The Devin Townsend Project (Feat. Mikael Akerfeldt) - Stand
With the advent of my newfound fandom of Devin Townsend, I discovered this gem while listening to the Devin Townsend Projects album Deconstruction. A song featuring Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth and Storm Corrosion! If you’re looking to try something REALLY different, you should really give this album a listen. You wont regret it.
Opeth - Under the Weeping Moon (Live - The Roundhouse Tapes)
As much as I love the more chill pieces of Damnation and Heritage, you can’t not love Opeths Death Metal pieces. This song is perfect, it blends their classic Death Metal style, haunting prog interludes, beautiful solos.
The likeness of Mikael Akerfeldt, vocalist and guitarist for Progressive Death Metal band Opeth, was the basis for the character Toki Wartooth from the popular cartoon Metalocalypse, as divulged in an interview with ultimate-guitar.com.
Honestly, I haven’t been a fan of these guys for very long, but I feel bad for every second of my life that I wasn’t. Pantera is amazing, they a rare groove in their style of metal that you don’t really see in bands any more. Most, if not all, of it is thanks to then guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell.
This gem from prog giants Dream Theater is unforgettable. It has traces of classic hair metal, traces of prog, an amazing guitar hook, a well put together cheesy alien/drum intro, and fantastic support from the bass player John Myung and then Keyboardist Derek Sherinian.
(This song is honestly heard best when heard with the Hell’s Kitchen into, but what can ya do?)
This is an accurate representation of what goes on in my head on a daily basis. The Layne Stayley era of Alice in Chains will go down in history of one of the greatest pioneers of the Grunge generation.