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About Franconia

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  • Birthday August 21


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    I'm a young adult who likes a lot of music, but listens to mainly metal, hard rock, and prog rock. My favorite subgenres of metal are without a doubt heavy metal-the original style pioneered by Sabbath and a lot of NWOBHM type stuff-, thrash metal (both melodic and aggressive) and alternative metal (it's a broad term but I like stuff like Tool, NIN, Faith No More, etc.). I'm open to most recommendations but find a lot of modern day metal to be vastly overrated and subpar, but I'll give it a listen.
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    Massachusetts | Washington D.C. (College)
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    Weightlifting, studying, I work as a camp counselor

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  1. Debate over which is the superior album. If you asked me a year ago I would've picked RiP simply because that got me into Megadeth and I'd listened to it a lot more that Peace Sells. But after some relistens I've concluded that I enjoy PS is the superior album. Now, I love them both and think that they're some of the finest thrash albums to date (I ranked PS #6 on my list of greatest metal albums and RiP #24 on the same list). Basically what it comes down to is consistency and intensity. It's almost inarguable than PS is Megadeth's angriest and most bitter album, even darker and more
  2. I really really don't like Slipknot but used to enjoy them so I remember a good chunk of both their debut album and Iowa. I honestly despise their debut album and think it's more rap metal oriented and deliberately "extreme" and find it a disorganized mess. I mean, a couple tracks are acceptable (Wait and Bleed is fine), but in general I'd rather listen to Brian Eno's ambient albums than that album (i like Eno just find his ambient work boring). I still don't really like Iowa but I respect it and find it to be a jump up from their debut album. I think it's decent despite its weaknesses an
  3. Most of the metal I like came from the 80s and the 90s was okay for metal... 90s had a lot of alternative metal, some of which I like, some of which I hate, but overall a good decade. The main problem is though, that the good bands often hit commercial success with metal back then and although it was very good it helped inspire countless other bands to aim for commercial success when they were subpar bands. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, etc. all were very good bands with awesome music and they achieved commercial success (hitting the UK Top 100
  4. No. It's just normal for every genre to have a good stretch and a bad stretch. Hip hop and electronic pop (not calling today's bullshit synthpop because I quite like 80s synthpop) are dominant genres but eventually they'll become less dominant and another genre will take over the charts. Metal was never intended to be a dominant genre and it was supposed to be a fairly underground genre and that's how it is today. I mean, there is some metal in the charts and when big bands like Maiden, Priest, or Metallica, especially, release something it charts well. But the older and more popular band
  5. Korn-Life Is Peachy I used to be a fan of the band and today can respect some of their albums and songs but even when i was younger I really found this album disturbing and atrocious. I don't think of many albums as absolutely atrocious but there is nothing redeeming about this pile of shit. Path of Totality used to be my shit but now it's pathetic. Equally as bad as LiP.
  6. I didn't say the lyrics were edgy. I care more about the music itself than lyrics and I don't necessarily care about edgy lyrics unless they're truly fucking awful, which plagues a lot of modern metal. But I'm not a fan of Shaefer's vocals; perhaps edgy wasn't the correct terminology but they're still rather poor, in relative comparison to a lot of other death metal vocalists. But it's not my cup of tea and I don't need to fall into a hive mind. I'm okay if others like them and I don't think UP is necessarily a terrible album, but I'm just not a fan. I came off too aggressive and hostile, I gu
  7. This may be a metal forum but I'm willing to bet that a good chunk of this community likes The Beatles, some as much as I do (i fucking love this band). For those who like The Beatles, argue which one is their greatest album. I choose Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, even though I like Revolver and Rubber Soul more. By 1967, there was nothing in the mainstream that was nearly as ambitious, experimental and determined as SPLHCB. It's a completely flawless album-each song is amazing, the transitions and production by Martin is outstanding (just listen to A Day in the Life)
  8. this isn't metal but still an amazing song nonetheless. Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin This was my parent's wedding song and it's one of my favorites... it's so beautiful and perfect. Youtube link is above.
  9. I'm not huge into black metal or death metal, especially bm. I like a good amount of first wave bm or dm but a lot of albums I don't love enough to make it into my top 100. If I choose to expand the list to 150 or 200, you'll see a lot more representation in those subgenres. And I have listened to a lot of modern metal and can't find many albums that I actually enjoy. I grew up listening to a lot of modern metal from many subgenres and many different bands but nowadays, I don't enjoy most and the ones I do i don't like nearly enough to be on the list.
  10. I'm a fan of straightforward heavy metal, as you've probably seen, but I can't help but think that Side B of Heaven and Hell is just lackluster, average heavy metal with no defining characteristics and nothing to hone on. Which sucks, because I really enjoy Side A of it. But I've been relistening to a lot of "classics" recently and decided that a good portion of these "classics" or "essentials" are mediocre and overrated. Agree to disagree, and I can definitely understand why it's a popular album. I still admire Dio greatly.
  11. Who would expect that in 2018, Nine Inch Nails would release a hit album that not only ranks as one of the best in their entire discography, but one of the best albums of the year? Certainly not me, as I have disregarded most of their work after Year Zero simply because it wasn't particularly innovating or exciting. So this is a surprisingly great album.It's also a bit of an odd one at first glance. This is barely over 30 minutes and it's still a full-length album. For Nine Inch Nails, who have made very, very long albums (see The Fragile or Ghosts I-IV), a 30-minute release that's not an EP i
  12. This is easily Black Sabbath's most overrated album, without a doubt, and it's one of the weaker albums that Ronnie James Dio appeared on. I used to think of this as a masterpiece and a 4.5/5 star album but after some relistens, it reeks of typical 80s' cheesiness and inconsistency. Now, I do think it's a good album, but not great, and just slightly above average. I mean, it is one of the better heavy metal albums to come out of the 1980s, but still not excellent. Side A is actually great and is the highlight of the album. The 4 songs are great, consistent, and awesome. "Neon Knights" kick
  13. 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
  14. Hey guys, so I finished a list on Rateyourmusic of my 100 favorite metal albums. I promise it's not spam, it's a legitimate site and i'm just trying to get recommendations. Now, this list is ordered and highly calculated and each rank is exact and my opinion. https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Franconia/the-100-greatest-metal-albums/ Now, RYM's metal community is a lot different from that on this site and other metal forums. I appreciate getting recommendations but there are a lot of popular artists and bands that i don't really care for. But yeah, please leave recommendations in this si
  15. I'd rather spend 87 minutes listening to Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You Black Emperor! than relisten to The Book of Souls. As much as I have disdain for post-rock and hipster bullshit at least the ambient can get interesting at points, unlike the album we're talking about here.
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