What do you mean, metal? Steel or alloy? Cast or forged?
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@lowrider57, I know, also distortion is a desired element of the genre. But even given that, Opeth for instance sounds really, really good. Well recorded, and of course the music is excellent. It's just that I dislike the growling vocals. I'm a fan of Iron Maiden esque melodious stuff, wondering if there are current/modern bands that capture that feel but also with high fidelity.
Pantera albums were well recorded as well. But I know their music already.
Hmm, checking out Ghost on YouTube, they are pretty good!
Opeth for reference:
We can argue whether ACDC is hard rock or metal but this one sounded real good on my system: Stiff Upper Lip (CD). Angus Young's Gibson SG playing was particularly striking for its drive and power! Speaking of power the newly-released one is called Power Up - and was produced as a tribute to the late Malcom Young!
The point isn’t about metal bands and good albums, there are hundreds. But rather what is very well recorded and produced as well. Every genre has that. Typically electronic music is considered non audiophile but certain artists care about the quality a lot and the albums sound absolutely mind blowing on a good system. I am looking for recommendations on similar stuff from metal bands. Aforementioned Ghost’s Prequelle is really good. I’ll call it pop metal, retro style, which is what I actually prefer. 80’s style melodic stuff. Hard rock is fine too. For instance, I am sure a lot of progressive metal albums were recorded well by Devin Townsend et al, as they are neurotic about things. But I don’t enjoy the genre that much, too complex.
Yeah, Queens of the Stone Age is bad-ass. I'm surprised that nobody has yet mentioned Metallica. Even their name says it all. They were very early heavy metal and basically began the genre. Their recordings are typically very well done. Get their live concert recording, from France. Only on DVD, but wow, it is something.
Tool, as mentioned above, is a good example too. However, stay away from their picture albums. Absolutely horrible production of vinyl. I bought it and waited too long to be able to return it. I sold it at a loss, on eBay. Absolutely unplayable, garbage piece of vinyl (if you have a high resolution system). The music is good though. I may try again, but only on black vinyl, no picture disc.