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    Posted: 05 Sep 2022 at 9:14pm
Got a guy at work who's a bit curious about metal. He's into proggy stuff already, so I directed him to Prog Archives. He's also after some recommendations in the "synthwave/darksynth/synthmetal" (his words) area, which I know next to nothing about. I could recommend Deafheaven, but beyond that I'm stuck.

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He´ll find a lot of interesting prog metal on PA, but I know exactly as little as you do about synthwave/darksynth/synthmetal", so I ain´t much help here.
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The only band I can think of atm that comes close to that description is maybe Dope Stars Inc.?
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The metal I first got into via prog was probably Agalloch... but I already listened to the classics before that
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I was just talking to him today. Another friend had suggested Avenged Sevenfold, so he's trying them for a bit. Agalloch might be a bit of a stretch just yet.Wink
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Well Avenged Sevenfold doesn´t sound anything like what you suggested in your original post, but personally I like their City of Evil album. That album is a winner in my book.
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Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

Well Avenged Sevenfold doesn´t sound anything like what you suggested in your original post, but personally I like their City of Evil album. That album is a winner in my book.

Yeah, I know.Big smile He really doesn't know a lot about metal, but he's quite young and keen so I don't want to scare him off.
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Mastodon's Crack the Skye should be a reasonably easy going introduction to accessible proggy metal with a touch of the heavier side thrown in for good measure.

That was one of my introductions to anything heavier than Iron Maiden or nu metal and was definitely an important stage in getting into some of the furthest extremities of metal.
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Most people who listen to more extreme forms of metal went through several gateway genres before reaching the most extreme end of the spectrum....hell I was once a major Bon Jovi fan Big smile and look at me now...

... oh oh Livin´ on a Prayer Cool


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After growing up on a diet of The Beatles, I went through phases of britpop, indie rock and pop-punk and whatever other alternative rock was big in the late 90s/early 00s. Big turning point for me (amusingly enough) was the film School of Rock. Got me into classic rock, Iron Maiden etc and I have never stopped passing through gateways ever since
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Originally posted by BitterJalapeno BitterJalapeno wrote:

Mastodon's Crack the Skye should be a reasonably easy going introduction to accessible proggy metal with a touch of the heavier side thrown in for good measure.

That was one of my introductions to anything heavier than Iron Maiden or nu metal and was definitely an important stage in getting into some of the furthest extremities of metal.

Oh yeah, I always forget Mastodon because I don't like 'em.LOL

He mentioned Cult of Luna so I've recommended Neurosis and Isis. I think we're heading the right way now.Smile
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Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

Most people who listen to more extreme forms of metal went through several gateway genres before reaching the most extreme end of the spectrum....hell I was once a major Bon Jovi fan Big smile and look at me now...

... oh oh Livin´ on a Prayer Cool

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Yeah and I discovered Metallica...and Justice for All Cool
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Ah, I went So Far, So Good...So What! and THEN ...And Justice For All.Wink
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If he likes Cult of Luna already there's hundreds of atmosludge bands
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Yeah, he didn't give me much to work with initially.LOL Knowing that opened up heaps of possibilities.
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People often ask me what I listen to, and I find it really difficult to explain, if they don´t already have a pretty vast understanding of heavy metal and it´s many subgenres. If I said grind, death, thrash, and doom in here, most of you would already know just about where my preferences lie, although all those subgenres also have subgenres of their own, but at least you´d have a basic understanding of it. People at work and other random people I run into don´t have the understanding that heavy metal is anything else than the big bands they know, and even artists like Volbeat, Metallica, and Guns´n´Roses sound like noise to some people LOL. How could I even start to explain to them that there is a world of difference between an artist like Metallica and say for example an artists like Napalm Death. To them it most likely will sound like noise no matter what I put on Cool, so I´ve given up explaining to non-metal heads what I listen to. Only those showing a genuine interest are worth spending time on. The rest...oh well they don´t know what they are missing, and most are incapable of understanding.
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I had one job where we listened to music all day and my coworker didn't much like metal, oddly enough we listened to lots of The Ocean 
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