Who would it be?
I would probably either recommend either Rizzle Kicks (Who are mostly known in Britain and are pretty good) Or Mumford and Sons.
What about you guys?
Pearl Jam. Most people have heard em, but they are fuckin incredible. Tool would probably be better because fewer people are as familiar with them, and that's a bummer.
@TaliciaDragonsong: You are like the 3rd person I've ever noticed to bring Garbage up. Pretty sad, because Garbage is certainly worth listening to.
I absolutely plead anybody who is into decent Power Metal/Ballads to check out a band by the name of 'Power Quest'. They're a British Power Metal band who have been around since the mid 00's and have NEVER obtained the exposure that they are well overdue.
Many of their fans refer them to as 'Dragonforce with brains and rhythm' and rightfully so...the founder (Steve Williams) of Power Quest was the original keyboardist and lyricist for Dragonforce (previously named Dragonheart) but due to obvious creative differences between them all - they split and went their seperate ways.
Now, everyone knows the story of Dragonforce...they became ridiculously popular through their speed alone but has anybody ever realised that they fail to do anything...well...different? It's like they knew they were onto a good thing and attempted to milk it for all it was worth. Which of course, was a bad move in the genre they were apart of...you'll never know who a critic truly is until you speak to a metal fan.
In my eyes, Dragonforce now remind me of how Justin Hawkin's band 'The Darkness' turned out, in terms of how quickly they rose to stardom and then quickly ran out of steam, became frustrated and eventually fizzled out (although I have heard that Dragonforce now have a new singer but I'd be very surprised if they were to change their 'winning' format....actually, now that you mention it, I think the Darkness are bringing out another album too...huh)
Anyway, I'm done having my little pity rant. Here are two of my favourite Power Quest songs taken from two seperate albums. Enjoy.
My friend, Storm Large (real name) out of Portland. Look her up. Also, maybe Red Fang, from Portland, Clutch, etc. It'd also be a shame if anyone wasn't familiar with the ridiculous collective of musical genius of Them Crooked Vultures. Just depends on what the person is familiar with. A lot of people have a surprisingly shallow experience with music, so you have to introduce them to things they might be open to, accordingly. Oh, also, how could I forget Kleveland? Another of the great local Portland pure rock bands. Oh, and the fucking fantastic Sleigh Bells, which I only discovered through a fellow Giant Bomb person in the past year. They're all about big sound, keyed female vocals and - in one of my favorite tracks, this mind-blowing Phil Spector wall-of-sound production that hooked me immediately.
Yeah, this was way more than one. Tough titties.
They get lost in the "90s band" list and people forget that they really had a great sound. Not to mention, Shirley Manson was just ridiculously attractive.
Tom Waits, although i never recommend anyone anything, let the bastards figure it out for themselves.
Use your keyboard!
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