Music has been one of my favourite art mediums of all time for a while now. Its impact on my life was huge and I would never be the same without it. I will (try to) keep this short since I could easily go on a huge tangent on my favourite music alone and how my musical tastes have changed (in great detail, anyway). In general, the usual criterion for me to like a band, album or even a song is for it to in some way move me. What I mean by that is I tend to love powerful, heavily emotional music that leaves an everlasting impact on me and something I won’t soon forget. It doesn’t always have to relate to me, but that shouldn’t matter if the songwriting is excellent and the performance by the musicians is great. I will be posting some of my favourite bands/soundtracks in my favourite genres of music.
Bearing that in mind, my tastes mostly lie with metal. Seeing is how metal is a very general and vague genre, I would say what really got me into metal and my favourite metal sub-genre is Metalcore. When I say Metalcore, I more or less mean bands like Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, early Trivium (mostly Ascendancy), Shadows Fall, As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Valentine, early to mid Parkway Drive and early Avenged Sevenfold (basically Waken The Fallen). Another genre for me recently that I have really grown to love is Progressive Metal, though I admit I don’t have a ton of experience in it. Some of my favourite bands in this genre are Dream Theater (Scenes From A Memory Part 2 and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence are some of my favourite albums of all time), Periphery (especially Juggernaut and PIII) and Tool (though I need to actually listen to more of their discography).
Another big genre for me is Nu-Metal. It was how I made the transition from listening to hard rock to embracing heavier genres. In fact, the first ever metal (though some will debate whether or not this album was actually metal) record I listened to and loved was Meteora by Linkin Park on my CD Walkman (I am more than a bit old). I still treasure that album and that band, even if they have had a spotty discography in my opinion. Sometime after, I started listening to bands like Disturbed, Korn, System of a Down and Slipknot and because of those gateway bands, I would eventually become a metalhead. Some other great genres in metal that I love are Thrash Metal (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, Black Fast), Melodic Death Metal (early In Flames, Dethklok, At The Gates, Arch Enemy) and Groove Metal (Lamb of God, Machine Head, Pantera). I have also recently dabbled into other genres like Hardcore/Power Violence (Nails), Slam/Technical/Death Metal (Dying Fetus, Gojira) and Power Metal (Gloryhammer, Dragonforce, Stratovarius).
I don’t only listen to metal, however, and still often find myself coming back to a few non-metal bands that people have mentioned already. Since I am still an emo at heart, I somewhat recently re-discovered My Chemical Romance and fell back in love with them (still think The Black Parade is a fantastic album regardless of the emo culture they are associated with). I also like some variances of punk, including Rise Against, Billy Talent and A Day to Remember (though are also kinda Metalcore). Hard Rock is a genre I have found some good bands in, like Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, and Three Days Grace. I have also found a lot of love in some bands that sorta defy traditional genre labels, like Opeth and Deftones.
Naturally, another two genres I love (though vague) are Video Game and Anime OST. As others have mentioned, I love Nobou Uemetsu but other famous game composers I love are David Wise (Donkey Kong Country), Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts, Xenoblade Chronicles), Koji Kondo (Mario, Legend of Zelda) and Shoji Meguro (Persona 3-5). In terms of anime composers, there is the aforementioned Hiroyuki Sawano whom I really like but other ones I love are Shiro Sagisu (Bleach, Evangelion Rebuilds, Magi), Jun Maeda (Clannad) Yuki Kajira (Sword Art Online, Madoka Magica) and Yoko Kanno (Zankyou no Terror).
Below I will post some of my favourite songs of all time or favourite songs from a particular album or soundtrack I loved (most of them tend to be less heavy/slow/sappy, oddly enough):
Video Game OST:
My current favourite song of all time and one which I have a lot of personal meaning attached to:
A cover of one of my favourite songs ever but I think is the best version of the theme:
Probably my favourite metal song of all time is a really well-known one (pun intended), but one that I love dearly:
Another softer song I recently fell in love with but another amazing ballad and my favourite song from Periphery (not heavy by any means, so I think just about anyone can like this):
A track that I never tire of and love more and more with repeated listens:
I neglected to mention this soundtrack but this song still tears me up nearly every time I listen to it:
(I would have posted a lot more songs, but this was getting big enough as is)