I grew up a metalhead, though my tastes have mellowed out a bit over the years. Still have a soft spot for a lot of post-metal, black metal, and doom stuff. Lots of the Hydrahead stuff.
Isis has long been my favorite band. Was majorly bummed when they broke up, I maintain that their farewell tour was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen…just emotionally devastating in all the best ways. I was lucky enough to see them do an improvisational performance with Tim Hecker at this weird experimental festival at a winery back in 2006. A couple of their members had their flights cancelled because of a volcano, so after Hecker played his set, Isis set up their amps and they did a set together. It was such a surreal day, sometimes it feels like I mis-remembered it - but there’s video proof.
A couple of my other favorites - Jesu, Cult of Luna, Krallice, Russian Circles, Ash Borer, Rosetta, Pelican, Angel Eyes, Giant Squid, Sumac, Kayo Dot, Sunn O))), Earth, Boris, Fell Voices, Bell Witch, Thou, Conan