This morning I noticed two songs in my metal playlist that I must've forgotten about over time. I assume I heard them once in the past, saved them, forgot about them, and now I'm re-discovering them today. Other than that, I haven't done much exploration this past week, and I've mainly been listening to the same music. (Tool, System of a Down, Korn, etc.)
1. "Collapse" by After The Burial
It's almost overwhelming how many great metal bands are out there, and the fact that it's taken this long for me to hear of After The Burial is shocking, but no surprise since there are many bands to discover. As for this band, I've only barely scratched the surface of their music, and I'm already interested in hearing more.
I'm primarily drawn to the rhythmic side of music which probably comes from being a bassist. (Or it's the other way around - not sure.) Either way, this song has a dramatic change in the rhythm towards the end of this song that caught my attention. If you go to the 3:22 mark, you'll see it almost feels as though the song is ending on a ring out of the chorus, but then it comes back with the outro section. I love the combination of the eighth notes and triplets in the riff and kick drum, over the 4/4 steady count in the cymbals - I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff.
2. "Memory of You" by Feed Her To The Sharks
I like this song for very similar reasons as the last one. Fun rhythms, great riffs, and an overall great style. But there's another exciting part of the song that I'll point out: the tempo. The tempo of the song changes more than once, and there's a significance behind this.
I once wrote about the classical origins of metal and how the two genres are similar. One similarity is the use of tempo change. Tempo change was a way to create emotion in classical music and could almost go unnoticed because it blends in with the genre.
The same applies to metal, and this song is a great example. It's not awkward when the tempo changes. It fits, and I doubt some would've noticed if I didn't point it out. That's hard to pull off in other genres, but it's one of the reasons I'm fascinated by metal.