Opeth is the first band I'd ever listened to that consistently and expertly combined beauty and hardcore/badass/brutal -ness in all of their material. Beautiful Metal? You bet your expensive cans it exists!
Until I'd heard them, I hated the death growl stuff - I thought it was ridiculous and comical. They won me over and now I'll never look back.
Whether you're a self-proclaimed Metalhead that hates Death Metal and/or Black Metal, or just open-eared and looking for something new to listen to, I highly suggest that you check out Opeth. I guarantee you won't be dissapointed. And if you are, well, you're crazy and might need an MRI.
The tracks linked below (all with lyrics) show some of the different styles of theirs, each from a separate album. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUU0Q9Ry58I [A Fair Judgement, from Deliverance (2002)]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YCGSwG9Rg8 [To Rid The Disease from Damnation (2003)]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr40TWMxM3I [Harlequin Forest from Ghost Reveries (2005)]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EozLK-aCuKU [White Cluster from Still Life (1999)]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYeZ5M1tWHk [Blackwater Park from Blackwater Park (2001)]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbJCgDtjSDg [Heir Apparent from Watershed (2008)]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FGQN9W188g [Famine from Heritage (2011)] (jump to 4:50 if you get bored)
Edited by Sduibek - 2/17/12 at 4:50pm