Originally Posted by bungle
All of it or just the new stuff? Do you like Opeth? For The Sword you should start with one of their latest two.
I find genre-labeling hard and confusing for the most part. What sort of musical qualities are you looking for most here?
Bungle-thanks for your post; all good questions:
I find Baroness to be a weak, less interesting version of Mastodon. Possible I havent given them enough of a chance but that was my impression after listening to Blue Record.
I like Opeth but not so into the black/death metal thing. Brilliant band, no doubt...but not my favorite style (although am a big Katatonia fan).
I love dark, driving, complex riffs (ala Meshuggah, Karnivool, Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan, and even The Mars Volta to a certain degree etc.). Granted I am not looking for any djent and/or metal/hardcore at this very moment, but essentially a more melodic version of the afore-mentioned bands (Tool and Karnivool would fit the bill perfectly).
All that said, I like anything high quality/anything that people around here think I need to listen to.