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Independent Music Recommendation Sites?

RAMMS+EIN (578166) writes | more than 8 years ago

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Today I decided I wanted to listen to some hard rock music that also had some nice melodic/classical parts in it; the type that Cradle of Filth makes. I would like to support independent artists (now that we have the Internet, it's perfectly possible to get your music distributed without the help of the traditional distributors). However, I don't know which artists make the songs that I like, and I don't want to spend all day trying songs from different bands more or less randomly until I fin

Today I decided I wanted to listen to some hard rock music that also had some nice melodic/classical parts in it; the type that Cradle of Filth makes. I would like to support independent artists (now that we have the Internet, it's perfectly possible to get your music distributed without the help of the traditional distributors). However, I don't know which artists make the songs that I like, and I don't want to spend all day trying songs from different bands more or less randomly until I find what I like.

Years ago, one of the large online music sites (I forget which one) had a service where they would recommend bands based on which ones you liked. I also vaguely recall a site recommending independent artists, based on a list of mainstream artists that you selected. I am looking for such a site.

Can any of you recommend a site where I can enter or select some mainstream band and/or song names, and then get recommendations for songs to try? Preferably, the songs should be available in Ogg Vorbis format, but any format that XMMS can play is fine, really. I don't mind paying (a little) for songs, but I must be able to listen to the full song first, and I refuse to pay any subscription fee.

If a site that does this doesn't exist yet, or there aren't any good sites that provide these services, would any of you be willing to help me set up one? I have the skills to build such a site, but I lack time and the money to pay for bandwidth.

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hmmm.... (1)

Phil Urich (841393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13471870)

Don't know of any sites offhand; I generally just go about things in the illegal ways, and then actually pay for the physical packaging and disks when I actually find I want to keep listening to the albums.

Speaking of that, I actually bought an album in vinyl that might satisfy what you're looking for. Not quite, but it's at least of a vaguely similar taste: you might have heard of "...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead [trailofdead.com] " already, but if you haven't, they're worth checking out. Not entirely sure what you'll make of them, but hey, nothing new is without chance. Unfortunately, they don't have any music on their site that isn't somewhat restricted, but I would suggest finding . . . . some way of listening to an actual album of theirs anyways. Their 2002 release ("Source Codes and Tags") is quite different from their 2005 ("Worlds Apart"), though I enjoy both of them.

But, hmm . . . I know I've heard bands that match your description here perfectly, but I can't seem to recall any in particular . . . I mean, of course, there's always Apocalyptica which is the classical interlude and the tough rock music at the same time! But actually, some of their stuff might even fit the bill, they have songs that go from what are essentially harsh riffs to beautiful melodic sections, so there we go (unlikely you haven't heard them before, though!).

But I have a friend that for awhile listened to nearly nothing other than music of "the type that Cradle of Filth makes", so you might hear back from me on this topic . . .

Dimmu Borgir (1)

chriskenrick (89693) | more than 8 years ago | (#13480768)

I know they're not independent, but if you like the Cradle of Filth sound, you'd probably like Dimmu Borgir as well.
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