Gojira-Fan wrote:Alice in Chains
If Nirvana is Punk mixed with Grunge, then Alice in Chains is Metal mixed with Grunge. Seriously, these guys have made some pretty awesome music and the band was at it's peak when Layne was the singer. The new singer actually deserves more credit then he is given, however. I went to one of their live shows, and it was absolutely incredible. Overall, awesome band.
Love me some AIC, I saw them in Boise last year and holy shit..it sounded better than the albums. Definitely one of the best rock performances I've seen, despite the Layne absence (new guy holds his own though, and is actually a better live performer than Layne was).
Here's my top ten of all time (I don't even listen to some of these bands anymore, this list reflects the bands that have had the most profound effect on me throughout the years):
1. Opeth - not just awesome metal..awesome MUSIC, period. I've never heard a band that combines genres so seamlessly and effortlessly before. Epic, epic shit; but also an acquired taste that demands (and rewards) multiple listens.
The rest, in no particular order...
Metallica (80's) - one of the reasons why I picked up the guitar
Carlos Santana - another reason I picked up guitar
Alice in Chains
Dream Theater - (can't stand
them anymore, but they were my number one favorite for years)
Akira Ifukube - one of my earliest influences...I honestly think his use of chromatics (12-tone scale) is one of the reasons I love dark music (Opeth is also VERY chromatic)
Jeremy Soule - his Oblivion score is sublime. My favorite classical score, ever.
Nevermore - Fantastic metal band.
Daniel Licht - Dexter Season One score. Nuff said.
Evergrey - another great melodic metal band (too bad they went to shit with the past few albums)
top ten list is completely different, however, and seems to change daily. A lot of jazz and old-school prog lately.