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Albums you've been listening to lately
« on: July 20, 2007, 04:56:20 AM »
So what what albums have you guys been listening to lately? I'm not much of a singles guy and I tend to listen to albums in their entirety myself. Anyway, here are the records currently in heavy rotation:

Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor (probably my favourite current alternative hip-hop act, alongside K-Os and Buck 65)

TÚlÚpopmusik - Genetic World (fairly unremarkable electronica/trip-hop but I like playing it in the background when I'm drawing)

Dio - Holy Diver (I recently saw a South Park rerun where they had an over-the-hill Dio playing at a grade school dance, so I just had to dig up this old 80's metal classic!)

Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch (still her best album, IMO, just ahead of Songs and the more recent Begin To Hope)

Do As Infinity - True Songs (bouncy J-pop!)


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Re: Albums you've been listening to lately
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007, 06:05:10 AM »
wednesday 13 - fang bang (gotto be in the mood for this one)
poets of the fall - carnival of rust (more proof that any band from finland instantly rocks)
a perfect circle - mer de noms (mellow)
pitchshifter - deviant (hidden agenda's bigger than you....)
mindless self indulgence - you'll rebel to anything (sucker for MSI, shut you up is awesome)
finger eleven - me vs them vs you (i actually only like paralyser from this album, but the one song's good enough to keep it in my player)

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2007, 06:20:30 AM »
Mmm... just got an mp3 player so listening to stuff on the go has been great. In lieu of the "new" I'll mention the stuff I cannot stop spinning (since Holy Diver is ancient, but awesome)

Sage Francis: Personal Journals Actually I listen to all three albums more than I would like to admit. Sage Francis combines hip hop, activism and really personal stories about his life, I cannot recomend him enough to people who like rap or who think they would like it if it wasent mostly so stupid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiV2stUu5RE

Mercenary: 11 dreams Just a really good and heavy band from Germany (I think), actually extremely versatile too. Almost every song on that album sounds different, from power to black metal and even one that sounds like an abba cover. "Why dont you dance, to the music... I hear inside my head! Why dont you dance, to the music... ITS THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE END!".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqL9Sgk2zLk

Subtle: For hero, for fool Very trippy abstract hip hop performed with a live band and some almost techno considerations. Lots of ambiance, lots of noise, and weird lyrics about street light serpents eating rats.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOEE_Yc6zZQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjz-vbZTBnM    

Dark Tranquility: Fiction  I did a review for these guys on freedom reborn and my website. They rock, some of the best melodic death out there with extremely well concieved and poetic lyrics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCeRS3nhSKE

Bjork: Volta, but all the old stuff too The new album is pretty good but I keep going back to medula, vespertine, homogenic and debut a lot at work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wioa74MsBYA

Neko case: The fox confessor has spoken Great and weird, mixing jukebox country with all sorts of other stuff including animal stories.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50dzxkJa1NE

Cafe Tacuba: the first album and Re a favorite from my ethno punk days growing up in Mexico. Nice mix of odd art, folk music and rocking out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsYkqcLc-Vk

Chico Science and Nacao Zumbi They sound like a mix of punk, funk, hendrix and metal. Maybe kind of like the red hot chilli peppers, but with tons of afrobeat and brazilian influences.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHCpQxKYkTo

The Iron Maidens I love Iron maiden and this all girl tribute band is a good excuse to listen to all the songs I love all over again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUF2DfK1x3M

Arch Enemy Speaking of tough girls... you need to see this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizPNmUjeDU

Notables: Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Strapping young lad, Old Sepultura, Pantera, Faith no more.



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Re: Albums you've been listening to lately
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2007, 03:20:57 PM »
Ok, I listened to that Arch Enemy song. All I kept hearing is "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me." She must have like a life long supply of longenzes. :P

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Re: Albums you've been listening to lately
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2007, 03:37:24 PM »
i like your music taste lugaru and dio!

listen to this one lugaru
arch enemy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxD4Ruf68bU

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Re: Albums you've been listening to lately
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2007, 04:17:40 PM »
Let's see:

Swallow the Sun - Hope
The lead singer of these guys has probably the best death growls I've ever heard. It's crazy.

Rush - Snakes and Arrows
It's Rush....do I need to say more :D

Steve Miller Band - Young Hearts (Complete Greatest Hits)
Same with these guys, need I say more?

Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Saw them last night, so had to get in the mood. I still can't quite hear properly, but Chino is god when they play in a small venue like ours.

Opeth - Damnation
An entire album done without any growls. The lyrics are just awe inspiring. Probably the most beautiful lyric-wise album I've ever heard.

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2007, 03:46:19 PM »
Currently inhabiting my mp3 player:

K-os - Joyful Rebellion: an intelligently-written alternative hip-hop album (some might call it "folk" hip-hop) from Canada's leading urban music luminary. The lead-off track, "Emcee Murder" is a biting, if slightly heavy-handed, commentary on popular hip-hop culture. K-os is just as good a singer as he is an MC, as heard in tracks like the Marley-esque "Crucial" (click here for a live version) and the modern spiritual "Hallelujah", and his understated but effective work on guitar is often overlooked.

Esthero - Wikked L'il Girls: I liked Esthero better when she was into the whole Toronto trip-hop/downtempo scene circa 1998's Breathe From Another (check her out in an early appearance on "The Chris Rock Show"). Still, her latest album is a solid pop outing, and it features some neat collaborations: "Everyday Is A Holiday (With You)" with Sean Lennon (click here for a live recording), "Junglebook" with Outkast's Andre3000, and "Fastlane" featuring Jemeni & Jelleestone. There are a couple of sophomoric "poetry slam" spoken word pieces in the album though, and they're downright embarrassing (I felt my face turning beet red just listening to them).

Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys: Hendrix's most emotionally powerful album, in my opinion... nothing beats hearing an artist just let it all hang out during a live performance. "Machine Gun" is a tour-de-force of six-string blues psychedelica (here's a link to the "Isle of Wight" recording of the song), and drummer Buddy Miles' scream near the end of "Changes" is just mind-blowing.

   

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Re: Albums you've been listening to lately
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2007, 09:18:03 PM »
Tobias Sammet's Avantasia: The Metal Opera I and II: These are actually one of the few albums I will listen to straight through. usually I just pick one or two songs I like and such. these actually tell a story so its good to listen to them in order from start to finish at least once. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avantasia

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Re: Albums you've been listening to lately
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2007, 10:09:10 PM »
What's in my car at the moment:

Chumbawamba: Anarchy and WYSIWYG
The Beatles: One
Nightwish: Oceanborn and Once (this one never actually leaves the car)
Celtic Woman: A New Journey
Queen: Greatest Hits (The old single-disc version from the late 80's)
Tori Amos: American Doll Posse
Urbal Beats 1 (techno/trip hop compilation)

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2007, 06:34:59 AM »
Stuff I've been listening to:

Elliott Smith - Either Or
Elliott Smith - From A Basement On the Hill
: Elliott Smith was an underrated singer/songwriter, although as it happens tragically too often, he did gain more fame and appreciation after his death under mysterious circumstances (many agree that it was likely a suicide). His lyrics were sincere and ring true, cutting almost uncomfortably close to anybody who has dealt with depression and substance abuse (Smith struggled with alcoholism and a heroin addiction). In retrospect, the songs in From A Basement On the Hill, his last album prior to his death, were even more melancholy than his previous work. The Songs on Either Or for example, always seemed to hint at redemption even if not explicitly expressing so. Here's footage of him playing "Say Yes" off of Either Or in one of his final live performances.

The Roots - Things Fall Apart: Arguably the best album from some of hip-hop's most outstanding musicians. The Roots maintain their organic, jazz and funk-inflected sound in their fourth full-length record, but also incorporate a slicker, produced, electronica-tinged sound on some of the tracks. Here's the most famous track of off the album, You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu).     
 

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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2007, 08:31:02 AM »
The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
These guys are so rad,  i don't even know if this was their latest album,  i was just able to copy the cd's from my brother when i was visiting in June.
Hmmn,  it's hard to classify the blood brothers.  they sound like really early Hot Hot Heat, mixed with Fugazi and The Mars Volta.   all you need to know is the rock, hard.

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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2007, 09:26:28 AM »
Jet- Shine On- Awesome, raw- sounding rock.

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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2007, 10:13:35 AM »
50 Wiggly, Giggly Songs (2CD set of children's songs)

*sigh* Everything else is packed up for the move.  :doh:

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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2007, 10:19:40 AM »
I listen to mixed cd's, but this is who I'm digging at the moment.

Cicada
Portishead and whoever they are teamed with.
Fad Gadget
Project Pitchfork
She Wants Revenge
Bauhaus
The Reverend Horton Heat
The Meteors
Tiger Army
Cocteau Twins

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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2007, 04:59:43 PM »
Feist:: Open Season
Mala Rodriguez: Malamarismo (cant even understand the language but I like it)
Bronze Nazareth: The Great Migration
Jaylib: Champion Sound
MIA: Boyz (the beat is amazing damn it!)
Common: The Game/The People

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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2007, 05:04:28 PM »
Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
Tool - 10000 Days

and a bunch of other stuff

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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2007, 10:34:09 PM »
Depends on what I'm doing.

All around stuff, The Killers (either album).

Coding - mostly techno, or Radiohead (Hail to the Thief has got a lot of play), Rain turned me on to Guerolito by Beck. Otherwise, stuff with alot of noise. Vocals don't seem to bother me much when I'm coding.

Art - Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails puts me into that zen drawing space real quick. Bjork, Becoming X by Sneaker Pimps, and Smashing Pumpkins are in my current mix as well. I can't listen to anything I can't block out while drawing (screws me up otherwise), so it either has to be fairly low key vocals or something I have listened to a few thousand times already.

I used to listen to Portishead quite a bit and was thinking about adding them back into my mp3 mix.

I had two Dio cassettes when I was 16 (erm, before they had cds!). I should try adding some Hendrix into one of my mixes, I've never really listened to a full album of his.


The newest album I bought is an instrumental cd by the Beastie Boys "The Mix-Up".

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« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2007, 06:45:32 AM »
Nice to see more metalheads on the forum now (nightwish, avantasia, opeth, giggly wiggly songs) and well here's an update. Oh yeah, Im a music critic (not a good one though) for 'the connoisseurs' and sometimes 'boston now' so let me lay on some more weird unheard of stuff.   :P

Lullacry - Crucy my heart: They pose as one of those goth metal bands but if you listen to it the music is very 80's arena and the lyrics are very pop. Very catchy and satisfying thing to bop your head to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNgPG6RX6T0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqTPteE3tjA

Orpahend land - Mabool: its an amazing metal band from Israel similar to opeth but with traditional middle eastern music and old testament inspired lyrics. I had no clue they had videos so I didint post 'em the first time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQGd10MzDv8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF_hrt_zUpw

At the Gates - Slaughter of the soul: a simply amazing album and oddly available everywhere. This band pretty much kicked off the Gothemburg melodic death metal sound in the early 90's. And their videos have aged well...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRViek2t8TA

Sebnem Ferah - Kadin: Turkish "pop" star who incorporates all kinds of electronica, trip hop and metal influences making her about as ecclectic as bjork. Heck, she even recorded a song with Apocaliptica.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWcW5dAhAt8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w_cK_P92yI

Control Machete - Artilleria pesada: Really good mexican rap with that old cypress hill sound but heavier.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9i2kP-9gLc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ymhhq3DWI

Blackalicious - The craft: Really good, agile and well written hip hop that frequently descends into funk.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-dJ6xbrWHQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etyN_02Fc4Q (a little pop for my tastes but my favorite tracks dont have videos)







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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2007, 07:22:12 AM »
hmm, what have I been listening to lately . . . well, I tend to be downloading stuff off ITunes lately but . . .

Dolores O'Riordan - "Are You Listening?" The first solo album from the former frontwoman for The Cranberries.  I love the first two Cranberries' albums and liked the third pretty well so this should be no surprise.  I am particularly fond of a track on the CD called "Black Widow" though I wish she'd do an extended mix of the song.

"Kerouac Kicks Joy Division" - I discovered this album on ITunes accidently a few months ago and it's been a staple on my Ipod since.  A variety of artists from Steven Tyler to Johnny Depp to the late Hunter S. Thompson perform versions of some Jack Kerouac.  There is even a recording of Jack reading his own work from around the 1960s.

Thea Gilmore - "Avalanche" : My favorite of Thea's Albums.  I've managed to get most of her stuff off of ITunes and this one has become by favorite.  Though, I created my own little playlist of material from all Thea's CDs.

Epica . . . I actually met this band while working a video shoot last September.  I regret not having the money on me to buy their CDs then.  I'm stuck now listening to what is available on their Myspace page.  GRRR!

Soul Asylum - Grave Dancer's Union . . . I've just been in the mood for this album lately.

I have a bunch of of other song that I have downloaded off ITunes lately too as well as copied off of CDs owned by me, my best friend or my dad. 

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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2007, 08:07:54 AM »
I should try adding some Hendrix into one of my mixes, I've never really listened to a full album of his.

If you have to listen to just one of the four original Hendrix albums, I'd recommend Electric Ladyland... it's a good combination of the tight pop composition and slick production values in Are You Experienced? (his first album) and the ballsier and heavier, blues and funk-based stuff on Band of Gypsys. Axis: Bold As Love is pretty good, too, now that I think about it (and it has one of my favourite songs, "Castles Made of Sand"), but yeah, Electric Ladyland offers a good cross-section of Hendrix's song-writing and guitar-playing abilities.   

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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2007, 11:56:27 AM »
I generally prefer to just shuffle on the iPod, but there's a couple of recent albums that I don't mind listening to from start to finish.  One is The Fratellis - Costello Music, the other is a New York band called The Affair, their album -Yes Yes to You.  They remind me of early Blondie (except they do use way too much keyboard in most of their songs).  Here's a couple of links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDsQG23zz6w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQX14U43fTM

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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2007, 06:32:10 PM »
Marty Friedman - Music For Speeding: more six-string pyrotechnics from the former Cacophony and Megadeth guitarist. He doesn't have any videos for this album, but here's a fun clip from a Japanese program where he throws down with former Mr. Big lead guitarist Paul Gilbert.

Boredoms - Live at at the 1999 Vancouver Jazz Festival: a bootleg of the Japanese experimental/noise group's Vancouver performance. Here's a clip from a more recent performance.

A Girl Called Eddy - A Girl Called Eddy: soulful, tearjerky torch songs and well-crafted pop music. Here's a link to a page with free downloads of two of her songs.

 

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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2007, 04:26:43 AM »
The new UNKLE album is good.

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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2007, 08:48:13 PM »
Currently playing:

Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - Shooting Rubberbands at the Moon: landmark alterna-pop album (in my opinion) originally released in 1988. You can hear strains of their influence on everything from Rilo Kiley to Cat Power.

Eraserheads - personal mix CD: my favourite Filipino band. They sound almost like a janglier Elvis Costello. Here's a video of one of their English-language songs.

Pink Floyd - The Early Singles: The Floyd really sounded like a different band during their earlier Syd Barrett-led incarnation. A lot more organic and less-produced than the more popular David Gilmour/Roger Waters stuff. A nice listen, but I'm still glad that they eventually evolved their sound into what would eventually become Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.   

 

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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2007, 02:40:27 PM »
In a nostalgic mood today so I put on a bunch of classic anime/cartoon themed albums:

Animetal - Animetal Marathon: an awesome awesome album. Eizo (Anthem) Sakamoto's anime tribute band blitzes through heavy metal versions of 36 classic anime theme songs, with each song clocking in at around a minute each. I lost 10 pounds and grew an extra testicle just listening to this thing  :thumbup:

Here's their take on the classic Macross theme song (Maku-ros! Maku-ros! Maku-ros!).

Various Artists - Voltes V Soundtrack: My favourite giant robot cartoon. The cartoon and the accompanying soundtrack is just a fixture of my childhood. Here's the opening theme.

Eighties Cartoon Theme Songs Mix CD: A CD I put together a while ago. It's got the theme songs from Galaxy Rangers (opening and end credits music), Ulysses 31, Spiral Zone, Jem and the Holograms, GI Joe, Transformers (movie theme, "Dare", and "The Touch"), M.A.S.K., and Bionic Six.

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« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2007, 06:00:18 PM »
I've been trying out new stuff from our public library.  A lot of so-so stuff, but nothing worth buying.  Other than I've listened to:

The Thrills - Teenager
This is The Thrills' 3rd album of acoustic alterna-rock.  It's got decent songs and I love the increase in mandolin throughout the album.  It doesn't seem to have stand-out tracks like their first album, but it's a good listen.  The best way I've heard someone describe The Thrills is as "if the Beach Boys were from Ireland."

Meligrove Band - Planets Conspire
Such a great album.  I'm not sure how to describe it...maybe as Ben Folds Five without the goofy immaturity.  It's got a few amazing stand-out tracks (Everyone's a Winner, Ages and Stages, Our Love Will Make the World Go Round) and everything in between is great too.

Raffi - Singable Songs for the Very Young
We've got a 3 year old so we listen to a lot of Fred Penner, Raffi, etc.  I have made a mix CD for my son with Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rheostatics, Sloan, and more to educate him on decent modern music.

Paul Bellows - Tape Deck Classics
I used to be in a band with Paul, and I just got this from him today.  Paul writes and performs clever hooky alterna-pop rock.  He runs a successful web design company, but he really ought to be famous for his music.  He's also one of the nicest guys I've been blessed to know.

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« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2007, 06:25:00 PM »
I've been trying out new stuff from our public library.  A lot of so-so stuff, but nothing worth buying.  Other than I've listened to:

The Thrills - Teenager
This is The Thrills' 3rd album of acoustic alterna-rock.  It's got decent songs and I love the increase in mandolin throughout the album.  It doesn't seem to have stand-out tracks like their first album, but it's a good listen.  The best way I've heard someone describe The Thrills is as "if the Beach Boys were from Ireland."

You know you just made never want to listen to The Thrilll with that description!

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« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2007, 07:21:01 PM »
You gotta take chances to find the good stuff.

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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2007, 06:27:00 AM »
Currently listening to:

Kenji Kawai - Ghost In The Shell OST: traditional Japanese music with the slightest hint of electronica. A good soundtrack to just veg out to.

Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself: I still can't make up my mind if I particularly like Imogen Heap's brand of synth-pop-meets-trip-hop-meets-Bj÷rk or not. Her previous solo record, i Megaphone and her work with Frou Frou in 2002's Details are decent showings, but I just don't get the same level of emotional impact from her music and lyrics that I do from some of her better contemporaries in the alternative pop/indie pop field (i.e., Regina Spektor, Loquat). Speak For Yourself has a few stand-out tracks that make the whole album more than just a competent exercise in modern pop (and when she's good, she's really good), but I can't help but feel like there's something missing to tie everything together.   



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« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2007, 12:34:16 PM »
Let's see...


The Mars Volta, (Amputechture, and De-Loused in the Comatorium) - Such an underrated band... These guys bring progressive metal to the table, and they bring it all awesome like. In case anyone didn't know, two of the members are from the deceased band At the Drive-In. The rest from that band, went to a band called Sparta. Just a little trivia...

Explosions in the Sky, (All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, and The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place) - These guys bring music like Radiohead, but make it more beautiful and with much more passion then anyone I've ever heard of. So yes they are experimental rock, but it just doesn't seem like it. Definately try and check these guys out if you can. But beware, if you don't like songs that range from six to ten minutes, then these guys probably aren't for you... But if you like nice, relaxing songs that build up and up some more, then I HIGHLY suggest these guys.

Haste the Day, (Pressure the Hinges) - An amazing hardcore/metalcore band that deserves to be noticed. These guys aren't really as aggressive, as per se, Norma Jean, but they are still pretty heavy. Check 'em out if your into heavy music.

Sparta, (Porcelain, and Wiretap Scars) - Ah yes, the other half of At the Drive-In. Not really as progressive as The Mars Volta, but these guys are sorta like... post-hardcore with hardcore punk and indie rock influences, along with some At the Drive-In influences as well.