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McCannFan
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:36 pm 
 

I'm looking for well-written melodic death or heavy melodic music that is non-standard but not avant-garde. Some of this will be categorized as "progressive" but some won't be. Lots of time changes, interesting leads and song structures, and lots going on, without being all over the place. Also want an aggressive edge to the music, and it can't be too happy. The heavier and more badass, the better. Harsh vocals preferred but not required.

Examples:
Archons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAes7qIJXII)
Nevermore's This Godless Endeavor
In Mourning

Some bands that play this style like to throw in symphonic elements that give off that "carnival" sound, which I think is fucking ridiculous, so I'm not interested in any of that.

Thanks.

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androdion
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Location: Portugal
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:26 pm 
 

Do you know Quo Vadis? They fit right in.
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Evil_Obsidian
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Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 2:05 pm
Posts: 374
Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:29 pm 
 

This may take your fancy
De Profundis - Release http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgymx59izc0

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IanThrash
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Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:56 pm
Posts: 890
Location: Argentina
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:09 pm 
 

Phantasmagory is an ukranian progressive death metal act with lots of jazzy elements here and there, their second album "Odd Sounds" is amazing so check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijy9T23tdJ8


Melodeath´s gods Dismember are an obvious choice


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB8Tqe5om30


Castrum is another underground ukranian band , but this one is more agressive and melodic than progressive


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=562pqhx ... ature=plcp

If you havent listened to Obscura yet, its a good moment to start!
Extremely skilled and agressive death metal in a Chuck Schuldiner/Atheist vein

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mesr2siegRg


Bloodshot Down is an awesome melodic death metal band full of agression and technique
with variety of vocals and non stoping riffing, althought they have a lot of melody
they never put down their agressive side


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40PMzd-xjos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCnDl_bJKco
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iriki
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Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:02 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:08 pm 
 

I think Obscura would appeal to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mesr2siegRg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qzk-klBIxM

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Smalley
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:19 pm 
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ4ioEQ7okM

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pbsisbad
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Joined: Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:39 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:59 am 
 

Hung is progressive melodic death metal.

Symbolic is more melodic than Hung.

Ordinance is prog death. It still has melody, but is more brutal than the previous two.

Eyeless is less aggressive than Ordinance.

This may seem obvious, but check out Opeth if you haven't already. It seems to fit the bill.

I third Obscura, and if you liked that, check out Beyond Creation.

Edit: Actually, I was going to recommend Wretched, but decided against it. I second Wretched.
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WingedOctopus
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Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:41 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:32 am 
 

Son of Perdition by Wretched is exactly what you need. Drop everything and listen to it now!
http://open.spotify.com/album/0OPZpBayhiakP2BUWa2aX8
I don't even want to post an individual song to inadvertently short sell how good this album is, but in case you don't have spotify, try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YBcX9JcvcQ

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gummyfish
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Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:13 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:41 pm 
 

Augury seems to me to be exactly what you're looking for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hlSMQ-_WAU

this one has a cameo of Leilindell from Unexpet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I45eeUvo ... ults_video

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MARSDUDE
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Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:17 pm
Posts: 1660
Location: Canardia
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:59 pm 
 

Disillusion (from Germany) might interest you. Their first album "Back To Times Of Splendor" may be your thing.

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PromeIncarn
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Joined: Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:31 pm
Posts: 212
Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:59 pm 
 

Ever heard the originals?

At the Gates- The Red in the Sky is Ours
and
Sentenced- North From Here

fit this request perfectly

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DraakUla
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Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:38 am
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Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:37 pm 
 

Allegaeon is melodic/technical and catchy as hell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZncpOfz7oaU

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henkkjelle
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Joined: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:54 pm
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Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:06 am 
 

Vehemence's album God Was Created for sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NNCoif_6FQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULFjFKiT ... re=related
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Dave_o_rama
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:35 pm 
 

Neuraxis would be a great choice for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCs7vHm3E1c

Also, seconding pretty much everything in this thread.
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u_sir_r_a_faggot
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Location: Bangladesh
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:42 pm 
 

Can't go much wrong with Arsis. Kickass melodic techdeath. They even got real long epic songs
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GravityLapse
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Joined: Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:54 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:33 pm 
 

Seconding Neuraxis, but check out their earlier albums first, especially Truth Beyond and Trilateral Progression.

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