Well, I’ll just take a left turn right into americatown - not sure how esoteric you want to get, and if you want to expand past death metal, so I’ll start with some deathier stuff.
Disincarnate - my favorite death metal band by miles when I was growing up. Turns out they weren’t that popular, but then later they became “legendary” as happens.
Dead Horse - they were less death, and more like uhhhhh downtuned country in a weird way? But this sludgy song got a lot of play in my life.
Macabre - have you ever heard something so bad that you liked it no matter what you felt like doing? Well that’s Macabre’s Fish Tales for me.
Morbid Saint - another band nobody knew about forever then discovered later and decided they liked. Well… they rule so… good! It’s like Possessed meets Vio-Lence with some Razor thrown in.
Absu - they’re popular! that’s cool. This is one of the best metal songs for my taste out there.
Atheist - they got back together and toured before covid and I got to see them and I EXTREMELY do not regret it even though I got knocked around pretty bad in the pit because there weren’t quite enough people in it.
Cattle Decapitation - okay everybody knows them, but I get the sense some folks might have stopped listening to them as they gained popularity? I kind of think Death Atlas is their best song in years. your mileage may vary on melodic-ish vocals, but I like how it’s done here.
Burning Witch - burning witch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck trying to make anything that sounds like this.
Unholy - Okay back to Finland!!! this is my favorite Finnish metal band. Goth doom sludge that remains weirdly obscure, I can’t figure it out. I can see the combo not working for some folks but… well whatever
fff it rules and good luck finding anything else that sounds like it.
The new necrot album DOES own by the way
I’ll come back and make a million more recommendations later