*of note: I personally do not believe that it makes sense to record metal without compression. It is a very 2 dimensional sounding genre due to the wall of noise from guitar amps. Trying to make a metal album sound like it has the same overall sound signature as an orchestra recording simply won't work. Metal has been produced since the 80s and I feel that it is actually one of the harder genres to produce due to volume levels and dependency on . With acoustic instruments, you can talk about things like "air" and "dimension" because the sound is very 3D, very dependent upon surroundings. You typical don't mic a grand piano, add effects pedals, then amp it back out. Distorted guitar tone is amplified and artificial to begin with, especially since it doesn't exist without the speakers in the cabinet. Trying to find an audiophile recording in metal is a difficult task, to say the least. With all that said, I love metal, hardcore, death metal, 80s, 90s, and at least one band in all the sub-genres.
This is an interesting point. I give as examples to support this, Deicide "Legion", Coroner "Punishment for Decadence", Spawn of Possession "Cabinet", have no clipping (and no compression, I'm assuming) and to me they sound too weak. But "Miss Machine" and "Option Paralysis" are waaaay compressed and, to me, are too grainy and hard to keep listening to (I am assuming the compression is the cause of the way they sound). I like me some compression somewhere in between, like the Norma Jean album you mention, much more listenable than DEP (except "Calculating Infinity", which I think was not too compressed). And then there are those albums that I thought sounded ok, but found out later they clipped, and then sounded different after the fact.