@vothnthorvaldson Yes. That's usually the reason I don't like Black Metal, it usually just sounds awful...on purpose XD but the more progressive and melodic groups are pretty good. And...blackened Death vocals are sweet.
I'm listening to the experiment you've given me.
So far...Kayo Dot is awesome! I like this kind of peacefully chaotic music. Bands like, Extol, Mantric, and Azusa come to mind immediately. I'll get to the others immediately after it is over! (EDIT: I love the use of saxophone! It reminds me of 21st Century Man by King Crimson)
So, Kayo Dot...Is most definitely Metal, and very good Progressive/Experimental metal at that. Lots of variety and hooks, great time signature changes. I like the saxophone a lot, I love the vocals. I'll be listening to them a lot more in the future.
Okay...OMB...I liked it, more Experimental Metal, with a smattering of Noisecore, folk music, lots of changes and cool riffing. At first I wasn't sold, I didn't like the tremolo/wavy noise on the vocals, but it grew on me throughout the song. I need to listen to the whole album, it definitely is a long player...and at the end of the day will most likely be an album I listen to on occasion, on a dreary rainy day when I'm pissed off or something. I like really experimental stuff in those moods. All in all, I liked it, not quite as much as the Kayo Dot song. But...I'd say it's still metal.
Thy Catafalque...I think I've listened to this album before, at least part of it. I get a lot of Doom Metal vibes from this one, with a heavy dose of Progressive and Folk elements. Again, a once in awhile album. I'd still consider it Metal.