I left out the headbang-hardcore metal and the brainbang-hardcore neurofunk because those feel more like side-steps.
Speaking of brainbang dnb: did you know about this one? (I don’t know if you’re a dancer, but whenever I hear this I’m shaking hopping bopping stomping… especially when the drum doubles up and retreats at the same time . Luckily my best friend’s a dnb DJ…)
I don’t know why, but I’m reminded of a time when I did security at a show. I had to get in on the floor a few times to stop weed and cigarette use (it was an all-ages gig) and I remember being swept up in the moment and moshing with the crowd for a few songs. I was later told that seeing this lumbering dude with a security t-shirt “fighting” the crowd had the other security members on high alert.
I was never asked to do security again. Totally worth it though.
Your PARENTS liked those? You are either much younger than I thought you are or you had really cool parents. When the 15/16yo me listened in his room to Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine or TOOL, my parents were annoyed by the noise coming out of my speakers. I did my best though to worsen it when I added swedish Death Metal to the mix, probably a year later: Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Entombed, Dark Tranquillity and so on.
I feel most comfortable with Post-Metal / Synthwave / Post-Punk / Dark Wave and Progressive music. But I also listen to lots of 80s stuff, I just love that decade. Here are a few of my favorite bands in no particular order
New Model Army
The Ocean Collective
Cult of Luna
Edge of Sanity
Sisters of Mercy
Fair to Midland
Isis (the band)
My son listens to everything you just listed. I really like Fair to Midland. When I first heard Dance of the Manatee, my mind melted. I then had to scoop it up off the floor. I think it’s all back in plaid telephone now.
Your son has a great taste in music! Fair to Midland is definitely in my top 5. When I first listened to “Fables from a Mayfly… what I tell you three times is true” it was almost as if I got my faith back in music. It is so special and unique and so artfully arranged. I love this band.
Here is a shameless plug btw. My band recently released their debut EP “Supernovae & Black Holes” which is out on all major streaming platforms. Might be something for him.
I know Sisters of Mercy (great!) and New Model Army (good). Unfortunately none of the rest. Is this list categorizable? Gothic Rock? Dark Wave? (It’s of course not neccessary to catecorize it. Just good music.)