Some time ago, @ZeosPantera, in one of his videos, asked for some audiophile metal.
This is something I am interested in as well, because, even though we are in 2019, the are a lot of good metal bands that have albums that sound pretty bad in terms of production quality.
So, with all the subjectivity around what is considered audiophile, let’s start:
Arjen Anthony Lucassen. He has a lot of musical projects, but the most well known is Ayreon.
He composes what would be considered progressive metal with very SciFi lyrics, but his “shtick” is that he invites a lot of other musicians on his albums. For example, on his latest album, The Source, he uses 11 main vocalists, plus a few others.
This is the first song on The Source album, in which you can actually listen to all 11 main vocalists:
But my favourite song of Ayreon is My House On Mars, from the Universal Migrator Part 1 album. As a fan of The Expanse series (and of the books), I think this song fits extremely well with the struggles that the Mars inhabitants have faced and keep facing: