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Sowing's Metal Journey

Help me find my way. Here is a list of metal albums I have enjoyed - either in the past or recently. I tend to enjoy guitar-driven metal with distinct riffs, and there needs to be at least some sort of melody to latch onto. I seem to gravitate towards stuff that's "progressive", but very early Dream Theater aside, I hate the super theatrical and cliched sort of prog metal where it's all instrumental wankery to the point that they forget to write a damn song. If you're going to rec me anything, please equate it to an album on this list which it sounds close to. This will go a long way in motivating me to actually check it out. Thanks for helping me m/ harder.
Etemen Ænka

What I love about it: The insane riffs, the vocal balance (screams vs melodic), the sonic diversity which keeps it all sounding fresh.

What I love about it: The progressive and experimental elements, pretty much all of Lotus Eater and Heir Apparent.
The Smoke of Atavistic Fires

What I love about it: The constant pendulum swing between well-produced black metal and lush, imaginative indie-folk.
The Mantle

What I love about it: The dense, unforgiving wintry atmosphere. In The Shadow of Our Pale Companion is an all-time metal favorite of mine, especially when the clean vocals come in.
Ride the Lightning

What I love about it: The complexity of the guitar work. The longer and more complex the solos the better (Fade to Black). I love that the solos are so good but they never detour so far that they take away from the songs themselves.
Veil of Imagination

What I love about it: The sweeping, cinematic feel to it. Feels just as much like a grand theatrical production as it does a metal album.
Stare Into Death and Be Still

What I love about it: The guitar work all the way. Not a huge fan of these vocals, but they're okay in small doses. For me this is all about how phenomenal the guitars sound in terms of tone, complexity, grit...
Sacred White Noise

What I love about it: It's very dark/dense, yet entirely adventurous. Usually you don't find this kind of diversity in black metal.
9Dream Theater
Images and Words

What I love about it: The sheer skill on display. I feel like this is DT's best album, because there's a solid balance between obvious talent flaunting and memorable songwriting.

What I love about it: This is my favorite Underoath; it is just so intense. The lyrics and vocal variety between lower pitched "growls" and higher-pitched "clean vox" are perfect for me - see In Division for a prime example of this.
Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler

Rec'd by SUNNYVALE // What I liked: The dense atmosphere, caters to my folk needs. What I didn't like: Too raw, "tin can" sound, not a whole lot of variation (but it's black metal lol). Overall score: 4/5
Unfold the God Man

Rec'd by TYMAN // What I liked: The beefy riffs, the ballsy experimentation, the diversity, and outstanding production. What I didn't like: Nothing really, this is a huge winner in my book. Overall score: 4.5/5
Axioma Ethica Odini

Rec'd by THESPIRIT // What I liked: The guitar work, the blend of Agalloch-like banshee vocals combined with instrumental Opeth-isms. What I didn't like: Makes me want to listen to Agalloch or Opeth instead. Overall score: 4/5
Imaginary Sonicscape

Rec'd by HUGH PUDDLES // What I liked: The psychedelic influences, the weirdness of it all and unpredictability. What I didn't like: Seems distinctly *not a metal album* but someone said "let's have screeching banshee vox and that'll make it all dark and stuff". Some of the theatrical/cinematic (?) instrumentation was cheesy. Overall score: 3.5/5

Rec'd by TEAMSTER // What I liked: Awesome production, heavy riffs, varied tempos and composition, amazing vocalist. What I didn't like: At times has that ever-so-slightly cheesy prog feel, but mostly just that I didn't listen to this sooner. Overall score: 4.5/5
Rust in Peace

Rec'd by FEATHER (and a bunch of f'n bandwagoners smh) // What I liked: Guitar work absolutely owns both in complexity and tone. Instrumentation across the board is God-tier. What I didn't like: Vocalist doesn't seem to match the urgency/intensity of the music to me, something about this guy just makes me want to punch something and I dunno maybe it's just my mood right now. Overall score: 4/5
17Cult of Luna
A Dawn to Fear

Rec'd by MurdaBeatz // What I liked: Lots of intense, creepy guitar work and awesome clean vox when they actually happen. What I didn't like: The screaming vocals are predominant and are kind of annoying. Overall score: 3.5/5
18maudlin of the Well

Rec'd by LETSGOFISHING // What I liked: The fact that so much of this isn't even metal lmao. Most of the metal moments rule though, very experimental and proggy which I love. What I didn't like: the deep guttural growls are irritating as fuck and ruin certain moments. Score: 4/5

Rec'd by DEMONOFTHEFALL // What I liked: These guitars SHRED, baby. What I didn't like: Vocals are a fucking joke, holy hell. I can't take it seriously when vocalists just screech for a goddamn hour. Score: 3.5/5
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