Hard to characterize, something between spoken word, choirs and medieval songs.
A fantastic doom/sludge band with trance-inducing song structures:
Slowish doomish sounds with distorted bass, sorrowful singing and wonderfully repetitious melodies:
Grab the album on Bandcamp.
Sorrowful, deep, slow, sometimes choral, sometimes solo. Guttural or wailing. Faroese doom-black metal band Hamferð combine all the elements I like best about bands like
Master Boot Record from Italy does an unholy mixture of symphonic metal, chiptunes, retrosynth and neoclassical compositions:
Thank you, Vesper, for the hint!
Ihsahn’s most experimental album is confusing. Is it some form of semi-electronic jazz? Black metal? Ambient drone with men’s choirs? A musical poem or maybe, gasp, pop music? Probably all of those.
For a very easy introduction, I recommend track 5, Pulse. The album can be bought on Bandcamp.
A largely unknown German-Austrian band that does a very atmospheric, dreamy sort of light instrumental rock.
Check out their Bandcamp page.
A friend with the initial “g” tipped me off on these guys. He describes them as “soaring doom”. Soaring indeed!
Their albums are available via Bandcamp from Profound Lore Records.
It seems everyone already knows this phenomenon, but I didn’t. So there. I can be late to jump on some bandwagon too.
Shpongle make psychedelic trance, which combines elements of world music, trance and ambient. Some little birdie tells me that Shpongle were the founders of the psybient genre.
But the coolest thing is that they replace many of the synths with real instrucments when on tour! Here’s their London show. Observe real singers, flutes, a cello and a violin, massive use of drums, several guitars, three hangs, a bass and of course a bunch of synths, as well as dancers on stilts and in costumes:
Thanks El V. for this tip!
Is it prog rock? Is it Japanese-style 80s thrash? Power metal? I’m not sure even the performers now exactly.
Check out Hammers of Misfortune.