I'm not really that into metal any more, maybe I got bored of most everything following the same sub-genre formulas, and I have always had a wide taste in music. Basically everything besides mainstream rap/RNB/soul, monotonous dance music and "typical rock" (maybe saying that here is similar to going to meet your girlfriend's family wearing only a soiled adult diaper, but while I can agree that bands like U2, Coldplay and Dave Matthews Band produce well made music they don't really do much for me).
I don't like doing top 10s and listing "favorites", but I don't mind sharing interesting stuff so I'll list some albums and bands that come to mind in this context, starting with metal-related stuff and going on to other while trying to keep bass in mind. So...
Therion - Deggial. Death/doom metal gone seriously orchestral. Vovin was a great album as well.
My Dying Bride - The Angel and the Dark River. Hard to categorize, went from doom metal into something really ambient (in the lack of a better term) and misery-laden on this album.
The Crown - Deathrace King. Death/thrash in the harder vein of Swedish "West Coast" metal (basically the sound described by the term before it came to be defined by In Flames). Lives up to the title in intensity.
Diabolical Masquerade - Nightwork. A blend of technical black metal and epic progressive fantasy guitars. Mostly a studio project, as far as I know. Actually makes me wonder why so few metal albums have flute solos - besides the formulaic viking/folk metal crap, that is.
Librah - Inside the Black Balloon. Possibly something you could be into, and the bass player is an old friend, so I think I have to recommend this one.
Madrugada - Industrial Silence. Gloomy rock. Deep vocals. Twangy surf rock guitars along with plenty of bass and distinct drumming.
Ane Brun - It All Starts with One. One of my favorite voices ever. On this album in collaboration with a percussion group, resulting in an airy acoustic sound combined with some really deep kettle drumming and stuff. Her Live in Scandinavia album has great versions of songs from her earlier, more singer/songwriter oriented albums.
Blue Foundation. Mellow trip-hop stuff with pieces of jazz and funk. I like Sweep of Days and their first self titled album best.
Portishead - Third. I guess they don't need much of an introduction. Third is an amazing headphone album, but also one that can get unpleasant with bad sound.
Little Dragon - Machine Dreams. Mellow electronic pop. The opening track has some really great sub-bass stuff going on.
Asaf Avidan & The Mojos - The Reckoning. Album goes from acoustic into bluesy rock with near-Zeppelin intensity, and the guy has some amazing vocal abilities in that direction.
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes. Sweet voice singing about sadness. The best description, besides "indie", that I can come up with is "matured teenage music". Too well done to be cliché.
So, that's some stuff of to listen to. Much of it from my neck of the world, and in some cases obscure even here, so there's probably something new there.
Edited by anodyne - 1/17/13 at 9:26pm