I recently ventured into the metal world and am realizing that I like it a lot! I'm having trouble finding bands with vocals that appeal to me, though - screaming/grunting/growling/etc is a dealbreaker for me, which seems to rule out a lot of them.
Some bands that I've liked are the giants - Led Zeppelin
(if they count as metal), Metallica
and Judas Priest
. Iron Maiden
has probably been my favourite instrumental-wise although the lyrics are sometimes a bit shrill. I haven't listened to much Megadeth
yet but I like what I've heard so far. I liked Dream Theatre
a lot on first listen but can't seem to get into them for some reason. I think they're in the right ballpark, though. More suggestions along these lines would be great, but even better would be bands with more "melodic"-sounding vocals but the same intense instrumentals.
As background, most of what I listen to is classic/prog rock and indie rock/pop, with vocals that are more musical/melodic/non-shouting-sounding (male or female, doesn't matter). I would like to combine that kind of vocal sound with the awesome metal instrumental sound, if that exists. If not, I'll settle for vocals that don't abuse my ears, like the above-listed bands.
What bands/songs should I check out?
(I saw this
earlier question, but I'm looking for a slightly different sound - higher energy/more badass)