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People say that college is a time to experiment and try new things. If you are looking to try something new but aren’t feeling adventurous, exploring different music genres and music from other countries is a great way to do it. Heavy metal, for example, is a very versatile genre of music that can take many forms and is becoming increasingly popular worldwide, resulting in a great diversity of sub-genres that fall under the umbrella of “metal.” Here is a list of five amazing metal bands from around the globe that prove that good music knows no borders or language barriers. Whether you are a metalhead looking for some new bands to listen to or are simply hoping to expand your musical horizons, these bands are sure to make a lasting impression.
Currently consisting of three cellists and a drummer, Finnish band Apocalyptica defies traditional notions of what a metal band or song ought to sound like. Although starting as a Metallica cover band, Apocalyptica has made a name for themselves with their ability to create both heavy, energetic pieces as well as calm, soothing melodies. While most of their songs are entirely instrumental, they have recorded songs featuring some prominent rock and metal singers, such as Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace), Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), Lauri Ylönen (The Rasmus) and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil).
Known primarily for their hard sound and over-the-top live performances, German industrial metal band Rammstein is very intriguing, to say the least. Rammstein’s lyrics often deal with controversial themes, such as sadomasochism, incest, necrophilia, cannibalism and violence. On the other hand, many of their songs are ballads about love, death and tragedy while others are based on classic German poems and literature. Their heavy songs are guaranteed to pump you up, and their ballads will elicit strong emotions, regardless of whether or not you understand their lyrics.
While metal is more predominant in America and Europe, this does not mean that there aren’t any good metal bands outside of these places. Myrath is a progressive metal band from Tunisia, whose unique sound combines powerful metal riffs with traditional Middle Eastern music in what has become known as Oriental Metal. Most of their lyrics are sung in English, but they occasionally incorporate verses in Arabic, giving their songs a particularly unique sound.
Formed by four of the five members of the band Versailles and with a new vocalist, Japanese band Jupiter is the epitome of power metal. While the majority of their lyrics are in Japanese, the electrifying guitar work and intense drums and basslines provide a breathtaking musical experience that anyone who loves metal can appreciate. Jupiter’s remarkable talent combined with Japan’s unique visual kei style (elaborate costumes, makeup and often androgynous aesthetics) makes Jupiter a memorable band that will leave a lasting impression.
5. Lords of Black
Although Spanish power metal band Lords of Black was formed just a couple of years ago, they quickly made a powerful impression, so much so that vocalist Ronnie Romero was chosen, along with other great musicians, by the legendary Ritchie Blackmore to perform a series of concerts with material from Rainbow and Deep Purple. With great melodies, strong lyrics and impressive musical and vocal performances, Lords of Black is exactly what you would expect from a metal band, and that is not a bad thing.