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My Top Ten Favourite Bands

Here are my top ten absolute favourite bands with descriptions as to why.

Perhaps the most prolific band in hardcore have a special place in my heart. Their entire discography is awesome and the more legendary albums such as Jane Doe and You Fail Me are some of the best in the genre. Their mix of ferocious chaos, brilliant and emotional lyricism and intuitive instrumentation struck a chord with me when I first listened to them and I've been an avid fan ever since.
2Pig Destroyer

Probably my favourite grindcore band ever. Prowler In the Yard has to be one of the most brutal albums ever made and is one of my most listened to records. Scott Hull pens some of the best riffs in the business, managing to retain an element of catchiness despite being insurmountably heavy. JR is a great vocalist and lyricist too. The concepts explored on Prowler and Terrifyer are just so engaging - overall, the band might just be the best grindcore band around.

Even though they may have abandoned their original sound, Opeth are still one of my most loved bands. Their mix of progressive metal and death metal was an exciting one and Akerfeldt has brilliant vocal talents as well as guitar chops. Another thing I like about them is how they can make such long songs that are so interesting and engaging, yet when you listen to them its no time at all.

Absolute titans of the post metal genre, Isis were masters of amalgamating dense and heavy with ambient and beautiful. I regularly listen to Oceanic, Panopticon and In the Absence of Truth and they never grow old. I just wish I'd have had the chance to see them live before they broke up.
5Poison the Well

These guys helped to pioneer the modern metalcore sound and in my opinion, they are one of the best in the genre. Jeffrey's vocals got so much better from The Opposite of December onward and Chris Hornbrook is one of the most original and inventive drummers around.

Meshuggah are one of the most consistent bands around. Their signature brand of technical polyrhythmic metal has so much groove behind it and they write killer riffs on those 8-string guitars. Haake is a formidable drummer too - witnessing him pull it off live was amazing to see.

Another very consistent band/ Each album they have released has its own identity and they have a fantastic array of different styling that make up their sound. Chino is a superb frontman - songs like Digital Bath blow me away from a vocal perspective. The way he can manipulate his voice is magical at times.
8The Dillinger Escape Plan

Incredibly technical they may be but DEP also know how to write killer songs. One of the best bands I've ever seen live and their discography is very impressive. Calculating Infinity is a classic mathcore album and one of my all time favourites. I'm glad I got to see them live a few times before they decided to disband too as they were truly unforgettable.
9Coheed and Cambria

The main thing I've always liked about Co&Ca is the vocals. Claudio has a very unique and likeable tone about him and the music is just as good too. Second Stage Turbine Blade and In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 are exceptionally brilliant albums. Even though the music is less complex in comparison to a lot of other progressive bands, it is wonderfully written.
10Porcupine Tree

Once again, another band that is no stranger to consistency. Besides that, Steven Wilson is both a great vocalist and very competent guitarist. Out of all modern progressive rock bands, Porcupine Tree have always stuck out as one of the best. Their sound is different on each album and many of these records have great replay value.
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