Often used to describe bands like Pantera and Exhorder. With mid-tempo riffs similar to those found in Thrash Metal and a tendency to focus more on groovy syncopation and heaviness than outright speed.
Yeah, I was kind of surprised by that. I personally don't mind a bit more melodic approach, although I kind of feel like the opening and closing riff were kind of just tacked on to make the song more...I don't know...palatable? I guess what's important to me is that they still maintain their signature despite the more melodic (dare I say progressive?) aspects, because nearly all of my favorite bands have thrown away what made them unique in order to "evolve" into a generic sound. This makes me even more curious about what the new album is going to sound like, in any case.
I don't think I could pick a favorite album from them. It's true they don't really tread any new ground as far as the genre in question, and I probably like them a bit more than I would otherwise simply because Frost is behind the kit. I guess if I had to pick a favorite, maybe Hellfire?
That being said, I believe this band is very much an acquired taste. The first time I ever heard any of their material it was almost unlistenable, if that makes any sense. But I became enamored with their sound and couldn't stop listening and now they're one of my favorite current black metal outfits. I remember hearing Liberation for the first time and I immediately imagined Dante's Inferno or something, the atmosphere was just incredible. Also I've been dying to see these guys live for years and have never gotten the chance. From the videos I've seen they put on one hell of a live show (pun intended?)
Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back in Town
Boston - Peace of Mind
ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart
Warlock - All We Are
Motley Crue - Looks That Kill
Suicidal Tendencies - The Feeling's Back
WASP - Cries in the Night
But this is my work playlist, so no extreme metal.