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.
Looking for recommendations and feedback on how to improve or what was good about the list.
Atheist is overrated as hell. I don't care how many time signatures you can throw in a 3 minute song and how edgy your vocals can be, there's nothing progressive about that. It doesn't progress and the songs are way too short to actually execute a concept. I listened to Unquestionable Presence once and I don't think I'll try the band again. Even progressive death and progressive thrash is a hit-or-miss.
Albums that almost made it: South of Heaven, Crimson (E.O.S.), Facelift, Left Hand Path, Evil Empire, The New Order, Metal Church, Punishment for Decadence, Scream Bloody Gore, Somewhere in Time, Thundersteel, Open the Gates, Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!, Years of Decay, Agent Orange, Balls to the Wall, Badmotorfinger, 10,000 Days, Nightfall, White Pony, The Last in Line, Walls of Jericho, Nihil, Herzeleid, All for One, Illusions (Sadus), Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law, Show No Mercy, Toxicity, and Bloody Kisses.
Never got into his work but I appreciate it I guess. Guitar sound is totally unique and interesting but I've kind of felt it to be more boring and not really my style. I'm not a big fan of black metal outside of first wave. He isn't bad though.
I read Kraken several years ago and remember enjoying it. I was never really into fantasy that much, so I never read any of his other books.
I just finished Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy. Currently I am reading a collection of short stories written by Franz Kafka - some are quite interesting!