The new Animals As Leaders album. Metal just doesn't get any more jazzy than this.
Also been listening to a lot of Periphery. I guess my recent Dream Theater show has brought back my interest in the technical side of music. Anyone have any good recommendations for more prog metal bands, specifically the ones that fit heavily into jazz fusion?
If you like Animals as Leaders (who are awesome live, BTW) and Periphery, you should definitely check out Tesseract. At least, you should check out their album "One
". It's a friggin' amazing album, unfortunately the singer on the album left the band shortly after its release. What I've heard from the new singer singing the "old" material just doesn't sit well with me.
If you haven't already, you should also check out Intronaut (amazing live), Isis, Mastodon, and Last Chance to Reason (amazing live, too).
Tesseract - Nascent
TesseracT - Deception, Concealing Fate Part 2
Intronaut - Elegy
Mastodon - Oblivion
Last Chance To Reason - Upload Complete
For things that aren't nearly as heavy but still ridiculously good, you should definitely listen to Dead Letter Circus and Fair to Midland, both of whom I'm going to see Friday night in Dallas
. I really can't stop singing the praises of Dead Letter Circus
. They are an amazing band, and some of the most humble people that I've had the honor to meet. Talk about guys that are thankful to their fans. Fair to Midland also put on a hell of a show, and I'm eager to see both bands for the second time (Merry Christmas to me
Dead Letter Circus - Cage
(my favorite track)
Dead Letter Circus - One Step
Dead Letter Circus - Here We Divide
Dead Letter Circus - Big
Dead Letter Circus - Reaction
Fair to Midland - Musical Chairs
Fair to Midland - Dance of the Manatee
I think you and I have very similar tastes, so please watch all of these videos and/or check the bands out and let me know what you think.
Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it doesn't work, you can always hit them with it.