Moriarty wrote:metaldinosaur wrote:Moriarty wrote:The correct answer is 'Neurosis'.
OK, but why?
Body of work/Discography
- 29 years of top level output, 11 studio albums + side project/companion releases
- Enemy of the Sun, Through Silver in Blood, Times of Grace are all unarguable classics, in my heavily biased mind at least. I'd also argue that The Eye of Every Storm and A Sun That Never Sets require as much praise but people love the noiser stuff.
Legendary Live Performances
- again across nearly three decades
- the visuals omg
- they'll crush you, go see them
- They've influenced a heap of good to great bands and rip off merchants since the early 2000s
- Nearly all of Mastodon's best songs have Scott Kelly on them
+ They've never taken a giant shit on their legacy/betrayed their integrity
+ a big ol' dash of personal bias.
PS: Metallica were the only band I gave a fuck about from ages 13 - 16 they really have shat all over everything great they did. I'll defend Load to my grave though. Black Album not so much. So for the record, even though I prefer good Metallica, I'd take Iron Maiden over them in this situation.
PSS: Fuck yes My Dying Bride!
Further Edit: I've just realised Emperor probably need to be considered too.
I'm not a massive Neurosis fan (for me they lost it when they slowed down too much with A Sun That Never sets), but I like your reasoning.
MDB deserve a mention for having such a consistently excellent output over such a long time, and even when they experimented and changed style a bit (34%...complete), they still did it well.
Emperor though? Their first album is my favourite black metal album ever, but to call a band the greatest ever they'd need more longevity and consistency.... I dont think you get many Emperor fans who think that all 4 of their albums are classics.