You know when bands are technical for technical's sake? Relentless Mutation is, thankfully, not that. This is absolutely top-notch Technical Death Metal - well-written, well thought-out, and features a merciful run time.... do we really need 50+ minute injections of TDM?
In a late-career dose of inspired song-making, The Damned combine their disparate musical interests into a cohesive musical statement, unheard of in this fashion since The Damned's own 1982 release, Strawberries.
Come Clarity finds In Flames somewhere between the melodic death metal of Whoracle and the alternative sound of Soundtrack to Your Escape. The mixture here provides for a highly emotive and energetic set of songs.
There are few bands who can play as technical of music while still being able to write even halfway decent vocal melodies, never mind the truly top-notch vocal melodies (and harmonies!) contained herein.
Relative to punk music, post-punk is less aggressive and more experimental. In fact, some of the most unique music of the time period, and still to this day, came from the period ranging from the late '70's through the early '80's.
Missing the heaviness Opeth's older sound? Black Crown Initiate has the cure. Their stunning debut EP Song of the Crippled Bull is four tracks of exemplary sometimes melodic, often brutal, technical death metal.
T.S.O.L.'s Dance With Me finds the band halfway between transitioning from their hardcore punk roots to full-on deathrock. It may come off as the band having a slight identity crisis - the band often oscillates between straight early-'80's SoCal hardcore punk and being legit progenitors of the deathrock sub-genre, but it isn't a half-hearted attempt.
Ideamen have created an impressive and cohesive musical statement with Schemata. Being one of the most accessible experimental/art rock groups puts them in a strange place: too left-of-center for most, too normal for others.
Right off the bat, one is stricken by the abrasiveness of the synth parts, the distorted drums, and the abrupt shifts in sound and style. This album sounds like commercial appeal was one of the last things on Ye's mind. A truly bold move for such a high-profile artist.
In A Poem Unlimited, loosely built around a framework of experimental electro-pop, covers an astonishing amount of ground during the course of its 11 tracks. The album frequently steps outside even these loose bounds though, drawing direct influence from several decades of musical movements.
Dog Fashion Disco's Adultery is an incredible journey in sound and storytelling.
Angel Du$t's Rock the Fuck on Forever is a unique entry in hardcore's canon. Imagine if you will, the Ramones - keeping the melodic hooks and raw sound in mind, except instead of the band looking to The Beach Boys and '50's Rock N' Roll for inspiration, look towards modern hardcore and several era's of rock-based pop music.