Exploring New Music

by William Edmonston

Rap is dominating the world right now and has quickly become the most popular genre of music, but what if you tried getting into other genres? This is a guide to finding new music!

First off, why would you want to find new music? Well, you don’t have to. Music is completely subjective and if it isn’t appealing to you then it just isn’t appealing to you. However, everyone should give rock and metal a fair chance! Classic rock and 80’s metal has already been in the rap ­community’s eye with Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, and Guns n’ Roses shirts popping up all over and it is just generally appealing music, especially due to their accessible sound. It makes me happy to see rock and metal finally coming back after a massive slump when rap and pop started to dominate.

Everyone enjoys some good ol’ alt rock and Foo Fighters’ album “One by One” is as mainstream rock as you can get with some radio-friendly rock with songs like “All My Life” and “Times Like These” which are instant radio classics. Albums like “Songs for The Deaf” by Queens of the Stone Age and “Purple” by Stone Temple Pilots also fit that category.

If you’re into more gritty and dark rap then albums like the universally-known Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, Alice in Chains’ “Dirt”, and Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” are incredible.

If you want some metal to vibe to, Tesseract’s “Altered State” is your best bet just because of its focus on atmosphere.

If you want more hardcore metal stuff, then Trivium’s “The Sin and the Sentence” is perfect because of its sheer heaviness with riffs that hit hard. Other bands like Pantera, Periphery, and Megadeth fit this category as well.

If you want to listen to some high-energy, colorful and vibrant rock then Coheed and Cambria’s “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3”, Tides of Man’s “Dreamhouse”, and Hail the Sun’s “Wake” are amazing due to its wide range of high chords which makes for a very nice listen.

If you’re listening on Spotify, then after checking these bands out look at the similar artists tab and expand your taste. If not, then just Google similar bands or ask for some suggestions on music forums!

Music is wide and varied and I’m sure you’ll find something you would love. If you didn’t like these, then at least you tried them out and that’s a must when it comes to music. There’s billions of songs out there so you’re bound to find at least one you enjoy!

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