sweden: Mixture of Funeral Diner screamo and Cult of Luna post-metal results in something emotional and heavy in every way possible. Lovers of either genre would love this even if the voice samples are slightly too common. There's a story here.
17At the Soundawn

Italy: Post-metal + extras such as jazzy trumpets and such for a more exciting atmosphere with twists and turns. Lots of clean singing too.

Poland: Everything that comes out of Poland seems to be so bleak and dark. Brilliant band with lots of cleans.
19Fields of Locust

Greece: Groovy post-metal? A great band that does everything right and certainly deserves more attention.
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