Well, Hunch is mostly user generated - so thanks for making it smarter!
LoG is, in my opinion (I'm 34 years old, and I've been a fan of QUALITY Metal for 20 of those years) is the ONLY American Metal band to get it right 100% of the time.
Their albums are flawlessly produced, the live shows are fucking INSANE, and their attitude about the people who support them and the music they make is very admirable. LoG have kept it metal, and kept their heads at the same time.
Gojira is not "Rock and Roll", as described 'the handsome sweater', Gojira is Pure, dark, driving, grinding, screaming, growling, pleading, demanding, reassuringly questioning French Metal genius.
Listen to "The Art of Dying", or "Adoration for None" and see if you still think you know jack shit about European Metal.
Your ears don't deserve Metal this awesome, and if they do, snap to it, son!
(deep breath)...Opeth is retro, but not dated. Opeth is Progressive, but not Snobby. Opeth is everything that Metal should be and nothing that it Shouldn't. Opeth is Brutal and Ferocious. Opeth is Beautiful and Haunting. Opeth is Technical and Simple. Opeth is Soulful and Evil. Opeth is a dream and a nightmare, the darkness and the light. Opeth is the best thing to ever happen to Metal, period.
Since Hunch, in it's infinite wisdom, with it's billions of edges-whatever that means-and gazillions of processors and cosmic mind didn't know about Aes Dana, I'm just going to dump the whole damn pie in your lap.
Even Wikipedia knows about this: Ultimae Records is a French record label, based in Lyon. The company was founded by the members of Aes Dana; Vincent Villuis and Sunbeam (aka Mahiane).
Aes Dana is....amazingly incredible, or incredibly amazing, however you interpret it, but it's sound and rhythm are so so perfectly wired to the nervous system that I can't even describe it. Aes dana is like the sound of mathematics and the universe it contains.
Shame on you for not knowing about this, Hunch! What else are you ignorant of?