(Original post by RichE)
In all honesty I have no way of knowing which of the above 8 are biggest (relatively). None of them could fill a stadium, and I'm used to most of my friends not having heard of them so how does one quantify their relative cult status?
I tend to look at an artist's MySpace views (assuming they have a MySpace page), as well as their number of Last.fm scrobbles/listeners. Of course, this is subjective, and not guaranteed to be accurate; but it does have the advantage of being quick and easy to determine. For me, <50,000 MySpace views is suitable credence for an artist to achieve 'cult' status.
(Original post by RichE) Baptist Generals
Hawk and A Hacksaw Islaja
Third Eye Foundation
I'd say these two are the lesser known of that list (also, my favourite two of that list).
(Original post by xBeccaxxGOKx)
I've heard of them 3.
More Yngwie and Dream Theater though.
I've heard of Tyr (the only decent song I've heard from them being a version of The Wild Rover) and Yngwie, Symphony X and Dream Theater are extremely well-known bands.
I have loads of obscure stuff but to be honest the most obscure that I actually listen to anything like regularly are probably The Dresden Dolls, Tegan and Sara, The Sounds, Scarling., maybe Rilo Kiley and Regina Spektor count a little bit. Emily Haines?
I have bits and bobs of obscure metal that I sometimes listen to but, apart from Opeth (who are faily mainstream, really), it's just one or two songs from most artists.
I also have some neo-classical/romantic work from composers like Javier Navarette (Pan's Labyrinth) and Garry Schyman (Bioshock).
most of the bands i listen to are relatively obscure, because i have quite niche music preferences. recently i've been listening a lot to hellbender, torches to rome, twelve hour turn, shotmaker and maximillian colby. torches to rome are a great hardcore band featuring mike kirsch - formerly in fifteen, navio forge and pinhead gunpowder (alongside members of green day) - and the others are variations on the early 90s emo formula, but all definitely worth checking out.
(Original post by Hylean)
I know of them. AFI's lead singer trying to be goth, thankfully they're a lot better than AFI.
And the goth phase was yeeeears ago. Now its more Sparkly-eyeshadow-Nail-Polish-and-jewellery phase.
(Original post by Reaper23)
*falls over* +rep
Hehe, danke schön!
(Original post by Kyle4691)
lol, yeah its shocking, i want them to come uk
but i dont think theyd do a tour for some reason
No, seems a bit unlikely unfortunately
Maybe they'll come over supporting one of the bigger Scandinavian bands (I was going to say Faroese bands, but there aren't exactly many more bigger bands!)
Actually, having looked at the tour schedule, they're over in April on the Paganfest tour, and in August for Bloodstock. Still not exactly a tour of their own though.
(Original post by punkskamonkey)
Naming the 5 most obscure bands I listen to seems fairly pointless, so I shall name five bands most people won't have heard of:
Polar Bear Club
The Don Ramos Players
The Gaslight Anthem
I know all of these bands. Definitely into Gaslight Anthem (Sink Or Swim was last year's best record and the new EP is stunning), The Ergs! and Teenage Bottlerocket. Not too into Don Ramos Players or Polar Bear Club.