I decided it was my turn to do some digging. So far I've listened to one song each from the following bands...
Of those the only ones that interested me enough to download are...
Hooded Menace - Probably closer to doom metal, simple but good sense of melody and atmosphere
Gorephilia - Straight out of the old school, somewhat progressive approach
Obliteration - The most compositionally interesting of all, will require more careful listening
These were the most interesting, I'm also looking into...
Bastard Priest - Regressive death metal that hasn't evolved beyond its influences, but done well enough to be enjoyable
Crucifiction - Reasonably creative br00thurl death metal. Attempts to go beyond cyclic song structure.
If anyone has heard the above bands and could offer comment before I spend time listening to their albums it would be appreciated. The rest of the bands are mostly just exercises in rock cliches, although I've singled out two for comment.
Wrathprayer and Hatespawn. Both of these bands have good ideas and are technically competent, therefore they will be praised as geniuses by most of the metal community. The only problem is they are incapable of incorporating these ideas into a coherent whole, instead each riff stands alone and never develops. Probably a few of the bands fit into this category, although these are the two that stood out. Half way through their songs I was feeling optimistic, but by the time the track was over I had lost interest.