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ColeMiner
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:09 pm 
 

I've been listening to some DSBM, funeral and death/doom and I love em and I love lot of bands in my checklist from these genres but I'm kinda fed up with the harsh vocals. I want something simpler where I can understand the lyrics. Where the vocals sound human so I can relate to the music easily. I was thinking something along the line of pop or rock music. I guess trad doom would work as long as the band focuses of despair and melancholy

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Numerator_41
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:55 pm 
 

Not exactly "mainstream" but you could check out Dan Barrett's two projects, Giles Corey and Have a Nice Life. Giles Corey is an acoustic/folk sort of thing, and HANL is a post-punk sorta thing.

http://gilescorey.bandcamp.com/album/giles-corey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pp9DC56hh8
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:01 pm 
 

It's almost cliché to mention them in regards to depressing music, but Joy Division, especially the second album "Closer". They were starting to move away from their punk roots by this point; to paraphrase the band's designer Peter Saville, while the first album "Unknown Pleasures" is like a streetlit Manchester underpass at night, "Closer" is like the city's cathedral. The final two tracks especially are particularly harrowing, I find them very hard to listen to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcKGqgwLzjA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m4xjzZr6fo
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ColeMiner
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:44 am 
 

I am familiar with Joy Division and I actually like Unknown Pleasures more but thanks anyway

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Erotetic
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:34 am 
 

ColeMiner wrote:
focuses on despair and melancholy


Passenger's "Let Her Go"
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joppek
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:08 am 
 

balbulus wrote:
the band's designer


wait, what?


anyway, perhaps gary jules' cover of tears for fears' mad world, or some poets of the fall

or to be super obvious...
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ColeMiner
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:21 am 
 

I have watched Donnie Darko and love that Gary Jules song. Also a big fan of Poets of the Fall but songs like Late Goodbye is exactly what I am looking for. I'm obviously familiar with Johnny Cash. Thanks for trying though

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joppek
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:01 am 
 

how about mazzy star's into dust
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ColeMiner
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:46 am 
 

Also familiar with them and Hope Sandoval's another band. Like all their albums

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Unity
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:22 am 
 

Check out Depeche Mode's "Playing The Angel" album, especially the songs "A Pain That I'm Used To", "Suffer Well" and "The Sinner In Me".
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:55 am 
 

ColeMiner wrote:
Also familiar with them and Hope Sandoval's another band. Like all their albums


well damn, i'm gonna have to break out the big gun of pain
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doomster999
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:53 pm 
 

Alice in Chains is as far as depressive mainstream could get. Also, a decent amount of their material is semi-doom metallic.
I guess you're already familiar with them.




Newer Marillion could do the trick although they are not at all metal or hard rock and not quite mainstream these days. Atmospheric/alternative/prog rock.


And last but not the least is the great Tom Waits.





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ColeMiner
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:01 pm 
 

I love Tom Waits. I'll check out Alice In Chains and Marillion. I never really cared about AiC before and didnt know Marillion was depressive. thanks

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Yayattasa
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:18 am 
 

As others said, Joy Division.
Also, mid career Katatonia, Paradise Lost and Anathema will probably do it for you.
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