I don’t have a favourite genre of metal. The metal tree has branched profusely from the trunk that bore Sabbath’s doom and Maiden’s heavy metal. Just about every one of those branches has produced delicious fruit.
I do listen more to some types of metal, though. Two of the styles that I love greatly are progressive and melodic death. When I was doing my manual bubble-sort of my best songs of the last 21 years, it just happened that the pair of songs that take their turn today are both melodic death, and both come from Sweden.
As the metal-jazz-prog hybrid on the MetalJazzProg State Of Mind team, I love it when I hit upon a band that fits into two of my Best-Of lists. Liquid Tension Experiment was one such band, highly rated in both metal and prog circles.
Dark Metal Cat loves it when any band plays Dark-anything. He strongly approves of Moonspell. When I tell him the Portuguese girl who snagged my heart for a while when I was young was a redhead, he says it doesn’t matter as long as it was very dark red.
Dark Metal Cat’s ears really pricked up when he saw Alabama Thunderpussy on the list for today. He was expecting a Southern belle with a purr like a fuzzy amplifier. He was just as excited to see Agalloch on the list because he claims he invented dark metal.
He refuses to accept that both bands were born long before he was.
Today’s words of wisdom and solid advice, based on personal and very recent experience: If you’re wearing headphones, your cat is sitting on your keyboard and you start nodding your head rhythmically in time to the music, your cat may think you want to play a game. If he bites you on the top of your head, don’t say I didn’t warn you.