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Hey there :D I'm hoping this forum can get me a little more inspired again. Music has always been a big part of my life but it's been a while since I actively searched for new music and stuff. I've been listening to metal for about 10 years now and my favourite bands and genres have slowly changed during that time. I have gone through these phases where I went completely crazy about something until I had enough of it and found something else ^^' There are a couple of bands that seem to have withstood this, such as Insomnium, Alcest, Agalloch, Swallow The Sun, Fen and (old) In Flames. And right now I mostly enjoy listening to melodeath and -core bands, preferably without clean vocals (the likes of Heaven Shall Burn). But I'm open for anything, really, so recommendations are always welcome!So, hopefully I'll get to discover great bands and meet some cool people in the process ;).

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Hello and welcome to the forum. I hope we can help turn you on to some new bands but I'm certainly not the guy to hit up for melodeath and -core recommendations. I have a total of two melodeath albums and 2 grindcore albums (which probably isn't what you were looking for anyway)

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Welcome! Yobo will love your taste... We've got several recommendations threads to browse if you search through the genre-specific subforums. I like a bunch of older melodeath (and melodic black metal) as well, though I can't stand the melodic metalcore that developed from it. These aren't all melodeath but they have great melodic sensibility: A Canorous Quintet, old At The Gates and Dark Tranquillity, Sacramentum; old Katatonia and October Tide; if you're feeling the black metal, Dawn, Diabolical Masquerade, Furia (a newer band but I have to plug them), maybe Vinterland, old Rotting Christ, the first Ulver album, perhaps the first Naglfar; the first two Amorphis albums for something more basic; some less celebrated melodeath like Eucharist and Gardenian; darker stuff like older Bethlehem, or Shining (SWE)... And plenty more to find in various threads.

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Really? Well, I guess Dutch-speaking folk have a good taste in music! :P But just to be clear, I'm not limited to those genres. Those are just the ones that get me excited most easily right now, I guess. FatherAlabaster, thanks for your recommendations! I'll be sure to check out the ones I don't know yet :D Deathstorm: I tend to get attached most to the first album I listen to (and makes me fall in love with the band) and in Insomnium's case that would be Across the dark. Also, not sure if you realised, but I'm a girl ;)

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Really? Well' date=' I guess Dutch-speaking folk have a good taste in music! :P But just to be clear, I'm not limited to those genres. Those are just the ones that get me excited most easily right now, I guess. FatherAlabaster, thanks for your recommendations! I'll be sure to check out the ones I don't know yet :D Deathstorm: I tend to get attached most to the first album I listen to (and makes me fall in love with the band) and in Insomnium's case that would be Across the dark. Also, not sure if you realised, but I'm a girl ;)[/quote'] Most of the subforum recommendation threads FA talked about should be sitting near the top so you won't have to scroll far to find them. The black, death, doom, prog and thrash metal devoted threads are certainly right near the top. Not sure about the power or folk metal devoted threads.
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