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Offline ReignInBloodyGore

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Heavy Metal Essentials
« on: September 06, 2016, 05:37:02 PM »
Hey guys!  I promise I didn't join the forum only to request help finding stuff.  The thing is, since my time really frequenting the site, I've found a lot of love for Heavy Metal here.  I am not limited to my current taste trends (old school death and thrash currently) and want to branch out.

I want to hear from you what some required listening is to help me get started to appreciate heavy metal more. I don't have anything against cleaner singing (I used to love Sonata Arctica, Ayreon, and Kamelot) back around 2005-2008-ish. I would expect to hear Powerslave and Painkiller, but I'm especially hoping someone can point out some others. I recently heard Ironsword and felt pretty good listening to them the other night.

Any suggestions for getting a good start would be appreciated!

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 07:08:21 PM »
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Symphony X - Iconoclast
Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle
While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Visigoth - The Revenant King

Just off the top of my head
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Offline Nosrac1691

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 11:13:54 PM »
The first four Candlemass albums
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
Queensr˙che - Operation: Mindcrime
Kamelot - The Black Halo
Symphony X - Paradise Lost
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Nightwish - Century Child
Falconer - Falconer
Iced Earth - Alive in Athens
The first seven Maiden albums are all essential as far as I'm concerned, with Seventh Son of a Seventh Son being my (current) favorite.

Also off the top of my head.

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2016, 12:29:30 AM »

Kamelot - The Black Halo
Nightwish - Century Child

The Black Halo was my favorite album back in the year it came out as well as the following year. What a fantastic record!  And I loved Roy's smooth but powerful voice!

Also had that Nightwish album. Went through a phase enjoying the female vocals. I thought Once was a masterpiece album.
Thanks for the suggestions.

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2016, 12:31:07 AM »
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Symphony X - Iconoclast
Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle
While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Visigoth - The Revenant King

Just off the top of my head

Thanks for the suggestions Mike!  I picked up a Symphony X album in a pawn shop over a decade ago. It was a brilliant album. Can't remember which one at the moment.
Haven't even heard of those others. I'll dig into them soon~

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2016, 01:51:15 AM »
Running Wild - Black Hand Inn
Absu - Tara
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain (Some will argue "Pale Folklore" or "The Mantle" are better but I pref this album)
Suidakra - Signs for the Fallen
Bal-Sagoth - The Chthonic Chronicles
Battleroar - Age of Chaos
Destroyer 666 - Defiance

These are just a few more obscure things i tried to think of off the top of my head.

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2016, 07:34:41 AM »
Mechanical Poet-Woodland Prattlers
Summoning-Oath Bound
The Ruins of Beverast-any
Tyr-Eric the Red
Crimson Glory-Transcendence
Wolves in the Throne Room-Diadem of 12 Stars
Celtic Legacy-Resurrection

Among many others I could make but haven't thought up at the moment.
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Offline ReignInBloodyGore

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2016, 11:30:34 AM »
Thanks for suggestions guys.

To be clear, I am not looking for black metal, folk, melodic death, or any of those types of metal. I really wanted pure heavy metal suggestions. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ironsword, Manilla Road, those kinds.  I really didn't even mean for power metal suggestions either. I've gone down the power metal road before.

Am I getting the term "heavy metal" wrong, and it actually is just an umbrella term for all metal?  If so, I should specify it differently I guess.

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2016, 12:12:39 PM »
Hyborian Steel
Grey Wolf
Omen
Isen-Torr
Hellwell

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2016, 12:52:03 PM »
Hyborian Steel
Grey Wolf
Omen
Isen-Torr
Hellwell

I heard some of the new Hyborian Steel album on YouTube a few days ago and was the reason I felt an increasing interest in this area of metal. Solid stuff.
Thanks for the suggestions!

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2016, 03:15:15 PM »
Thanks for suggestions guys.

To be clear, I am not looking for black metal, folk, melodic death, or any of those types of metal. I really wanted pure heavy metal suggestions. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ironsword, Manilla Road, those kinds.  I really didn't even mean for power metal suggestions either. I've gone down the power metal road before.

Am I getting the term "heavy metal" wrong, and it actually is just an umbrella term for all metal?  If so, I should specify it differently I guess.

You could say Traditional Metal or even better, True Metal.
Absolutely essential:
Atlantean Kodex - The Golden Bough (Specifically the song Pilgrim)
In the legendary words of Sargon the Terrible
Fear not, for this is the deliverance from false metal we all hoped for, as there is no metal truer than this. The Golden Bough thunders and shimmers like a storm of everything True Metal is supposed to be. The riffs are worthy of Quorthon at his best, the melodies are beyond haunting, and the production is heavy as a fucking iron warhammer. The album opens up in grand style with the massive "Fountain of Nepenthe" before it gets even better with "Pilgrim" – an interpretation of the Sacred King myth that may be the best Epic Metal song ever written by anybody. This one song sums up everything Atlantean Kodex is about, and if that was the only song they had ever recorded they would still be legendary.

Judas Priest - Stained Class, Defenders of the Faith, Painkiller


Good picks:
Noble Beast - Noble beast (Check out the song Behold the face of your enemy)
Axehammer - Windrider  (Check out the song Windrider)

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2016, 03:30:04 PM »
Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian/No Exit
Crypt Sermon - Out Of The Garden
Trial - Vessel
Steel Prophet - Messiah
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Jacob's Dream - Theater Of War

Offline Sirliftsalot48

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2016, 04:24:46 PM »
Based on your description, I'd second everything in Sargon's list and add a couple that I think fit into the style of heavy metal you are looking for.

Battlerage - Steel Supremacy
Brocas Helm - Black Death
Cauldron Born - Born of the Cauldron
Cirith Ungol - One Foot in Hell
Sacred Steel - Iron Blessings (utilizes some death growls in their heavy metal)
Skullview - Kings of the Universe
Wrathblade - Into the Netherworld's Realm

I'd start with Battlerage and Wrathblade.  I think they are the closest to what you are looking for.

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2016, 10:04:53 PM »
Oh yeah, Cauldron Born.  And Skullview.

Also Battleroar Age of Chaos

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Re: Heavy Metal Essentials
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2016, 11:07:10 PM »
Ahhh if you want straight Heavy Metal you should have said so lol!!

Have to mention the Battleroar again, its soooo good!!

Crystal Viper - Most of their stuff, but their first album mainly!
Enforcer - "Diamonds" or "Death by Fire"
Twisted Tower Dire - "Crest of the Martyrs" or "Isle of the Hyrda"
White Wizzard - Over the Top (not essential but a kick ass album none the less)
The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Almost anything by these guys is gold!