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#1
What do you guys think are some great bands which sound phenomenal even while live?

For me, no one can top Dissection's sound while live(pre-incarceration). Jon's vocals sounded even better than they were on the albums, and the guitar playing is top notch.

Another great one is Intestine Baalism in their one live video in Japan. Beast guitar playing, vocals could be slightly better though it can't be helped.
#2
Opeth and Cynic, because they manage to sound close to their studio sound while maintaining limitless energy and presence.

Although many dont see them as a metal band, Converge rape the stage.
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#4
Inquisition do an incredible job of sounding full even though there's just the two of them. Dagon's tone (and playing of course) really is something else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reQY-p4X2_Y&feature=related
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#5
Muse is awesome live, I'm not even a huge Muse fan but was blown away by their stage show. I liked the Opeth show that I saw (very accurate to the records) but didn't quite have the energy I was hoping for from one of my favorite bands (then again they were touring behind Heritage). Mastodon was great live as well. Obscura is a great live band. And Devin Townsend is a crazy man who comes across really well with lots of energy live. ...And then there is Slayer, who are fantastic live, I couldn't under the fascination with them until I saw them live, much better then on record (and they have some good records).
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Lads, this is the metal forum.
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I want to try that while playing the opening riff to "Tempting Time".

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Saxon and Manowar were fantastic when I saw them. Manowar were flawless, especially Eric Adam's vocals. The Answer were great aswell very exciting and really got the crowd going, moshpits, crowd surfing, the singer jumpin into the crowd etc etc
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Foo Fighters and Scorpions
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Suffocation. Their music may have gone downhill in quality but they still put on an intense live show. Very tight playing, massive tone, funny banter from Frank, and a very energetic performance with a great stage presence. Caught 'em a few years back right before Blood Oath was released. Best show I've been too. Infecting the Crypts was savage.
#13
Yeah you can tell the Suffocation guys really put everything into playing live, and really enjoy it. Great to see from a band on the go as long as they are. Even the wigger stage moves are entertaining as shit.
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I want to try that while playing the opening riff to "Tempting Time".

0-0-0-13-0-0-0-0-13 or something like that alalalala but It;s so heavy and off time and awesome and you could not f**k anyone to it.


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#14
I should have clarified. Metal bands, please. Typically(but not always), other non-metal bands consist of one guitarist playing simple chords, while another one just sings. It's not that hard to **** up.
Just sayin.
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^^That comment is absolutely ridiculous. Personally, the best shows I've ever attended were non-metal bands. As much as I love metal, seeing it live just doesn't do anything for me. With other bands it can become more than the music in a way, which rarely happens for me at metal shows. I'm enjoying myself but am often underwhelmed.

Of the metal bands I've seen, Immolation and Primordial are probably the only ones I'd say were truly great.
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#17
From what I've seen, the Human Abstract is absurd live. Protest put on a flawless show when I saw them. I've never seen a bad performance from Cynic. Opeth used to be perfect live (not so much vocally these days). BTBAM is absurdly tight.
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Inquisition do an incredible job of sounding full even though there's just the two of them. Dagon's tone (and playing of course) really is something else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reQY-p4X2_Y&feature=related


That's strange, I was actually going to say Inquisition as well. Of the many shows I've seen, theirs may have been most impressive. Just two guys, and I think they sounded even better live than on album. They nailed absolutely everything. Extremely professional as well: Before they went on stage while the other bands were playing, the guitarist was tweaking, tuning, "lubing" up his guitar and just playing through his songs without any amplification for probably an hour or two.

Also, the singer chugged an entire bottle of honey right before going on stage. I guess the consistency of it helps for his vocal performance. I should've taken a picture of the corpse-paint clad man guzzling down his precious honey.
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#19
Moonsorrow puts on a great show. Enslaved as well. Otherwise I havent seen to many that are really amazing.

And Opeth bore me to tears live. They're tight and play the songs perfectly but have literally no energy, aside from Mendez.
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Also, the singer chugged an entire bottle of honey right before going on stage. I guess the consistency of it helps for his vocal performance. I should've taken a picture of the corpse-paint clad man guzzling down his precious honey.

Interesting, may have to try that to see what happens haha. Autopsy is pretty awesome live, Chris Reifert is too intense
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#21
Megadeth- Favorite metal show to date
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#22
Let's try and keep this away from 'bands I like and have seen' and more in the objective way of 'an absolutely class act live'.
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I want to try that while playing the opening riff to "Tempting Time".

0-0-0-13-0-0-0-0-13 or something like that alalalala but It;s so heavy and off time and awesome and you could not f**k anyone to it.


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#23
Cryptopsy with Worm, even Worm as an old guy had incredible presence.And Portal can be genuinely frightening live. I'm gunna third Inquisition as well.
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I'd love to see Portal live. Seems more like one of the type of shows that can be called a 'ritual' without every other shite band using the term.

Special mention must be given to Priest here, in recreating the Painkiller guitar tone live. Absolutely insane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gye3KThIvxw

I mean just fucking listen to that!
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I want to try that while playing the opening riff to "Tempting Time".

0-0-0-13-0-0-0-0-13 or something like that alalalala but It;s so heavy and off time and awesome and you could not f**k anyone to it.


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#27
Suffocation is awesome live. Super sight playing, and the vocals come across so much more menacing than on the album. Also, Frank is hilarious.

Disgorge was ****ing great, super, super tight playing.

Carcass is always fun to see, as well as Exhumed and Impaled.

I think one of the best shows I've seen though, was Paths of Possession. ****ing great live. Really underrated band.
#28
Skepticism live is something from another world.

Can't say I particularly enjoyed Suffocation at Hellfest but I'm not much of a fan anyway
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Of the metal bands I've seen, Immolation and Primordial are probably the only ones I'd say were truly great.

saw them at Paganfest this year and they were one of the weakest bands of the festvial.
I totally agree on Saxon. I allways enjoy them.
Iced Earth was a outstanding live band when they had Matt Barlow on vocals. His vocalrange is unbeliveable.
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Cryptopsy with Worm, even Worm as an old guy had incredible presence.And Portal can be genuinely frightening live. I'm gunna third Inquisition as well.

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I'd love to see Portal live. Seems more like one of the type of shows that can be called a 'ritual' without every other shite band using the term.

Seconded on both accounts.

I do not enjoy Portal's music. It makes me legitimately uncomfortable and leaves me feeling depressed, but I will say this: their live sound had twice that effect as their records had, even without the visuals. Also, their one guitarist has the scariest looking picking hand in the world.
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Exactly. Saw them in may, top notch..
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saw them at Paganfest this year and they were one of the weakest bands of the festvial.

Who else played?

Primordial have been incredible both times I've seen them, and one time Alan lost his voice mid set so they played on instrumentally.
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Atheist were probably my favourite live experience, but I'm not sure it'd be right for me to say they're incredible live since I was just so enthralled in essence when I saw them.

I've always loved watching Cynic's shows because they sound (maybe more so in the 90's, the old vocoder and all...), look and feel so different to other bands. They don't really do much on stage, they've just a very serene mood going on.
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Seconded on both accounts.

I do not enjoy Portal's music. It makes me legitimately uncomfortable and leaves me feeling depressed, but I will say this: their live sound had twice that effect as their records had, even without the visuals. Also, their one guitarist has the scariest looking picking hand in the world.


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If it makes you uncomforable then it is doing it's job.

Precisely my point. Portal is extremely good at what they do. I don't enjoy the results of their music, but their ability to consistently get that reaction out of me is extraordinary. The only other artist to do that to me is Stalaggh. That Portal gets that reaction out of me at every single performance of theirs that I can find video of is extremely impressive.
#37
How did I forget Meshuggah?

Their Alive DVD is insane. I wish I could see them with Decapitated and Baroness.
#38
Dillinger Escape Plan.

And Baroness are outstanding live.
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#39
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How did I forget Meshuggah?

Their Alive DVD is insane. I wish I could see them with Decapitated and Baroness.
I actually did go to that show and they probably put on the best performance of any band I've ever seen. In person the lights are intense (also synced up to the music, which was cool), and their actual sound was incredibly clear but also heavy and fucking massive.
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